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Dr. James Maraga - ESK

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Position

CSO Representative

Qualifications

Maraga holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Education in Arts. He is finalizing his studies for a Master of Arts in Monitoring ad Evaluation.

Experience

Dr. Maraga is an active member of the Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK). He has been pivotal in the operations of ESK and has dedicated his time immensely towards strengthening the institution. For instance, he played a critical role in re-launching of ESK in 2013 and has continued to support ESK in terms of new ideas and strategic direction. Maraga holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Education in Arts. He is finalizing his studies for a Master of Arts in Monitoring ad Evaluation; all this in addition to several years’ experience working as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for local and international organizations including: World Bank/KAPP; World Bank/LVEMP; USAID/dTS; USAID/Tetra Tech; and Care International. He has also carried out a number of evaluations for local and international organizations including: USAID/MSI; USAID/Tetra Tech/ARD; USAID/Social Impact; Plan International; Care International; Kilimo Trust; National Council for Science and Technology; Maseno University; and Measure Africa. In 2013, he was selected by UNDP Evaluation Office, Washington, to carry out the ‘Assessment of Development Results for Kenya’ (ADR, Kenya). Dr. Maraga has also lectured and supervised Masters and PhD students on Environmental Studies at Kenyatta University, Kenya. He has published widely on Community Participation in Natural Resource Management. Dr. Maraga’s key professional areas are in Monitoring and Evaluation, Data Quality Assessment (DQA), Natural Resource Management, Research, Capacity-building, Food Security, Community Development and Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Audit. Given his experience, academic preparation and approach to work, we at ESK feel privileged to have him on board and believe that he will deliver on the mandate. His continued exposure and experience in high level evaluations will trickle down to ESK in form of mentorship to young and upcoming ESK evaluators.