Technical Advisors in Tanzania

Hildegard Wipfel

Women's Development Advisor, Musoma/Tanzania

Professional Background: Hildegard Wipfel is a teacher by profession with additional qualifications in development of social responsibility in economics, politics, civil society, leadership training and Gender. She worked for more than 3 years in Zimbabwe and has more than 25 years of experience in development cooperation and politics working for the Austrian Catholic Women’s Movement, Care and the Coordination office of the Austrian Bishop’s Conference for Development and Mission.

Project Partner: Diocese of Musoma Women in Development and Gender and Developmnet office (WID GAD)
The WID GAD office of the Diocese of Musoma was founded 1993 and is conducting various projects and programs for women. One focus area is awareness raising against Female genital mutilation (FGM) and the provision of a shelter for victims of FGM and sexual violence. It also provides income generating opportunities for women. It works via the Parish structures within the Diocese.

Assignment period: 23.10.2017 – 22.10.2019

Overall Objective of Assignment: To support the work of WID GAD office to raise awareness of harmful traditions that affect the lives of girls and women and work towards the termination of these practices and respond to the needs of the women.

Expected results:

  • The administrative procedures in the WIDGAD office are efficient and effective
  • Staff are equipped with skills of implementing FGM activities and at least 15 parish communities are well established with structures to address issues of FGM
  • The WID GAD office is effectively operating income generating activities for its programs


Peter Van Erum

Euregio-East Africa Livelihood Improvement Programme (Masaka, Uganda and Kagera Tanzania)

Professional Background: Peter Van Erum is a Belgian national who has a Master’s Degree in Biology and a post-graduate diploma in Education. In 1992, Peter started his carreer in Tanzania in a rural school as a science teacher. Soon after he became involved in development work as a project coordinator for mostly agricultural projects. In 2000 he moved to Belgium to work as the project manager Uganda at the head office of Trias (a Belgian NGO) in Brussels and in 2002 he went back to East Africa to become the Regional Coordinator Uganda and NW Tanzania for Trias in Kampala. Between 2005 and 2014 –still for Trias- he was engaged as an advisor for organisation and agro-enterprise development for mostly farmer associations in Uganda. Between 2014 and 2016, Peter was the country director for Swisscontact Tanzania based in Dar Es Salaam.

Project Partner: The Euregio-East Africa Livelihood Improvement Programme (EEALIP) is supported by the Autonomous Provinces of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol (Italy), Trento/Trentino (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) and is implemented by Caritas MADDO (Masaka Diocesan Development Organization – Uganda), Missenyi District (Tanzania), KADDRO (Kayanga Diocesan Development and Relief Office - Tanzania) and Kolping Society of Tanzania. The programme focuses on cross-border development activities in the areas of agriculture, environmental conservation, sanitation and health.

Assignment Period: 01/04/2017 - 30/03/2019

Overall Objective of Assignment: To contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting improved livelihoods of rural communities in East Africa in collaboration with the 4 local EUREGIO-partner-organizations.

Expected results:

  • The local partners have increased capacities for the joint coordination of the EEALIP.
  • The local partners are collaborating on a regular basis.
  • The local partners have improved technical capacities to successfully implement the EEALIP.
  • The EUREGIO and its local partners have developed their communication, PR & marketing skills.
  • The EEALIP and its local project partners have improved skills in other programme- and project-related tasks.

Susanne Belayneh

Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), Dar es Salaam/Tanzania

Professional Background: Susanne works as a Service-TA in cooperation with the Austrian Leprosy Relief Association (ALRA) based in Bregenz, Austria, to support the CSSC health department in enlarging its partner network and strengthening the quality of health care provision in CSSC institutions. She holds a Master Degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) and a Master Degree in African Studies from the University of Leipzig. Previously, Susanne worked for several years in health programmes of GIZ and DED in Malawi.

Project Partner: Established in 1992, the Christian Social Service Commission of Tanzania (CSSC) supports the delivery of social services provided by Christian faith-based institutions to improve communities' quality of life and reduce poverty. CSSC aims to improve quality, accessibility, and availability of health and education services in Tanzania through partnerships and institutional development, capacity building, and lobbying and advocacy. In collaboration with various government and non-governmental partners, CCSC coordinates the implementation of numerous health and education projects such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programmes (with the Global Fund), the Malaria Communities Programme, the Pay for Performance Programme, and the Construction and Rehabilitation of School and Health Facilities programme.

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Assignment Period: 01/10/2016 – 30/09/2018

Overall Objective of Assignment: Capacity building and organisational development enable CSSC to provide improved services to its partner institutions that ultimately leads to a strengthened health sector in Tanzania

Expected results:

  • CSSC utilises evidence-based information for effective lobbying and advocacy work.
  • CSSC’s health department prepares and publishes marketing and project related documents and reports of high quality.
  • CSSC understands the needs of its partners/beneficiaries.
  • CSSC’s health department offers effective, high-quality services for its beneficiaries.
  • CSSC’s network of partners has been extended.
  • CSSC’s partners/beneficiaries have further developed their capacities in the health sector (e.g. in the field of NTDs).


Katja Hinzmann

Karagwe Development and Relief Services (KADERES), Kayanga/Tanzania

Professional Background: Katja holds a Master Degree in Agriculture with focus on International Agricultural Development in Plant Production from the Technical University of Berlin and of the Humboldt-University of Berlin. She has been working in the field of organic fruit and vegetable production for over 15 years. As an agricultural advisor overseas she worked so far in Chad, the Philippines and Laos, mostly employed by the German Development Service (DED). Katja supports KADERES in Kagera Region in training activities and extension programmes to improve and diversify certified organic and fair trade production of more than 7,000 small scale farmers in Karagwe and Kyerwa Districts.

Project partner: Karagwe Development and Relief Services (KADERES) is a local NGO based in Karagwe District in Kagera Region. The organization was formed in June 1997 and registered in May 1998 with a vision to see an empowered Community in which people effectively manage their own lives. The mission is to capacitate the Community to fight against poverty through facilitation of socio-economic programmes in a sustainable way. Clean drinking water, improved health services and education as well as sustainable agriculture and the facilitation and monitoring of rural microfinance institutions are the main working areas of the organization. Agriculture forms the main income for more of 95 % of the population in Kagera Region. A majority of those small holder farmers grow coffee as their main cash crop. While the current market mechanism keeps farmers from realizing the full potential of the crop, KADERES is making strides to promote Organic/Fair Trade certifications among the farmers for reaching fair prices. Through its marketing subsidiary firm, KPD PLC (KADERES Peasants Development Public Limited Company) the coffee is directly exported to international markets. Besides the cash crop coffee also stable foods like beans, maize and bananas are important to farmers and KADERES.

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Assignment Period: 17/07/2016 – 16/07/2018

Overall Objective of Assignment: Empowering the community of Karagwe and Kyerwa Districts – through social-economic developments- to manage their own lives.

Expected results:

  • KADERES’ extension workers know about agricultural best practices, standards of organic farming and fair trade.
  • Farmers implement best practices and meet standards of organic farming and fair trade.
  • Environmentally friendly farming techniques are introduced and applied.
  • The M&E framework is improved and in use.


Philipp Leonhartsberger

African MAYAWA, Tanzania - Organic Agriculture, Bukoba

Professional Background: Philipp studied biology in the field of ecology with a focus on vegetation ecology and organic agriculture in the tropics; selected courses attended in development cooperation and environmental economics University of Vienna, Austria (degree equivalent to combined Bsc + MSc. He has been assigned to work with MAYAWA in Bukoba, in the area of Organic Agriculture and Fair Trade. MAYAWA is a member-based organization of farmers in Bukoba, Missenyi and Muleba districts. The organization works with poor famer households for livelihood improvement through provision of extension services, provision of agricultural inputs and accessibility to markets.

Partner Organisation: MAYAWA in Bukoba, in the area of Organic Agriculture and Fair Trade. MAYAWA is a member-based organization of farmers in Bukoba, Missenyi and Muleba districts. The organization works with poor famer households for livelihood improvement through provision of extension services, provision of agricultural inputs and accessibility to markets.

Assignment Period: 1/05/2016 – 29/04/2019

Overall Goal of Assignment: Improved cash income, food security and sustainable environmental solutions for the rural households in Kagera Region.

Specific Objectives:

  • Efficient farmer organization is delivering extension services to their members.
  • MAYAWA Farmers transformed from relying on substance agriculture to become market oriented farmers.
  • Competence in capacity building of farmers in new agricultural techniques, organic farming, agroforestry technologies and mitigations against climate change.