Clayton Mashapa


Clayton Mashapa

Head of the Food Security and Livelihood Unit


Clayton Mashapa is the head of the food security and livelihood unit based in Amman, Jordan. Joining iMMAP in April 2019, Clayton is entrusted with the overall leadership and management of the unit, supporting any ongoing assessments in both Jordan and Syria, drafting reports and briefing notes, facilitating learning and capacity development, and spearheading the research and authorship of thematic papers and reports.

Prior to joining iMMAP, Clayton amassed over two decades of work experience in the humanitarian sector, engaged in primarily leadership positions with the likes of Caritas International, Oxfam GB, Mercy Corps, and the International Rescue Committee. Aside from Jordan and Syria, Clayton has work experience supporting and managing food security and livelihood programs in Iraq, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, and his native Zimbabwe.

As a result of the decades of work experience, Clayton has generated a broad skill set, which comprises noted expertise in capacity building, project cycle management, agriculture value chain development, community-based natural resource management, multivariate analysis, and research.

Clayton is also a recognized research expert with around 50 publications to his name, which touch on agriculture, wildlife, ecology and conservation, and food security and livelihoods. Clayton’s publications can be found on his Google Scholar page.

Clayton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Zimbabwe’s Africa University, a Master’s Degree in Tropical Resources Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources Management from Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi University of Technology.