Neha Erasmus
Neha Erasmus
Director

Stephen Pande
Stephen Pande
Programme Manager

Gale Emmanuel
Gale Emmanuel
Civil Society Coordinator

Neha has more than a decade of experience working on governance issues, with extensive working knowledge of South Sudan and the region. Her work has ranged from high-level mediation to civil society activism. She began her career with the Institute for the Promotion of Civil Society, a notable indigenous South Sudanese NGO, and more recently spent four years working with the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan lead by former President Thabo Mbeki.

Stephen has worked with Justice Africa as Programme Coordinator since 2009. He has extensive experience working with civil society organisations in Kenya and has worked in Sudan for 9 years with churches and several faith based organisations in peace and reconciliation programmes. He initiated the founding of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms and the Sudan Democracy and Election Monitoring Program. He facilitated the dialogue program ascertaining the citizen’s views of the referendum on self-determination for people of South Sudan. Stephen is involved in regional stablization forums including the Regional Network on Peace and Security and he has also been engaged with democracy, governance, and peace and security projects. Stephen holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies.

Gale Emmanuel Jacob started his professional career at Institute for Promotion of Civil Society (IPCS) in 2005.  He has accumulated wide-ranging strategic, policy-level leadership and advisory experience with strong analytical and conceptual skills. Gale has proven ability in development and direction of programs and processes involving a diverse and complex range of partners and stakeholders that include government, civil society, the Church and multilateral agencies. He is an advocate of thoughtful dialogue as a means of understanding differences and building consensus. Gale is a skilled facilitator with a practical understanding of social and organizational change that is grounded in people’s own best practices. He is passionate about community and enjoys building relationships with anyone who cares about serving people in need. In his spare time, Gale enjoys mentoring young talents and engaging communities in community-based development programs.

Chantal Bakareke
Chantal Bakareke
Director of Operations

Woja James Simon
Woja James Simon
Operations Coordinator

Florence Adero
Florence Adero
Human Resource and Administration Manager

Chantal Bakareke has over more than 20 years’ experience in Operations Management in international development and humanitarian programs in West and East Africa, including South Sudan. She has demonstrated ability to set up operational management systems in large complex programmes. Chantal has knowledge of international humanitarian and development systems, institutions and donors programmes and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices. Her first experience in South Sudan was in 2014 when she managed finance/technical support teams in large-scale projects. Chantal is currently Justice Africa’s Director of Operations

A native of Yei County, Amule has been with Justice Africa since June 2010. He has traveled almost all the ten states of South Sudan, and thus has extensive working knowledge of the country. He spent several years working with ZOA Refugee Care and also with GTZ in partnership with the UNHCR Repatriation Programme and UNICEF in Warehouse Management. He grew up in the Central Equatoria State of South Sudan and has also lived in Uganda.

Florence Adero, Human Resource and Administration Manager at Justice Africa, is an accomplished HR and Administration professional with over 24 years of experience in South Sudan affiliated NGOs.  Florence’s passion and motivation is her work, that she finds challenging, exciting, ever-changing and ultimately fulfilling.

Florence holds an MBA and BA with HR specialization.  She is certified through the Institute of Human Resource Management as a Human Resource Professional.  She is also a trained counselor with a specialization in Industrial Psychology.  She is currently a PhD student at Pan Africa Christian University studying Organization Leadership.

Benjamin Ochiengh
Benjamin Ochiengh
Project Coordinator

Dacia Douhaibi
Dacia Douhaibi
Research Coordinator

Manasseh Wepundi
Manasseh Wepundi
Senior Programme Advisor

Ben has gained critical experience in natural resource governance and conflict transformation and is working to support the development of Oil and mining sector in South Sudan through civil society and government capacity strengthening. He is part of the team facilitating the discussions on Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in South Sudan and is working with regional actors on advocacy for prudent governance of petroleum and mineral resources in the Albertine Graben and the Great Lakes region. Ben has attended the Summer School on Oil, Gas and Mining Revenues of the Revenue Watch Institute in Ghana 2012 and the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Course of the Natural Resource Governance Institute in Partnership with Columbia Centre of Sustainable Investment and the World Bank Institute.

Dacia has been an active member of Justice Africa since April 2016. Dacia has been working on research projects in East Africa for the past five years.
She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at York University studying the linkages between conflict, processes of territorialization, large-scale development, land grabs, and forced displacement. Dacia has conducted research in Kenya and South Sudan and her current dissertation work focuses on the displacement effects of territorialisation processes in South Sudan.
Previous to this, Dacia completed a degree in Anthropology at the University of Victoria and a Master’s in International Affairs at the Normal Paterson School of International Affairs in Carleton University.

Manasseh Wepundi has over 15 years’ experience in peace and security research in east Africa, including South Sudan. His first exposure to South Sudan was during the 2006 Juba Peace Talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Since then has had research and peace program interests in South Sudan. Besides working with various civil society actors on peacebuilding issues, he has also evaluated peace programs in South Sudan and trained on conflict sensitive approaches to peacebuilding. In 2016 he was the survey manager in a national assessment of small arms in South Sudan, conducted by Geneva-based Small Arms Survey for the UNDP and Government of South Sudan. He is currently Justice Africa’s senior program advisor.

Jimmy Awany
Jimmy Awany
Senior Project Officer

Martin Onjerinwa
Martin Onjerinwa
Sub-grants Officer

Caroline Kibos
Caroline Kibos
Programme Assistant

Jimmy started working for Justice Africa firstly as an intern in 2010. In 2012, he volunteered to work with a community-based organization (CEPO) in Juba. In 2013, he was recruited to Justice Africa as a project officer during which he supported the implementation of JA’s civil society coalition building program.

In 2017, he accomplished an MSc in Development Studies from the University of SOAS. He is currently part of JA’s core programs team and his work specifically aims to promote peace at the grassroots level in South Sudan. He has overtime gained progressive experience in facilitating the participation of grassroots structures and people in governance processes.

Martin has been a member of the Justice Africa South Sudan office since 2010. Originally from South Sudan, he has worked for a wide variety of Sudanese branches of organisations such as Save the Children, UNHCR and Relief International.

His academic background includes a BA in Business Administration and Management, and a Masters degree in the same field. He is a board member of both JASCO and MASS.

Caroline Kibos started as an intern with Justice Africa in 2010. Following this, she worked for the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Law Enforcement, Central Equatoria State.Caroline also worked with Case Advocates & Solicitors and The Farm Project. Upon completing her LLB from Nkumba University in Uganda, Caroline worked with Democracy International before she was recruited to Justice Africa as a Program Assistant in 2016. Currently, Caroline is working to support Justice Africa’s Civil Society Project, approaching her work with a commitment to supporting civil society’s work for South Sudan and with a love of serving people.

Koboju Allison
Koboju Allison
Chief Accountant

Victor Gumete
Victor Gumete
Assistant Accountant