Alumni Feature: Emmanuel D. Chonza

Name: Emmanuel D. Chonza

Year of Graduation: 2011

Q: Where do you work?

A: I work as a Programme Coordinator (M&E) for the Ministry of Water in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Q: What do you do at your job?

A: As the Programme Coordinator based in the Programme Coordination Unit at the Ministry of Water, I’m responsible for coordination of monitoring and evaluation activities in relation to implementation of the Water Sector Development Programme in the Tanzania Mainland. I ensure an effectively and efficiently working result–oriented water sector programme, which is designed based on a sector-wide approach requiring a reliable M&E system, which collects, manages and processes information and data to inform stakeholders. Therefore, my coordination role ensures the integrated M&E framework collects, stores and processes sector programme implementation information and data to inform stakeholders of trends in the results chain for appropriate decision-making.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time in Erfurt?

A: I remember having a hard time upon my arrival in Erfurt because I thought that most of the former East German cities were dominated by racist people. It was a surprise to me, that everything was quite different, and I didn’t find any person or sign of someone being racist. I then learned how important exposure to intercultural and international environment positively shapes peoples’ perceptions. I was further proven wrong upon meeting many international students (classmates) at Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, which was then the Erfurt School of Public Policy. I would like to give thanks to DAAD and ESPP/WBS for giving me the opportunity to learn crucial things in my life as a graduate student in a foreign country. Germany will always be my second home country.