Maniza Ntekim is a senior program officer for the Open Society Foundations’ Early Childhood Program (ECP). She leads projects on ECP’s global advocacy work as well as its work on early childhood development in Africa.
Ntekim has worked in the education and international development field for several different organizations. She taught in Rwanda before joining UNICEF Rwanda as its acting chief of education and education specialist where she oversaw UNICEF’s education programs. She also co-chaired the Education Development Partners’ Group and the One UN Education Working Group. In Tanzania, Ntekim worked for UNICEF Tanzania as the education specialist, managing UNICEF’s integrated Early Childhood Program and its in-service education and training program for pre-primary and primary school teachers. Ntekim has worked as a consultant for UNESCO and for bilateral aid agencies including the UK’s Department for International Development, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Save the Children UK, covering all sub-sectors of education from pre-primary education to higher education.
Ntekim joined Open Society in March 2015 after working for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation as an education manager. She started her career as a policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry working on learning and skills for employability. Before leaving for Rwanda, she worked for Amnesty International UK with responsibility for leading its lobbying of UK parliamentarians, ministers and civil servants on human rights.