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I am a specialist in managing education and Psychosocial Care and Support programs with 10 years working experience in humanitarian assistance in different communities in Kenyamore...I am a specialist in managing education and Psychosocial Care and Support programs with 10 years working experience in humanitarian assistance in different communities in Kenya and countries in the African region in different positions with proven skills of working in diverse cultural backgrounds, urban slum settings, hardship and tough working environments
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Work Experience Summary: Synopsis: I am a specialist in managing education and Psychosocial Care and Support programs with 10 years working experience in humanitarian assistance in different communities in Kenya and countries in the African region in different positions with proven skills of working in diverse cultural backgrounds, urban slum settings, hardship and tough working environments
In Feb 2007-Feb 2010, working as a Psychosocial Support Manager, I acquired expertise of designing programs, implementing and managing staff and program activities while working in 9 underprivileged slum communities in Kenya managing a Community, Health, Education and Outreach HIV/AIDs program where I spearheaded development of counseling manuals, strategic and work plans to inform the counseling interventions for the program beneficiaries both in the community and the schools to promote their mental well being and restore their lost dignity. I supervised staff and ensured monthly reports were written and submitted to the Head of the program. Through Kenya Red Cross Society, I coordinated psychological support for Kenyan IDPs during the post-election violence paying attention to the counseling needs and equipping IDPs with skills to deal with the traumas they had experienced. I also participated in trainings to build capacity of stakeholders to ensure better care of the IDPs. I participated in developing guidelines and inducting counselors on the psychological first aid guidelines to minimize harm done to the IDPs. I participated in debriefing sessions for Red Cross counselor responders and other helping volunteers while conducting debriefing sessions for staff of various organizations such as NHIF,IRC
In May 2007, I accompanied the relatives who lost their family members in the KQ plane crash in Duala, Cameroon and facilitated group, individual and family therapies to help them come to terms with the death of the loved ones. I conducted a counseling needs assessment to inform intervention
I designed and coordinated implementation of psychosocial care and counseling support program for Darfurian refugees in 5 camps while working for HIAS in Eastern Chad in June 2005-January 2007 .I representing HIAs in all stakeholders and state meetings, compiling reports and submitting to UNHCR and other donors in timely manner, participated in recruitment and inducted HIAS program staff and wrote appraisals to advise on the renewal of contracts. I wrote proposals and effectively managed finances and overall budgets.
I have conducted a number of research studies and developed monitoring tools to assess impact of the programs for FHI,UNESCO, PPFA,SOMANET,HIAS, Feed the Children, Plan International, RTI among others
In the period Sep 2000-Dec 2003, I was involved in the long-term management of education needs for the children of survivors of the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Nairobi under the USAID Education Support Program implemented by Ernest and Young. I facilitated capacity building for teachers to identify trauma/stress symptoms among children and referred them to me for individual and group counseling sessions that I facilitated in schools and in the holidays
In July 2010, had a mission to Uganda through the Kenya Red Cross to assist in putting in place appropriate interventions for the Uganda Red Cross to assist the victims of the July 11 Kampla bombimg deal with the trauma they suffered.
In addition to proven coordination and technical skills in management of programs, I have skills in training to build capacity of communities to address issues on sexual and gender based violence, HIV/AIDs, child protection, child rights, basic guidance and counseling, loss and grief and stress management. In the years of employment, I have acquired wealth of experience in team building, liaison a
skills, civil society strengthening, participatory community-managed projects, rights-based programming and resource mobilization.
Education Summary: B .Ed degree in Teaching, Kenyatta University, Kenya (1994–1997)
Professional work experience
April 2010- to date: African Family Health-Consultant
ïƒ¼ Designing psychosocial and community outreach program
ïƒ¼ Conducting research and writing report of the findings for partner organisations such as P PFA,RTI
ïƒ¼ Providing technical support on psychosocial support interventions to Uganda Red Cross and Plan International
ïƒ¼ Facilitating trainings for teachers on building relationships with children
ïƒ¼ Participating in stakeholders meetings and representing African Family Health in such meetings
ïƒ¼ Developing program budgets.
Feb 2007-Feb 2010: FEED THE CHILDREN -Community Health Education and Outreach HIV/AIDS program (FTC-CHEO), Psychosocial Support Manager
Major program tasks
ïƒ¼ Designing and implementation of the Community, Education, Health and Outreach program. Coordinated the development of strategic plan, work matrix, CHEO year calendar of events, task schedules and budgets for the various departments
ïƒ¼ Mobilising communities, INGO partners, government partners and schools for trainings and facilitating trainings on basic counselling skills, stress and stress management, loss and grief, retirement etc
ïƒ¼ Designing need assessment tools and monitoring tools
ïƒ¼ Facilitating individual and group counselling in schools and community
ïƒ¼ Debriefing psychologist, guidance and counselling teachers and mobilisers who were doing counselling at different levels
ïƒ¼ Conducting counselling needs assessments and designing appropriate interventions
ïƒ¼ Developing appropriate tools to gather and document counselling interventions for the department.
ïƒ¼ Facilitated development of IEC materials for different departments, psychosocial, education, community mobilization, religious affairs and social work in collaboration with Program Manager and Program Coordinators.
ïƒ¼ Liaison with the City Education& City Health Departments and representing FTC-CHEO in
ïƒ¼ Ensured monthly and quarterly reports are written and submitted to the Head of program in a timely manner.
ïƒ¼ Acted as the focal point for FTC-CHEO and World Food Program and Ray of Hope in the implementation of the community HIV feeding program in Kawangware, Dandora, Maili Saba, Kayole, Kangemi, Dagoretti, Korogocho, Mathare, Riruta and Huruma communities
ïƒ¼ Participated in staff recruitment, appraisal, supervised staff, community Mobilisers and interns and ensured program work was done in an ethical manner while reporting to the Head of program and Deputy Country Director.
Jan - March 2008, Kenya Red Cross Society, Assistant Psychosocial Coordinator Volunteer
ïƒ¼ Assisting in coordinating the psychosocial work in different regions of Mombasa, North Rift, South Rift, Nairobi and Central Kenya in the months of January to March during the Post Election Violence
ïƒ¼ Helping in mobilizing professional counsellors and briefing them on psychosocial guidelines and deploying them to various IDP camps around the country.
ïƒ¼ Developing assessment tools and conducting rapid assessment around the country to access the IDP psychosocial needs.
ïƒ¼ Representing Kenya Red Cross in stakeholders cluster and sub cluster meetings e.g. health, psychosocial and GBV
ïƒ¼ Establishing referral systems to ensure holistic support of the IDPS
ïƒ¼ Facilitating trainings for TOTs on psychosocial issues and post rape trauma in partnership with other partners.
ïƒ¼ Managing the budget of volunteer counsellors for their allowances while in the field
June 2005 - Jan 2007: HIAS-Chad psychosocial Program and Community Services Initiative coordinating 5 refugee camps in Eastern Chad, Project Director
Major programme tasks
ïƒ¼ Writing program proposals and budgets to source funds for the HIAS Refugee program.
ïƒ¼ Developing work matrix and implementing the psychosocial and the community services program in the camps among the Sudanese refugees in Eastern Chad.
ïƒ¼ Lead in the conducting of ethnographic survey, analyzing the data writing final report of the survey findings. Present the findings to other partners.
ïƒ¼ Compiling the bi- weekly, monthly, quarterly, sub-agreement monitoring reports and annual reports for the activities in all the camps for reporting to UNHCR, PRM, HIAS New York and other donors.
ïƒ¼ Networking and coordinating with other implementing partners like UNHCR, WFP, ICRC, IFRC, CORD, UNICEF, AGS, CNAR, COOPI, INTERSOS, CARE, CCF, MSF-H,GTZ,RET and SCADEV for holistic support of refugees in respect to age, gender and diversity mainstreaming.
ïƒ¼ Facilitating psycho- educational trainings and sensitizations to refugees, stakeholders and local authorities on psychosocial issues such as stress and stress management, GBV, child trauma, conflict resolution and peace education.
ïƒ¼ Conducting psychological assessment of the refugees and doing referrals to medical centres and other partners for treatment, protection and appropriate assistance.
ïƒ¼ Representing HIAS in stakeholders and state coordination meetings and acting as Chief of Mission during transition periods.
ïƒ¼ Coordinating all program activities in respect to age, gender and diversity mainstreaming approach (AGDM).
ïƒ¼ Supervising psychosocial team that comprised of 10 international staff, 15 national staff, and 111 animators in the five camps. Facilitating staff assessment for appraisals, renewal of contracts and promotions and participating in recruitment of new program staff
ïƒ¼ Facilitating individual and group counselling for children, youth men and women and people with special needs
June 2004 –June 2005: Lifespring Counselling and Training Centre, Psychologist in Charge
ïƒ¼ Providing counselling and referrals to staff of United Nations of Nairobi and 8 UN agencies under the joint counselling scheme while representing the Staff Counsellor from Lifespring Counselling and Training Centre
ïƒ¼ Facilitated counselling and trainings to individuals, schools, refugees and staff of international organizations and national organizations.
ïƒ¼ Participated in decision-making meetings as part of the UN learning team best practice at work place that is concerned with the HIV/AIDS related issues for UNON and UN agencies staff.
ïƒ¼ In charge of administrative issues and staff while reporting to the Executive Director
ïƒ¼ Collaborating with Nairobi Women’s Hospital in psycho education training workshops on gender based violence and rape management to selected groups of doctors, social workers, NGO workers and Kenya police.
Sep 2000 – Oct 2003, Ernst and Young, USAID Education Sponsorship Programme (E.S.P), Programme Officer
ïƒ¼ Part of the team that developed the criteria used by the programme to ensure efficient and effective identification of the targeted children beneficiaries for the sponsorship program
ïƒ¼ Interviewing and identifying clients and children who were bomb blast victims in order to come up with the beneficiaries of the programme
ïƒ¼ Screening of required documents and vetting of files, to assess the beneficiary’s education needs Continuous assessments.
ïƒ¼ Review of individual cases and screening of new and existing cases for specific needs and assessing the progress of recipients to ensure improved services
ïƒ¼ Visiting schools to do counselling need assessment of the teachers who were dealing with the children survivors of the blast and dependents of the victim parents.
ïƒ¼ Facilitating psycho educational training workshops and seminars to the widows to build their capacity to help the orphaned children
ïƒ¼ Visiting schools to give counsel to the affected children and their class teachers and ensure that the teachers understood the children’s psychological status
Monitoring and Evaluation
ïƒ¼ Follow up educational development of the children by keeping in close contact with the schools to ensure children benefited from the programme.
ïƒ¼ Participated in developing tools used for interviews with the clients, schools and the children to collect data on the impact of the programme on the beneficiaries.
ïƒ¼ Participating in writing of quarterly reports for the donor to give an account of fees paid in each quarter.
ïƒ¼ Liaison with the office management; the Technical and Programme Manager in giving observations and recommendations that could improve the achievements of the programme objectives.
ïƒ¼ Networking and participating in seminars with other implementing partners: AMANI, AMREF and ADRA to evaluate bomb blast projects.
ïƒ¼ Attending meetings with the donor to discuss the challenges, achievements and way forward for the programme.
April 200-June 2000, Plan International – Kenya, Community development program consultant
ïƒ¼ In Kawangware slum in Nairobi, guided a group of children and adults (C.D.P and SASITO groups) in making development plans for their community
ïƒ¼ Provided supervision and guidance to the participants to ensure they made practical and realistic community development plans.
ïƒ¼ Guided children in identifying their community needs and making action plans for their community.
ïƒ¼ Took down notes and guided the children in the presentations of their community development plans and supervised them in the final report writing.
June 1995 – November 1996: Maithene Boys Secondary School, Professional Teacher
ïƒ¼ Performed teaching duties and overall class management
ïƒ¼ Class/career/counselling mistress
ïƒ¼ Zone adjudicator in Music and Drama festivals in Kianjai and Miathene zones
Professional Courses Attended
ïƒ¼ May 4– May 17, 2000, Plan Internal, Community development and mobilization facilitation skills and team building course
ïƒ¼ July 2001: Amani Counselling Centre and Training institute, Client Orient Counselling approach and drama therapy and conflict resolution skills
ïƒ¼ November 2002: Amani Counselling and Training institute: Enhancing the success of Service Provider in an Organisation
ïƒ¼ September 2003Family Health International: Survey research with a focus on qualitative and quantitive methods of data collection conducting focus group discussions summarising and reporting on the themes of the study
ïƒ¼ June 2006: KARDS: Resource mobilisation and management-skills on internal and external resource management, Time management, logistics mobilisations and management, human resource and financial management and proposal writing
ïƒ¼ February 2009: Strategic planning
Research Assignments Completed
ïƒ¼ Conducted ethnographic need assessment survey among the Sudanese refugees in Bredjing and Treguine camps in August 2005, in Gaga camp in March 2006, and GozAmir camp in September 2006
ïƒ¼ Visited sampled schools in 8 provinces in Kenya and collecting data for the USAID education support programme’s impact study year 2001-2003
ïƒ¼ Collected data for plan International in a research meant to establish the level of adult literacy in Thika District in January 2000
ïƒ¼ Carried out a survey in 15 districts for Family Health International on attitudes, practices and knowledge of blood donation in Kenya in October 2003
ïƒ¼ Conducted research organized by UNESCO to monitor and assess impact of free primary education and community mobilization in February 2004.
ïƒ¼ Conducted research for RUCBIC and PLAN KENYA on the social cultural development of the child, child rights, gender awareness and capacity building.
ïƒ¼ Conducted research for planned parenthood Federation of America in July 2010 to evaluate peer educators program in Kibera
ïƒ¼ Conducted research for Somanet and University of Nairobi on assessment of school response to the risk of HIV/AIDS.