Juanita Pardesi has a formidable track record in project and financial management in the development sector, including as Chief Operating Officer of ComMark Trust (which operated across southern Africa), a grant-making agency aimed at supporting pro-poor, private sector development through implementing the “making markets work for the poor” approach; and of policy NGO TIPS.  Her portfolio at TIPS included all governance and management tasks related to the operations of TIPS as well as Project Management related to Inequality and Economic Inclusion projects. 

Prior to this she was responsible for the Community Work Programme (CWP), which included managing the transfer of the CWP from within TIPS to the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG). This included providing extensive technical assistance to DCoG for the overall programme management and reporting, including the design of relevant related frameworks and monitoring and evaluation indicators.

She served as a technical assistant contracted by the Government Technical Advisory Center (GTAC) to provide grant management expertise to the Jobs Fund.  Her key tasks included project and financial appraisal; implement the value for money framework, contracting of successful Jobs Fund applicants, grant management and disbursements, quarterly and annual reporting, developing and managing all finance and business processes.

She has focused on the design and management of complex information and reporting systems, including for the Community Work Programme, GIZ's Community Safety Initiative and the Land Rights Management Facility, as well as on the development of innovative GIS mapping tools designed to support field-based planning processes and participatory monitoring and evaluation. She plays a direct role not only in the design but also in the implementation of these customised management information systems, providing hands-on support to ensure their effective use and integration within organisations.

She assisted in the design and management of various projects including the Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS (ALAFA), the Lesotho Textiles and Apparel Training and Productivity Fund, ComMark’s Regional Standards Trade Programme and Eastern Cape Red Meat Project. She managed the full financial and grant management portfolio of the highly successful Private Standards Innovation Fund aimed at incentivizing agribusiness entities to address international social and environmental issues.

Since 2013, Juanita has been Cheadle Thompson and Haysoms’s project manager on the Land Rights Management facility (LRMF) and has played a key role in ensuring the smooth transition to centralising the LRMF project administration in Johannesburg, developing and managing the overall implementation of the project in accordance with our annual work plan and strategic plans, recruiting, capacity building and mentoring of staff, overseeing reporting mechanisms and assisting with designing and implementing the management information system to administer and manage the LRMF and to provide comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analyses of LRMF activities. 

Juanita’s expertise include project design and implementation, project management, financial management, capacity-building and skills transfers, translating strategy into operational objectives and activities, corporate governance, HR., risk assessments, evaluating projects, due diligent audits and stakeholder management.   Juanita serves as a Board Member of ALAFA and serves on various non-government organizations’ finance committees. She holds an MBA (UNISA and the Open University Business School, UK).