HUMAN RESOURCES OF ACACIA CONSULTANTS LTD
Acacia has permanent employees and a large pool of long term local and international associate consultants giving the company an extensive breadth of experience working in livelihood development. This blend of national and international professionals has enabled Acacia to tap a diverse pool of experiences and best practices from all over the world.
Profile of Acacia Staff
Acacia has established a permanent secretariat Team that offers administrative and financial support to clients and consultants and who undertake the day-to-day running of the company.
The team includes the following:
JAMES NDIRANGU: Managing Director, Acacia Consultants
MBA - Drought Management and Climate Change, Post Graduate Diploma Land Resources Planning, Post Graduate Diploma Agricultural Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation, BSc Agriculture
James is a fast track, highly motivated, team oriented executive with a background in start-up situations and organization growth. He has more than 26 years’ progressive experience in rural development and technology transfer, project development and management. He has been recognized for exceptional abilities in program strategy development, project design and providing exemplary team vision and leadership. He effectively motivates others on all levels in achievement of individual and organizational goals. He is experienced in the areas of biodiversity conservation and management; managing rural development programs; land use planning; project design, development and implementation; strategic planning and development; organization development and community empowerment; networking and coalitions building; and monitoring and evaluation.
MARTIN G. KAMAU: Nanyuki Office Coordinator/ Senior Livelihoods Consultant
Master of Public Administration (MPA), Diploma in Community Development Practitioner
Mr. Kamau is a highly experienced socio-economist and community development practitioner. He is the Acacia Nanyuki Office coordinator where he ensures that the all client’s needs are met and lead in business search. Besides Mr. Kamau is a senior consultant with over 23 years’ experience in formal employment and in consultancy. He has worked for over 20 years with communities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somali and Sudan as a socio-economist and CBNRM expert. He has carried out numerous socio-economic studies, including being the principal socio-economist for over 150 EIAs and EAs. He has conducted numerous trainings and workshops on participatory approach and methodologies, and in land use planning using participatory land use planning (PLUP) techniques. Besides, Mr. Gitau has been involved in the development of CBNRM and other participatory training manuals and facilitating Training of Trainers to public and private sectors in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. He has authored numerous projects/programmes reports. Mr. Gitau has wide experienced in conducting socio-economic studies including: baseline surveys; programmes/ project monitoring, reviews/ evaluations; livelihoods and feasibilities studies; business development plans; and natural resources management plans, among others.
AGGREY IFEDHA: Financial and Administration Manager
MBA-International Management, BCom, CPA
Aggrey holds a MBA-International Management, BCom and CPA and has over 22 years work experience with the Kenya civil service, the United Nations, the manufacturing industry and non-governmental organizations. His experience includes auditing, setting up and implementation of effective organizational procedures and systems, Financial and Management Accounting, Budgeting, Forecasting, costing and coordination of external audits ensuring timely reporting, and Human Resource management and vast knowledge in various computer accounting applications. Aggrey integrates good interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, whilst maintaining attention to detail to ensure timeliness, completeness and accuracy in financial and management accounting data integrity. Aggrey provides l consulting services in projects and programmes as well as management, SMEs and Organizational Capacity and Strategic Development.
BILHA NJOKI GITHUI: Operations Manager
MBA (Strategic Management); BSC (Chemistry), ACCA, IMIS
Bilha holds a MBA-Strategic Management, BSc-Chemistry and ACCA and has 4 years’ work experience with Deloitte Kenya, one of the big four audit firms in the world. In Deloitte she worked as an audit associate and later an audit senior. As a senior her tasks included planning, supervising, and performing statutory audits and donor-requested audits of various local (Kenyan) and subsidiary foreign firms, applying International Standards on Auditing, ensuring they are in compliance with IFRS, statutory and group reporting requirements of parent companies. She also performed limited reviews on companies and prepared accountants’ reports. Another task was to review the adequacy of accounting systems identifying areas of weaknesses, developing and recommending effective improvement areas for organizations resulting in efficiencies and compliance with internal control systems, accounting principles and best practices. Bilha has developed experience in risk assessment of organizations – through understanding the industry an organization operates in, its governance structures, compliance requirements and key transaction cycles leading to efficient and effective risk based audit. At Acacia, Bilha is involved in proposal development, serves as a member of consultancy teams that tests, documents, and provides support to a variety of industry specialities. She is also involved in generating new revenues for the firm especially in the financial services sector.
JANET MUTHONI MIRITI: Business Development Services Officer
Janet is the Business Development Services Officer who is charged with tracking and updating details of associate consultants during assignments. She also assists in the drawing up of client and consultants contracts and also maintains and track feedback from clients regarding assignment performance. She also writes proposals, edits reports, codes data and works closely with the logistics manager to ensure smooth flow in the office and assignments. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) degree from Maseno University. She has worked in the Education, Community Development and Research sectors in Kenya for over 10 years.
CHARLES KAMAU: Community Development Consultant/Administrative Officer
MA Sociology (Ongoing), BA in Human Resource Manager, Certificate in Research from Strathmore University.
Charles Kamau is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Sociology. He also holds a BA (Human Resource Management) degree from Kenyatta University. He also holds a certificate in applied research from Strathmore University as well as a counselling certificate. Apart from this he has done computer packages and well conversant with word, Excel, SPSS, Epi data, Power point, Internet and Access programmes. Charles is involved in office administrative duties as well as consultancy. For office administration he assists in payroll development, logistics, human resource management, petty cash management, and clerical work including filling of document.
As a consultant in community development, Charles writes proposals, enters data and assists consultants in data analysis, he also writes consultancy reports. Charles participates in training of research assistance as well as data clerks for data entry in the office and data collection in the field, develops consultancy tools and participants in data collection. His experience in the various consultancies had him looking into critical issues on data analysis, data presentation and report writing. He is good in handling tasks allocated to him and has skills in data analysis process from tool formulation to analytical outcomes. He is good and well conversant with data capture tools of Epidata program and analytical work in SPSS programme
DOMINIC NYANDWARO MANDERE: Information Technology/Logistics Officer
Diploma in Information Technology, Certificate in Computer Application- Higher Diploma in information Technology(Ongoing)
Dominic has valuable knowledge in information technology, Computer Networking & Hardware through working in various cyber cafes and ICT firms in Kenya. He is well versed with data computing, network configuration, and computer maintenance. As an IT specialist, Dominic is charged with the responsibility of smooth running of the firm’s computers and network systems. He Provides Technical Support to staff and clients on computer system issues, Monitors and maintains computer systems and networks, Testing and evaluating new Technology and Trouble shoots system and network problem and diagnosing and solving hardware or software faults
As Logistics officer, he is responsible for ensuring that documentation is delivered safely and in a timely manner, as well as ensuring the necessary logistical support to all consultants during field and international assignments. Dominic is a quick learner and pays attention to the details of his work. He has an excellent knowledge of Nairobi and its’ environs, which works to serve him well in his employment duties.
GRACE NGANGA: Office Administrator
Diploma in Business Administration
Grace holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Kimathi Institute. Apart from this she has done computer packages and well conversant with Microsoft Word, Excel, SPSS, Epi data, Power point, Internet and Access programmes. Her duties include, coordinating and overseeing the overall logistics (maintenance of proper records, storekeeping), preparing petty cash vouchers, assist in business acquisition opportunities, maintain and track feedback from clients, assist in preparation of the annual audits, ensure prompt deliveries of proposals, expressions of interests, assists in proposal writing and has vast knowledge in data cleaning and entry.
The company has a team of “Core” Consultants who are an integral part of Acacia Team and a database of associate consultants in all the sectors and disciplines we work. The following are Acacia’s Core Consultants/Technical Team:
DR. NICODEMOUS NYANDIKO: DRR/Livelihood Expert
PhD Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, Master of Science –Disaster Management and sustainable Development, BSc in Agriculture
Dr N.O Nyandiko is a risk and vulnerability analyst guru with wide knowledge and experience in Disaster risk reduction, climate change adaption and policy analysis locally and globally. He has proven international experience in capacity building of a wide range of personnel. He holds extensive experience in research, DRR and adaptation capacity building, policy and program formulation, monitoring and evaluation. He also has deep knowledge on relationship between adaption, and resilience with issues of governance, power, politics and economic development. He has consulted for a number of UN, INGOs and government agencies. These include UNDP Kenya, UNISDR, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)-Somalia, East African Community, Government of Kenya and Kenya Red Cross Society among others. Dr Nyandiko is a team player and can write and speak clearly in English. He enjoys working in multi-cultural teams and uses time efficiently. His areas of expertise include but not limited to; DRR with local and international experience in DRR Programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, wide experience in undertaking needs assessments and in developing tailored- made training programs, solid and tested background in livelihoods and food security project design and planning and monitoring, gender analysis including mainstreaming programming such as food security, WASH, training, etc., sound knowledge on climate change adaptation in agriculture and rural livelihoods, excellent knowledge of international issues and frameworks related to DRR and CCA, program/ project Management, supervision and coordination, extensive experience in Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction/Disaster Risk Reduction, drought preparedness and mitigation project planning and implementation, proposal development involving planning, designing, implementation and management, research in environment and natural resources management issues, policy design and analysis including disaster policies and project monitoring and evaluation and learning.
EVELYN KAARI NJUE: Livelihood /Agricultural Economist
MSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics, BSc degree in Agriculture
Evelyn holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. She has over 26 years of employment and consultancy in the public and private sector. She has worked in KARI as a managing director and was also a Director for ETC East Africa serving for 12 years and 6 years respectively. In addition, Evelyn was the Food Security Programme Manager at COOPI Somalia being responsible for the implementation of several projects with support of National Staff in different regions of Somalia. Her key areas of expertise include; Programme Management, Food Security and Livelihoods, Monitoring and evaluation, Market studies and value chain analysis, Strategic planning and Project Formulation, and Gender analysis and mainstreaming in livelihood projects.
MR. OKUMBA MIRUKA: Gender Expert/Community Developer
Master of Arts (Gender and Development Studies), Bachelor of Education (Arts), Diploma in Education (Business Education)
Mr. Miruka has over 15 years’ experience in participatory facilitation of group events: training of trainers, communication skills, education for conflict resolution, strategic planning, country programming, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, para-legal training, nutritional surveys, cultural orientation, gender-based violence, gender mainstreaming in programmes, food needs assessment, team building and staff retreats. He also does research and documentation; situation analysis; organisational assessment; proposal writing; development of training materials; conference rapporteuring; manuscript evaluation; compilation and broadcasting of radio programmes. In addition, he has been involved in development of funding proposals.
MR. ISAAC WAMUGI: Pastoral Livelihood Expert
Master of Natural Resources Management (M.N.R.M.), B.Sc. (Rangeland Management)
Mr. Wamugi has over 26 years of experience in the field of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists livelihood systems, natural resource management, range management, environmental conservation and impact assessments, and drought risk reduction. Isaac has held various position through career growth; the last being Project Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction programme in Kenya and Ethiopia for COOPI. Has also held the position of Technical Officer on NRM for the EU funded Community Development Trust Fund. He is well experienced in capacity building of staff and communities, coordination and supervision of projects, development of strategic documents on Disaster Risk Reduction, proposal development and report writing, team player and application of Participatory Research methodology. Further to employment, has undertaken consultancies in feasibility studies, technical backstopping, and baseline and evaluation surveys. He is a registered lead expert on Environmental Impact Assessment and has played critical roles in supervising adherence to National Environment management Authorities EIA protocols during project and programme implementation.
DR. JOACHIM KAGIRI: Wildlife Expert
PhD in Business Administration, MBA, Diploma International Relations, Diploma in Community Based Development, Diploma in Wildlife Conservation & Management, Certificate in Conflict Response & Management
Dr Kagiri is a fully trained in Wildlife conservation and management expert. He has over 25 year’s hands-on experience in conservation. Through his career ladder, Dr Kagiri has directly coordinated parks’ operations as an Assistant Director for eight years at KWS, has directly coordinated community conservation as an Assistant Director for eleven years and has served as Deputy Director (at KWS) in charge of wildlife management, community wildlife service, wildlife business licensing and wildlife education & extension services for six years.
Moreover, Dr Kagiri has long experience in, community sanctuary development and wildlife conflicts’ resolution. He has coordinated the processing of corporate wildlife strategic plans, annual work plans, community action plans and protected areas management plans using PAPF (Protected Areas Planning Framework). He participated in the designed fences and its 800 km construction of wildlife barriers nationally. Other areas of expertise are coordination design and implementation of three cross-border projects in East Africa and being the team leader in several assignments in accomplishing of community and conservation goals in Kenya.
MRS MARY MUITO: Education Expert
M. Sc. In Entrepreneurship Development; Post-Graduate Diploma in Systematic Curriculum Development, Implementation, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation; B.Ed. (Hons) Art & Design; Diploma in Teaching (S1)
Mary is an experienced educationist, evaluator, trainer of trainers, mentor in professional growth and specialist in curriculum design and development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for formal, non-formal, adult, technical and vocational education and training programmes. Mary has a long experience in civil service having worked as a teacher and tutor in various secondary schools in Kenya, a lecture at the Kenya Institute of Education, Senior Principal and Programmes Coordinator of the Adult Education/ NFE Division at the Kenya Institute of Education, full time consultant at UNICEF on the Monitoring Achievement in Lower Primary (MALP) Programme, and an Education Technical Advisor at Diakonia Sweden, East Africa Regional Office Nairobi. Besides after retiring from full time employment, Mary has embarked on consultancy which she is currently undertaking. Some of her skills and qualifications include: development of systems for monitoring learning achievement and standards for formal and non-formal education and training programmes for youth; development of basic learning competences and standards for children and adult learners; training of trainers in participatory facilitation methodologies; training in life skills and living values for youth and adult learners; educator, teacher and trainer in livelihood skills development for self-reliance; education policy development and analysis, strategic planning; examination setting, moderation, marking and awarding of certificates for school / college based and enterprise based education and training programmes.
DANIEL MWERO KIMUYU: Rural Development and Statistician
Master of Science in Applied Statistics, BSc. in Information Technology, Diploma in French
Daniel has extensive experience in applied research for rural development and consultancy. With over 9 years’ experience, his skills include: Food security and livelihood analysis, developing poverty reduction strategies, sustainable rural development, community-based natural resource management, participatory technology development and dissemination, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, gender, pro-poor agricultural research and extension, project management, planning and evaluation; needs and impact assessments, and M&E, design and implementation of sustainable agricultural programmes, institutional analysis and policy analysis. Daniel has substantial field experience in Sudan (WHO), Ethiopia (IFPRI/World Bank), Uganda (MAP International) and Kenya (HARVEST PLUS, Solidarities International, UNICEF, ILRI, USAID, PSI, and KEMRI/WELLCOME TRUST). He is well versed in designing and development of surveys and survey tools with his main areas of strength including: ability to analyse complex livelihood systems, good knowledge and experience in survey design, implementation of surveys and statistical data analysis, excellent knowledge of STATA and SPSS and advanced data manipulation skills, able to work under pressure and on multiple tasks with minimum supervision, good conduct and high moral integrity, possess an analytical mind with excellent reporting skills, excellent interpersonal communication and strong networking skills, and accomplished in capacity building.
DR. CHRISTIAN THINE OMUTO: GIS Expert
PhD. Agricultural Engineering, MSc. Agricultural Engineering, BSc. Agricultural Engineering, Diploma Advanced application of remote sensing and GIS in water resources & watershed management, ITC, Certificate in applications of GIS & Remote sensing in mapping natural resources & Certificate in Geoinformatics for watershed management
Dr. Christian holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. He also holds a Doctorate degree in the same and is currently a Lecturer in the University of Nairobi with the department of Environment and Bio systems Engineering (teaching Engineering statistics, research methods, and Geoinformatics). Further to this, Dr Thine is a part-time consultant specialising in environmental studies and Geo-mapping with over seven years’ experience. Dr Thine has competencies in the development of rapid methods for resource mapping using GIS, Remote sensing, and GPS mapping for large-area characterization and assessment of man-made and natural resources and climate change impacts. He has used these new and rapid techniques to characterize resources types, human and livestock population, water points, homesteads, and much more for remote and inaccessible areas. He is an Engineer by profession and specializing on GIS and remote sensing applications. He has worked on various projects with reputable research organizations locally and internationally.
MR. GEORGE MBATE NDIKU: Development Economist/Agricultural Economist
MSc (Agricultural Economics), Graduate Diploma in Economics, B’Phil – Economics, B.Sc. (Economics)
Mr. Mbate is experienced in Project Appraisals, Monitoring and Evaluation, Projects that address environmental and ecological issues, Data analysis, Development of socio-economic indicators and have a bias in poverty issues. He has strong background on participatory methods such as Participatory Rural Appraisal, (PRAs), Agricultural extension service, environmental and ecological issues, and community development issues. Mr. Mbate as carried out numerous PRAs in Tanzania that focused on all development matters including livestock and crops. Mr. Mbate is an economist with a lot of experience in development issues including sectoral planning, preparation of work plans and budgets; implementation of integrated rural development projects and programs and capacity building initiatives; he is conversant with government policies on various economic and development matters including reforms and privatization in the water sector, agriculture and Livestock sectors, primary health care and environmental issues. He was among a group of expert who pioneered the planning, budgeting and implementation of an integrated development program in Machakos district as an economist and later as the program officer. The program’s objective was to reduce poverty levels in the region through multi sectoral projects in agriculture/livestock, environment, water development, small scale industries, community development and cooperatives. Related to this is also a tour of three years to Ngara and Muleba Districts in Tanzania where he was the advisor and financial controller for the District programs supported by Dutch Development Aid.
DR. GEORGE ONYANGO OYOKO: Livestock/Community Development
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Certificate-Participatory Technology Development and PRA, Workshop training in PRA and data analysis, Diploma Community Development
Dr. Oyoko holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (B.V.M) degree (UoN) and Diploma in Community Development. (Transnational College, Nairobi). He has been involved in Livestock and Animal Health Development in the East Africa region for over 9 years and has held various consultancies in several private, regional and international organizations. Dr. Oyoko has engaged in a variety of roles in the development and implementation of livestock value chain (meats-beef, poultry, dairy); Community Action Planning and Training and is conversant with concept of Training of Trainers and community resource persons including livestock service providers (CAHWs). He is also experienced in development of user friendly training modules targeting the improvement of the livestock sector including beef, dairy and livestock products and also in the development of livestock and livestock products traceability materials. He has additional strengths including development of community learning tools and integration of cross cutting issues such as gender responsiveness, HIV/AIDS and environmental conservation in program development and implementation. Dr. Oyoko is also experienced in community level interactions with project stakeholders having worked with various communities in livestock development including farmers, input providers, extension service providers, policy providers and regulators, livestock products processors and consumers. He is also capable of setting organizational priorities based on available strengths and prevailing internal and external weakness. Also proficient in most computer packages (Word, Excel, Power point, and the use of both pure science statistical and social science packages such as SPSS.
JOHN WAITA: Rural Development/ Disaster Risk Management Consultant
MSc Rural Resource Management, MSc World Animal Production, Diploma in Range Management
John has over 30 years’ experience of agriculture and livestock programmes, particularly in arid and semi-arid environments. He has extensive project planning and implementation experience, including results oriented planning and reporting, as well as hands-on training of project staff and community workers with regard to community entry; community awareness and supporting of community initiatives. He is experienced in community based service delivery; promotion of livestock-related micro-enterprises, including livestock marketing, assessment and development of small-scale water projects, results-oriented project management and participatory monitoring and evaluation. He has wide experience gained through the development and facilitation of drought and other disaster risk reduction policies for Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. Mr. Waita is also experienced in the drafting of drought risk reduction policy framework concept notes.
DR. JOYCE MEME: Health and Nutrition Consultant
PhD Health Management, MSc Nutritional Sciences, BEd (Bachelor of Education)
Joyce has over 25 years of experience in health and nutrition interventions. She is specialized in nutrition, particularly infant feeding, reproductive health, HIV &AIDS and emergency interventions. She is an experienced trainer on HIV & AIDS, mother and child health. She has carried out evaluations of a wide range of health interventions as well as baseline and nutrition surveys and has worked extensively in Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, the DRC and Swaziland. Joyce has specialized training on community-based projects and programme development and has also carried out research and training for over 10 years on health and nutrition related issues, strategic planning, proposal writing and evaluation.
DR. THUITA THENYA: Natural Resources Management /GIS
Ph.D. Research Area: Ecological productivity, Utilisation and land use change in Yala Swamp, M.Sc. in Ecology, B.Sc.; Geography and Botany
Dr. Thenya has a wide range of experience in natural resources issues. He combines experience from lecturing on environmental issues, practical field experience on project activities (implementation and assessment) in both forest and wetland ecosystems. Field experience involves assessment of livelihoods, ecological status, and community development including enterprise development. Dr Thenya has over 14 years of expertise in natural resources management issues in both forest and wetland ecosystems. This has also involved collection of socio-economic studies, ecological data, collection of project baseline data, and mapping using geographical information system. He has also been involved in formulation of several participatory forest management plans (PFM) under the 2005 Forest Act provision, which involved community mobilisation, livelihood and ecological assessment in these forest ecosystems. In addition, he has a wealth of experience in mapping forest resources using geographical information system and geographical positioning system (GPS). Forest areas where he has worked in include Mount Kenya, Maasai Mau, Rumuruti, Eburru, Lariak, Shamanek, Trans Mara, Maasai Mau and Kotobo among others in development of management plan and community consultation. Experience also encompasses development of indicators, implementation and evaluation of projects/programmes related to forests and wetland ecosystems. Other qualities include strong analytical, report writing and documentation of lessons learnt, presentations, project management skills, capacity assessment, training and strategic planning processes having conducted these at community, national and regional levels.
DR. FELISTUS KINUNA KINYANJUI: Sociologist
Ph.D in Humanities, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil. in History), Bachelor of Arts (History & Sociology), Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
Dr. Felistus Kinuna Kinyanjui is a trained sociologist and has over 18 years’ experience working with youth groups and women’s groups in Kenya, South Africa and Ireland. Dr. Kinyanjui is an active campaigner against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. She has experience in the development of curriculum for gender and development and has a deep background in teaching and training youth and adults. She also has experience mentoring, counselling and capacity building, as well as strong report writing and documentation skills. She has also undertaken research in education, HIV/AIDS and cash transfer.
PROF. JOSEPH MWANGI GATHUMA- Livestock Expert
Ph.D Veterinary Medicine (split programme), M.Sc Veterinary Medicine, BVSc (DVM equivalent)
Professor Gathuma has been involved in teaching and research in the University of Nairobi for more than 30 years. He has held the position of Chairman of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi between June 1978 and October 1997. He has also held numerous appointments as researcher and a consultant too many private, public, regional and international organizations. He studies on animal health and productivity under pastoral systems including: studies on livestock production systems under Arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL); studies on improving delivery of animal health services in Kenya; assessing the impact of major diseases affecting livestock productivity under nutritional stress and livestock migration within the Greater Horn of Africa; evaluations on the delivery of animal health services by the public and private sector in the horn of Africa; a case for Community Health Workers; conducted studies on epidemiology and socio-economic impact of helminthosis in Kenya; Studies on Comparative Analysis of Veterinary Drugs Delivery Mechanisms in the Arid Lands of Kenya: Undertaken studies on Livestock Marketing and Support to the Establishment of Livestock Disease Free Zones/Livestock Disease Free Export Zones in Kenya, and Guidelines for Emergency Livestock Off-take; assessed the risk of transmitting the Rift Valley Virus from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula states through meat imports and assessment of the Somali meat sector which involves studying livestock and meat marketing, focusing on analysis of the strengths, weaknesses/constraints, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) and making recommendations for improvement. He is well equipped in conducting baseline surveys, Evaluations, Feasibility studies and assessments in the area of livestock for the rural communities in the horn of Africa.
LAMMERT ZWAAGSTRA: Livelihood, Rural Development & Community Development Expert
BSc in General Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, EC Consultant on Technical Assistance
Lammert Zwaagstra has more than 30 years’ experience in rural development activities in the areas of agricultural extension services, seed quality control, district-based multi-donor and multi-sectoral relief rehabilitation and development, multi-district livestock and water development in arid lands and community based rural development and poverty alleviation. Furthermore, Mr. Zwaagstra has worked in project management and project administration for more than 18 years and has conducted the design and implementation of a community based emergency water-rehabilitation programme, as well as the design of a community based nation-wide poverty alleviation and rural development programme. He also has more than 12 years’ experience in the design and execution of relief, rehabilitation and drought management and drought monitoring and early warning systems.
DANIEL MUNGA: Monitoring Information Specialist
MSc in Information Systems, BSc in Electronics Technology and a minor In Computer Science (Hons)
Daniel is a Business Systems professional with proven advisory expertise in business analysis, modelling and IT systems strategy and implementation. He has demonstrable ability to work effectively at different levels of an organization, from shop floor to senior management. Daniel has also acquired great skills and knowledge through projects both in the public and private sector. Daniel has had experience in developing applications using the programming languages that include: C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, PHP, MS SQL, Oracle PL/SQL and ORACLE Developer amongst others. Other skills Daniel has are analysis and optimizing of Management Information Systems, Business process re-engineering, Business Systems selection and database design and development. He is a qualified ICT specialist, with experience in database design and creation of computerized M & E system related to the Agricultural and Livestock sector. Also practical experience in design of management information systems in various countries and has developed web-based systems a wide range of clients
JOSHUA OGOLA: Rural Development & Community Development Expert
MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics (Marketing and International Trade), BA (Hons) Degree in Economics
Mr Ogola educational background is in Economics. He has undertaken Private sector development in Development of business plans, marketing strategy, business advisory services, business appraisal, and needs analysis, market research and developing marketing linkages; baseline surveys, value chain analysis and business management training. Mr. Ogola has also vast knowledge in Trade and investment promotion/facilitation in facilitation of investment and economic partnerships and market linkages, competition and investment/business operating framework analysis, multilateral trade arrangements (WTO); strategies for economic co-operation. In addition, Ogola has done Project planning and management and engaged in the Private and public sector project preparation, appraisal and management, project proposal writing, micro finance and development programme management, economic and financial analysis. He has also well qualified in conducting trainings and capacity building in Management training and Institutional development; program management; capacity building and impact assessment; Policy development and reviews; Private sector policy analysis; development and management, investment and competition policy analysis, and reviews
CLIVE ROBINSON- Livelihood and Social Protection Expert
MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy; BA French
Clive Robinson has 44 years’ experience of work with public authorities and voluntary organisations, researching, writing, speaking and managing. He has led food security evaluations in several African countries as well as being a food security analyst in policy fora in the late eighties and nineties. In 2009 he edited a review of the results of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) studies conducted in the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) member states of Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia. He was responsible for producing a synthesised regional document of the country studies, an assessment of their strengths and challenges and a foundation document for an intervention plan. He presented these to a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of member state officials.
He has evaluated an integrated rural development programme and a humanitarian (food and seeds) programme in Ethiopia, a seed supply programme in Malawi, two food security programmes in Rwanda and a housing project in Sri Lanka. In eastern DRC in 2008 he evaluated the delivery of food and non-food aid to displaced people. In 2003-4 he produced a policy report on food security in Eritrea based on his in-country research. In social protection his 2003 report nothing to fall back on: why Ethiopians are still short of food and cash examined the prospects for enhanced employment-based safety nets, drawing on studies of cash- and food-remunerated public works programmes and models in Tigray and India. The more developed instruments now being used in Ethiopia (productive safety net programme, risk financing mechanism) were a focus of study in the 2009 IGAD synthesis.
Clive has a long experience as an institutional analyst. After his Master’s in public administration, he switched from a governmental organisation in the UK to take an NGO post targeted at the EU institutions in terms of both advocacy and fundraising. Leading an international NGO group in Brussels focused on food security led Clive onto further collaboration with the UN food agencies in Rome, especially FAO who engaged him to prepare a report on civil society cooperation.
Through recent consultancy work Clive has up-to-date experience of M&E, using results-based logframe techniques in preparing proposals and examining monitoring data as part of his evaluation work: the absence of baseline data and a lack of quantification in developing indicators are the two most common shortfalls found in evaluation tasks. He carried out a full study of capacity assessment and capacity building needs for ACT International in 2006 and included M&E in the training course he ran for Ethiopian NGOs in 2004. One of the Ethiopian NGOs he supports voluntarily commissioned a consultancy report on project M&E and management in 2009 whose follow-up Clive has been involved in discussing.
RICHARD CHESOS KIROP: Editor
Bed Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication (Distinction)
Mr. Chesos is an experienced Editor, and has worked as a Sub-Editor with The Standard and as a journalist both at The Standard and the Nation for a period spanning seven years. He has also taught English and Literature in secondary school for three years. Mr Kirop has written and edited stories and reports on many aspects of society, including health, education, agriculture, water, and advocacy. He has also written and edited many corporate communication materials. He is a trained Lead Auditor of ISO 9001:2008. Currently, he is a Public Relations Officer at the NGOs Co-ordination Board, where he edits the Board’s quarterly newsletter.
PROF LUCY KABUAGE: Animal Production Expert
PhD Animal Production, MSc Animal Production, BSc Agriculture
Dr Kabuage is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Production, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi and holds a PhD in Animal Production. She is also a par-time consultant with Acacia consultant. She has worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development at the Animal Health and Industry Training Institute (AHITI) Kabete as Head of Animal Production Department and training technical assistants who serve as front-line agricultural extension staff in the field. Her work at the University entails teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducting research in the areas of animal production including dairy production, production systems and livestock products and processing. She has also undertaken several consultancy assignments in livestock production locally and regionally and participates in outreach work in the same field.
MR. LAILA BARNABA LOKOSANG’: Statistician
PhD Candidate (Statistics), MA Agric Candidate (Food Security), MSc Biometry, Advanced Certificate in Computer Studies and BSc in Statistics and Demography
Mr. Lokosang has served for 20 years as Management Information Systems specialists, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with Government of Sudan and the United Nations in Malawi. Apart from being a scholar, Mr. Lokosang works as a Consultant in association with three consultancy firms including Acacia Consultants Ltd. So far, Mr. Lokosang has performed close to 20 consultancies funded by bilateral and multilateral organizations. The consultancies are in the area of data processing and analysis, database design, design of monitoring systems and programme evaluation. In the last two years, Mr. Lokosang has served in the Food Security Expert Team of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development (CAADP) as a consultant contracted by the World Bank Groups. The main task of this CAADP Expert Team is appraising and reviewing National Agricultural Investment Plans, implementation processes and monitoring and evaluation performance. Mr. Lokosang’s main research interests are food security measurement and monitoring and prediction. With a training background in writing scientific articles, Mr. Lokosang has recently written a peer-reviewed article (titled: “Application of Ordinal Logistic Regression in determining causes of and predicting food insecurity”), which is undergoing final stages of publication in the AGRECON Journal.
MR. Joseph Gitonga Muriithi: Sociologist
Post Graduate Diploma in Gender, Poverty and Development, Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management, B.A. Sociology
Gitonga is an experienced development practitioner with over nine years’ experience in community development work. He has a wide experience in working and building the capacities of grassroots and meso level organizations using participatory methodologies. His area of expertise has being on socio economic issues where he facilitated the community on various aspects on the same. He has experience in working and building the capacities of grass-root and meso-level organisations using participatory methodologies such as participatory rural appraisal (PRA), participatory learning action (PLA), stages of progress (SOP) and rapid rural appraisal (RRA) among others. In particular, he has an excellent understanding of the project cycle management and how to mainstream cross cutting issues in the process. Gitonga is very conversant on the application of sustainable livelihood approaches in improvement of the socio-economic status of communities especially those living in arid and semi-arid areas. He is also conversant with the use of statistical analysis computer packages such as SPSS and ENA (emergency nutritional analysis). Gitonga have worked in Kenya and in South Sudan. On various occasions, he has been hired to undertake consultancies on socio-economic surveys, baseline surveys and end of project/ programme evaluations. He has also been engaged in organizational self-assessment for various organisations in preparation for partnerships for funding.
DR. TOM OUNA: GIS Expert
PhD thesis in Medical Geography, MA Geography (Environmental Planning and Management, Bachelor of Arts—Major in Geography
Dr. Ouna is an EIA expert registered with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). He is also a GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst with over nine (9) years’ experience in Environmental Assessment, Planning and Management including Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Rwanda and Somalia.
Tom has worked closed with numerous groups and has participated in Environmental Assessments with different groups in the oil industry, livestock, agriculture, human health and livelihoods. He has demonstrated skills in data capture through field surveys and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), public participation, IT and database management, Participatory Research methodology, Poverty and livelihood mapping through Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) and Participatory Land Use Mapping (PLUM) analysis. He remains highly conversant with policies and procedures on Environmental Assessment and Management including the NEMA, ICF and World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguards policies and Codes related to wildlife, forestry, water, geology, local government, health and mines.
Tom possesses a high degree of organization, prioritization and co-ordination skills, basic office administration, budget preparation and control, general office microcomputer applications such as programming in VB, Microsoft Excel, Access, Power point as well as Geographic Information System (GIS) software applications such as ArcView, ArcGIS, MapInfo, Erdas, Idrisi and Envi among others. He has well developed communication, interpersonal, oral, presentation, training and writing skills, including ability to draft and edit documents. He has excellent analytical, people, research and problem solving skills and competent working at International and community levels having worked/consulted for international organizations including UN, ILRI and ICRAF for over 8 years as well as government institutions. He is excited and enthusiastic about learning and pushing technical limits and finding new solutions. Key areas of expertise include;
· Expert working knowledge of GIS Analysis & Modelling in ArcGIS (9.x to 10), ArcMap, Arcview and Quantum GIS
· Expert working knowledge of Remote Sensing and image analysis in IDRISI, ILWIS and ERDAS
· Expert working knowledge of MS Excel, MS Access, Ms FoxPro and Dbase IV and SQL for data management; MS Word, Adobe Professional, PowerPoint, Photomap and Paint Brush in Windows XP/Vista; MS Office 2003, 2007 environments for preparing documents
· Expert working knowledge of SPSS, R, Genstat, SQL for databases analysis.
· Excellent skills in writing scientific papers, proposals, reports, social media communication and preparing presentations.
· Expert in Participatory-GIS and Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA)
· Long experience in staff supervision, budgeting, planning, monitoring and evaluation
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