Having worked on all major Government of Kenya adaptation planning and investment efforts, Irene is Kenya’s leading adaptation expert. Irene has over 20 years in climate change related issues, disaster risk management, natural resource management and rural livelihoods with communities in Africa. She is conversant with the socio-environmental issues in a range of ecosystems and land uses. Irene has undertaken more than 100 consulting assignments covering over 10 countries in the region and is highly experienced in the design, management and implementation and evaluation of projects/programmes related to natural resource management (environmental management, climate change adaptation, conservation and carbon sequestration,), food security, water and sanitation, nutrition and health, pastoralism, conflict management, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, humanitarian interventions in water and animal health, drought cycle management, and eco-tourism and poverty alleviation. Irene has very strong monitoring and evaluation skills having worked to design project and programme M&E systems at the organisational and community levels and is conversant with the sustainable livelihoods framework and key issues of poverty alleviation with regard to pastoralist livelihoods. Other qualities include strong project management skills, capacity assessments, training and strategic planning processes having conducted these at community, national and regional levels. Irene’s greatest achievements in climate change include: management of the Kenya Adaptation Technical Analysis under the Kenya National Climate Change Action Planning process by working with government, private sector and civil society actors; development and finalisation of Kenya’s first National Adaptation Plan; leading the successful completion of Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) through collaboration with government, private sector and civil society; implementation of the Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework in Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Sudan; providing technical expertise on adaptation to Uganda’s Green Growth Strategy amongst others. She is also the Senior Advisor on Livelihoods and Climate Change in the USAID Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation and Economic Development Project (PREPARED). Irene has experience in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Somalia (incl. Puntland, Somaliland and Central Somalia), Sudan (Khartoum), Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar.
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