Name: Dorah Nesoba
Organisation: Local Development Monitor - The Institute for Social Accountability
Role: Editor - Local Development Monitor
I am an experienced creative writer and editor. I have written for a number of newspapers, magazines and online publications and websites covering everything from health, environment, children’s literature, court and I am currently writing on development and local governance. Experience Summary: • Handled a variety of tasks related to editing and made suggestions to improve presentation style that brought out a positive effect. • Adept at using a variety of software related to writing tasks and help writers to learn them to carry out their work with speed and efficiency. • Handled various editing tasks and trained staff to improve their work productivity. Professional Experience Editor, Local Development Monitor April 2010 – through present A quarterly publication of The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) www.tisa.or.ke magazine available at http://www.tisa.or.ke/website/join-the-campaign.html. Edit stories for factual information and grammatical correctness from on-staff and commissioned writers; edit and paginate stories; create headlines, subheads and photo captions for all stories; sign off on completed pages prior to going to print; write analytical and feature stories on local development and governance issues. Editor/Writer, The Link Newspaper January 2007 to September 2009 Edit and compile monthly calendar listings Additional Experience • Independent contractor for CDF Accountability Project, commissioned to research on the implications of creating new Districts in Kenya. Developed a paper titled: New Districts bringing services closer or making services expensive? Published at www.cdf.project.org now available at http://www.tisa.or.ke/website/archives.html February – April 2009 • Projects Coordinator for Institute for Civic Affairs & Development (ICAD) duties included general programmes coordination/implementation and appraisal. Quality control and ensuring timely and accurate production, delivery and subscriptions to The Link. January 2007 to September 2009 • Researcher, situation analysis survey on media coverage of biotechnology issues in Kenya by Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture for use by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Africentre. May-July 2008 • Editor, COTU Quarterly Review, a publication of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Kenya) supported by Danish International Development Agency’ (DANIDA’s) Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS) project. October 2008 – January 2010. • Compiled and edited Kenya’s Parliament, Members’ Participation 2003-2007, an amalgamated appraisal report of the five years of the 9th Parliament published by Institute for Civic Affairs and Development (ICAD). 2008. • Compiling stories for CIV-ED-NET a quarterly publication of the Ecumenical Centre for Justice and Peace funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. • Contributor to Pambazuka News a weekly electronic newsletter on social justice in Africa www.pambazuka.org 2007 and 2008 Sub/Assistant Editor and writer, The Link Newspaper August 2005 – January 2007 • Handled the task of proofreading and copyediting the magazine • Carried out tasks related to contracting, typesetting, printing, and packaging • Supervised the work of writers and other artists • Wrote numerous feature articles. • Worked on numerous creative teams as both a writer and peer copy editor. Additional experience • Programmes Officer: Responsible for training and developing capacity of programme staff to manage project data, develop measurable and meaningful indicators, analyze project impact, and report against established performance indicators (monitoring and evaluation). Also supported program development and proposal writing and reporting functions for governance programs. August 2005 – January 2007 • Regional Team Leader & Regional Editor (Western Kenya and North Rift region), Institute for Civic Affairs & Development - [ICAD] February 2004 to July 2005. • Selected by Panos Eastern Africa (PEA) to benefit from its content grant on conflict research stories to produce a set of features on land and marginalization/deprivation in Kenya; September and November 2006. • One of five journalists Commissioned by the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-K) to carry out a survey monitoring the extent of access to information by citizens on devolved funds, police and prison operations, July - September 2006, Nairobi • Contributor to national poverty conference newsletter published by Africa Women & Child Features Service, May 2006. Science/Health Writer and Features Writer the Standard. September 2002 – October 2003. Rose through the ranks from Intern to In-house Correspondent to Court Reporter/Features & News Writer The People Daily Newspaper. September 2000 – August 2002. My Interests Writing, motherhood and parenting, reading, all things Apple, music, project management, web development, scrapbooking, embroidery, blog engines, volunteering, living in Kenya, entrepreneurship, editing, magazines, online community management, virtual worlds, the technology divide, paper crafting, newspaper publishing, sci fi, sightseeing/travel and photography.