Judith (Judy) Odongo is a market systems/ value chain development and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) specialist with more than 14 years of experience leading and designing interventions related to sustainable agricultural practices, resilient market systems, and economic competitiveness throughout Kenya.
She currently serves as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Feed the Future Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems Activity, which is working to enhance resilience by expanding access to agricultural markets, improving nutritional outcomes, and reducing poverty in marginalized communities across Kenya.
Ms. Odongo provides oversight on the technical implementation of the project, working on five priority areas: enhanced productivity, increased access to finance, ICT for efficiency and sustainable markets, policy enabling environment, social inclusion, and agri-nutrition behavior change communication. She also manages the technical work of the five consortium partners whose work contributes to the priority areas. Previously, Ms. Odongo served as Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Collaboration Learning, and Adaptation for the project.
She also served as Knowledge and Results Manager on the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office-funded Kenya Market Assistance Program focused on delivering large-scale, systemic change in agricultural market systems. She performed a pre-intervention market analysis of issues concerning farmers, adopted a standardized results measurement system, and trained and mentored program staff and partners on this system.
As Program Manager for FIT Resources, a Kenya non-profit organization that supports the growth and development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya, Ms. Odongo led the M&E division and oversaw numerous complex value chain analyses and program evaluations, assessments, and audits.
Ms. Odongo has a proven ability to manage large multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams and to effectively liaise with USAID, government and community stakeholders, and home office staff to deliver successful and innovative program implementation.
Ms. Odongo is a Kenyan citizen and speaks fluent English, and Swahili. She speaks Luhya and Luo with professional proficiency.