Carnita Ernest re-joined SOPH in August 2016, having been part of the SOPH team in 2008. She is a development practitioner with more than 15 years of experience working in the civil society sector in South Africa and the African continent focussing on issues of governance, peace-building, health and development. Underpinning all of this work is her personal commitment to human rights, gender equity, and social justice.
Carnita has previously held senior positions within the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), and the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCPAU). She has also worked as an independent consultant. She has conceptualised and led complex multi-country projects, undertaken fundraising for project and institutional needs, and overseen end-of cycle evaluation of programmes, working with a diverse range of individuals and stakeholders.
As Project Manager within SOPH, she co-ordinates projects, provides assistance to academics, and monitors project progress and reports