Learning to be a Leader: Whole Woman; Whole Leader; Whole World
The Candle for Leadership given to each Participant of the the GWLN 2015
The GWLN 2015 Coaches
Being Inspired in the Great Dinner at Silicon Valley.
Participants at the Great Dinner- Silicon Valley Los Santos
With some of the Participants from Nepal
Participants Awaiting to Declare the Vision for Each Leader
Participants Awaiting to Declare the Vision for Each Leader
The Seven Member Kenyan Team in the GWLN 2015 Program, with the Kenyan Vision- “ We Believe a New World is Possible for Kenya Women”

 Administrative Appointments

  • 1st November, 2018 to date: Dean, Graduate School-Kenyatta University.
  • 17th April, 2013 to November, 2018: Associate Dean, Graduate School- Kenyatta University.
  • March 2010 to June 2010: Ag Director, Gender and Affirmative Action Implementation Centre, Kenyatta University.
  • 25th April, 2008 to April, 2013: Director, Kenyatta University Mentoring Programme.
  • 1st September, 2006 to 24th April, 2008: Coordinator, University Mentoring programme.
  • 16th March, 2000 to September 2006: Chair Person, Department of Development Studies, Kenyatta University.
  • 1st April, 1994 to 15th March, 2000:  Examination Coordinator, Department of Development Studies, Kenyatta University
  • May 1985 to 1990: Dean of Curriculum, Kilimambogo Teachers Training College- Also Tutor -Professional Studies and GHC (Geography, History and Civics).
  • September 1977 to October, 1980: Teacher and Headmistress Kiangunyi Secondary School 

Academic Appointments

  • 4th February, 2019: Professor - Gender, Education and Development Studies, Kenyatta University
  • 20th September, 2011 to 4th February, 2020: Associate Professor-Gender, Education and Development Studies, Kenyatta University.
  • January 2013 to date: Visiting Professor, Pan-Africa University of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation.
  • 1st January, 2012 to date: Curriculum Peer Reviewer, Commission for University Education (CUE).
  • 17th July, 2003 to 19th September 2011: Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Development Studies- School of Humanities and Social Sciences - Kenyatta University.
  • 1st July 1992 to 16th July, 2003: Lecturer, Department of Gender and Development Studies, Kenyatta University.
  • 5th October, 1990 to 30th June, 1992: Tutorial Fellow, Department of Development Studies, Kenyatta University.
  • May 1985 to 4th October, 1990: Senior Lecturer, Kilimabogo Teachers’ Training College (Teaching Professional Studies and GHC (Geography, History and Civics).
  • 1983 to 1985: Lecturer, Thogoto Teachers Training College –Tutor, Professional Studies and GHC (Geography, History and Civics).
  • 1981: Secondary School Teacher, Eastleigh High School, Nairobi City County, Kenya
  • 1980 to 1981: Secondary School Teacher, Mumbi Girls’ Secondary schools, Murang’a County, Kenya.
  • 1977 to 1980: Headmistress, Kiangunyi Girls Secondary School, Murang’a County, Kenya.

Consultancies

  • 1st Sept, 2019 to 30th June 2020: Consultant for Diakonia (a Non-Governmental Organization based in Nairobi) on coaching and mentorship in Gender mainstreaming for twenty-two (22) partner organizations all over the country.
  • June 2018 to date: Consultant for OXFAM in a House-hold Care Survey in Nairobi Informal Settlements: Promoting Livelihoods and Inclusion of Vulnerable Women Domestic Workers and Women Small Scale Traders.
  • June 3rd to 9th 2018: Lead Facilitator for the Meru Twaweza Programme Training Workshop Programme for Women Ward Representatives: A programme in the Office of the first Lady in Meru County to empower Grass root women, socially, economically and in leadership.
  • November 2016 to 2020: Consultant and Mentor in Gender Mainstreaming for Agile, Harmonized and Devolution Institutions (AHADI) in Counties’ Gender Mainstreaming as a cross cutting issue in Public Management, Governance and Planning based on County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP), 2017 to 2022 in Garissa and Wajir Counties. The overall responsibility is to ensure capacity building in mainstreaming gender in County planning, operations and policies for inclusivity in County development outcome and outputs.
  • 13th February to May 2017: Consultant for UN Women for the review and development of the Strategic Plan (2017-2022) for Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization in Kenya.
  • February to March 2017: Consultant for African Women Study Center (University of Nairobi) to participate in the documentation on “100 years of women’s journey towards gender equality in Kenya” 1900-2000. The task culminated with a publication entitled Changing the Mainstream: Celebrating women’s resilience; University of Nairobi, African Women Studies Centre (2018). My chapter is titled: “Women’s organizations as agents of change 1985-2010”.
  • March to April 2016: Lead Consultant in a Baseline Survey for OXFAM on “The Documentation of Women’s Care work for Domestic Workers and Small Scale Traders in Nairobi Informal Sector”: Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, Mukuru and Kawangware.
  • 5th January to 15th February 2015: Lead Consultant in the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Good Samaritan HIV/AIDS programme in Kenya, for United Bible Society-Kenya.
  • 6th January 2014 to Date: Appointed Visiting Professor for Mount Kenya University, Department of Economics and Development
  • 24th to 31st August 2014 Gender consultant for The Research Foundation for the State University of New York Kenya Project by SUNY Centre for International Development-in support of Kenya National Assembly Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare: focus on: “Interrogating the policy options for increasing and retaining women’s participation in politics and in the public service sector”. Held in Lukenya Hotel- Mombasa Road.
  • 27thFebruary to 2nd March, 2014: Gender Consultant for The Research Foundation, State University of New York Kenya Project by SUNY Centre for International Development-in support of Kenya National Assembly Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare: focus on: Implementing the National Gender Policy: How Gender Can Be Mainstreamed in Mombasa County. Held in Swahili Beach Hotel- Mombasa.
  • December 2013 to 15th August 2014: Researcher for Kenya Retirement Benefit Authority (RBA) on Risks and Opportunities Associated with Paying Lump Sum Pension Benefits to Retirees in Kenya: Implications for Income Security.’
  • November 2013: Gender Consultant for The Research Foundation for the State University of New York Kenya Project by SUNY Centre for International Development-Kenya for the Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare the Kenya National Assembly Senate standing committee on Labour and Social Welfare: Presentation on Strategies to increase: Focus on “gender mainstreaming for parliamentary and review of National Gender policy: Interrogating Options and Challenges”. Held at Imperial Hotel, Kisumu.
  • April 2013 to June 2014: Lead Research for the African Women Studies Centre in the University of Nairobi on the “Documentation of Women’s Experiences in Food Security in Counties in Kenya”.
  • April 2013 to Date: Appointed Part-Time Professor for Pan Africa University for Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) to teach Gender and Human Rights (Common Course)
  • January 17th to March 8th 2013: Lead Consultant as an external evaluator in the Mid-term evaluation of United Bible Society in GSP: HIV and Take Charge Youth Programme in Corte D’ ivoire.
  • November 2012 to April 2013: Lead Researcher in the “Documentation of Best Practices for the adoption in Kenya Education Sector” African Study Centre University of Nairobi, funded by Amkeni Wakenya in Nairobi.
  • 6th-7th November 2012: Trained by the Commission for University Education (CUE) as a Resource person in Peer Review for Universities’ Programmes and Accreditation Process.
  • 29th October to 2nd November 2012: Lead Consultant in Gender and HIV/AIDS Francophone Training of Trainers Workshop held in Emlys Hotel in Abidjan-Corte D’ivoire, for the United Bible Society Africa HIV Service with a focus to Good Samaritan Programme (GSP)
  • 26th September to 5th October, 2012: Lead Consultant in Gender and HIV/AIDS Anglophone Training of Trainers Workshop held in Pacific Hotel in Lilongwe-Malawi for the United Bible Society Africa HIV Service:
  • June – November 2012: A resource person and supervisor for research projects in the areas of Gender and Development in the training Kenya Defence Force (KDF), for Cadets trainees at Kenya Defence Academy (Lanet).
  • 10th June to 15th July 2012: Consultant in the Gender Assessment/Evaluation for the USAID Funded programs being implemented through partnership/contract with the Government of Kenya and Non State Actors in Kenya.  The assignment is in a consortium of four other consultants, with the evaluation focusing on Education, Youth development, Health, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Governance programs.
  • 12th to 16th March 2012: Consultant in Gender and HIV Joint Programme Review in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- For United Bible Society Africa HIV Service: The Task: entailed presentations and group work facilitations for the donors and countries’ HIV Programme co-coordinators in GBV, Human Rights, Sexuality and Child Rights.
  • January 2012 to 2019: Consultant for the African Women Studies Centre (University of Nairobi) as an advisor and researcher for advocating and lobbying the Ministry of Education for the Implementation of Article 43 (f) (Right to education) of Kenya Constitution.
  • 20th October 2011 to July 2012: Consultant for UNFPA and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development for the development of Sessional Paper on the Abandonment of FGM in Kenya.
  • May 2011: Consultant for Kenya Institute for Education (KIE) in facilitating an induction of the new curriculum for police instructors in the training colleges for GSU, APs as well Kiganjo Police training College in Nyeri.
  • March 2011 to date: Resource person in Universities’ Programmes and Accreditation Process for the Commission for University Education (CUE).
  • February 2011: Consultant for UN Women in Facilitating a workshop targeting senior police officers and members of PRIC to sensitize them on gender including validation of the gender components in the curriculum. As one of the facilitators, the workshop programme gave me an opportunity to interact and facilitate a sharing session with the of six senior women police officers who attended the 49th Annual International Conference of International Women in Policing (IWAP) held in Kentucky, USA in August 2011.
  • January 2011 To December 2014: External examiner for South Kenya University in Gender, Development and Social Sciences
  • January 21st to February 8th 2013: Lead Consultant and trainer as an external consultant in the Mid-term evaluation of United Bible Society HIV and Take Charge Youth Programme in Corte D’ ivoire.
  • 1st December 2010 to March 2011: UN Women Consultant in Mainstreaming Gender in the Kenya Police Curriculum within the Police Reforms Process
  • March 2010 to 2013: Consultant for gender mainstreaming and research component in Kenya Farmer Voice Radio, a joint programme for American Institute for research, being implemented by (Non State Actors)- KU, JKUAT, Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers and FIT resources – Key responsibility: Ensure mainstreaming of gender in radio stations, messages, delivery channels and recipients; Capacity building in gender for all stakeholders in the project.
  • January to June 2010: Participated as a member of a core team that developed the strategic plan for the African Women Studies Centre, University of Nairobi
  • June 2009 to 2013: Member of Kenyatta University Gender Implementation Advocacy Team (A joint initiative focusing on gender mainstreaming in Institutions of higher learning for FAWE and Universities in African Region)
  • May 2009 to November 2009: Consultant to Develop Kenya Port Authority and Dock Workers Union Gender Mainstreaming Institutional Policy.
  • November 2008-August 2009: Consultant for NCC and Ministry of Home Affairs in the Development of “National Plan of Action for Children in Kenya”.
  • October 2008 to September 2009: Lead Researcher in a joint research for Kenyatta University/UNICEF/ASHEWA on “Gender Representation in Levels of Education in Kenya: Identifying Opportunities for Policy, Action and Linkages.
  • September 22 to 26, 2008: Consultant and trainer in the Regional Workshop for Training of Trainers in Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS for USAID Health Initiative, organized by the Constella Features Group.
  • July to August 2008: Consultant in the writing of HIV and AIDS policy for Kenya Port Authority and Kenya Dock Workers Union.
  • April 14th 2008 to 16th April 2008: Consultant in gender mainstreaming and training on Gender, development and Human rights for religious leaders in Kinshasa, DRC.
  • September 2007 to 2010: Lead Consultant in training Dock Workers Union on Gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence for Kenya Port Authority workers in which:

                  -I carried out a series of trainings on Gender, HIV/AIDS and GBV

                  - Developed a Dock Workers Union Policy on HIV/AIDS (April 2009)

                    -Developed a Dock Workers Union Policy on Gender mainstreaming (Validated on 16th and 17th Nov 2009 and to be launched on 19th Dec 2009).

  • September 2007 to January June 2008: Consultant for NCC and Ministry of Home Affairs in the development of the Kenya National Children Policy.
  • 30th July-1st July 2007: Consultant in a regional Training on Gender Based Violence and HIV AIDS for USAID Health Policy Initiative.
  • May to June 2007: Consultant in the writing of HIV and AIDS policy for Kiriri University
  • February 2007: Lead consultant in the writing of HIV and AIDS policy for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
  • October, 2006 to date: A member for a technical team for research in small arms and human security for the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa coordinated by Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
  • September 22-26, 2008: Consultant and trainer in the Regional Workshop for  Training of Trainers in Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS for USAID Health Initiative, organized by the Constella Features Group.
  • September 2006 to July 2007: Engaged by the Norwegian Church Aid as a consultant in a series of trainings and TOT in gender mainstreaming in development programs, GBV, HIV and Development for military, police and media officers in Bukavu, DRC.
  • May- Dec 2006:  Member of Technical team for the National Commission on Gender and Development and Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services to spearhead the development of National Strategic Framework for Addressing Gender Based Violence in Kenya.
  • February 2006 to May 2007: Consultant in a series of gender trainings and TOT for the Norwegian Church Aid partners (Non State Actors) in Great Lakes Region at Kigali Rwanda.
  • January 2006 -November 2007: A member of Technical Team for Research on Human Security and Small Arms in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region, coordinated by the Regional Center for Small Arms (RECSA) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), supported by International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Center for International Development Research (CRDI). The team has developed the 5 years Strategic Plan on, “Integrating Research Capacity-Building Information Exchange on Small Arms & Light Weapons (SALW) in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.
  • May to August 2005: Consultant in the Needs Assessment Study on Gender responsive intervention for the IDPs in Shilalo Village, Eritrea, for the Norwegian Church AID.
  • April to September 2004: Lead Consultant for the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development in a baseline survey to establish best practices, lessons learnt and challenges in existing efforts in the advancement of child rights, protection and welfare in the areas of operation for Plan Kenya.
  • May 2003 – September 2004: Lead Researcher for a Baseline Survey (study) on the Situational Analysis of Primary Education in Somalia: From a gender Perspective, For UNICEF Somalia              
  • April 2003 to December 2006: Consultant and Gender adviser and trainer for Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) programme officers and partners (Non-State Actors) in ten countries of the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa (Programs are in: Health, Child rights, education, water, sanitation, environment, agriculture, FGM, HIV and AIDS, Health and Emergency interventions.  My responsibilities included: Review of strategic plans, Advising and training NCA program officer, partners and counterparts in Rights Based Approach to Development, Gender analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, advising and capacity building on the effective implementation of the institutional Gender Policy, report writing and gender.
  • January to March 2003: Lead Consultant in a Needs Assessment Study on Girls’ Education and Empowerment for Women in Plan International, Kenya Project Areas – A joint project for Plan Kenya and the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development.
  • January to February 2003: Lead consultant for a needs Assessment study for capacity building in gender mainstreaming for the NGOs, Community and Faith Based Organizations (Non State Actors in five Project Units (Thika, Embu, Kisumu, Kwale and Kilifi) for Plan International, Kenya.
  • October 2002 to June 2006. Consultant for gender in the joint project for GOK and Kenyatta University on: Enhancing Girls’ participation and performance in Mathematics, Science and Information Technology in Primary, Secondary and Universities Levels of Education. My role is to mainstream gender in the project cycle, M and E, advice, research and training in gender related issues.
  • August to September 2002: Consultant for UNICEF SOMALIA in gender mainstreaming and capacity building for leadership Organizational Development (TOT) for youth leadership programme in NGOs and Community Based Organizations (Non State Actors) in Somalia. The workshop and trainings were done in Hargeisa, Somalia.
  • February 2002 to December 2003: Gender Consultant for UNICEF SOMALIA in the development of Puntland and Somaliland Education Policy and strategic plan, (PEPP).
  • January to February 2002: Consultant for UNICEF SOMALIA in Gender Capacity Building Training of Trainers (TOT) for primary school teachers in the use of new syllabus and textbooks for grades 1-4 in Somalia. The workshop was held in Hargeisa, Somalia.
  • 2000 to 2006: Consultant to organize, facilitate and train partners in Gender for the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. Specific activities:

                   -Needs assessment

                   -Report writing

                   -Planning for the trainings

                   -Programmes monitoring and evaluation for partners and counterparts

                   -Analyzing and Processing information

                    -Documentation

                    -Dissemination of reports among partners and counterparts

  • June to September 2000: Consultant for FAWE to develop Gender Training manual for country Chapters.
  • April 2000: Consutant for Fawe in the development of a gender and Education training manual based on the video- ‘These Girls are Missing’.
  • April 2000: Lead Consultant for Plan International, Kenya in the training of Primary School Teachers involved in the Msingi Bora Project.  The project focus was to enhance gender responsive teaching and career guidance especially for girls) in the PLAN KENYA primary schools in project areas in Kenya.
  • February 2000: Consultant for FAWE as a Gender trained for the Managers and teachers for the FAWE School of Excellence in Kigali, Rwanda
  • May 1998 to December 1998: Consultant for UNICEF Country Office and GOK: Gender trained for Policy Makers and Curriculum Developers in Early Childhood Development (ECD) for the UNICEF Girl Child Project.  
  • February 1997 to March 1998: Consultant for USAID project to influence Parliamentary Bills, processes and structures to ensure that gender issues and governance were continuously taken on board.
  • April 1997- December, 2007: Lead consultant in gender and training, coordination and evaluation for various programs/projects and review of strategic plan for the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development (An NGO based in Nairobi and operating in most counties of Kenya;
  • May- July, 1997: Consultant for UNICEF/GOK: Consultant as a Gender trainer for Policy Makers and Curriculum Developers in the Ministry of Education for the UNICEF Girl Child Project.
  • February, 1992- May, 1997: Consultant for Ministry of Education to Train key stakeholders – Policy makers, curriculum developers, publishers and teachers in mainstreaming gender in Education - Focus of the Training was on picking and addressing Gender Issues in curriculum, school and classroom environment, Gender responsive Teaching and Learning Methods.  

Dr. Pacificah Okemwa

 Chairperson
Department of Gender and Development Studies


 

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