The Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron
Personnel Bulletin No. 2 from Peace Village Kuron
Change in the position as director for HTPV
Aage Clausen will succeed Per Nordmark as director for HTPV from end of August.
Per Nordmark has had the position as director since 1st June and the change is according to agreement from April current year were Bishop Paride Taban agreed to be released from operational obligations. Bishop Taban will be charing the board of Peace Village in addition to external tasks for both Peace Village and communities. From 1st January 2013 a new senior Erling Sævareide from Norway will succeed Aage Clausen as director for a term of three months.
Norwegian Friends are thankful to Per Nordmark for the good effort he has done in his short period of three months.
Aage Clausen born 22.10.49 in Bergen, Norway. Married to Britt in 1971 and we have three daughters born in 1974/76/83 (the last one made in Torit/Hiliu and born in Nairobi!) I have the privilege of being a grandpa for 4 children, who already have given me many good moments in my life!
I have my 6 years of higher education as nurse/social worker/ deacon from Diakonhjemmet in Oslo.
Since then the main part of my professional career has be leadership in health and social services on municipality and county level. Hence I have made a lot of experiences which have been both challenging and a good arena for learning and developing my capacity. Additional competence in leadership/ organisational development and quality building, has been to great help. My last position before entering into pension (less than one year back) was as a manager for a group of congregations in the Norwegian Lutheran Church.
My experiences from developing countries I have gathered first in the NCA - Sudan Programme from 1982 -85. Working as relief-coordinator, refugee-coordinator and human development coordinator to fit the needs of the organisation. In the following years I had the privilege to undertake several consultancies ( up to periods of three months) for NCA in Ethiopia, Kenya and the civil war hit South Sudan /Sudan.
From 1992-95 I served as ass. Resident representative and competence building director for Norwegian save the children in Ethiopia. The main challenge in this position was to contribute to the organisational development of the organisation to better suite its child advocacy strategies.
All these years I have kept myself updated on the situation in South Sudan by being a member of the Norwegian support group for peace in Sudan. Some years as a board member.
The last years I have been one of “the Norwegian friends” trying to give back some of the good support Paride gave me (among others) when arriving South Sudan in 1982 for the first time.
I hope I can contribute to further development of the peace village’s good work together with the devoted staff and leadership there.
HTPV has now employed George Opiyo as new Program Manager.
I’m George Opiyo aged 42 years. Currently recruited as a Program Manager by the Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron (HTPVK) Senior Management Team. I have 11 years work experience, four as a graduate teacher and seven in development work with reputable organizations: Agency for Corporation and Research in Development (ACORD), Uganda Program for Human and Holistic Development (UPHOLD), OXFAM GB, Mercy Corps Uganda and Development Actions and Network Initiatives (DANI). In all these organization, I served in the portfolio of Project Officer, Community Participation Coordinator and Program Manager respectively which experience I bring to HTPVK. I earned my Bachelor of Art with Education Degree from Makerere University Kampala and had enrolled for Master of Arts Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University Kampala. I also did a number of relevant professional courses that has enhanced my capacity to implement integrated development programs. I Coordinated networks of local civil society representatives for conflict early warning, assisted in the development of Conflict diagnostic frame work and co-conducted baseline survey between Turkana of Kenya and Toposa of Sudan and Dodoth of Uganda. Carried out midterm Evaluation of Building Bridges to Peace Project. Conflict Management and Mitigation funded by USAID also carried out Research on Poverty Conflict and Social Exclusion among the Pastoralist. I have hands on experience working with local partners and community based organization as well as government structure at district sub-county, County, Payams and Boma in Uganda and South Sudan respectively.