Dr. holds a PHD in Economics from the Open University of Tanzania and his research topic was on “Determinants of productivity of small scale coffee farmers and its supply response in Kenya: a case study of Kiambu County”. He also holds a B.A in Economics from Nairobi University and M.A in Economist (Hons) from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Samson Machuka is the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Department (MED) in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in Kenya. He has been the Director of MED since 2007 following competitive interviews by the Public Service Commission of Kenya. Previous to this, Samson was Chief Economist of Social Planning Department in the then Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. He joined the Public Service as an Economist 11 in 1984 and has climbed through the ranks to his present position.
The Department that Samson heads is charged with the responsibility of coordinating the implementation of the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES) in Kenya. The NIMES is a mechanism for allowing the government to track implementation progress of policies programmes and projects at both the National and County level.
Samson sits in various advisory boards, task forces and committees with the express purpose of championing M&E issues and ensuring that it’s integrated in all aspects of planning, accountability and governance. He is also the focal person/chair of the Kenya Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (KCoP-MfDR). He previously co-chaired the African Community of practice which brings together both the Anglophone and Francophone to a common platform to share knowledge on Management for Development Results. Under his leadership, Mr. Machuka has encouraged partnership engagements and Knowledge Management in support of managing for development results. Partnerships have been forged with Knowledge Management Africa, Kenya Chapter; Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) and the Annual National Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Week platform held every 45th Week of the calendar year since 2013.