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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Support to South Sudan for the Preparation of the Initial National Communication to the UNFCCC Investments in Forests and Sustainable Land Use for Partnerships for Forests - Evaluation Manager Monitoring and Evaluation Support for a National Project for Kenya: ‘Enhancing access to weather and climate information for Kenya’s coastal region’ Climate Smart Agriculture Zambia - Impact Evaluation Forest Carbon Project in the Enoosupukia Forest Trust Land and Adjoining Areas Evaluation of the Sustainability Dimension in Addressing Poverty Reduction Research Into Use Impact Evaluation Contributions to the Formulation and Implementation of National REDD Strategies Evaluation of the Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project Kagera River Basin: Feasibility Study for an Integrated Watershed Management Programme Development of the National Adaptation Plan Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme Conservation of Maasai Mau and Transmara Forest Blocks of Mau Forest Complex and Preparation of Project Investment Proposal Design of a Hunger Reduction and Livelihoods Signature Programme in North-East Kenya National Performance and Benefit Measurement Framework Final Evaluation of the Project: Improvement of Post Harvest and Storage in Shabelle iCoast: Understanding the Fiscal and Regulatory Mechanisms Necessary to Achieve Climate Compatible Development in the Coastal Zone Design of the Community Development Trust Fund Climate Change Programme Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development Monitoring and Evaluation for the Climate Innovation Centre Roll Out and Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) Specialist Evaluation and Quality Assurance Services Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development Evaluation of Denmark's Climate Change Funding for Developing Countries Formulation of Kenya's Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) Evaluation of the Conservation and Sustainable Development Program Evaluation of the Land Rights and Natural Resources Programme Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy Enhancing Direct Access to Adaptation Funding in Kenya Establishment and Management of a Technical Assistance Facility under the Programme of Support to Agriculture Scaling out Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania Development of MEL Approach for the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa Smallholder Development Unit Impact Evaluation Thematic Evaluation on Violence Against Women The Drought Chapter of GAR13 Lesson Learning of the Kenya Climate Change Action Plan Mainstreaming Lessons Learned from Adaptive Agriculture in the Arid and Semi-Arid lands (ASALs) under the REACT programme




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