She is an Organizational Development practitioner who has worked extensively with private sector, SME’s, Government Institutions, NGO’s and Civil Society Organizations where she developed organization strategies, facilitated trainings and implemented community behaviour change projects.
Her areas of specialization include; Private Sector Engagement, Strategy, Leadership, coaching & mentorship, training and workshop facilitation, content and curriculum development, corporate communications, project management and behaviour change.
She is passionate about environmental stewardship, mentorship and women empowerment. She is a 2015 Youth Mentor with UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund Project, 2011 MILEAD Fellow and serves as an Advisory Board Member to several Social Enterprises and SME’s.
She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in African Sustainability Leadership (Strathmore University Business School), an Executive Master’s degree in Organizational Development (United States International University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Development studies (Kampala International University)
She is in charge of all the clinical officers in JOOTRH, Kisumu County.
With twenty four years of experience as a clinical officer and eleven years of experience in managing survivors of SGBV. She coordinates clinical services in the outpatient department and supervises all the clinical officers in the hospital. She manages the GBVRC by supporting the health care professionals to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment and care of all the sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) survivors. She also ensures that all the relevant documents are filled and data is analyzed for better planning and decision making.
She is a member of the Facility Health Management Team which plans and coordinates all functions in the facility. She is involved in training and mentorship of healthcare workers in the facility and the entire county to strengthen management of SGBV survivors.
Her experience in management of survivors of SGBV as an integrated program led to her advocating for a GBVRC which was launched in 2013. This has greatly improved the services.
She is a mentor in treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS in the facility and a master trainer of trainees on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the county.
She holds a diploma in clinical medicine from Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC); a certificate in Rape Trauma Counselling from LVCT Health, Certificate in Senior Management from Kenya School of Government and a certificate in Leadership Development Programme from Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
She has over 10 years’ experience as a human rights lawyer working in Kenya. She currently works as the East and Horn of Africa Representative for Protection International, an organization that strives to have an enabling environment where human rights defenders can continue to do their work safely through capacity building based on a developed manual, research and advocacy with duty bearers and stakeholders. Protection International has offices in Asia- Thailand and Indonesia, Latin America- Colombia and Guatemala, Europe- Brussels -HO and Africa- Burundi, DRC and Kenya. http://protectioninternational.org/
She previously worked with InformAction, (http://informaction.tv/) a Kenyan organisation headed up by Maina Kiai (immediate former Special Rapporteur on the Freedoms of Assembly and Association) that uses documentaries as its main tool in its social justice activities. She also worked with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute; a Swedish Academic and Capacity Building organisation, (http://rwi.lu.se/) and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (www.knchr.org).
These experience has given her a wealth of experience in human rights, postelection violence and capacity building and an opportunity to work in Kenya, Burundi and Southern Africa.
She holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights and an LLB with Human Resource Management from Keele University, England.
She is a member of the Kenya Bar Association; Kenya Peace; Truth and Justice Network; Human Rights Education Associates; INPROL; INEEE and New tactics in Human Rights. Ivy is a torch bearer for the Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation which strongly advocates for children with albinism to be interrelated into mainstream education systems. http://www.albinismfoundation.com/. This saw her appointed to two schools Board of Management in Kiambu County in 2015- St. Andrews Secondary School in Ndenderu and Kiambaa Secondary School
During her LLM, she discovered that she liked to write about things she was passionate about, although time does always make it possible to write as often as she would like, she has managed to write articles on Right to Education and matters Terrorism
http://www.ineesite.org/en/resources/the-impact-ofterrorism-and-counter-terrorism-on-the-right-to-education, Kenyan Jurisprudence http://africlaw.com/category/contributors/ivy-kihara/.
She is a Board member of the African Great Lakes Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. She also represents all the Protection International Representatives from 7 offices worldwide as a co- Chair of the Advisory Mechanism to the Protection International Board of Directors. In 2016 Ivy was invited to be a mentor in the Young African Leaders initiative.
Other than that, Ivy is passionate about education, setting up systems and structures and wishes to one day transition into working in government, she is committed to service to her community and recently began working with the Art of Music Foundation http://artofmusic.co.ke/ as a volunteer consultant -resource mobilisation. This foundation teaches and encourages children and the youth in underprivileged parts of Kenya to engage in learning to play musical instruments with an aim of changing their lives.
She is an avid reader, likes to cook and enjoys listening and collecting music. She also enjoys walking and makes a habit of walking at night whenever she travels to countries where this is possible. Ivy being single with no children yet, she dotes on her 2 nephews and niece. She is seriously contemplating getting a Labrador retriever as she loves this breed of dogs