Ms. Joyce Wanican

The Executive Director, AfriChild Centre- Makerere

Joyce Wanican is a Senior Education, Youth, Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children’s expert with 19 years of progressive experience in education program management, child and youth protection.

She is also grounded on matters of development, curriculum development, capacity building, psychosocial programming, workforce development, livelihoods and project design and management.Joyce is the Executive Director of AfriChild Center Makerere University Kampala Uganda.Prior to that, Joyce worked for USAID/Uganda Mission as a Senior Youth and Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Advisor where she managed a $ 50 million OVC, DREAMS and workforce development projects and provided strategic guidance to the USAID/Uganda Mission strategies to effectively address child and youth protection and workforce development.

Wanican’s proven management and leadership skills, deep knowledge of Uganda’s country context, experience designing and implementing complex girls education, youth development and OVC programming, and ability to galvanize multiple stakeholders around a common goal, haspositioned her to lead change in Uganda. She has a wealth of management experience in diverse settings including with donor agency, NGOs, schools and in remote, insecure field sites. Joyce has extensive experience in cross-cultural team settings, including the promotion of coordinated efforts between academia, policy makers, NGOs and government agencies. Joyce holds a Masters Degree in Education Policy, Planning and Managementand a Master’s Degree in Development Studies