Agnes Talata Chiravira is Montrose’s Enumerator Team Lead for the DFID-funded Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Evaluation in Ghana. She is a development expert with over 25 years’ experience in leading and managing community development projects across Ghana.
Her specialisations are in education, child protection, community mobilisation and fieldwork management, as well as gender and social inclusion. For several years, as Director of Youth Alive, Agnes ran a CBE programme for out of school children and youth. She has worked with a number of UK-based child-focused NGOs on projects to promote teaching and parenting through child rights approaches in remote rural areas throughout northern Ghana. This involved working with school managers, children’s clubs, parent-teacher associations, community groups and task forces of district government child protection staff to promote education as a basic right, along with child safeguarding mechanisms.
Agnes has also received various grants to engage youth in governance initiatives to ensure that the voices of children are heard in local decision-making processes, including elections. She also received grants from Comic Relief which provide formal education and skills training for over 1,000 street children/youth and grants from DFID to engage school authorities, parents and communities to reduce violence at all levels and ensure girls, in particular, are enrolled, retained and supported to complete school with good learning outcomes.
She was previously employed as a Project Coordinator for ActionAid Ghana’s Tamale Street Children’s Project, holding overall responsibility for devising and implementing strategies to promote the reintegration of street youth in mainstream society. She is experienced in supervising field workers and training of enumerators in all districts of Ghana. As Women’s Work Supervisor for the Department of Community Development in the Northern Region of Ghana, Agnes was responsible for training enumerators in general skills such as report writing, adult teaching techniques, community mobilisation and communication skills.
Agnes is also experienced in leading induction training for enumerators in data collection and analysis.
Agnes has an MA in Democracy, Governance, Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. She also has a Diploma in Community Development from Rural Development College, Ghana, and a Diploma in Social Administration from the University of Ghana. Agnes is fluent in English, Kassem, Twi, Hausa, Dagbani, Mampruli, Gonja, Moar, and has a working knowledge of French.