Carol Ajema is a social scientist with wide ranging experience in gender and GBV-related applied and implementation research.
Prior to joining ICRW, Carol was the Gender Advisor with Jhpiego-Kenya. There she conducted a gender analysis study in the context of FP/RMNCAH, WASH and nutrition; built the capacity of project staff, health providers and county government officials on gender transformative programming; developed project-specific male engagement and social inclusion integration strategies and IEC materials; contributed to the development of qualitative research tools for studies on FP/RH; developed programmatic and donor reports; and contributed to the inclusion of gender-related interventions into the project annual work plans and budgets. In this role Carol also engaged with the County Departments of Health and Education toward the design of a school-based violence against children intervention that seeks to create safe spaces in select public schools. Prior to that, Carol worked with LVCT Health as a Senior GBV Research Officer and as well as a Research Coordinator. In these roles Carol led and provided oversight to various qualitative studies on the health sector response to sexual violence. The study findings were utilized to inform the development of the Kenya National guidelines on the management of sexual violence, national post rape care data tools and training curricula, service provision job aids, health sector SOPs on SV, the national M&E framework for SGBV in Kenya, and the multisectoral SOPs to GBV response. Carol was the PI in a study that sought to assess the health sector responsiveness to child survivors of SV. Results of this study helped inform the development of the national SOPs on clinical management of child survivors in Kenya.
Carol continues to provide technical expertise to the Ministry of Health Reproductive Health TWG and the National Gender Equality Commission as part of policy advocacy and development and has also contributed to national and international dialogue forums geared toward strengthening prevention of and response to SV. Carol is soon to be defending her doctoral thesis in Public Health (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Her thesis focuses on the multisectoral referral mechanisms for survivors of sexual violence.