Achieng’ Otieno

Former Communications Officer, Africa Region

Achieng’ Otieno joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013, and based in Nairobi, the hub of the Africa Regional Office. As Communications Officer for the Africa region, she was responsible for strategic communication and influence support focused on various initiatives that include the Foundation’s work in food security, health, and youth employment.

Before joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Otieno worked for the Standard Group, Kenya’s second largest media as a newsroom reporter, and later in other communications roles in the development sector. At UNICEF, she worked on maternal mortality and child survival and protection issues covering 21 countries in East and Southern Africa. She was also part of teams that implemented various advocacy campaigns on children’s and women’s rights, and coordinated emergency communications during conflict and disasters. While at CARE International and at the Dadaab refugee camp, she coordinated media coverage on refugees’ transition from Somalia during the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa.

Ms. Otieno earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and international relations from the United States International University – Africa, and is an M.A Development Communication candidate at Daystar University in East Africa.

Authored Content

  • Aug 27 2018
    Blog Post This is Our Story How do you tell the story of post-harvest food loss in Africa in a way that connects with people? To help answer that question, we chose to work with Africa 24 Media. Well known for their trademark show Africa Journal (co-produced with Reuters) that celebrates Africa’s growth and development, A24 took the YieldWise story to television. […] Juliett Otieno, Olivia Karanja
  • Apr 10 2017
    Blog Post Communicating Resilience Thinking to Non-Experts In the course of our noble duty to improve lives make the world a better place, we development practitioners and NGO workers are notorious for using strange terminologies and acronyms to describe our work. The longer we stay in the field, the more naturally we emit contractions. We are mostly in like company and so […] Juliett Otieno
  • Apr 04 2014
    Blog Post Launching the First Mobile Blood Clinic in Kenya This Valentine’s day, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Nairobi office showed love a little differently. Staff members took part in launching Kenya’s first Mobile Blood Unit, which aims to increase the availability of safe blood in Kenya and save countless lives. Blood donation is a challenge for Kenya: the country currently collects only about half of the […] Juliett Otieno