Tendayi has over 17 years’ experience working in HIV program implementation with a specific focus on strategic and policy development, advocacy and capacity building of communities. Previously she had worked for UNAIDS as a Community Support Adviser which entailed advising the government of Zimbabwe, the UN Joint Team on AIDS and National AIDS Council to better support and engage with civil society and communities of people living with HIV, Key populations and AGYW. In Zimbabwe, she has worked as a Global Fund liaison for PEPFAR, a Grants Manager and M&E Officer for the Zimbabwe AIDS Network.
Her current portfolio at CeSHHAR includes managing the Sisters with a Voice program which implements the National Sex work program. The program is implemented nationwide with 36 sites operating across Zimbabwe with financial support from UNFPA, PEPFAR, BMGF and GFATM. She also manages various research studies the most recent being the National Size Estimation of Female Sex Workers in Zimbabwe, the DREAMS Impact Evaluation and the Young Women Selling Sex social mapping study. Tendayi is a core member of the GFATM proposal development team which prioritized Key populations in their last application for funding.
Research interests: HIV prevention and treatment cascades among sex workers. Structural interventions for Adolescents and Young people who sell sex. Evaluation of mental health interventions and linkage to HIV care among populations at highest risk to HIV infection.