Wagacha - Article Writing - Ruiru, Kiambu, Kenya

Kui Wagacha

Ruiru, Kiambu, Kenya


Article Writing


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Work History

Program Assistant for the TTI

International Development

From August 2012

Research Centre (IDRC) (Think Tank Initiative), GSJ
(Governance, Security and
Justice) and SIG (Supporting
Inclusive Growth) Programs
My basic Terms of Reference are listed below:

Job purpose: To provide a variety of administrative, coordinating and logistical services in support of the three programmes, and contribute to the effectiveness of each.

Duties and responsibilities: Under the direction of the supervisors of assigned programs, the program assistant:

Manages the day-to-day operational and administrative activities of the supervisors by organizing the incoming flow of work, prioritising incoming requests, maintaining their agenda and a
control system, and following-up to ensure timely responses;
Maintains an in-depth knowledge of IDRC and the current activities of the relevant Program
areas, responding and/or re-routing general requests for information and funding, electronic
communication and facilitation, liaison with other offices of the Centre, and representatives from other institutions.
Takes follow-up actions required by the supervisors, filing documents and maintaining the program files;
Screens correspondence, drafts and signs replies to requests for non-technical information,
prepares acknowledgements and initial responses; composes correspondence for signature by supervisor, assembles and summarizes information necessary for preparing a reply;
Answers and screens telephone calls, provides routine/general information, and redirects
calls as required;
Obtains, compiles and extracts information from files, publications, Centre Library, Centre
databases, and other sources, on own initiative or as directed by the supervisor, to prepare
documents such as project documents and consultancy contracts, travel letters, incorporating terms of reference, fees, and travel arrangements;
Coordinates administrative and logistical arrangements for visitors, including arranging
appointments for supervisors, compiling and providing...

Web Content Manager

K24 Website

August 2010 - October 2010

I was called in by K24 to takeover the website content management. I was in charge of formatting
video for website uploading, editing all news pieces as they came in, and posting them selectively, and in charge of the entire website content in general, making sure it was current and pertinent. I
besides came up with a report including new concepts, website design and content, as well as marketing ideas.

Content Editor and Writer

Capital Group

May 2009 - September 2009

I was hired by the Capital Group in May to take charge of their fourth and newest website Capital
Lifestyle. I worked hard in gathering content, working with the developer of the website on the site s
look and feel, and it was definitively launched in August 2009. I managed its content, editing and the daily uploads.

Script Editor and Voiceover

K24 Television

February 2008 - December 2008

My duty was to ensure that all television scripts and news reports were written in the best possible
English, and grammatically perfect. I was also made responsible for helping reporters edit their film, and to edit and voiceover international news film.

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Founder, writer, editor

Spare Rib Magazine and Paw

From June 2007

Print Publications CEO

In between editing and writing jobs, commissioned translations and study, I ve been working on the establishment of Spare Rib Magazine, which promotes positive thinking. I ve also been researching the establishment of a publication house (Paw Print Productions) for the publication of quality
novels and scripts for the African market.

Portfolio Assistant for IFAD


April 2005 - May 2007


Desiring to push myself further, and to maintain my French skills, I obtained a lateral promotion in
April, through an interview process, working for 10 Francophone and 3 Anglophone projects, under
UNOPS largest client, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). With no
experience in IFAD work and procedures, and no handover notes from my predecessor, this
challenge was much the same as the one facing me in 2003, with rather more pressure involved. I
nevertheless managed to acquit myself very well.

My duties, in addition to those mentioned below for my Country Cluster post, included travel, Loan
Administration, translation, a large amount of editing, procurement, as well as the monthly editing,
compilation and issue of multiple project supervision reports.

Portfolio Assistant for Country


May 2003 - April 2005

Cluster Cluster

I was hired by UNOPS as a Portfolio Assistant, in the Environment Division, which then comprised my
Supervisor alone. I had no experience in project management, but applied myself to the new
challenges, so that, two months after my recruitment, my Supervisor was confident enough to being
going on field missions, leaving me in sole charge of the office. My duties included:

• Grant management: checking availability of grant/project funding , verifying and forwarding
certificates of payment/invoices from consultants/firms to the payment unit

• Creating and setting up data management systems for information sharing and smoother
running of operations: Creating project financial systems to streamline the process and keep track of payments / Creating, compiling implementing procedures

• Analyzing and preparing data and information on various subjects for the purpose of research; Survey and Report writing

• Drafting and finalizing correspondence, including contracts, agreements, submissions to committees etc.

• Creating and maintaining a filing system

• Following up and updating the above

• Backstopping the functions of the Portfolio

• Human Resources: Reviewing consultant and consulting Terms of Reference for conformity with the planned project/mission activities; Preparing the necessary forms (contracts)
and/or actions to initiate the recruitment and relevant travel; follow up thereof, as well as of submitted payment claims, fees etc.

• Computer Use: Extracting and inputting data from various sources to human resource,

P.O Box 865, Village Market, Nairobi 00621 Tel: +254 724 247 225 / 701 749 949 E-mail: kui.wagacha@gmail.com /

finance, procurement and other UNOPS/UNDP computer systems

• Research: Regularly searching over the Internet to provide information related to any of my
functions or statistical information if required.

Intern News

Nation Media Group

March 2003 - May 2003

Reporter/Features Writer

I was offered an Internship at the Nation Media Group after successfully sitting for and obtaining the highest marks in an in-house examination. I had training sessions in the morning, after which I was
sent into the field either with an assignment or with the task of sourcing a story. Upon return, I
wrote up my report and sent them for editing. Although assigned to the News Desk, I expressed my
interest in the Features Desk, and subsequently obtained an assignment. My feature story was
published on the front page of The Daily Nation s Wednesday magazine, with great success. I was
further assigned some editing tasks, which resulted in my editing skills being highly praised and recommended by my Supervisor.

When I left, in favour of my offer of a post at the UN, I had achieved my main goal in obtaining the internship I had learned that I was a good writer, with good editing and proofreading skills besides and had honed my writing skills.

Apprentice Copywriter

MCL Saatchi & Saatchi

October 2000 - May 2001

My first proper job was to work for the MCL Saatchi & Saatchi international advertising firm, as a
copywriting intern. My duties were to study our clients briefs, come up with, and present ideas to the company and clients. I also had to proofread final drafts.

I was fortunate to see all the sides of advertising, from the artwork involved to graphics, to meeting
clients and listening to, and learning from the shrewd market research done by the media
department. I was privileged to be asked to create the company calendar for 2000, and my first
radio advertisement (the Unleash the Power! campaign), for Wrigleys, one of our largest clients,
was aired unedited. Later, I created the MCL creative newsletter, and wrote as well as edited it. My
editing skills were highly recommended.

Translator and French

REUTERS Television

July 1998 - August 1998


My duties during this, my first professional work experience, were to translate interviews given in
English into French, for the Reuters weekly tele-magazine, Africa Journal. This was an important
job as this program is watched by people all over the continent, and I was glad enough to acquit
myself so as to gain an excellent recommendation.

Later, during my pupilage I was called on average once a week, some times more, to go and do
voiceovers in French for Africa Journal.

P.O Box 865, Village Market, Nairobi 00621 Tel: +254 724 247 225 / 701 749 949 E-mail: kui.wagacha@gmail.com /

Qualifications & Certifications

Kenya School of Law


University of Wales


Queen Ann's School


Peponi Secondary


Bar examinations

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