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BACKGROUND AND WORKING EXPERIENCE

Leah Natujwa Omari is an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Social work, a holder of Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam. Leah Natujwa Omari has also an Advance Diploma in Social work from the Institute of Social work and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Ireland. Currently is working as the Head of Department of the Social work Department at the Institute of Social work, Tanzania. She started working at the Institute of Social work since 1999 as part time lecturer and then later became a full time employee of the Institute as an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute in 2002. Leah Natujwa Omari is also a Head of Links and Cooperation Unit Coordinator with the overall objective of developing new links, and maintaining the cooperation of the links which were established internationally with other universities and international organizations in Europe and America.

As a Program Director for HIV/AIDS  Social work Partnership for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program in Tanzania since 2009 she was able to direct Para Social work Training in 13 regions of Tanzania and trained a total of 4800 Para Social workers including Social Welfare Officers, Welfare Assistnat and Supervisors from village, ward and District levels. Under her directorship, Leah Natujwa was able  to train other Para Social workers for further studies where a total of 96 students graduated as Social Welfare assistant working at village and ward level. Leah Natujwa has worked in various work related to Monitoring and Evaluation, research and consultancies where assessment of the students as well as Para Social workers were made and provided to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to Strengthen Social Welfare Workforce in Tanzania.

Leah Natujwa Omari has made joint publication with international partners namely Linsk, N.L., Mabeyo, Z., Omari, L., Petras, D., Lubin, B., Abate, A., Steinitz, L., Kaijage, T., & Mason, S. (2010) in an article called “ Para-social work to address most vulnerable children in sub-Sahara Africa:  A case example in Tanzania”.  Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 990-997.

Also Leah Natujwa is leading in the forthcoming article with the international partners namely Linsk, N. L., Mason, S. in the article called  “ Strengthening Tanzania’s social welfare workforce: Training Para Social Workers to provide ongoing support services to vulnerable children and families. In Gray et al., Social Work Practice in Africa” 

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