Dr. Masamba Sita is a criminologist by training, holder of a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1989); Postgraduate training in Sociology/Anthropology, of Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Bachelor in Criminology, Free University of Brussels (1978); Bachelor in Applied Education, National University of Zaire (now Democratic Rep. of Congo) 1975.
He has been initiated into the techniques of mediation and negotiation (Université de la Paix, Namur, Belgium and at the Menonite Centre, Brussels, Belgium).
Assistant Professor at the “Institut Pedagogique National” (IPN), Kinshasa, DRC, 1975-1977. He joined the African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) in 1992 as a Research and Policy Development Advisor. Associate Professor at the same Institute (IPN), 1993, a position he could not keep due to heavy schedule at UNAFRI. In the execution of his duties at UNAFRI, he has had professional interaction with Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies: Police, Public Prosecution, Prisons, Judges, and Magistrates as well as several institutions (such as universities: Lecturer at Makerere University, 1994-2000) and NGOs mandated with crime prevention and criminal justice programme activities in Africa
His subsequent assumption of the office of Director/Head of Mission in 2003, has enhanced his opportunities for collaboration with local experts in African countries and other partners in the crime prevention networks, particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He is a regular contributor to the United Nations Inter-governmental Experts Group Meetings (EGM) as well as international conferences in addressing the crime problem in Africa (and internationally) and identifying the criminal justice management potentials available within different social settings, particularly focusing on the role played by local communities in Africa. He has also offered the needed technical assistance to Member States in this respect.
His main areas of interest include Criminal Justice Reforms in Africa with reference to the traditional value mechanisms (emphasizing the value, access and use of locally available resources) of dispensing justice in Africa and the need to incorporate some of these mechanisms in the mainstream operations of the conventional Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) at the levels of : Prosecution, Judiciary, Prison Management (with particular emphasis on Social Rehabilitation and Reintegration of ex-prisoners); Local Communities Participation in the implementation of the Criminal Justice System CJS measures and mission: the effective social rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders in the communities of origin or choice; Penal Reform with a view to Alternative Sentencing focusing on a more community-based criminal justice system; National and Transnational Organised Crime including Trafficking in Drugs, Firearms, Humans and the Impact of Crime on Social Development.
Dr. Masamba is a strong advocate for enhanced collaboration of African countries in identifying their needs and devising tailored pragmatic strategies of mobilizing available local (human, material, cultural, financial, etc) resources at local level considered as good practices to be disseminated at regional and international levels in order to strengthen the capacity of criminal justice personnel, other stakeholders as well as policy makers in addressing the crime problem in Africa.