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Tinotenda Salome Hondo

Gender Advisor (Plan International in Zimbabwe)



Professional Summary

I have over seven (7) years’ experience working on child rights and gender.

Over half of my working career has involved providing technical support and leadership in the context of an international NGO working on gender equality and girls’ rights. I collaborate closely with other civil society organization, government departments and community structures to support ongoing interventions Plan’s.

My experience includes building staff technical capacity, ensuring quality programmes, leading advocacy and communication and meeting gender equality policy compliance requirements.

As a thought leader on gender equality and children’s rights, I often speak at public events, conferences, workshops, and round tables to raise awareness of the interrelated issues of gender and girls rights, innovative gender equality and girls’ empowerment programming, and child marriage in particular.


  • Gender and Child Rights
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Masculinities/working with men and boys
  • Education

Work experience

Mar 2010Present

Programmes Officer

African Fathers Initiative
Identification and development of projects. Managing negotiation, implementation and follow up of operational projects. Development, implementation and analysis of effectiveness of internal policies and strategies as per set child related national strategies and legislation. Ensuring project quality and mainstreaming of crosscutting issues such as gender and HIV/AIDS. Liaison with multi sectoral stakeholders (i.e. donors, government line ministries and civil society) at national and grassroots level.
Mar 2011Present

Gender Advisor

Plan International

My portfolio as Gender Advisor spans the scope of all Plan programs i.e. the education, child protection, household economic security and health teams ensure all their program initiatives are gender aware and transformative. This entails supporting the team in conducting gender analysis for the CSP and translating this information into gender aware programs and advocacy for the Zimbabwe office.

Duties as Gender Advisor:

  • Identify and ensure exchange of best practices, innovations and lessons learnt in gender and girls empowerment
  • Support adherence to Plan’s Gender Policy and Gender Strategy
  • Country lead for the 18+: Ending child marriage in Southern Africa program
  • Capacity enhancement of Plan staff and partners on mainstreaming of gender in programs, partnerships, offices and staff.
  • Technical support for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and documentation of all Plan programs
  • Resource mobilization for gender related projects.
  • Networking and donor relations
  • Policy influence on gender and child rights at national, regional and international level.
  • Support the Program Leadership Team in formulating gender aware policies, strategies and programmes
  • Development and roll out of gender transformative Behaviour Change Communication in all programmes
Apr 2007Feb 2010

Programmes Manager

African Network for the Protection and Prevention against Child Abuse and Neglect
Lobby and advocacy for child rights and participation. Resource mobilization.Tranings on Sexuality and Reproductive Health, Child Rights, Child Labour and the prevention of child abuse.Facilitating the formation and capacity building of Child Rights Support Groups in ANPPCAN project areas.Direct supervision and evaluation of projects staff.Preparation of Terms of Reference and supervision of consultants and volunteers.


Career Highlights

Member of Plan International's Global Gender Equality Group
Campaigns manager for the Because I Am A Girl campaign in Zimbabwe
Since 2012 I have served as campaign manager for Plan Zimbabwe's Because I Am a Girl campaign. In this capacity I oversee all programmes, communications and advocacy work in relation to Plan's work on girls rights and education.    The major program under this campaign is the 18+ program to end child marriage in Southern Africa, which is active in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. I have been involved in the design of the program model and have been especially influencial in the program's work with traditional leaders, men and boys to trigger norm change in communities. As a way to rally civil society behind this cause, I represent Plan as co-coordinator of the Girls Not Brides partnership which has 40 local rganizations and various individuals in Zimbabwe.
Speaker on child marriage, girls education and gender equality
I have been invited to speak at various platforms which include the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Girls education)   in 2013, DFAT/Plan hosted Technical Roundtable on child marriage in 2014, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers conference (Education in Zimbabwe) among many others. I am also active on social media, radio and the print media as an advocate for gender justice.