Founder and Ex-Officio
Her academic achievements are augmented with professional training in M&E, policy, programme management and gender from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Carlton University (Canada), UNESCO/SACMEQ (France), Wageningen University (Netherlands) and Mount Carmel Training Center (Israel), among others. She holds a certificate in the Executive Leadership Programme training in Evaluation and the SDGs by UNITAR and Claremont University.
Jennifer Mutua is the Founder and immediate former chair of ESK. An M&E, Gender, Programme and organizational development specialist, Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience at national, regional and global levels. She has participated in evaluation consultancy teams under the World Bank, German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), DFID-funded AgDevCo’s, UNDP/ MDGs’ Achievement Fund and UN International Atomic Energy’s (IAEA). Ms Mutua is a trained national climate change expert with the UNFCCC. Previously she was a regional programme officer for Eastern and Horn of Africa for FAWE. As M&E Specialist seconded by UNDP, Jennifer provided technical support to Kenya’s National Integrated Monitoring & Evaluation System (NIMES), under the Ministry of Planning/Monitoring & Evaluation Department (MED). Under her leadership through the joint MED/ESK collaborations Kenya was declared winner of the 2018 “EVALPARTNERS/EVALSDGs Global Outcomes Competition” towards promoting the evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their linkages to the Vision 2030. Jennifer is a runner-recipient of the 2018 African Evidence Leadership Award. She was recognized among the 2016 Nation Media Business Daily’s, “Women in Top Corporate Leadership”, in Kenya. Formerly she was Eastern Africa board representative to the African Evaluation Association (AFREA). She represented AFREA at the IOCE/EvalPartners Global Movement’s Management Group in 2012-2013. Ms Mutua holds an MA in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi.
Jennifer has participated in numerous international conferences and meetings, including as presenter and panelist.