Dr. Darlington Muzeza is an accomplished scholar with fourteen years of experience working in government, quasi-government entities and NGOs. He holds a Doctorate in Environmental Health from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. His doctoral study areas focused on natural resource governance regimes, communities’ livelihoods and sustainable conservation covering communities in Kruger and Gonarezhou National Parks in South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively. He holds an MSc in Social Ecology (University of Zimbabwe); BSc Honours Degree in Political Science and Administration (University of Zimbabwe); Diploma in Personnel Management (Institute of Personnel Management in Zimbabwe); Certificates of Learning in Tourism Statistics; Tourism Development; Diplomacy; Counselling and Peer Education; Computers and Conservation obtained from Zimbabwe, the People’s Republic of China and Mauritius. From 2004 to February 2005 he worked in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Registrar General’s Office – Guruve District as a Processing Officer responsible for Civil Registration. From March 2005 – August 2009, he worked in the Office of the President and Cabinet as a Research Officer and rose to the post of Senior Research Officer. He was transferred to the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry in September 2009 following the consummation of the Inclusive Government. He worked in that Ministry from 2009 to October 20217 and rose through the ranks to become Principal Officer, Acting Deputy Director responsible for Research, Policy Planning and Development. He was at the same time doubling as Personal Assistant to the former Minister in the same Ministry from December 20016 to October 2017 where he was involved extensive international campaigns and advised the former Minister on global tourism development in his Principal’s capacity as the United Nations Regional Commission for Africa Chairperson. He was transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Personal Assistant to the former Minister of Foreign Affairs at the end of October 2017.
Previously, he served in the Zambezi Valley Integrated Development Organization as a Projects and Community Facilitator, served as Zimbabwe Youth Council as the Board Chairperson and its spokesperson. He further served one term as a Member of the Council for the Bindura University of Science Education. He worked as a lead field researcher for Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association researches in the Mid Zambezi Valley. From 2007-2011 he was Member of the Southern African Development Community Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth Issues. He is a former teacher at primary, secondary and also lectured at Uhuru Institute of Management Training in Africa and Development Training International (now Globe Management Training) both in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a seasoned researcher, an experienced policy, international strategist and lobby expert. He is passionate about greenfield projects development; and indeed, well-versed in diverse business concepts development, evidence-based policy formulation, planning, marketing and promotion, national and sub-brand formulation; Knowledgeable and experienced in transboundary biodiversity and sustainable conservation, natural resource governance who has a comprehensive understanding of ecological systems. He has worked with rural communities around development assistance including management of humanitarian aid support and interventions. He is an expert in the design of rural communities’ livelihoods development projects. Knowledgeable in climate change resilience, adaptation, mitigation and environmental management with a proven record of implementing such projects. He is an accomplished field fact-based researcher with demonstrable leadership, including leading community development programs and initiatives. He has sound knowledge of governance, politics, conflicts management and resolution with experience in peace dialogue and reconciliation. He has abilities to make and win strategic arguments with strong political judgment and sensitivity. He is familiar with disaster and risk management, human rights, community conflict transformation, management and resolution including community capacity building in conflict societies. He has proven capacity to promote and implement programs and he has the ability to negotiate and conclude deals at all levels. He can challenge and confront issues, spot both risks and opportunities including brokering solutions to achieve set goals. He worked in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary settings as a team player and has the ability to multi-tasking and prioritization while paying simultaneous attention to detail. He is a part-time lecturer in Development studies at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) in Zimbabwe. He is reachable on firstname.lastname@example.org or 00263775846100/00263712778867.