BACKGROUND AND WORKING EXPERIENCE
Ms. Leah Natujwa Omari is an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Social work, holding a 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 the Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Ireland. Ms. Leah started working at the Institute of Social work in 1999 as part time lecturer and then later became a full time employee of the institute as an Assistant Lecturer 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 Ms. Leah 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 Assistant and Supervisors from village, ward and District levels. Under her directorship, Ms. Leah was able to train other Para Social workers for further studies where a total of 96 students graduated as Social Welfare assistants working at village and ward level. Ms. Leah has worked in various agencies related to monitoring and evaluation, research and consultancies involving students and para-social workers; where the tasks assessment and reports were made and provided to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to Strengthen Social Welfare Workforce in Tanzania.
Ms. 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 titled “ 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.
Moreover, Ms. Leah Natujwa is leading in the forthcoming article with the international partners namely Linsk, N. L., Mason, S. in the article titled “ 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