Jacqueline Mghoi Jumbe-Kahura

Email: [email protected];                                         Tel: +254 (0) 720960365



Languages:                              English, Kiswahili

Gender:                                   Female

Age:                                         48

Current Employer:                 Lifting the Barriers, Kenya

Role:                                        Founder and Executive Director

Residence:                              Kilifi County

Country:                                 Kenya





2016 to date (on-going)


2009 to 2011


University of Nairobi: Masters in Project Planning and Management

Institute of Education, (IOE), University of London (Now UCL London): Masters of Arts in Education and International Development

2002-2003Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development, Nairobi: Diploma in Community Development
1999-2004University of Nairobi: Bachelors Degree in Education
1991-1993Kisii Teachers college: Diploma in Education
1988 – 1989Bura Girls High School, Taita, Kenya:  Kenya Advance Certificate of Education (KACE)
1984 – 1987Murray Girls High School, Taita, Kenya: Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)


  1. April 2011 to date- Founder and Executive Director for Lifting the Barriers (LIBA)
  • Designed and Implemented projects (Women Inclusive Financial Empowerment (W.I.F.E), Learning Companion, EVERY Girl…Campaign) with support from volunteers
  • Recruit volunteers and staff to work with the organisation
  • Participated in partnership meetings and collaborative activities with other organisations and individuals
  • Designed Weekend Inclusive and School Holiday W.I. S.H project in line with the learning and research findings done in 2015
  • Developed The Teachers As Educators, Administrators, Caregivers and Healers (T.E.A.C.H ) Initiative program; this programs mentors teachers to play multiple roles and be sensitive to the plight of the children who come to school with baggage from home that continuously affects their learning
  • Ensure the website and facebook page are updated; http://www/
  • Organise teachers and students conferences to tackle different aspects of learning, teaching and leading
  • Work closely with school heads in the projects schools where I volunteer as a teacher to introduce innovative ways of teaching, learning and leading.
  • Raise resources to support our education projects in our project schools and communities
  • Hold participatory planning session with the staff, partners and the beneficiaries of the program to ensure that we improve on our program quality.
  • Development of Training Modules and Evaluation formats for targeted teachers and children.
  • Developing and guiding a process of Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation by volunteers
  • Facilitates experience sharing amongst the staff, teachers and learners at all levels.
  • Designing, execution and documentation of research that is relevant and invaluable to the activities of the program.
  • Developing partnerships and Liaising with the Government Ministries to ensure efficient and high quality service provision
  • Prepare weekly and quarterly narrative reports of project progress, and also assist in the preparation of project financial report.
  • Seek opportunities to maximize project impact through collaboration with other stakeholders in the project sites.
  1. Volunteer teacher, Bofa and Makonjemare primary schools, Kilifi Kenya – June 2012- April 2015
  • Taught English and Social Studies at Bofa and Makonjemare primary school as a volunteer teacher
  • Collected data needed for project design and implementation at Lifting the Barriers
  • Personally conduct the Weekend Inclusive and School Holiday (after school) lessons which provides academic and developmental support that children cannot get at home and in a normal school day
  1. April 2004 to October 2010: Area Manager, Plan International, Tharaka and Kilifi Development Areas (DAs) respectively.
  • Chaired the education development team in the office. I led the team in innovating the SchoolsCaN project that reached out to all stakeholders in the schools (parents, teachers, learners, administrators and local leadership). It also attracted huge funding.
  • Ensured Development Area (DA) complied with corporate governance systems and procedures.
  • Ensured that staff adhered to the duty matrix to avoid conflict of roles and interest especially on the finance and procurement roles.
  • Ensure that Internal control procedures were adhered to
  • Provide visionary leadership, coaching for results and support to the DA team in the management of programs, individual development and in the management of their performance.
  • Ensuring that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) within the office are adhered to and the Contingency Plans (CPs) are in place
  • Lead DA teams in the implementation of the Employee Appraisal processes
  • Monitor financial compliance, sponsorship production, ICT back-ups, M&E reports, HR reports and tender processes.
  • Coordinate quarterly meetings that bring together implementing partners and project staff for reflection on project progress.  This provides an opportunity for partners to present brief summaries of activities that they had been able to implement that had direct contribution to overall project objectives.
  • Built networks and worked in collaboration with organisation and partners to achieve our shared goals ad interests
  • Responsible for the execution of 2 million USD budget annually
  • Supervised 42 staff in the DA and did bi-annual appraisals to 22 direct reports
  1. April 2000 – September 2004: Divisional Director, Global Education Partnership (GEP)- Wundanyi)
  • Organised “Xplore Kenya differently” funding campaign initiative that combined relaxation, safari and village experience
  • Provided Leadership in the implementation of the 2 major programs – Educational Resources Development Program (ERDP) and Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program (EETP)
  • Fundraising, report writing, carrying out programme needs assessment, carrying out and documenting research findings.
  • Identifying initiatives and potential strategies aimed at poverty reduction/eradication.
  • Assess project proposals and make recommendations for funding.
  • Facilitate workshops for community leaders, teachers, school committee addressing special needs affecting the girl child
  • Identify programme implementation constraints and future recommendations
  • Build partnerships and build capacity on organisations supporting the advancement of women and the girl child
  1. August 1995 – March 2000: Programs Director, Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Programme (EETP), Global Education Partnership
  • Provided young people with job readiness skills required to make them employable and self reliant in today’s global market place.
  • Visited primary and secondary schools to mentor them on the need to stay in school and complete school
  • Coordinated job shadowing for girls
  • Supporting youth, especially girls out of school to either start or manage a small business or those wishing to get in to wage employment, know how to do a cover letter, resume/CV and perfect their public speaking skills.
  • Visited informal settlements to spread awareness about personal health and hygiene, sanitation and birth control measures
  • Developed and Marketed program proposals on behalf of GEP.
  1. 1997-1999: National Cordinator, Kenya for International Education And Resource Network (I*EARN): The program linked schools with other schools internationally in a global exchange program
  2. August1993 – December 1994: Secondary school teacher, Canon Kituri Secondary school, Taita Taveta County

Taught Geography and Christian Religious Education

Was also in charge of Counselling and Girls Effect Club


  1. 1995 (6 months): Msangarinyi primary school – English and Social Studies
  2. August 1991 – December 1991: Teacher/Trainer, Mwafuga youth polytechnic:  Taught Social Education




  1. Varkey Foundation Top 10 nominees of Global Teacher Prize:


  1. BBC News: http://t.Co/DQRIqmvXgf


  1. Nation Citizen TV: Strength of a Woman:


  1. BBC Women of Africa Unsung Heros:


  1. Featured at the African report, September 2015 – Top 50 Trail blazers


  1. Features in several Local and International print media.


  • Made it to the top 10 in the World (out of 8500 applicants) and became the only Kenyan and African to compete for the One million Dollar Global Teacher prize competition that was held in March 2015, in Dubai ( I was among the nine runners-up as the award went to an American.
  • Seat at the Global Teacher Nomination Academy of Varkey Foundation where I participate in the selection of Top 50 and Top 10 Global Teacher prize Nominees since 2015 to date
  • Member of the Global Teacher Alliance of Varkey Foundation
  • Was awarded fully paid Commonwealth scholarship to pursue Masters in Education and International Development at the UCL, London (formerly Institute of Education, University of London). I was among the ten East Africans selected out of the 2800 applications received.
  • Was recognised in a public function by H.E the Governor of Kilifi County in October 2015 as the Shujaa (Hero) for my contribution in education in reaching the disadvantaged children
  • Have innovated the following programs
    • Learning companion: A School Improvement program
    • Every Girl…Campaign
    • Functional Literacy and Lifeskills (FULL) training
    • SchoolsCaN
    • Women Integrated Financial Empowerment (W.I.F.E)
    • Teachers as Educators, Administrators, Caregivers and Healers (T.E.A.C.H)
    • Weekend inclusive and School Holiday ( A W.I.S.H for children)
  • While working for Plan International,
    • Was ranked the best performing Manager out of the 9 Managers in Kenya, thanks to my hands on leadership. New Managers recruited, were referred to me for orientation.
    • Have trained and provided on site support to over 1000 men and women using the Village Savings and Loans (VSL) model and the same has successfully been scaled up in Kilifi and replicated in other areas. Kilifi has the most successful table banking model now.
    • Have personally triggered communities using Community Led Total Sanitation approach which advocates for communities to stop open defecation and instead, build toilets and practice better hygiene standards. Again, Kilifi remained the most successful implementing rural district.



  • Conference on International Education and Resource Network (I*EARN) in South Africa, Namibia, Egypt and Spain (1995-2000)
  • Training on Gender and Education – Organised by Global Education Partnership Kenya, 2000
  • Conference on Education and Development in Arusha Tanzania – 2005
  • Completed a 3 week training course in Uganda on Brief coaching for results (March 2010)
  • Training on Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) in Zanzibar – 2002
  • Research & Evaluation Skills (Design, Training & Supervision of field work)
  • Programming Skills (Participatory Planning & Design, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation)
  • Participatory Training & Learning (Needs Assessment, Facilitation and Evaluation, Mentorship


  • Strategic Planning: Supporting and facilitating strategic visioning and planning
  • Programme support and grant management: Advising implementing staff on grant requirements and procedures (including budgeting), reviewing project proposals, administering the grants, foreseeing implementation of projects including  facilitating monitoring and evaluation and reporting internally and to donors;
  • Training and mentoring: Designing and facilitating hands-on participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation processes  in  research, development, communication and advocacy;
  • Participatory Communication: Training and supporting staff to use creative ways of documenting their experiences and sharing them internally and with wider audience for the purposes of learning and influencing change.
  • Human Resources Management: providing leadership to a team of 42 staff with 20 direct reports to deliver the promise to the donors, the children and the community.


  • Participatory Video for Social Change: Led a team in charge of introducing participatory video as a valid method for research, documentation and communication.
  • Participatory Action Research and Advocacy: Led teams into finding out the structural causes of girl child sexual abuse in Kilifi and why it is still a silent crime.
  • Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Documentary: Led Institute of Development Studies ids, UK, local partners and communities to document the Kilifi CLTS process, outcomes, impact and role of partners and communities in the change process


1.      Christine Wanjala

Director of Programmes,

Global Education Partnership

P.O. Box 1109 – 80304 Wundanyi – Kenya;

Tel: 0724322801

2.      Margaret Kahiga

Former Area Manager, Plan International, Kilifi Office

Tel: 0723750769