Joseph Ruhiu is an environmental and community development practitioner with over 20 years practical experience and specializing in programmes and projects development and management inking environment and poverty. His experience covers identification, planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, learning and reporting of environment/natural resource based programmes/projects. He also has rich knowledge and practice in project cycle management (including EU Project Cycle Management Guidelines), grants management, networking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and capacity building of wide range of stakeholders at national, county and local levels. He has also designed and implemented projects on climate change and renewable energy; awareness and governance in environmental/natural resources management. He is well versed with the Kenyan environmental and natural resource poverty nexus at national, regional and international level including aspects of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, 2015).
His years of experience have been gained while working with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF). He has wide experience in diverse fields including programme/projects development and management; grants management, socio-economic development, environmental management, ecosystem management, environmental assessments and auditing, community development, bio-diversity conservation and support to rural livelihood systems. He is competent in research formulation and execution a keen methodologist and an effective communicator.
He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Leicester University in the UK, Bachelor of Science in ecological studies from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Environmental Management from Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel and is a holder of several certificates and alumni of Galilee Institute. He has international exposure through education at Masters level attained from the UK, Diploma from Israel and experience sharing tours in India (three times), South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania.
During his employment in both Kenya Wildlife Service and Community Development Trust Fund, Joseph Ruhiu underwent comprehensive training in management & administration, organization development, change management, performance management, resource mobilization, county engagement and gender diversity and human rights to mention but a few. Joseph is also managing an NGO with interest in innovations in environment, energy, natural resources, agriculture and climate change aimed at generating and harnessing green growth ideas and innovations to fuel the transition towards a low-carbon, resource efficient, and inclusive economic development covering the focal thematic areas of environment, energy, agriculture, natural resources, and climate change.
Mr. Ndungu has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and zoology from University of Nairobi. The specialist has considerable experience in natural resources management, Environmental Assessments (SEA, EIA and EAs), Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Management, Valuation of Ecosystem Services, Wildlife Conservation Planning, Environmental Policy Analysis, Workshops Facilitation, Public Consultations Nature based Enterprise Development, Community Production Systems and Project Management,. He is a registered EIA and EA Lead expert with over 10 years’ experience in environment and NRM. He has served as a team leader in a number of country level assignments on environment and natural resources in Kenya. He has been involved in a wide range of assignments among them; development of an energy strategy for refugees humanitarian operations in Kenya; Strategic Environmental Assessments for Olkaria Geothermal Development Area in Kenya; developed the biodiversity management proposal for the IGAD region and capacity building on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Worked at Pact Kenya / Act as the manager in charge of natural resource grants from the Swedish International Development Agency and UK -AID joint fund that was aimed at improving organizational capacity of non-state actors to deliver their mandates in environment and natural resources sector through participation of citizens and marginalized groups in governance, management and utilization of natural resources and improving policy and legislative environment for sustainable natural resources management at national and decentralized governance structures.
James is also current on international policies and laws governing, environment, energy, and climate change. This knowledge puts him in a vantage position of accelerating renewable energy uptakes, technology transfer, development and application of innovation initiatives. James Ndungu’s background holds a progressive experience as a Civil Servant, Natural Resource Management Scientist and Program Manager and Environmental consultant,. Lately he was the Sector expert in the Evaluation of Northern Rangelands Trust Conservancy project