Wanjiku hols a BSc Agriculture, University of Nairobi and M.A. Anthropology of Development, University of Sussex
Wanjiku Gichigi has had over 20 years of working in the development field. This begun with a four year assignment in Southern Sudan for UNICEF and WFP on assignments targeting communities that had suffered severe food shocks based on analysis of the extreme food coping mechanisms communities used. She then worked for WFP and FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy for next seven years supporting programmes implemented in several countries within Africa and Asia. Since becoming an independent consultant in 2003, she has been part of several teams of consultants in different African countries, mainly on evaluations (project, programme, portfolio and impact evaluations). Drawing on her academic background (BSc Agriculture, University of Nairobi and M.A. Anthropology of Development, University of Sussex) as well her work experience, her individual contribution on these teams has covered a wide range of aspects such as food security, school feeding, gender, agriculture, participatory approaches and inclusion of marginalized groups within communities. Her interest in joining the ESK board is to be part of the network of evaluators in Kenya committed to promoting evaluation as a profession and supporting the role of evaluation in the country.