Dorothy Akinyi Owino

(MA:Population Studies; BA(Hons))
Personal Tel:254-0721-986272


A character that is:
Self driven, competent and with moral compass Professional
Result oriented Citizen centric Transformational Patriotic and loyal
Dedicated and dependable A team player


Date of birth:30th March 1958
Gender: Female
Marital status:Widow
Religious status:Practising Christian
Current gross salary: Ksh1,944,000p.a.


1987Master of Arts in Population Studies University of Nairobi

M.  A. Thesis on “Impact of population growth to land use and Availability: A case study of Siaya District’’.

1981Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Sociology University of Nairobi.
197East African Advanced Certificate of Education Lwak Girls High School
1975East African Certificate of Education Lwak Girls High School
Goal statement  To contribute my:

  • Knowledge on policy development and extensive experience at policy level in designing Social Development Policy
  • Skills in research and participatory approaches to deliver robust context and content
  • Understanding of the social development issues, landscape and the multidisciplinary nature to provide comprehensive coverage and policy statements
  • Knowledge and skills in Organizational Development for institutional assessment and strengthening
  • Expertise in development of community empowerment component implementation guidelines, formats and tools to inform procedures in operationalizing policy statements;
  • Experience in moderation and facilitation to conduct workshops and in- depth research engagement of the key informants and vulnerable groups
  • 29 years of effective Leadership and Management experience in the Public Service at both National and Devolved Governments, and, in collaborative programmes and projects
  • Over 3 years’ experience in devolved governance work as the Chief Officer in two Departments
  • 25 years professional, hands on work experience in rural development programmes and projects as a Community Development Officer, Chief Social Development Officer, District Social Development Officer, Deputy District Social Development Officer, Programme Officer for Youth and Women Development
  • 7 years work experience leading and coordinating a highly motivated multisectoral team of implementers in donor funded programmes- Southern Nyanza Community Development Project, Community Capacity Support Programme in Bungoma and Busia districts and Care and Nutrition Support for People Affected by HIV/Aids Pilot Project in Busia.
  • Over 11 years experience developing, facilitating and applying participatory methodologies and approaches in participatory rural appraisals and community action planning, community mobilization, community based targeting, attitude and behaviour change in integrated poverty reduction partnership projects respectively of the Government of Kenya with International Fund for Agricultural Development, Danish International Development Agency, World Food Programme and beneficiary communities
  • Over 15 years experience in district departmental development planning, annual work planning and budgeting, project monitoring and evaluation and report writing
  • Experience convening and or facilitating/moderating thematic group meetings and stakeholders workshops: Community Empowerment Professional Group Meetings; Divisional and District forums for Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, Annual Work planning and Budgeting and Annual Review Workshops ;
  • 15 years experience organizing and facilitating training sessions for various level officers on gender issues, participatory methodologies, organizational development and capacity assessment, project management, team building and group

My Drive is to be the Leader of choice for a Public Sector entity


2011 A six weeks course on Strategic Leadership Development Programme at the Kenya Institute of Administration. The course objectives were to help participants: Increase personal commitment and responsibility for results, individual attention to specific details, professionalism, initiative, innovation, drive and determination; make the transition from manager leader; Develop and implement the attitudes and competencies needed to lead and prosper organizations; apply strategic thinking in the operations of organizations/ministries; focus on delivery of quality service to the customer in the most efficient and cost effective way and to apply concepts, tools and techniques to improve performance in the public service.

2009                         Four weeks Senior Management Course No.152/2009 held at the Kenya Institute of Administration.

Course content included:-introduction to management, decision making and problem solving skills, effective management of human capital, regional integration and international relations, performance management framework in the civil service, national vision , goals and objectives; strategic planning and management, project planning and management, program based budgeting, interpersonal communication, group communication strategies, presentation skills, office communication, leadership skills, effective team building, risk management, managing and leading change, public financial management, public expenditure control and management, public procurement management, good governance and public service ethics and professionalism, service charters , public sector reforms, economic recovery strategy and linkage to the vision 2030 Millennium Development Goals.

2007                         Four weeks course on Management and Administration of HIV/AIDS Programme conducted by Eastern and Southern African Management

Institute, Arusha Tanzania. Key areas covered included: epidemiology, prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, designing HIV/AIDS projects; data collection techniques; leadership and teambuilding; designing a project monitoring and evaluation system; counselling techniques and HIV/AIDS counselling; procurement and management of HIV/AIDS supplies and factors affecting sustainability of community projects.

2005 Two weeks Theoretical and Practical Participatory Rural Appraisal

Training facilitated by Egerton University PRA Programme and organized by the Southern Nyanza Community Development Project. Included: PRA theory, rural development characteristics, community simulation, PRA process, field work, development of community action plan, participatory monitoring and evaluation.

2004                      Two weeks training on Research Skills Development Seminar No. 2/2004 at Kenya Institute of Administration.

2004                      Participant at the First National Women’s Conference on HIV/AIDS organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with other organisations at Kasarani in Nairobi. Program content included young women and HIV/AIDS, women vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among others.

2003                      Facilitators training on organisational development conducted by community capacity support programme in the ministry of gender, sports, culture and social services. Skills imparted on organisational capacity assessment along the seven core components of any organisation including grassroots organisations.

2003                      Course on Strengthening Rural Women’s Capacity for community development (project formulation)-organised by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in conjunction with Japan International Cooperation Agency.

2002                      The 9th Regional Workshop on Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation for Development and Welfare Organizations organised by the Institute of Fundraising and Direct Marketing at KCCT, Nairobi, Kenya.

2002                      A 3-day Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Training for Women in Peacemaking, Leadership and Development for IGAD Country Delegations including Ministers in charge of Women Affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2001                      Management Development Seminar for Women Managers in Public Service – Organised by the directorate of personnel management with funding from the ford foundation. This seminar bought in women managers in western Kenya to discuss and analyse gender concerns in management to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Highlights included communication and network, women and legal rights, gender in management, time management among others.

1999                      Effective Management of Small Scale Enterprises – Directorate of Personnel Management, Nairobi. Course content covered areas such as community participation in project development and management; identification of small scale opportunities in the agricultural and jua kali sector; negotiation and interpersonal skills; entrepreneurship skills development among others.

1998                      Overseas general management courseat Ramboll, Denmark. Included: Management, genders issues, social marketing, project cycle management, logical framework analysis taught and applied in developing project paper on “strengthening community management of projects in Bungoma district”.

1998   Training of Trainers in Facilitation skills – Institute of Cultural Affairs, Kenya.
Content included: facilitation techniques- discussion method, the workshop method and adult learning techniques.

1997/98                 Four weeks Participatory approaches to reproductive health and nutrition. Institute of Education, University of London, UK. The first module covered theory and skills practice in behaviour change for development workers; tools in participatory learning and action- culminating in development of community Action plan. The second module covered Performing and Visual Arts development and application.

1991                      General management seminar Directorate of Personnel Management. The seminar targeted district heads from the ministry of Culture and Social Services. Included were the principles and functions of management, management of change, delegation, leadership and decision making, manpower planning, and procurement

1990                      Seminar for the public administration officers on women affairs-Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo. Focused on comparative analysis of women’s development through participants presenting respective country position papers and visiting various agencies/ associations promoting the advancement of women.

1989                      Population management course – Kenya Institute of Administration, Nairobi.

Issues included: team synergy, systems approach, management of change, community project identification and community development.


2014 –Present: Chief Officer of Health Services and Environment, after over 1 year stint as Chief Officer in the Department Education, Youth Affairs, Culture and Social Services in the County Government of Siaya

2010 January –2014 June -Project Manager: Southern Nyanza Community Development Project

This was a 9 year integrated, poverty reduction project co-funded by Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Planning National Development and Vision 2030 the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Beneficiary communities. The project was implemented 5 Districts of the former greater Southern Nyanza at a total cost of USD24.3million. The project was delivered through six components thus: Community Empowerment, Agriculture and Livestock Development, Rural Finance, Domestic Water Supply and Irrigation, Primary Health Care and Project Management and Coordination

2004- 2009            Community Development Officer in the Southern Nyanza Community Development Project.

2011                    Assistant Director Gender and Social Development

2002 –2004           Chief Social Development Officer, Department of Social Services, Busia District
1996-2001             Senior Social Development Officer, Department of Social Services, Bungoma District.
1991-1995             Social Development Officer I, Department of Social Services, Bungoma District.
1984-1987             Social Development officer II, Kajiado District. Social development work covered the following programmes: Gender and Development (with special focus on Women Issues); Community Development and Community Capacity Support Programme; Youth Development; Vocational Rehabilitation; Social Welfare and HIV/AIDS as a Crosscutting Issue.


In the positions I worked, my responsibilities which I practically delivered on invariably included:-

  • Overseeing management of finances, preparation and submission of budget estimates, annual plans and programs, development of strategic sector plans, policy formulation, promotion of values and principles of good governance and, coordination and management of human resources, assets and liabilities
  • Setting up and operationalizing new County Department of Education, Youth Affairs, Gender, Culture and Social Services
  • Providing effective leadership, coordination and management of an integrated poverty reduction project for efficient delivery of goods and services to the stakeholders in 7 districts.
  • Facilitating project evaluations and reviews in accordance with the loan agreement
  • Technically directing, coordinating and managing Community Empowerment Component in 6 Districts;
  • The Component’s key objectives are: i) Strengthening local governance systems for sustainable community driven development; ii) increasing community responsibility and understanding of the consequences of certain practices, behaviours and attitudes on their well being and livelihoods and iii) identifying and mainstreaming the poor and vulnerable in the social and economic development agenda of their communities;
  • Developing component operational guidelines and instruments;
  • Reviewing, identifying emerging issues in work scenario and initiating new strategies, approaches and focus;
  • Networking and Liaising with stakeholders to harmonize and advance community development approaches and create enabling implementation environment;
  • Providing guidelines for Annual Work Plan and Budget and preparation of district departmental 5 year plans and respective projects annual work plans and budgets;
  • Report writing (periodic and specific activity reports);
  • Presentations at various workshops and professional group meetings;
  • Planning and Coordination of implementation of activities in Community Capacity Support programme –a GoK/DANIDA programme and Care and Nutrition for People Affected by HIV/AIDS pilot project in Busia District a GOK/WFP project;
  • Team building and Human resource development;
  • Advocacy and lobbying for the mainstreaming of the vulnerable and marginalized groups / communities in development e.g. persons with disability, widows, the poor of the poorest, older persons, youth and women;
  • Promoting community participation in development projects;
  • Trainer in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), facilitation skills, organizational development, Research techniques, HIV/Aids awareness;
  • Establishing needs of target groups, individuals, communities and assisting them work towards the sustainable fulfilment of those needs;
  • Developing training programmes, organizing and Implementing trainings for field staff and community groups;
  • Promoting local resource mobilisation, utilisation and the development of group managed Revolving Credit Schemes;
  • Networking;
  • Operationali zing the establishment of Youth Development Committees in Busia District;
  • Responsible for Youth Development Programme in Bungoma District;
  • Supervision of vocational training programmes in youth polytechnics and vocational rehabilitation centres;
  • Coordinating the organisation of celebrations within the Department’s portfolio such as International Women’s Week/Day; Harambee Youth Week; International day for Older Persons; UN Day for the Disabled;
  • Representing the Department in Development and Advisory Committee/Boards
  • Supervision and technical backstopping;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of


  • Transformational leadership;
  • Team Building and coordination;
  • Networking;
  • Project Management;
  • Invaluable exposure and practical experience working with different international donor sponsored projects;
  • Development and establishment of participatory targeting approaches (for food insecure, poor and vulnerable households. Specifically, “Community Based Targeting and Distribution Model for food aid to vulnerable, HIV/AIDS affected and food insecure households” and “methodology for the identification and planning for the mainstreaming of the poor and vulnerable in the Southern Nyanza Community Development Project”);
  • Training and execution of Participatory Approaches in community planning and behaviour and attitude change;
  • Technical backstopping to Annual Work planning and budgeting processes and outcomes;
  • Administrative and management functions;
  • Application of Participatory Approaches in promoting sustainable Community Development;
  • Managing multi-sectoral and multicultural environments;
  • Organisational Capacity Assessment and Development;
  • Strategic Planning;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Organising and delivery of training to extension workers and local group leaders in different packages;
  • Establishing community service delivery mechanisms;
  • Training and research Execution;
  • Facilitation of consultative forums;
  • Preparation of Terms of reference for consultancies and technical


  • Member of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper District Facilitation Secretariat; Facilitator in the poverty reduction strategy consultation process (PRSP) at Division level and Co-chairperson of the District PRSP consultative forum;
  • Facilitator in an evaluation mission of Community Based Nutrition Programme. Special focus of the evaluation mission was to review relevance, performance and future of Community initiated Projects, which are the result of a partnership between DANIDA and the community;
  • Member of research team investigating malarial drug outlets in Bungoma District for the Ministry of Health in collaboration with AMREF;
  • Facilitator in various seminars on participatory approaches to community development in Bungoma, Bondo, Makuyu, Teso, Busia and Mt Elgon Districts;
  • Initiated a stakeholders’ widowhood forum to put in place mechanisms for widowhood support at community level in Bungoma District;
  • Chairperson of Bungoma Harambee Show Arena and Gates and Car park sub-committees.
  • Initiated and coordinated various stakeholders in the organisation of the first International women’s Day celebration and launched the local chapter of International Women’s Day celebrations in Busia District;
  • Initiated and facilitated the establishment of division and district Youth development committees in Busia District;


1989 and 1999         Senior Supervisor in respective population censuses;

2002                         General Elections Presiding Officer.


2006 to present       Board of Governor Member – Bishop Okullu Magare Girls and Aluor Girls Secondary School
Member of Bungoma Women’s Welfare Association, a voluntary organisation formed to promote the well being of girl-child in schools through various programmes.


Computer Literacy Working knowledge of computer application software MS Word; MS Excel, Access and MS PowerPoint
Language                   Very good command of the English language and working Knowledge of Kiswahili

Public speaking         Developed the art of good public speaking


1999                Awarded 20th Nyayo anniversary medal for rendering distinguished and meritorious services to the Government and the Republic of Kenya

2001                Nominated by the United States, Department of state to participate in an International Visitor Programme in the US whose theme was Women as Partners in Nation-building. This is a high profile forum for African Women Leaders who have made a mark in improving the status of women.( I facilitated the development and introduction of a micro-credit programme to community based groups to enhance mobilisation of local savings for small scale business enterprises in Bungoma and Busia Districts through Peace Corp attachment) The forum gave opportunity to the participants to interact with highly placed American women and other leaders across the divide to understand issues, which contribute to the American success

  • Led the winning team (Busia District) in the community capacity support programme for 2 years running in the DANIDA supported programme within the Department of Gender and Social Development


Local regional forums

  1. Application of Gender Planning Tools to Development
  2. The Role of Community and Leaders in Population
  3. Social Work Principles- Case History Taking and External regional forum
  4. “Land Tenure Security and HIV/AIDS the case of Widows and Orphans in the Southern Nyanza Community Development Project” -was presented at a Regional Workshop on Land Tenure Security for Women in Kampala Uganda organized by IFAD; United Nations Office for Project Services and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Government of Uganda. 2006