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Abby O.

Program Manager / Researcher



I am a Kenyan with more than 15 years professional combined experience in Water Resources Management (WRM), Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Rural Development, Public Administration, and Natural Resource Management in Ethiopia, Kenya, East Africa and the entire Nile Basin. I also possess professional experience as a team leader of a $4.5 million multi-country DFID project and a subsequent $1.5 million World Bank project (under the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa Programme). I have over 7 years of professional expertise in advisory positions. First, I was a technical advisor (TA) to the Kenyan Judiciary under the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Programme. Second, as a UNDP TA to the Kenyan Office of the President under the ‘Results for Kenyans’ Transformative Leadership project. Later, as an EU Rural Service Delivery Adviser (RSDA) to the Kenyan Local Governments in the Eastern Province under the EU EDF Rural Poverty Reduction Programme, where I advised more than 10 local governments on DRM issues, drought management and water resources management. Furthermore, she is currently a TA in an EU project, ImProDiReT (Improving Disaster Risk Reduction in the Transcarpathian Region), and previously, a Horizon 2020 EU project known as iTRACK. Having worked in several EU projects (Horizon 2020, DG ECHO and EU EDF for ACP [African, the Caribbean and Pacific] countries), I have gained experience in the implementation of European Union administrative and financial rules and procedures and I am an experienced trainer and evaluator. I would also like to highlight the following qualifications and skills: - I hold a PhD degree in a water-related field. My PhD focused on enhancing water governance in the Nile, Nzoia and Mono River Basins; - I have over 15 years of professional experience in the WASH sector, first in Kenya, then later in the Nile Basin and finally at the International level; - I have an excellent understanding of the English language and my PhD research and postdoctoral position has sharpened my professional writing skills; - While working with the Nile Basin Discourse ad the Regional Manager, I cooperated with many African institutions working in the WASH sector, including the African Council Minister’s on Water (AMCOW) and the Global Water Partnerships in the respective African water regions. These partnerships increased my knowledge of Africa’s WASH sector policies and practices. I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this in more detail.


  • development aid
  • water policy
  • africa
  • hygiene / sanitation
  • vocational training / workforce development
  • ec
  • kenya
  • ethiopia
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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