Meet the Team.

Stephen Oryema
Executive Director

Stephen is an experienced Humanitarian programme worker, with over 10 years of professional experience working for international organizations both in emergencies and develop situations. He is an enthusiastic professional with integrity and a team player. Stephen believes that fostering a culture of continuous improvement within HANDLE is key to success.  He is very conversant with programme management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and community development work for international and local donor funded projects including USAID, SIDA, UNHCR, DFID, WFP, and UNICEF. He has worked for many humanitarian programs with the key focus on GBV, Youth Development, Child Protection, and Livelihoods, among others.

As Executive Director of HANDLE, Stephen leads the Senior Leadership Team, providing guidance and expertise on all issues related to programs and projects. He drives the strategic vision of the organization, as well as ensures the proper prioritizing of work and activities to maximize team effectiveness. He also works hands-on to strengthen partnership development and management of HANDLE's portfolio.

Stephen holds a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies, and a post-graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. He is currently completing his Master's in Research and Public Policy.

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Francis Okot
Program Coordinator

Francis is a conflict management and training facilitation specialist with experience in team coordination, with years of experience working throughout Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Program Coordinator, Francis provide technical support in coordination, analytics and strengthening HANDLE's training services. He also develops team action plans for projects, with special knowledge in survivor services at health facilities and referral pathways for our GBV project.

Francis holds a Master's degree in International Peace Studies from the UN University of Costa Rica, a post-graduate diploma in Peace Studies, a Bachelor's in Philosophy, and a diploma in Philosophical and Religious Studies. He loves sports (especially football), socializing at the beach, travelling and meeting new friends.  

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Walter Odur
Project Officer

Walter has extensive experience working in development projects and programs in the Northern Region of Uganda throughout the years. He has excellent knowledge of the local governance systems in the region - knowledge he first started harnessing during his time as a Sub-County Supervisor with the Electoral Commission. Walter also has strong experience working in youth initiatives: he has previously worked as a Field Officer for the Northern Uganda Youth Development Program and as a Project Officer with CAP Uganda and VSO Youth Development Program.

As HANDLE's Project Officer, Walter is currently dedicated full-time to coordinating activities related to our GBV Project, serving as the key figure of the organization when interfacing with local government officials in Nwoya, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with our direct and indirect beneficiaries. He also provides counsel to families in the target region regarding land dispute issues and refers GBV cases to our Case Manager.

Walter holds a Diploma in Secondary Education. He is currently completing his Bachelor's in Psychology in order to become a counsellor.

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Stephen Onyango
Sponsorship Officer

Stephen brings his strengths to our team from previous experience as a project officer for CAP(u) in partnership with War Child Canada. His main area of focus during this time was to support activities for a peace building project in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in central Uganda. 

We are so fortunate to have Stephen with us to serve as Project Officer for our Sponsorship program. Stephen works to coordinate our students and acts as a mentor to encourage them to continue with them studies, as well as taking care of all of the administrative management details with the schools. He also  supports evaluation activities for the GBV project and aids community mobilization for events.

Stephen holds a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, all things football, and listening to music.

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