TruphenaDr. Truphena E. Mukuna

Truphena E. Mukuna is the Executive Director of the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA).  She holds a PhD in Education with specialization in curriculum and instructional technology. She is a Multi-disciplinary social science researcher with extensive, hands-on experience and technical expertise on issues in Education; Research and Capacity Building, leadership and governance, institutional strengthening and Mentoring early career researchers; Disaster Risk Reduction; Climate Change, Social Protection, Gender studies, Resilience analysis, Environmental Sustainable Development, Adolescents and Youth affairs. Dr. Mukuna has technical expertise in linking Research to Policy with experience of working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.  She is also a Human Rights advocate with keen interest on social protection and gender issues of the marginalized vulnerable groups of people. Truphena has conducted research, analyzed and published extensively (see LinkedIn:

Role in the Project: Principal Investigator



Alemu Tesfaye 

 Manager for information and Knowledge Management at OSSREA since December 20008. Have several years of experience in research uptake, communication, online learning and knowledge management in the field of social sciences. Got considerable skills in various technologies suitable for research uptake and communication such as content management systems, knowledge management systems, e-learning systems, Infographic development systems, animated videos development systems and social networks. Interested in multi-disciplinary research and online learning. Currently working as communication & Dissemination Manager for the InnoFoodAfrica project funded by EU, and as a Public Engagement Officer for the 5S Foundation project funded by the NHIS UK and Displacement Economies project funded by GCRF UK. He has Worked at different capacities for various organizations as a software solutions expert. He is a graduate in Information Technology with an MBA from Manipal University of India. 

  Role in the Project: Communication and Knowledge Manager  




Fasika Getu Kebede


Fasika is a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Coordinator at The Organization for Social Science research in Eastern and Southern Africa. Fasika graduated in Chemical Engineering Bachelor Degree and is now learning Masters degree in Project Managment and regularly attends life skill training events. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. Fasika enjoys a good refreshing vacations outside the city to the rular areas but can also be found taking a long hiking walks.

Role in the Project:  Ethiopia MLE officer 



Jerome Ntege

 Experienced lecturer/social scientist in Makerere and Kyambogo University in Kampala Uganda. A Ph.D. with a focused on Social Anthropology. Areas of Expertise: Medical anthropology esp. Ebola and trans-border diseases, Anthropology lecturer in; Human Rights, Ethics, Peace, and conflict resolutions, Research, Ethnographies, Livelihood, and Land Tenure. Electoral monitoring and observation, Behavior change communication, community mobilization and development, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. Research Interests: Social and medical anthropologist with interest in the conflict, epidemics; HIV and Ebola, borderland dynamic, gender and youths, and applied interdisciplinary research that addresses issues of the epidemic, conflicts, and religion and sustainable community development.

  Role in the Project:  Uganda MLE Officer 


ronaldMatanda John Ronald

A result driven, self-motivated, committed and resourceful manager; Ronald has over twelve years’ experience of project / program development and management.  A human rights defender, child rights activist, passionate for human transformation and development. Holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, a Masters in Project Management and Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in project planning and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences. He is currently the Head of Programs with the Uganda National NGO Forum a platform organisation for NGOs in Uganda.

Role in the Project:Uganda Country Lead



Mikias Dawit 

 ICT assistant at OSSREA since August 2020. After completing BSc. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (In Computer) from Addis Ababa University involved in data processing at Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). He has earned his certification in database foundation from oracle academy. Worked on data collection, organization and analysis using Open Data kit (ODK) as an internship at OSSREA. Got significant skills in various ICT areas fitting for communication and research such as web scraping, content management systems (CMS), Social Networks, data management and analysis. Moreover he is Skilled and knowledgeable ICT expert who has excellent installation and troubleshooting abilities in both software and hardware. Good in a data management systems and softwares, including Excel, MySQL, SPSS, Oracle and web based database.  

  Role in the Project: Data Manager 


WanjiruWanjiru Gikonyo

An advocate for participatory local governance in Kenya and has over 15 years of experience in social accountability advocacy and practice. Wanjiru has widespread experience in participatory governance, decentralized governance, social audits, local budget tracking, legislative and policy monitoring, and advocacy. Wanjiru has worked with both the executive and legislatures in Kenya at both national and county level. Wanjiru is presently working on the creation of social enterprise programs as a means of sustainable participatory governance. She serves as founder and National Coordinator of The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), which has been instrumental in advocating for effective devolution and meaningful public engagement under devolved government in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Business Organization Degree from Heriot Watt University where she graduated with distinction.

Role in the Project:Kenya Country Lead



Faith Weyombo 

 Program Officer working under the Socio-Economic Inclusion Program. She is currently working on promoting openness and inclusion in public procurement through a multi- stakeholder approach. The program emphasizes the inclusion of disadvantaged groups women, youth and PWDs in public procurement, trade, and solid waste management for efficient and effective service delivery. This is through capacity building, policy advocacy and oversight. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and has extensive experience in research with Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) among others. 

  Role in the Project: Kenya assistant researchers 


BwireBwire Mugeni

Program officer under the Social Enterprise Program. He is currently working on promoting the adoption of inclusive and participatory frameworks to enhance livelihood opportunities for the youth, women, and persons with disabilities in Kenya. The program employs an integrated approach and utilizes a multi-stakeholder model for a sustained impact. He joined The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), in July 2019 as a Program Assistant. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi, a certificate in Communications for Non-Profits Course from Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Certificate in International Organizations Management from the University of Geneva. Prior to joining TISA, Kevin interned, volunteered, and worked in the government, corporate, foreign embassy and CSO sectors. Kevin is a self-professed world citizen with post-graduate bias in regional integration, governance, public diplomacy, and sustainability.

Role in the Project:Kenya assistant researchers



Beth Armanda Maloba 

  Is a Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Coordinator for the COYOQA project, currently based in Kenya. I am currently undertaking an advanced diploma at Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). I am a certified M & E practitioner, and a data analyst using SPSS and STATA. I have contributed in the production of a report on Sexual Reproductive Health and Commodities (SRHC) 2019 ( ) for Health Action International. I have experience working with organizations both in the public and the private sector.During my free time, I enjoy reading novels, watching documentaries, and cooking. I am passionate about global health, refugee rights, and youth empowerment. I love working with women and youth.  

  Role in the Project: Kenyan MLE Officer 


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