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Jacinta is health systems and policy researcher with the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi. She has a PHD in Health and Social Studies (University of Warwick) and a Masters degree in global health (Oxford University). Her research work and interests are mainly in the areas of management of human resources for health, health policy analysis and the interpretive analysis of their implementation, organizational change and implementation of innovation, organizational behaviour and clinical leadership and health system governance.  

Research Projects 

  • AHOP –A regional collaborative initiative which supports and promotes the transfer of evidence and experience between countries to foster action by, supporting rigorous analysis of health systems to generate knowledge evidence linked to key health system thematic areas, increasing awareness and uptake of available evidence and expertise from policy makers and building the capacity of policy makers on evidence informed policy making at national and regional levels.   
  • QuEST-a project that aims at building  evidence to support transformation to high quality health systems by improving measurement, testing solutions, and creating generalizable knowledge in partnership with changemakers 
  • SUPPORT- A study project that explores how decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage (UHC) can be made more inclusive, responsive and accountable. The study aims at generating insights that can help policymakers and stakeholders implement inclusive and accountable evidence based decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and UHC 
  • Examining human resource management practices and their consequences in Kenya- at sub-national level and the experiences of implementing human resources for health interventions  


Internal: In the Programme -Benjamin Tsofa, Edwine Barasa, Mike English, Emelda Okiro, Peter Mugo, Sassy Molyneux,  Jacquie Oliwa 

External: beyond the Programme – 

  • Margaret Kruk-Harvard University, Boston, USA 
  • Lesong Conteh- London School of Economics, UK 
  • Unni Gopinathan- Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) 
  • Mike Gill – Said Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 
  • Justice Nonvignon- University of Ghana  
  • Lucy Gilson-University of Cape Town, South Africa  
  • Leonard Cosmas-WHO, Kenya country office  
  • Jeniffer Orwa-Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) 
  • Rose Bosire- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)  
  • Joseph Sitienei-Ministry of Health, Kenya  
  • Simon Kibias- Ministry of Health, Kenya  

Other roles


  • Supervised 3completed MSc, 3 MBA and 3 completed postgraduate diploma 
  • Supervising 2 ongoing MBAs 
  • Supervising 2 ongoing PhDs 

Editorial boards you sit on.  

  • Guest Editor, PLOS Global Public Health 

Advisory/technical working groups you belong to.  

  • Member of Health Systems Global 
  • Member of the Kenya Health Information, Research M&E ICC  
  • Member of the Kenya Nursing and Midwifery Policy Technical Working Group 
  • Member of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Universal Health Care Committee 
  • World Health Organization (WHO)-Technical consultant on various topics  

Reviewer roles 

  • Several peer -reviewed journal 


  • Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore Business School (teaching and supervision of masters and PhD students)  
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health (teaching and supervision of masters students)  
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  
  • The Research Council of Norway


Her work continues to focus on health workforce research particularly investigating issues around health workforce governance and management, how professional identities shape work practices and evaluating health system interventions. Her work mainly uses embedded approaches to increase the interaction between policy and practice and over the years engagements with policy and practice stakeholders has enhanced uptake of disseminated findings into policy and improved practice. To facilitate this influence, Jacinta sits in several national technical working groups, intersectoral coordinating committees where she provides formal advice and technical support to various departments within the ministry of health. Her future work interests are in continuing to lead evidence-based systems research aimed at improving public service delivery by exploring innovative ways of engaging all relevant stakeholders in collaborative research and mapping their contribution to achievement of sustainable change and improvement in public service. She is also very keen on building regional collaborations around health systems research, continuing building capacity in the areas social science and health system and policy research and mentoring women interested in/involved in science.

  • QuEST Kenya Leads group -members include -Emelda Okiro, Peter Mugo, Benjamin Tsofa, Edwine Barasa, Rose Kosgei, Hillary Kimutai, Mercy Rop  
  • AHOP Kenya  co-managing-members include Emelda Okiro, Sam Kinyanjui, Benjamin Tsofa, Edwine Barasa, Kui Muraya, Fatma Guleid, Joshua Munywoki 
  • HSU-Nursing research - managing -members Joyline Jepkosgei and Daniel Mbuthia