By Siyabonga Gema, HST Communications Officer
Meet Silindile Mnembe, HST's Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Technical Advisor for eThekwini District, who says that the most rewarding part about her job is her ability to make a meaningful impact and contribute to positive change. Those who work closely with Silindile know her for her commitment to delivering a high-quality standard of work, but there is more to her than what meets the eye. We had a brief chat with Silindile to get to know her better.
Briefly outline what your role at HST entails
I support the M&E Manager in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes and projects within an organisation by scoping, piloting and implementing electronic M&E and other systems that aim to improve availability and utilisation of evidence-based information. I am involved in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems tailored to specific projects or programs
What made you decide to get into the health sector?
I was drawn to the health sector by a genuine desire to make a positive impact on people's lives. The opportunity to contribute to the well-being and health of others can be a powerful motivator.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to make a meaningful impact and contribute to positive change.
What sets HST apart from other organisations?
Investment of the organisation in people's futures and career development. Even though HST is positioned in a fast-paced environment, the organisation excels at adapting to dynamic challenges, leveraging innovation, and maintaining a steadfast commitment to achieving its goals.
How does your typical day at work look like?
My days are not the same, some are more hectic than others but I still manage. I start my day by checking emails and communications for any updates, queries, or requests related to monitoring and evaluation. Throughout the day, I co-ordinate with the various Project Managers and stakeholders to address any emerging issues or provide the necessary support. I set aside time to provide technical assistance to colleagues or partners who may need support in understanding or implementing M&E processes.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of work?
My family comes first, so I love spending time with them, otherwise I do charity work.
What advice would you give to someone starting a new career?
Embrace a mindset of continuous learning. Stay curious, seek out new knowledge, and be open to acquiring new skills throughout your career.
Describe yourself in three words
Determined, passionate and caring
What's next for Silindile?
I am currently wrapping my studies in Masters in Public Health and will be enrolling for a Post Graduate Diploma in 2024, to explore new opportunities within the organisation.
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