Jennifer Mutua embodies the fraternity that constitutes the East African community of countries. Born and raised in Kenya, Jennifer believes that positive communal change begins with a smile and unfolds with concerted determination. A champion of program evaluation and a stoic proponent of gender issues, Jennifer takes on evidence-based development challenges head on and without fear.
Jennifer Mutua is the founder and current elected chair of the Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) – a recognised national and regional public good – and was formerly elected Eastern Africa board representative to the African Evaluation Association (AFREA). Ms. Mutua has also been a team member in regional and global evaluation assignments (typically commissioned by UN Agencies). Seconded by UNDP, Jennifer provided technical expertise to the National Integrated Monitoring & Evaluation System (NIMES), through the government’s Monitoring & Evaluation Department (MED). Currently, Ms. Mutua is positioning ESK to be the neutral link between State and non-state actors for a more vibrant NIMES.
Jennifer Mutua holds a Master of Arts in Gender and Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Philosophy from the University of Nairobi. Ms. Mutua has supplemented her education with formal training in policy, evaluation and monitoring at the University of Antwerp (Belgium); Carlton University (Canada); UNESCO/SACMEQ (France), Wageningen University (Netherlands) and Mount Carmel Training Center (Israel).