Project Team

Volodymyr Kuzminskyi (Team Leader) holds a PhD in Planning, Management and Regulation of Economy as well as an MA in the Management of Organizations and has been a pivotal player in child welfare and social services reforms in several countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly in Ukraine, over the past 10 years. Volodymyr has extensive experience providing technical assistance and consultancy to the highest levels of Government, most recently in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on social services development and child welfare reform issues. He is the author of more than 20 publications addressing contemporary issues in social and economic fields. One of his recent publications (as co-author) is ‘A Needs Assessment of the Child and his/her Family: From Theory to Practice’ and ‘Integrated Social Services: Theory, Practice, Innovations” which were approved by the Ministry of Education as a manual for students.


Erik van Dissel (key expert – social work) is a qualified social worker with over x years’ experience and holds post-graduate qualifications in social work and education. From a solid professional base of practice in Australia spanning child welfare and protection, community development and the education of community, justice and addictions workers he now works internationally, in countries of the former Soviet Union, central and south-east Asia and the Pacific. Erik has extensive experience in direct services delivery and in providing technical advice and assistance to the highest levels of government. He advises on juvenile justice, child rights, protection and welfare services transformation and reform, social services and work-force development. His international work has included advising the development of the national plans for children and skills development in Afghanistan, the establishment of the National Commission for the Rights of the Child in Timor-Leste, and the development of the national child protection system in Vanuatu.


Ekaterina Klochkova (key expert - physiotherapy) is a qualified with substantial work experience as a clinician and in the development and delivery of in-practice training programmes. Ekaterina is recognized as a leader in her field of work across the former Soviet Union and has worked with children and teens with motor disabilities and their families. As a specialist on several projects, she has supported the introduction of physiotherapy work into day-care centre, schools, other residential and non-residential institutions for children and young adults with severe motor disabilities. Ekaterina has developed and implemented training programmes in physiotherapy, physical rehabilitation, handling & moving techniques and safety of staff, organization and clinical placement work.

She has developed teaching curricula and programmes at postgraduate level in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and social rehabilitation. Her recent publications (as co-author and editor) include ‘Philosophy of Health’ and ‘There are no uneducable children’


Sergey Maltsev (key-expert – occupational therapy) Sergey holds a PhD in Medicine, is a specialist in Occupational Therapy and an Associate Professor in Russia. He has been the president of Russian Association of Occupational Therapists for 11 years and a Russian delegate to the World federation of Occupational Therapists from 2006. Sergey has nearly 18 years’ experience of working with residential institutions and people with disabilities and in training occupational therapists and other allied professionals in direct work with vulnerable groups in the former Soviet Union. He is also active lecturer and organizer of educational process - making with new curriculums in medical and social rehabilitation. He has designed and implemented numerous practice-based and in-practice training programmers (since 1998) for doctors and a range of other personnel.

Sergey is the author of more than 50 publications addressing contemporary issues in social and medical fields.


Sergii Lukashov (key expert – social work and psychology) is a qualified Psychologist and Social Worker with nearly 15 years of work experience in the development of innovative psycho-social services and delivery systems in countries of the former Soviet Union. His professional experience as a consultant and an accomplished trainer spans a number of countries including Ukraine, Russia (St. Petersburg, Vladivostok), the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan where he has designed and delivered training courses on psycho-social work skills and knowledge. Sergii comes with a wealth of professional experience that blends theoretical professional knowledge with practical application in a range of settings. A major strength, based on experience across the region, is the application of psychological work with service users in a multi-disciplinary context. Having worked as a global technical advisor for an international organisation for a number of years, Sergii brings experience of a wide range of approaches to social care for vulnerable groups and benefits from his involvement in professional networks within and beyond the region. Sergii has worked with service users in residential and community settings and has supervised practitioners in the application of psycho-social interventions, including counselling and rehabilitation, in the workplace. He has developed and delivered training programmes for social work and social care professionals in Tajikistan, Russia (St. Petersburg) and Kyrgyzstan. He has recently carried out a piece of inter-country comparative research on social work practice and the development of methodological guidelines for direct work with children and families. Since 2008, Sergii has been engaged by UNICEF and EveryChild to provide technical support to Tajikistan State National University on the development of a new curriculum for social work.


Zamira Komilova (local counterpart to Team Leader) studied social work under the guidance of professors from Stockholm University and resulting in the award of a Masters degree. She also holds a Masters in Fashion and Design. Over the past nine years, Zamira has worked in various international, local and public organisations in Tajikistan involved in the development of policy and the delivery of social services to vulnerable people. She has valuable experience in practical social work with children and has delivered training on social issues for representatives of Child Rights Departments countrywide. As a social work consultant for UNICEF, was a member of a working group on reforming special vocational schools in Tajikistan. Zamira is currently working on a PhD with a focus on mechanisms for state management of social services in Tajikistan. She is the author of a number publications on social services in Tajikistan, with a particular focus on child labour.


Zarrina Alimshoeva (social work expert) has a Masters degree in Pedagogy and Psychology and has made a significant contribution to the reform of juvenile justice policy and practices in Tajikistan and Azerbaijan. Over the past 8 years Zarrina has acquired extensive experience in training, supervision, consultation and research in the field of social work. Zarrina is the author of several publications, including a ‘Handbook for Social Workers’ working to address and reduce domestic violence in Tajikistan. This handbook was approved by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.





Umeda Ergasheva (social care expert) graduated from social work studies organised by the international organization ORA International and also studied inclusive education in India. Umeda has 10 years’ experience in the social sphere; in addition to working as a social work manager in Day Care for children with disabilities, she has worked directly in a practitioner role with individual children with disabilities, delivered programmes of training for parents of children with disabilities, and also provided individual consultations for mothers of children with disabilities at the Dushanbe Physiological-Pedagogical-Medical-Consultation (PMPC) with the aim of preventing placement of children with disabilities into residential institutions. Within the current project Umeda is focusing on providing assistance to the development and implementation of new forms and methods of social work and social care services in residential care institutions and day care centres for people with disabilities. She continues to be actively involved in the development of specifications and standards for social care service delivery and the development of tools and capacities for monitoring performance.


Umeda Munavvarova (social work expert) is a medical professional with over 20 years work experience. During this time she taught at the Tajik State Medical University and also worked as a surgeon at Hospital City № 3 in Dushanbe. Umeda gained a Masters Degree in social work as part of a project implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the University of Stockholm. Umeda has worked with a range of international organisations on social sector projects over the past 8 years deals including projects focusing on medical and social rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Within the current project she is particularly engaged in project components related to service development. This includes provision of education and training for practice teachers in physical therapy, occupational therapy and social work; introducing new social work methods and technologies with service providers; and supporting education and training on Community Based Rehablitaion (CBR). Umeda has been supporting the development, testing and monitoring of a new model of social care standards and has also contributed to the development of training resources and their appropriate translation into the Tajik language.


Yusuf Shakarmamadov is the project’s Finance Manager. Yusuf completed his studies at the “World Economy” faculty of the Technological University of Tajikistan. Since 1997 he has worked in the NGO sector. Yusuf has more than ten years’ experience in finance, including work as a cashier, as an accountant and as a finance manager.







Natalia Kaurova (office manager) has significant experience providing long-term administrative assistance. Her previous experience includes work with UNDP, the Aga-Khan Foundation, MDO “Arvand”, the World Food Programme, the State Commission on Drug Control (President’s administration) and the World Bank. Natalia has a Bachelors Degree in international relations and a Masters Degree in jurisprudence







Aziz Davlatov (translator/interpreter) holds a Diploma equivalent to an MA in International Economics. Over the past five years he has gained extensive experience in translating/interpreting in English, Tajik and Russian languages in the fields of economics, finance, business planning, social welfare and social work, history, and international relations.






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