In 2003 he joined The Nation newspaper as a reporter where he worked for six years before joining Technical, Entrepreneurial Vocational and Education Authority (TEVETA), a government organisation as Information, Education Communication (IEC) Specialist in 2002. In 2006-7 he worked with UN OCHA IRIN as a journalist. In 2007-08 he was with CNFA, an American NGO with its head office in Washington D.C. as Communications Coordinator. He has also worked as consultant for a number of local and international NGO on media and communications issues such as the IUCN and UNDP.
In addition Raphael has won a number of international and local media awards which include the UN, City of Bonn and International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) award (2000), the World Bank Environment Media Awards (2002, 2003), the Siemens Award (2002), The SADC Media award (2002), the SADC GenderLinks Environment Award (2004).
Raphael Mweninguwe did a four-year diploma in Printing Engineering Technology at the Malawi Polytechnic in Blantyre between 1992 and 1996. A year later he joined the Malawi Institute of Journalism for a certificate course in Journalism. In 2000 he did a postgraduate course in Media Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway and another Media Studies course in 2003 with South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted by Wits University focusing on Developmental Journalism.