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Structure & Office - Tembea Youth Community Empowerment Enviromental Stewardship and Sustainability

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Governance Structure

Tembea adopt a dynamic horizontal structure which has core components of the membership that works through sub-committees, Advisory Board, and the secretariat. However, the Advisory board is the key management body. Daily activities are coordinated by the secretariat which headed by the executive director. The executive director links the board of the management, membership and the secretariat.

The Team                                         

 Jared Omondi Buoga-Executive Director
Jared Omondi Buoga is the Founder and Executive Director of Tembea. He is a graduate from Egerton University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management. He also has training on sustainability from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich – Switzerland, and Stellenbosch, South Africa, under the auspices of Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS). Mr. Buoga is endowed with a wide experience in strategies for sustainable development at both grassroots and international levels. His focus is community empowerment within a healthy environment, geospatial analysis and use of GIS in natural resource development planning and development, climate change, energy issues, livelihood programming, conflict management, gender mainstreaming, and HIV/AIDS. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree on Climate Change at the University of Nairobi.                                        

Job Nyangoka Orina-Programmes Coordinator
Mr. Nyangoka is the programmes coordinator in Tembea. He has a Bachelor of Science in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Job has trained and extensively worked on climate change, public finance management, public participation, democracy and governance, conflict mitigation, gender responsive budgeting and gender mainstreaming, policy formulation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, designing and implementing livelihood options for communities, human rights issues, transitional justice issues, decentralized governance, e governance, HIV/AIDS and others. He was nominated as a Children and Youth Facilitator on Sustainable Development at the Tunza Youth Conference in Bandung Indonesia in 2011. He also represented Kenya and African youth at the 3rd African University on Youth and Development held at Sal, Cape Verde in 2011. Currently a facilitator on leadership and integrity/human rights and youths for USAID, IEA and Chemi Chemi ya Ukweli among others.               

Nicholas Otieno Ngesa (Nick)-Assistant Director
Nicholas is the assistant director Tembea. He has a background in Bachelor of Commerce (business and finance management option) (Kenyatta University). He has worked has trained and worked in the public finance management sector with great interest on devolved funds in Kenya, youth and human rights, MDGs, local capital mobilization amongst others. Trained on peace building, enterprise development, microfinance, gender mainstreaming, agribusiness development and others.


Zephaniah Ajode Migeni-Project Officer, Natural Resource Management
Is a graduate in Tourism and Wildlife Management from Moi University, and also hold a Certificate in Tour guiding and Tours Administration from the Center for Tourism Training and Research College. He is an apprentice Earth keeper with the Institute of Earth Education, West Virginia U.S.A. He has undergone various environmental training programs both abroad and in Kenya. He is also a graduate from Earthcorps, Seattle, WA, United States and Earthwatch Europe. He is a great essay writer and has won several nationwide environmental essay including UNEP, KOEE, WCK, NEMA, AFEW-Giraffe Center in 2010 amongst others. Zeph has worked with communities in Tucson, Arizona U.S.A on conserving the Saguaro National Park with the University of Arizona and Cooper Environmental Science Campus. In Kenya, he has worked with various environmental organizations on conserving Kenya’s biodiversity and helped low-income communities initiate sustainable livelihood improvement projects, especially in Lake Victoria Basin. Zeph is a very passionate conservationist, who keeps himself busy with Bird watching, travelling, biking, watching wildlife movies and socializing. His passion and humour makes him a great person especially in working with local communities and he has acted as a great inspiration to the youths of Kenya.                                      

 Sarah Sorphy Atieno; Finance and Administration Officer
She has a background in social work and community development. She also has training on accounting (CPA I) and human recourses management. She has worked on gender issues, HIV/AIDS, girl child issues, energy efficient cook stoves project, MDG’s, youth and human rights, local capital mobilization, counselling and others.

Victor John Omondi  - Data Management and Communications Officer
Mr. Omondi a graduate in Sustainable Development and Disaster Mitigation from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He is also an IT specialist. He has undergone Training on Project Design, Planning and Management.  Victor is a T.O.T on Solar Cooking and Water Pasteurization and Community Savings and Loaning Programmes. Victor has interest in activities and programmes that will enable communities attain sustainable livelihoods as they adapt to and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change- the mother of Disasters in the world. His Career Objective is to be part of the change that would bring positive contributions to the well-being of mankind and Mother Nature. Victor likes nature walk and watching Football.

 Erick Otieno Odhiambo-Field Officer                                         
Erick is a field officer working on youth and leadership project, community saving and loaning programme, construction of energy efficient cook stove, HIV/AIDS, enterprise development, peace building and others. He is also in charge of Artisan welfare. Erick has a background in Social work and community development. Erick likes reading story books, socializing and travelling.

Joshua Omondi Amolo – Project Officer; Community Savings and Loaning

Joshua is in charge of implementation of the Community Savings and loaning project at Tembea. He has educational background in Social work and community development worked with CARE international for the past 8 years under community savings and loans methodology as a community trainer, women voices project as a ToT on socio-economic empowerment, family planning results initiative project as social transformation champion. Have been engaged with a number of development partners as a development consultant in community savings and loaning methodology and enterprise development. He also has a stint in facilitating drama and theatre for development. Joshua loves having light moments with friends, adventure, travelling and working with communities.                                          

 Linda Achieng Okongo – Field Officer
Linda work as a Field Officer at Tembea responsible for community mobilization, formation and sensitization on various projects amongst Community Savings and Loaning.Ms Achieng is a graduate of National Youth Service (GoK), where she was awarded a Certificate of Excellence on General Agriculture. She comes with high discipline, diligence and resilience of a paramilitary officer. Linda has worked on various projects including Kilimo Project as an extension assistant implementing field based trainings for farmers with products from Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). She also has experience working on household survey through Heritage Conservation Promotion Organization. Besides, Linda loves making friends, travelling and playing Volleyball during her free time.                                        

Juliana Awino Omondi -Field Officer
Juliana is a Field Officer at Tembea undertaking Safe Water and Hygiene projects in schools and communities. Also works on Community Savings and Loaning and Energy efficient cook stoves for Siaya Communities. Also, conducts mentorship for children on Psycho-social projects. Holds a Certificate in Health and Nutrition from her Volunteer work at Australian Partnership with African Communities (APAC) Program and Bernard Van leer Foundation (Child Fund Kenya)

Juliana won an Ashoka Youth Venture You Can Make it Count Changemaker of 2010 with a project on Safe Water and Hygiene for Early Childhood Care and Development Centres in Ugunja District of Siaya County. Juliana is fun of swimming and socialization.                                   

  Emily Owino Atieno – Field Officer
Emmy works at Tembea as a Field Officer in Community Savings and Loaning. She holds a Diploma in Social work and Community Development. Emmy also works with communities in promoting green economy initiatives through tree plantings and uptake of Energy efficient Cook stoves which contributes to environmental conservation. She also has a background in Peace building and conflict management.                                   

Daniel Okello – Field Officer
Dan is a Field Officer at Tembea and works on Community Savings and Loaning in the Energy efficient cook stoves for Siaya communities’ project. He is a community change agent facilitator and paralegal advocating for children rights. He is a soft spoken person who likes developmental activities and his main joy is working out in the field with communities. Dan holds a Diploma in Community development and social work. Loves reading newspaper after attending to his farm and socializing with others


Caroline Adhiambo – Field Officer
Caroline is a field officer for the Community Savings and Loaning Program. She has wide experience in community empowerment (livelihood improvement)programs through local capital mobilization methodologies, girl child issues, children rights issues, HIV/AIDS, MDG’s, environmental conservation, gender and water related initiatives. Caro also work secondary schools on Climate Change education programs.”Passionate about a community that embrace positive change and have a culture of saving the available meagre resources. Above all, she has an educational background on Social work and community development


Grace Akoth Nyonje

Lucy Atieno