Pamela Onduso
Technical Adviser – Youth, Advocacy & Partnerships, Pathfinder International, Nairobi, Kenya

Ms Onduso has over 20 years progressive sub-Saharan Africa experience in senior positions working with development organisations (Marie Stopes Kenya; Pathfinder International) and the public sector (Nairobi City Council; Ministries of Health, Education and Planning) on population issues, reproductive health/family planning (RH/FP), programme design, management, advocacy and policy development.

As Programme Advisor, she provides technical support to RH programs; participates in resource mobilisation; programme design, advocacy and policy development.

She has been an RH technical resource/manager of large, complex, USAID funded global projects e.g FOCUS on Young Adults; regional Gates Foundation supported initiatives (Africa Youth Alliance) and national initiatives.

The latter include US government funded projects like the Community-based HIV/AIDS Prevention project (COPHIA); the AIDS, Population & Health Integrated Assistance project (APHIA-II Nairobi-Central) and its follow-on: APHIA-Plus Nairobi-Coast.

Her leadership, strategic planning, financial management and communication skills coupled with an ability to forge, and maintain collaborative public-private partnerships, have enabled her coordinate consortia comprised of USAID cooperating agencies (CAs), bilateral donors and governments.

Since 2011 she has been engaged in Population, Health and Environment (PHE) programme design and implementation.

She is adept at resource mobilisation and has assisted expand Pathfinder’s donor portfolio for international/global, regional and country programmes from various sources.

The latter include US government agencies (USAID/PEPFAR, CDC); US-based (PAI, PRB) and local advocates (Center for the Study of Adolescence; National Council for Population and Development); Foundations (i.e Gates, Ford, Rockefeller, Packard, MacArthur); development partners (DfID, German Foundation for World Population/DSW, EU); UN agencies (UNFPA, UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, UNAIDS) and corporations (Citigroup, Barclays Bank).

A respected public speaker, she frequently represents her organisation in various fora (American Public Health Association, Global Health Conference, International AIDS and Family Planning conferences) and has helped convene regional RH, population and research conferences.

She has used media (film, radio, documentaries) to pass lifesaving RH messages and support behavior change activities in health programmes in communities (rural and urban), clinics and universities (Kenyatta, Egerton, Jomo Kenyatta, Dar).

Health, adolescents, gender, livelihoods, life-skills, peer education and community mobilisation are recurring themes in her work.

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