Expertise Resource

Prof. . Chitere o. Preston

B.A., M.Sc., PhD

Prof. Chitere has served as a research scientist and at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) (1990-1996) and as coordinator and policy researcher of the Governance and development Programme of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), Nairobi (2003-2006) and briefly as Executive Director, IPAR-Rwanda. Has was a member of several Government of Kenya Task Forces and carried out a large number of consultancies and personal studies in which he involved several colleagues and students.

The lead agent of SIG’s Projects in Kenya is a renowned professor from the University of Nairobi who did extensive research in Sociology and Social Work viz., in Agricultural Philosophy, Agronomy and Agricultural Economics. As per his curriculum vitae as presented here in below,  He has served the as Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi, and holds B.A. (Hon), an M.Sc. Agricultural Education and Extension and a Ph.D. Rural in Sociology and Rural development (University of Nairobi) and post-doctoral training at Iowa State University, U.S.A.

CURRICULUM VITAE
Name: Preston Orieko Chitere
Personal Details

Address: Faculty of Arts

University of Nairobi

P. O. Box 13837 00100 GPO

Tel. :254-020-318262 Ext 28167

Mobile:254 0722-761 410

E-mail : pchitere@uonbi.ac.ke

Citizenship: Kenyan
Marital Status: Married since 1979 and with four children

Birth: September 20th, 1945 Mumias. Kenya

Summary

Has from January 2011 to present served as Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi. He was re-elected in January, 2013 for a second term of two years.

Holds a B.A. (Hon), an M.Sc. Agricultural Education and Extension and a Ph.D. Rural Sociology and Rural development (University of Nairobi) and post-doctoral training at Iowa State University, U.S.A.

Has vast lecturing experience at the University of Nairobi in research methods and development studies including community development studies, community organization and action, rural sociology and rural development, qualitative research methods and programme planning.

He was key in initiating the Diploma in Social Work and Social development and M.A. Rural Sociology ad Community Development studies in the Department of Sociology. Currently, in collaboration with colleagues, he is preparing the Community development studies programme to cover diploma, degree and M.A. levels.

He was chairman of the Faculty of Arts Post-graduate Studies Committee and several Department of Sociology and Social Work Committees.

Has served as a research scientist and at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) (1990-1996) and as coordinator and policy researcher of the Governance and development Programme of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), Nairobi (2003-2006) and briefly as Executive Director, IPAR-Rwanda.

Has was a member of several Government of Kenya Task Forces and carried out a large number of consultancies and personal studies in which he involved several colleagues and students.

1.0 Academic Qualifications:

Institutions

Dates

Degree

University of Nairobi

1976 – 80

Ph.D. (Rural Sociology and Rural Development)

University of Nairobi

1973 –75

M.Sc. (Agricultural Extension)

University of Nairobi

1970 –73

B.A. (Hon. Upper second class)

Private study through Correspondence

1968 – 70

London G.C.E. ‘A’ levels

Guru Nanak Secondary School, Nairobi

1962 –65

Cambridge School Certificate

Kholera Primary School, Mumias. Kenya

1954 – 61

Kenya Certificate of Primary Education

Post Doctoral Training Programs

Iowa State University, U. S.A., 1986 –87, Post-doctoral studies and research

Theses

1980 Decentralization of decision-making processes: its implications for the Crop Improvement Program, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Nairobi

1975 Introduction of Grade Dairy Animals in Kakamega District: Effectiveness of Agricultural Extension, M.Sc. Thesis, University of Nairobi

    1. Occupational Experiences at the University of Nairobi
    2. Dean, Faculty of Arts

      The Faculty of Arts with its ten (10) departments, 9,000 students and 250 lecturers is the largest unit in the University of Nairobi. I was elected as its Dean for a two year term in January 2011 and I am seeking re-election for another equal term of two years later this month (January, 2013).

      As Dean, I chair the Faculty Academic Board and its Management Committee which oversees all its academic programmes including preparation of new demand-driven and revision of existing ones. I also ensure smooth functioning of academic programmes and their adherence to the Faculty and university-wide regulations. I attend University Senate Meetings and participate in all appointment committees for staff of the Faculty, disciplinary committees for students, University-wide Deans Committee and Procurement, Cash Flow and Anti-corruption Committees of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in which the Faculty Falls.

      I consult, counsel and resolve disputes among staff and students as well as in JAB meetings.

      I was also a member of the Kibera Review Committee that recently examined distribution of income generated by the University through Module II programmes.

      I am also responsible for effective management of the Faculty’s payments to Lecturers of the

      Faculty for their Module II teaching which amounts to nearly Ksh.150 million per year as well as other allocations made by the University to the Faculty.

      Other responsibilities include overseeing the work of the chairpersons of the 10 departments of the Faculty, chairing Ph.D. defenses and managing the Faculty secretariat comprising two Associate Deans, one Assistant Registrar, 2 Administrative assistants and nearly 10 support staff.

    3. Full-Professorial Position

      I applied for the position in the Department of Sociology and Social Work of this University, was shortlisted and I am awaiting to be interviewed for the post.

    4. Lecturing experiences at the University of Nairobi

      Dates

      Position

      Institution

      2003 (May) to-date

      Associate Professor

      Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi

      1988 – 92 and 1996 to

      May, 2002

      Senior Lecturer

      Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi

      1981 – 88

      Lecturer

      Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi

      1976 – 80,

      Assistant Lecturer

      Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi

      Course units has been teaching:

      Rural Sociology to undergraduate and postgraduate classes Community Development Studies to Social Work diploma class

      Programme Planning in Developing Countries to undergraduate and postgraduate classes Current research methods in development to a post-graduate class

      Community organization and action to Social Work Diploma and postgraduate classes Qualitative Research Methods to an undergraduate class

    5. Supervision of Post Graduate Students
      Completed Ph. Theses

      Fred Inuani Mugivane Dairy cattle husbandry among women farmers in Vihiga District:

      Prospects and Constraints

      Mbwesa, Joyce

      Kanini Factors affecting effectiveness of learning in agricultural extension: A Case study of community agricultural projects in Mwingi and Makueni districts, Kenya

      Dorothy Mukudi

      Wanyama Masinde Socio-economic factors in technology development and adoption:

      An assessment of the push-pull technology controlling maize stemborers in Transnzoia district

      Beneah M. Mutsotso The East Pokot pastoralists on the precipice: Conflict and social change in a pastoralist community

      On-going Ph.D. Theses Supervision

      Jane Munene Contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the transformation of rural governance in Kenya Mary Sala Aloo The delivery of preventive health care services to children in primary schools : A case study of Eldoret Municipality James Kariuki Effectiveness of CDF as a tool for community development in Kenya Christopher Kiara Effectiveness of CDF on community development in Meru County, Kenya, student of Chuka University College

      Regular M.A. Students Supervised Over past Five Years

      Anastasia Kimeu Ndunge Gladys Moraa

      Kariuki, D.K. Veronika Opili Elizabeth Were Elizabeth Natasha Buluma, Felix

      M.A. Project Papers Supervised over past 5 years

      About 10 each Year

    6. Research Experiences at the University of Nairobi
      1. Research Projects

        1999-2001 Principal Researcher, Adoption of crop production technologies and their potential for improving food security of resource-limited farmers in the Mumias Sugar Scheme, western Kenya—a pilot participatory action project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation office, Nairobi

        1990-1991 Principal Researcher, Participatory-Action Research project, Funded by Ford Foundation, Nairobi

      2. Publications

        Research carried out and publications in book chapters and referred journals are presented below.

        2012

        The Community development movement in Africa during the Colonial Period (1945-63) with emphasis on Kenya. In: J. Mangut and T. Wuam, eds, Colonialism and Transition to Modernity in Africa. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai: J. Mangut and T. Wuam Publishers

        2011

        Declining food security among resource limited in the Mumias Sugar Scheme in Western Kenya and potential for improvement. In: P.O. Chitere, ed., Working with Rural Communities, 2nd Edn., Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press

        2010

        Public Service Vehicle Drivers in Kenya: Their Characteristics and Compliance with Traffic regulations and Prospects for the Future. In: International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 10

        2009

        Matatu Paratransit Transport Industry in Kenya: A Study of Characteristics and Performance of its Associations and Companies on Road Safety. In: Journal of Intra-African Studies, No. 2

        2009

        Neighbourhood Associations and Governance in Nairobi: Their Performance and Prospects. In: Hekima Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol IV, No.1

        2008

        District Focus for Rural development as decentralized planning strategy: An Assessment of its Implementation in Kenya. In: Kibua, T.N. and Mwabu, G., eds., Decentralization and Devolution in Kenya: New Approaches. Nairobi: Nairobi University press

        2007

        Devolution as a Means to Self-Governance in Kenya. In: Perspectives: An Academic Journal of Daystar University, Vol.1, No. 2

        1989

        Decentralization for rural development. In: African Administrative Studies, No.32 (Chitere, P.O. and Monya, J.)

        1994

        Community Development: Its Conceptions and Practice with Emphasis on Africa. Nairobi: Gideon, S. Were press (Chitere, P.O., editor)

        1991

        Working with Rural Communities: A Participatory Action research in Kenya. Nairobi: University of Nairobi press (Chitere, O. and Mutiso, R., editors)

        2002

        Farmer participation in sugarcane production in the Mumias Sugar scheme, western Kenya. African Crop Science Journal, Vol.5

        1988

        The women’s self-help movement in Kenya. In: Trans-African Journal of History, Vol.17

        1985

        Extension education and farmers’ performance in improved crop farming in Kakamega district. In: Agricultural Administration, Vol.18 (1) (Chitere, P.O. in collaboration with Van Doorne, J.H.)

        1982

        Choice of methods of farmer contact. In: Agricultural Administration, Vol. 11 (3)

      3. Initiatives taken at the University of Nairobi

Prepared Social Work Diploma Programme (In collaboration with Ms Asha Haji and other

colleagues).

Prepared Module II, M.A. Rural Sociology and Community Development Cluster which has had the highest enrolment in the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Prepared Faculty of Arts Format for proposal and Thesis/Project papers (In collaboration with Prof. G. Mwabu)

Currently, in collaboration with colleagues, we are preparing Community Development Studies Programme to cover Diploma, B.A. and M.A. levels in the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

    1. Internal and External Examination/Moderation

      Member of several Ph.D. and M.A. examination boards at University of Nairobi and Egerton University

      Internal moderator, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi, 2008- 2010.

      External Examinar (Theses), Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Egerton University, 2006-2010

      External Examinar Daystar University, 2005-2006 External Examiner Chuka University College, 2010 External Examinar Catholic University, 2002-2006

      External Examiner, Kibabi University College, since December, 2012

      1. Employment at Research Institutions

        Dates

        Position

        Institution

        April, 2006-August, 2006

        Executive Director

        Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda)

        July, 2003-April, 2006

        Research Fellow and Coordinator

        Governance and Development Program, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Kenya)

        January, 1990 –

        March, 1996

        Associate scientist and field coordinator

        International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Social Science Research Department

        Responsibilities at the Research Institutions
        Executive Director, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR–Rwanda)— April-August, 2006

        Made preliminary preparations for launching of the Institute including, preparation of the Institute’s Road Map, job descriptions for its staff and tender documents for procurement of offices, vehicles, equipment and utilities.

        Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR –Kenya)—July, 2003 – April, 2006

        Overall coordination of the Governance and Development Programme’s policy analysis and research activities including ensuring collaboration with associates and all stakeholders as well as dissemination of outputs.

        Policy analysis and research topics covered and associated non-referred publications are presented below.

        2005

        The Provincial Administration in Kenya: A study of its characteristics and potential for sustainability under devolved system of governance. IPAR Discussion Paper No. 074

        2006

        Public procurement Process in Kenya: Factors Influencing its Effectiveness. Paper presented at IPAR’s Stakeholders Seminar, Held at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi

        2004

        Matatu industry in Kenya: A study of the performance of its owners, workers and their associations and potential for improvement, IPAR Discussion Paper No.55

        2005

        The Mumias Sugar Scheme in Kenya: A study of farmers’ participation in its privatization programme. IPAR Discussion Paper No. 068

        2006

        Public Service vehicle Drivers in Kenya: A Study of their Compliance with Road safety and Potential for self-regulation, IPAR Discussion Paper No. 081/06

        Research Scientist, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)

        1993-96 Field Coordinator, ISERIPM Project, Muhaka Field Station, Kwale Responsibility for socio-economic studies

        Management of project support staff and funds

        Management of other project resources such as vehicles and computers and Maintenance of an effective link between scientists working in the project but located at headquarters and other ICIPE stations

        1990-93 Ensuring social science research and interface with crop pest scientists, Mbita Point Field Station

        Field Research topics covered and associated publications are included in the above list of referred publications.

      2. Recent Consultancy Assignments/ Member of Task Forces

        Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development (MGCSD): Prepared the National Policy on Community development Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development (MGCSD): Prepared Training Manual for District Social Development Committees; Matatu Owners Association (MOA): Consultant for the Association’s Lobbying and Advocacy Project funded by the Business Advisory Fund (BAF) of the European Union, 2006-2010; Ministry of Transport: Member of the Task force that prepared the National Road Safety Action (NRSAP) Plan, 2005; Recent consultancy assignments have been with the Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO)/United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme, the Kenya Water and Health Organization (KWAHO) and Dupoto-e-Maa;

        Recent Conferences Attended

        2005 Paratransit Transport Conference, Addis- Ababa, Organized by the Sub-Saharan Transport Programme(SSATP). Presented paper on Matatu Industry in Kenya.

        2007 Public Transport in Sub-Saharan Africa Conference, Accra-Ghana organized by SSATP

        2009 Public Transport in Africa organized by Union of Transport in Africa, Gigiri, Nairobi.

        2008-2010 Facilitated/participated in a large number of workshops held by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, Matatu Owners Association, Kwaho and other agencies

        2011 Presented a Paper Entitled “Termini and Routes in Nairobi” for Public Transport Vehicles in Nairobi at the South African Transport Conference (SATC), July, 2011, Pretoria.

        2012 Presented a Paper Entitled “Public Road Transport Services in the City of Nairobi: A Case Study of the Potential for their Conversion into a Hybrid Transport Mode”, South African Transport Conference (SATC), July, 2011, Pretoria.

      3. Consultancy Assignments

Year

Assignment

2010

Ministry of Gender Children and Social Development: Consultant, Preparation of Training Manual on Community Development

2009

Ministry of Gender Children and Social development: Lead Consultant, Preparation of Community Development Policy

2008- 09

VSO/UNV, Nairobi : Lead Consultant, National Study of Volunteerism in Kenya

2009

Dupoto e-Maa, Kajiado: Lead consultant, Review of its Educan Project

2001

VSO, Nairobi: Review of its South-South Volunteer’s Programme’s First Year of operation in Kenya

2009

Kenya Water Non-Governmental Organization: Consultant, Review of its Water and Sanitation Programme in Kenya

2000

United nations Volunteers (UNV): Compilation of Its Volunteers’ (UNV) Annual Conference Proceedings

1999

United Nations Volunteers (UNV): A Review of its Volunteers’ Programme– Its operations and achievements

2003

University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania: Regional Consultant, Evaluation of its Research in Democracy and Development (REDET) Program,

2000

DANIDA, Kenya: Member of its Monitoring Team for the Micro-Enterprise Development Project (MEDP) in Taita-Taveta, Makueni and Kitui Districts

1997-99

Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi: Baseline data collection and impact assessment of DFID funded credit schemes in Kenya, University of Nairobi

1998, 2001

DANIDA, Kenya: Member of its Team for Review of the Micro Enterprise Development Project (MEDP) in Taita Taveta Makueni, Kitui, Kwale and Thika Districts, Kenya

1997-98

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology: (1) Reviewed its Neem Awareness Project with emphasis on workshops that were used to create awareness about Neem trees, and (2) Carried out a study of adoption of the tree on Rusinga Island

1997

World Bank: Baseline data collection on the social and demographic factors likely to influence implementation of The Roads 2000 Project in Nyandarua, Kisii, Baringo and Koibatek Districts

1990

Impact assessment of micro-enterprise projects, IDS Discussion Paper, No.298, Nairobi (Chitere, P.O., Njeru, E., Otunga, R., Ongile, G., Njoka, J., Copestake, J.g., McGregor, J.A. and Johnson, S.)

1990

Impact assessment of the WEDCO enterprise development project, IDS Occasional Paper No.68, Nairobi (Maalu, J. Khayesi, P., Alila, P. Chitere, P., Kibas, P., Karega, R., Bowen, M. and Onjala, J.)

1986

Action Aid Kenya: Impact assessment of the performance of its Young Farmers’ Scheme

1985

CARE-Kenya: Baseline data collection for its Community-Based Agroforestry Project in Siaya District, Kenya

1984

World Bank/National Irrigation Board, Nairobi: Impact assessment of Bura Irrigation Settlement Scheme,

1984

Impact assessment of Homa Hill Centre Community Development project in

Kendu Bay, Kenya

1983

Redd Barna: Impact assessment of Partnership for Productivity’s (PfP) Revolving Loan Fund scheme

1981-85

Mazingira Institute, Nairobi: Agro-forestry site selection, establishment of local management committees, monitoring their performance and impact assessment,

1981

AMREF: Impact assessment of its Primary Health Care project in Machakos and Kitui Districts

  1. Membership in Academic Associations and Networks

    Member of the Association for Third World Studies since 2001

    Member of the International Association of Community Development since 1982 Member of the Society for International Development (SID) since 1987

    Member of the American Rural Sociological Society since 1987 Member of the Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) network

  2. Academic Fellowships/ Scholarships

    Recipient of DAAD scholarship for M.Sc. degree studies, 1973-75

    Recipient of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) scholarship for Ph.D. degree studies, 1976-80

    Recipient of the United Nations University fellowship for post-doctoral studies and research, 1986-87.

    Referees
    1. Prof. Edward Mburugu, ProfessorDepartment of Sociology and Social Work P.O. Box 30197 00100NairobiMobile: 0733693794
    2. Prof. Dorothy McCommick Institute of Development Studies University of NairobiP.O. Box 30197 00 100NairobiMobile: 0733889010
    3. Prof. C.B.K. Nzioka

Department of Sociology and Social Work University of Nairobi

P.O. Box 30197 00100

Nairobi

Mobile: 0722706768

 

Dr. Patrick

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. – Biology, Biochemistry

Administrator, International Observer, Trainer/Speaker

Dr. Patrick C. Wilson serves as the Administrator of Blacks In Government (BIG) –Africa.

Its overall mission involves providing African governments, public and private sectors, with infrastructure export-ready tools and train-the- trainer programs essential for the successful export of agricultural products to the United States. The unique positions held over twenty-nine years as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration first line, mid and senior level manager, has enabled him to transfer knowledge and expertise in the areas of International Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA), U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Equivalency Agreements (EA), compliance, investigation, analytical and research laboratories in pharmaceutical, food and microbiological chemistry regulations/laws to U.S. government departments/agencies, private sector and the international community.

He has given numerous regulatory and capacity building infrastructure presentations to government, private sector, academia and civil societies in/to Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Brazil, England, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda as well as conducted observed inspections/assessments in many of these countries.

He conducted regulatory Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS)/Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) seminars to/for U.S. African Trade Hubs, such as “Overview of the U.S. Regulatory Framework” for the Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub in South Africa (2005), and “The Importance of Regulatory Packaging” for the Eastern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub in Nairobi, Kenya (2010). He also presented the following regulatory SPS/TBT seminars: “Demystifying U.S. AGOA and Agriculture Exports” (2009), “Critical Strategies for Agriculture Food Production and Market Acceleration” at the Roundtable Forum for the 2010 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series on September 14, 2010, and the “African Agribusiness-Recipe, Rules and Regulations for Agribusiness Exports and Imports” (June 23, 2010), facilitated by The Africa Trade Office (Prince George’s County Maryland Economic Development Corporation). He developed, organized and presented on February 14 and 15, 2011, the “U.S.-Africa Open for Agribusiness Partnerships Forum: Critical Partnership Strategies for Agriculture Food Production and Market Acceleration” convened at the February 14-16, 2011, U.S.-Africa Business Leader’s Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, “Mother Africa Opening for Business Forum” at the 2011 Blacks In Government National Training Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, August 23, 2011, and most recently, “The Impact of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on Africa and America: More or Less” at the 6th Kwara State Association of Nigeria (KSANG) National Convention Business Forum, Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, on July 6, 2012.

At the request of the Government of the Republic of Angola, Dr. Wilson developed and introduced the Angola Project. This project specifically targets coffee, seafood, and timber for regulatory infrastructure capacity building and sustainability export ready preparedness for successful export to the U.S.

Dr. Wilson created a comprehensive Export Ready train-the-trainer curriculum for the Cameroonian government, coffee producers, academia and Civil Society at the request of The Africa Trade Office (Prince George’s County Maryland Economic Development Corporation).

Education:

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. – Biology, Biochemistry