Kenya Office Staff

Dr John Mugo
Country Coordinator – Uwezo Kenya

John Mugo is currently the Country Coordinator of Uwezo Kenya, a post that he has held since January 2011. John holds a PhD (specialized in Special Needs Education) from the University of Hanover, Germany. He is a seasoned researcher, and has conducted over 40 studies in both academic and applied research. Besides, he is a trained manager with lengthy experience in both theory and practice of project cycle management. Previously, he taught research methods and project management at Kenyatta University (Nairobi), where he also headed the Department of Special Needs Education. His research passion encompasses the domains of quality in education, education policy, alternative provisions, special needs education, girl education and education for excluded communities including pastoralists, nomads and minorities.

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Assistant Program Officer (Communications) – Uwezo Kenya

Izel is the current Assistant Communications Officer in Uwezo Kenya, having held this post since July 2011. Amongst many responsibilities, Izel is the key communication contact at Uwezo Kenya, responsible for ensuring the effective communication of Uwezo throughout Kenya; ensuring communications materials adhere to the Communication Standards; maintaining an effective social media presence for Uwezo Kenya and for editing print materials in both English and Kiswahili and supporting the Country Coordinator on all matters related to Education. Izel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Kiswahili and History from Egerton University is currently pursuing her MA in Development Communication at Daystar University.

Winnie Cherotich
Assistant Program Officer (Research) – Uwezo Kenya

Winnie has been a staff member at Uwezo Kenya since July 2011, when she assumed the role of Assistant Program Officer. Winnie has a background in the Education Sector, possessing a Bachelors degree in Special Needs Education from Kenyatta University, and having previous experience teaching at both Muiywek High School and Bomet Teachers Training College. At Uwezo Kenya, Winnie is responsible for a wide range of tasks that include managing the Uwezo Kenya partners; planning for the national assessments; overall monitoring of the assessment processes; managing the data entry and supporting data analysis.

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Assistant Program Officer (Research) – Uwezo Kenya

Boaz joined the Uwezo Kenya team as an Assistant Program Officer (Research) in September 2013. Boaz works closely with Winnie in planning for the annual national assessment; managing the Uwezo Kenya partners;; managing the data bank and data entry processes, supporting data analysis and overseeing the preparation of the annual national report.  Prior to joining Uwezo, Boaz worked as a Research and Project Coordinator at Cyraco Consulting. His responsibilities included coordinating research, developing project proposals; collecting and analysing data and offering general consultancy. Prior to working for Cyraco Consulting, Boaz worked as a Field Monitoring Officer with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS-Kenya)/WFP and also worked as a Research Assistant with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-Kenya), seconded to the Task Force On Devolved Government (TFDG). Boaz holds a BSc from Kenyatta University and is interested in research to inform decisions at a policy level.

Francis Njuguna
Program Assistant – Uwezo Kenya

Francis has assumed the role of Program Assistant in the Program and Administration department at Uwezo Kenya since July 2012. Francis is the custodian of organizational assets including the Uwezo motor vehicle; he is responsible for maintaining an effective record of Uwezo publications and materials, supporting in logistics and undertaking reception duties amongst many other supporting duties. Francis holds a Diploma 2 and is currently pursuing Diploma 3 in Purchasing and Supplies Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. Francis is also pursuing a Diploma in Theology from the Presbyterian University of East Africa.

Ezekiel Sikutwa
Accountant – Uwezo Kenya

Ezekiel has been a staff member at Uwezo Kenya since conception of the initiative in 2009. Ezekiel is responsible for the overall financial administration of Uwezo Kenya, ensuring that financial management meets all legal requirements in line with national and internationally recognized financial reporting practices (IFRS). Ezekiel is also responsible for ensuring that partners meet requirement to manage funds on behalf of Uwezo and he is tasked with the preparation of the financial reports and budgets. Ezekiel holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Kenyatta University, is a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPAK); the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK).