Chief of Party TCI East Africa
Nelson A. Keyonzo is the Initiative’s chief of party for East Africa. He is also the Director/Chief of Party for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative – Tupange, Country Representative of Pathfinder International in Tanzania and Kenya, is a highly trained demographer and evaluation expert, has a solid background in program design, evaluation, in depth experience with community based programs, adolescent HIV/AIDS and integrated service delivery approaches. He has provided guidance and technical support for program development and planning and monitoring of activities in the region. He specializes in program development, management, evaluation and grant making, with extensive field experience in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. For the past ten years he has provided technical and programmatic leadership in, country program management, institutional capacity building, grants management, developing, implementing, research and monitoring, including management information systems (MIS). In particular, Kenya Country program grew and diversified during his tenure as a Country Representative. As Associate Regional Representative for Pathfinder International, Mr. Keyonzo has established, monitored, and evaluated Integrated Reproductive Health (IRH)/ community based (CBD) programs throughout Sub Sahara Africa.(SSA) Mr. Keyonzo travels extensively to develop IRH/CBD projects work with public, private sectors including non-governmental organizations, coach and train staff in community and based and driven health care.
As a consultant throughout the region, he has developed national CBD programs, evaluated IRH/CBD projects, and developed management information and planning systems for organizations such as the Family Planning Association of Kenya and the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization and faith based organizations. One of the most successful adolescent projects: the young adult IEC, peer counseling, and service delivery project at Kenyatta and Egerton Universities and the Kenyatta National Hospital’s High Risk Project, being replicated at other District and Provincial Hospitals, that focuses on consequences of unsafe and incomplete abortions for young women by providing intensive reproductive health counseling, postpartum family planning services, and client follow-up to prevent repeat abortions. Mr. Keyonzo brings his background in research and evaluation to all aspects of program management. He also designed and monitored varied and innovative Pathfinder-funded RHY projects throughout the region, including and Education Center for Young Women in Tanzania and National Centre on Teenage Pregnancy in Botswana; projects focused on out-of-school youth and males in Liberia; and development of a FLE curriculum used by the Boy Scouts throughout SSA. At USAID/Kenya request, he provided leadership in coordination of 18 USAID Co-operating Agencies (CA’s) in integration of HIV/AIDS into RH/FP/MCH and initiation of a nation-wide project on eliminating harmful traditional practices, such as nutritional taboos and female genital mutilation (FGM), that was the catalyst for a new network of Kenyan-based researchers, activities, and reproductive health service providers called Network to combat harmful practices affecting women (NCHPAW).
In Tanzania, in partnership with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), he initiated a youth program that resulted into the launching of youth program on HIV/AIDS/ASRH called African Youth Alliance in partnership with Government of Tanzania, UNFPA and PATH, funded by Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, pioneered Community Home Based Care program for PLWHAs with Centre for Disease and Prevention (CDC funding in collaboration with NACP, MOHSW, that has integrated capacity building and Village Community Banking that is a micro-enterprise project that targets high risk grass roots groups within the community.
He serves as a member of many professional associations and has written and presented several papers on community based distribution.