Posted on: June 17, 2018, by :

Sept. 2015 to date: Awaiting Graduation: (MPhil-Community Health and Development)
Nov., 2014: Executive Masters in Business Administration (CEMBA)
Dec., 1999: B. A. (Hons.) Integrated Development Studies
June, 1994: G. C. E. Advanced Level
Feb., 1991: G. C. E. Ordinary Level

SUMMARY: Faustina Melody Tietaah is an accomplished community development practitioner and thought leader; with particular competences in advocacy and community mobilization, programme strategy planning, development and execution. She is a Ghanaian, born in Bawku in the Upper East Region but hails from Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana. She started her primary education in Tamale at Zogbele primary and continued to saint Paul’s primary in Nandom. Faustina did her O’level and A’level Education in Saint Francis Girls’ secondary, Jirapa and Ghana Secondary School, Tamale respectively. In 1994 she was engaged by the National Service Secretariat as an assistant librarian in the Saint Francis Xavier Minor Seminary, Wa. She then gained admission into the University for Development Studies in 1995 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Integrated Development Studies in 1999. Between 1999 and 2001 she did her second National Service and worked briefly with Christian AID, a British NGO in Tamale. She worked with Christian AID as a Community Linking Officer. Whiles with Christian AID Faustina had the opportunity to travel to the UK, Burkina Faso and Mali. These experiences and exposures enabled her to benefit from continuing professional development opportunities, and in particular, inspired her passion for mentoring and supporting minorities and marginalized members of society – including women and children, and Persons with Disabilities.
From March 2001 to August 2007, Faustina worked with World Vision Ghana as a programme officer. Her position and role at World Vision Ghana (WVG) offered her the opportunity to do development work where she was responsible for assessing communities/families for WVG sponsorship support, educating communities on every aspect of the sponsorship programme, child participation and protection, facilitating child health issues, among others.
From September 2007 to December 2015, Faustina has been an Area Development Programme (ADP) Manager for World Vision Ghana still stationed in Tolon District. This position has given her the opportunity to have an oversight responsibility for the over-all management of the programme, promote effective community education that leads to good health, improved education in basic schools, livelihood, nutrition, proper environmental health practices, water, sanitation and hygiene issues – using approaches and models such us Behaviour Change Communication, CLTS, PHAST. VSLA etc. – towards poverty reduction, women empowerment and total well-being of the children and families in the district. In 2011 Faustina received a citation from World Vision Ghana in recognition of good Audit Performance for attaining limited Risk Opinion rating. As a programme manager, she has been deeply involved in providing technical support to staff in designing various development projects, budgeting, community mobilisation, as well as coordinating programme monitoring and evaluation to measure and report impact. Faustina’s roles and responsibilities in WVG have enhanced her networking skills at the Regional and District levels and have given her a broader horizon of appreciating development issues. Key competencies she would say she has enhanced greatly as a result of her roles and responsibilities include Advocacy, Civil Society Organization/mobilization, programme monitoring and evaluation and people management.