Who we are


Board of Directors


Rev: James Ninrew. Executive Director at Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA).   A professional educator, with an excess of twenty nine years demonstrated experience in various work fields. I served as teacher in early life, Local Government Administrative Officer, Pastor in charge with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCoSS) and in the field of humanitarian Work.



Dr. Marisa O. Ensor is a political anthropologist and human rights scholar and practitioner currently based at Georgetown University, USA. Her research considers the link between threats to peace and security and the politics of forced displacement, peacebuilding and reconciliation with a focus on youth and gender dynamics. Her longitudinal project in South Sudan involves almost 15 years of ongoing fieldwork with South Sudanese communities in their homeland, as well as in the diaspora (i.e. Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the UK and the US). Her research has resulted in numerous publications including four books and over 40 book chapters and journal articles. She joined AMA’s Board of Directors in 2018 as Director of Research and External Relations.


Programs Staffs/Technical Staff

Laban Mutwiwa: Project Specialist. A graduate of university of Nairobi Pastoralism and Bsc. Rangemenagement/project planning, management and community based development(coady/premese)/ business leadership program (UNISA). A robust professional with high competency in project cycle management, community based development, participatory learning and action skills, practitioner in strategic planning. Strong planner and problem solver who is resilient, readily adapts to change, works independently and exceeds expectations. Able to juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality. Ability to cope with insecurity and difficult environment.


JOHN MUT RIAK:  A Finalist of Juba University, Master of Public Policy, awaiting graduation Ceremony, Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management Kampala University, and working as Operations Coordinator with Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA). JOHN MUT also working with the different organization, Deputy Operations Officer, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Juba, South Sudan and Logistics Officer, African Initiative for Relief and Development (AIRD), Uganda- Kiryandongo Refugee Camp. JOHN MUT work internationally outside the country South Sudan and nor to Kampala Uganda  and also work with Unity State  Government before this conflict as Manager in the Office of the County Commissioner,– Leer County, Education Supervisor, Ministry of Education, Unity State Bentiu- Leer County and Also working with Health organization as Senior Dispenser, MSF Holland, Leer Hospital. John Mut has attend so many professional training, Finance and Management training, conducted by CORDAID, Juba South Sudan, Finance and Procurement training, conducted by Democracy International org (DI), Safety and Security training, conducted by UNMISS, Juba South Sudan, Prolog training, Conducted by Global Health , USAID and others partners at Kampala University and Health Care Training, Conducted by MSF-Holland, and John Mut is analytical expert in the area of Management especially operations and work independently or under minimum supervision and take initiative.


JACKDIENG GATKEK: A graduate of National College of Khartoum, People and Culture Specialist with  Bachelor Degree of Human Resource Management, Diploma of Computer Maintaining and Software installation and Diploma of Legal Study. Currently working as Peace and Community Security/Communication with Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA). JACKDIENG has written articles and radio pieces on a number of human rights and justice issues in South Sudan with Radio Tamajuz, Nile Star Global, Free Voice-South Sudan Program, and the Ministry of Information and Communication Cooperation’s Radio Bentiu in 2010 before South Sudanese independence. Jackdieng was a leading member of Nile Star Global and working in Leer, Unity State, before receiving verbal warnings by local authorities and moving to Juba. Jackdieng also participated in a number of child protection roles with Hope Restoration South Sudan in Leer and with the Disaster Management Trust. He has training on counselling and mediation and extensive experience in coordinating and promoting civic education, democratic values and a culture of peace and human rights at the community level. He has assisted communities in Unity state in planning and drawing attention to local, national and international problems. He has also worked with Community Empower Progress Organization (CEPO) and in 2010 with the National Elections Commission for the 2011 Referendum on Self-determination.