Mr. Ochieng is a Kenyan Market Systems Development Specialist with 13 years of professional experience in Applied Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and project management for multi-year programmes funded by international donors and agencies including; USAID, DFID, SDC and the Gates Foundation. Holder of a Master’s Degree in Research Methods & currently pursuing a PhD in Economics, Certificate in Applied Statistics (University of Reading) alongside a Bsc in Agriculture & a certification in the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standards for Results Measurement and Impact Evaluation (Wageningen, Netherlands).
Mr. Ochieng has a wide experience, in the design, oversight and implementation of Research, Impact Evaluations, Establishment of Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation of Market Systems programmes, including the establishment of the Results Measurement plans, Programmes Theory of Change, Log frames & Value for Money measurement frameworks. Since 2019, Silas has been working on FCDO investment focused programme, Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness covering Malawi, Uganda and Nepal as the Monitoring & Results Measurement Advisor. Previous to this (2015-2019), he worked as the Research, Monitoring and Evaluations Manager at DAI –Europe on a FCDO funded MSD programme; Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia that supported private sector SMEs attract GBP 14 million additional investments and creation of 9,500 Full Time Equivalent jobs.
He also served as the Research Manager at FSD Kenya whose aim is to deepen financial inclusion. In addition, Silas previously worked on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security Programmes at the World Agroforestry Centre (CCAFS) that covered eight countries across Africa and West India. He has also conducted short-term consultancies in topical areas that have included: Impact Evaluations for ILO, agricultural value chain studies for IFAD-Micro Finance Unit in Swaziland, Blue Economy Study for MasterCard Foundation, Projects evaluations for UN Women, SNV Netherlands and Danish Refugee Council plus other short term projects in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Malawi & Nepal.