Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Desmond Rono joins WOAH as PC-TAD Project Officer


Picture : Desmond Kirui Rono  (woah) 2022


Desmond Kirui Rono officially joined the World Organisation for Animal Health on 15 August 2022, as Project Officer for the PC-TAD project within the Sub-regional Representation for Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Desmond’s mission is the implementation of WOAH’s Project on  Prevention and Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases for the benefit of smallholder farmers (PC-TAD), funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This project focuses on developing WOAH’s strategy for veterinary workforce development (VWFD) and veterinary paraprofessional (VPP) integration into the workforce, with a focus on enhanced capabilities for peste des petits ruminants (PPR) prevention and control. This project also focuses on the elimination of dog-mediated rabies using a One Health approach and aims to better prepare Veterinary Services for challenges of climate change, with a specific focus on the prevention and control of Rift valley fever (RVF).

Desmond’s role is also to contribute to the implementation of other WOAH veterinary workforce development (VWFD) programmes in the region.

Desmond, a Kenyan citizen, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University, Kenya and Master of Arts in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Pavia, Italy. In addition, he has taken short courses and training in Project planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (PMEAL), leadership and diplomacy, environmental impact assessment, statistics for impact evaluation among others.

Before joining the organisation, Desmond worked with The Brooke East Africa as the Knowledge Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research. Before that, he worked with different organisations in different capacities, among them: Centre for International Cooperation and Development, International Potato Centre (CIP), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Tegemeo Institute of Agriculture and Policy Development.

Desmond looks forward to contributing to the successful implementation of the PC-TAD project which will contribute to the overall objective of improving the livelihoods of small holder farmers.

He can be reached through [email protected]

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