Carolyne Ajema is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience in gender and GBV-related research, policy advocacy, capacity strengthening and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining ICRW, Carol was the Gender Advisor with Jhpiego-Kenya. In this role, she provided oversight in developing and implementing gender transformative programmatic approaches in a USAID FP/RMNCAH, WASH and nutrition project. She was an Investigator in a gender analysis study, which informed the development of the project’s gender integration and male engagement framework. She also led efforts that contributed to the development the 1st ever multisectoral GBV prevention and response roadmap for Bomet County through a World Bank-funded project. Carol also served as Co-Investigator in two family planning/ RH studies for a USAID funded project. Results were used to adapt the National adolescent health strategy targeting In and Out of School adolescents. In this role, Carol also engaged with the National Ministry of Health by providing technical assistance towards the adaptation of the Global World Health Organization Post GBV QA tool for Kenya. Also, Carol oversaw the design and roll-out of social accountability mechanisms at community, facility and county level in the context of FP/RMNCAH service delivery.
Prior to that, Carol worked with LVCT Health as a Senior GBV Research/Program Officer and a Research Coordinator. She was among the pioneers who designed the National Post Rape Care program. In these roles, Carol led and provided oversight to various qualitative studies on the health sector response to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, violence against children, HIV and GBV/HIV integration. Findings of these studies helped inform the development of the 1st Edition of the Kenya National guidelines on the management of sexual violence, National SV data tools and training curricula, service delivery job aids, health sector SOPs on SV, the National M&E framework for SGBV in Kenya, and the multisectoral SV prevention and response SOPs. Carol served as PI in a study that sought to assess the health sector responsiveness to sexually abused children. Findings of this study contributed to the development of the National SOPs on clinical management of child survivors in Kenya and review of National guidelines on SV.
Carol currently sits on the National Ministry of Health SGBV Committee of Experts Technical Working Group. She continues to provide technical expertise to the State Department of gender, and the National Gender Equality Commission as part of policy advocacy.