The Management and Staff of FARA welcome new staff members who have taken up various positions in the organisation. Below is a short profile on each of them.
Enock Warinda (Lead Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation)
Dr. Enock Warinda is a research scientist and evaluation specialist with nearly twenty years of professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, program management, and impact assessments at national, regional and international levels. He is intimately familiar with the issues impacting on agricultural development in Africa, and has excellent competence in managing evaluations of complex, high-level research programs through mixed methods approaches and application of advanced techniques for causal inferences. He has practical skills in multivariate and cost-effectiveness analyses, and has experience in designing, developing and supervising user-friendly M&E tools and protocols.
He joins FARA after a stint at the International Business and Technical Consultants Inc. (IBTCI) where he managed the Somalia Programme Support Services (SPSS). Prior to that, he worked for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) based in Pretoria, South Africa as the Work Package Manager responsible for the Design, Intervention, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Tools (DIMELT) portfolio. Before joining FANRPAN, Dr, Warinda was the Theme Manager and Head of M&E at ASARECA, where he was instrumental in the development of results-based multi-year projects and facilitated bi-annual and annual portfolio reviews. He led the identification of capacity gaps in M&E and trained stakeholders, especially scientists, program managers, project principal investigators, administrators, M&E officers and policy-makers. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and focuses his research on the impacts of regional agricultural projects on smallholder farming households.
Raymond Jatta (Program Coordinator, Planning and S3A)
Dr. Raymond Jatta is an Economist who hails from the smiling coast of Africa, The Gambia. He started off working at ActionAid International, The Gambia as Programme Coordinator, moved to the EU-Gambia Cooperation as Programme Officer, and then to The Ministry of Agriculture and FAO respectively as Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He has fourteen years’ work experience mainly in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation relevant to Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development, Economic Policy Analysis and Climate Change Adaptation.
Dr. Jatta bagged a PhD in Economics (with focus on Climate Change Economics) from the University of Cheikh Anta Diop funded through a partnership with the Centre for Development Research in Bonn, Germany. His research interest is in Evaluation of Climate Risk Management and Adaptation Strategies on Food and Nutrition Security.
Benjamin Abugri (Knowledge Management Officer)
Mr. Benjamin Abugri is the new Knowledge Management Officer for FARA. He has vast experience in Knowledge Management, Project Management and Community Engagement. Prior to joining FARA, he worked as Knowledge Management Specialist for the University Research Company (URC)’s USAID-funded “Systems for Health” Project; Knowledge Management Program Manager for the JSI Research and Training Institute’s USAID funded SPRING Project; and Knowledge Management and New Initiatives Coordinator for World Vision International (Ghana). Before taking up Knowledge Management roles in 2013, he spent over 5 years working as Program Officer implementing projects in Food Security & Micro-finance, Health, Education, WASH and Child Sponsorship in rural communities of Ghana. He holds a B.Ed in Accounting and Business Management from The University of Cape Coast, Ghana; a Postgraduate Certificate in M&E from The University for Development Studies, Ghana and a MBA in Strategic and Project management from the Paris Graduate School of Management, France.
Paul Boadu (Research Associate, Data Analysis and Econometrics)
Mr. Paul Boadu is joining FARA on secondment from the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of Ghana’s Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI) where he holds the position of Research Scientist. He is currently awaiting graduation for a PhD in Agricultural Economics on a collaborative programme between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. He holds MPhil degree in Economics from the University of Ghana and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has experience in designing and conducting surveys and the use of statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, Eviews, PCGive, and CSPro for data management, modelling and analysis. He has worked as a Research Assistant (Economist) at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economics Research (ISSER), University of Ghana where he participated in the design and implementation of the Impact evaluation of Millennium Development Authority interventions on Farmer-Based Organizations in Ghana. He has also participated in the design, implementation, data cleaning and analysis of Ghana Living Standards Survey Five Plus, which was conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service. Further, Paul has been involved in many interdisciplinary studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policies such as climate change adaptation and mitigation for Food Security in West Africa and Global Impact of ICT Studies. He has also worked as a consultant in designing Randomized Control Trial (RTC) for the impact evaluation of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme, Ghana.
Faith Isha Jeng (Conference and Logistics Assistant)
Ms. Faith Isha Jeng holds a dual citizenship, (Ghanaian/Gambian). She has worked in the Aviation Industry for Seven Years.
We wish the new staff a successful tenure at FARA.