Inspire. Inform. Involve.  

Ezra Chiloba Biography, Philanthropy, Publications and Projects

To quickly find what you are looking for, use the search facility below.

Ezra Chiloba Biography

Ezra Chiloba is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Kenya.He was elected following the suspension of James Oswago in August last year.

Ezra Chiloba Education

2014 – 2018: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi,Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Political Science and Government

2007 – 2008:Graduate student at the Central European University, Masters of Arts (Distinction), Public Policy

Exciting Articles

1999 – 2003: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi,
Bachelors of Law

Ezra Chiloba Career

February 2015 – Present: Chief Executive Officer /Commission Secretary, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

January 2014 – Present: Senior Fellow at Policy House

  • Went back to Policy House as a senior fellow to provide technical support to the County Prosperity Index (COPI) project.
  • He developed the COPI concept to enable stakeholders appreciate development progress in Kenya’s 47 counties. The Index will be an evidence-base for county policy decisions.
  • He provided support to the lead expert on systems thinking and systems dynamics trainings, facilitating public policy trainings including policy analysis and results-based management.

December 2013 – February 2015:Deputy Team Leader | Governance, DAI | Drivers of Accountability Programme (DAP)

  • Reviewing project proposals received from non-state actors and making recommendations to donors on funding.
  • Engaging with about 20 non-state actors who are beneficiaries under DAP with a view of assessing and reporting on their respective contributions to the outcomes under DAP.
  • Providing contextual political economy analysis on Kenya in relation to DAP.
  • Providing support in programme risk analysis and mitigation.
  • Providing advice to donors and grantees on governance issues particularly in relation to project design and on-going performance.
  • Undertaking policy outreach and engagement with relevant interlocutors such as government institutions and commissions with the aim of improving the programme’s impact and visibility.
  • Supporting the day-to-day management of the DAP including administrative and operations aspects.
  • Managing grantee-DAP-donor relations including non-basket grantees for improved programme delivery.

August 2011 – December 2013: Programme Analyst – Electoral Systems & Processes, UNDP Kenya

  • Core team member of three that was responsible for drafting of the UNDP Country Programme Strategy for 2014-2018. Designed a SMART UNDP programme on “Support to Electoral Reforms and Electoral Processes, 2012-2013” with a budget of USD 40 million.
  • He played a critical role in facilitating the signing of donor agreements worth $32 million (2012-2013). Contributed to the design of the UN integrated framework for free, fair and credible elections in Kenya.
  • The framework provided clear lens through which the UN and key stakeholders could deliver free, fair and peaceful elections for Kenya. Facilitated the signing of $1.6 million towards support to electoral security training for the police with respect to 2013 Kenya elections.
  • Provided quality assurance around project planning and implementation to ensure compliance with UNDPs Programme Policies and Procedures and identifying potential financial risks under the project.
  • Prepared project briefs and updates for different forums including donors, government and UN family and ensured positive relations among these actors.
  • Convened Project Steering Committee meetings as part of regular communication platforms between donors, IEBC, and the UN.
  • Designed the organizational structure and terms of reference for the Project Support Team embedded at the Electoral Commission as the implementation arm of the UNDP project.
  • Represented UNDP at Elections Donor Group meetings and provided briefings for use at the Heads of Missions meetings as part of building trust with partners.
  • Negotiated with partners on project issues and built consensus on solutions before they were escalated thus averting unwarranted project risks. Oversaw project audits and evaluations.
  • Coordinated UNDPA/EAD/RBA assessment mission pre-election assessment leading to stronger relationship between the UNDP Kenya and UN HQs.
  • Acted as team leader for the Democratic Governance Unit whereby I provided team leadership to the Unit.

June 2009 – August 2011: Programme Analyst/Project Manager – Electoral Reforms and Agenda Four Reforms, UNDP Kenya

  • Designed and managed Phase One of UNDP programme of Support to Electoral Reforms and Referendum, 2009-2011 and facilitated the signing of donor agreements amounting to $12 million for this phase.
  • Designed work plans in conjunction with Implementing Partners in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations and ensured activities, budget and targets are reasonable.
  • Monitored budgets and expenditures to ensure that activities were implemented and paid for in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • Provided training to key staff of the Electoral Commission on UNDP procurement and financial management rules and regulations.
  • Provided advice to the Electoral Commission on project implementation and funds utilisation.
  • Prepared project briefs on a monthly basis as part of ensuring stakeholders are fully informed on project implementation.
  • Oversaw audit and evaluations processes for portfolio projects. Facilitated UNDP/DPA/RBA Electoral Assistance Review Mission in 2011 that resulted into the approval of UN electoral assistance to Kenya in 2011-2013.
  • Appointed by UNDP-RBA to undertake a joint UNDP-DPA/EAD UN Electoral Assistance Review Mission in Malawi in 2011.
  • Facilitated learning on Kenya’s constitutional development among UN agencies after the promulgation of the Constitution 2010.
  • Provided quality assurance to UNDP-Ministry of Justice Project on the implementation of National Accord and Reconciliation reform priorities.
  • Supported other team members within Democratic Governance on project designs, risk management, results reporting and budget tracking using ATLAS ERP system

February 2009 – June 2009: Programme Officer – Human Rights Capacity Strengthening, Oxfam Novib

  • Responsible for the European Commission funded project on human rights and capacity building in Somalia.
  • Coordinated small grants for human rights CSOs in Somalia. Organized human rights advocacy trainings for CSOs in Somalia. Provided reports and advice in relation to the project.
  • Consulted with EC on project implementation status as part of risk management.

August 2008 – June 2009: Founding Director, Policy House

  • Supported the setting up of Policy House. Pioneered private sector led trainings in policy analysis, policy evaluation and results-based management.
  • Managed consultants for Policy House training projects. Office start-up. Recruiting and supervision of staff.

February 2006 – February 2009:Human Rights Officer – Research, Policy and Legislation, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

  • Conducted research and advocacy on key human rights issues in Kenya including the abolition of the death penalty, right to food, freedom to information, minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, among others.
  • Undertook policy and legislative review from a human rights perspective for purposes of advocacy and lobbying. Focal point on minority and indigenous people’s rights.
  • Also represented Kenya on various forums at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in New York.
  • Coordinated treaty monitoring of Kenya’s compliance to international human rights treaties including the technical support to shadow reporting under CEDAW, ICCPR and ICESCR treaties.
  • Supported in the design of the M&E framework of the Human Rights Commission’s strategic plan.
  • Effectively represented the Commission in Kenya’s SWAP on Governance, Justice, Law and Order Programme for 2 years.

August 2008 – December 2008: Research and Coordination Officer – Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Project,South Consulting

  • Supported in the design of the M&E Framework and data collection tools for monitoring the implementation of Kenya’s National Peace Accord.
  • Undertook media analysis and reporting on implementation of Kenya’s Agenda Four reforms identified by parties during the peace negotiation in 2008.
  • Prepared monthly and quarterly reports on the status of implementation of the National Accord for submission to the African Union Coordination and Liaison Office chaired by H.E. Kofi Annan.
  • Coordinated other researchers during for the delivery research assignments

October 2004 – February 2006: Programme Officer – Justice Promotion, CEMIRIDE

  • Conducted legal research for public interest litigation.
  • She was involved in the landmark case filed at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on the Ogiek land rights by CEMIRIDE and Minority Rights Group.
  • Organized community outreach and advocacy activities for minority and marginalized groups in Kenya.
  • Supported in the design of new projects including support to biodiversity rights for indigenous groups in Kenya, participation of minorities in the constitutional review process, and public interest litigation.
  • Participated in resource mobilization and partnership building. Developed advocacy and lobbying tools for minority and indigenous groups in Kenya.

October 2002 – September 2004:Programme Assistant (Part-time), Centre for Minority Rights and Development

  • Supported organisation in project events planning and implementation. Supported in community & CSOs mobilization for advocacy.
  • Supported in civic education for minority communities’ participation in constitutional review process.
  • Provided technical support to the Pastoralists Parliamentary Group.

Ezra Chiloba Philanthropy

January 2007 – March 2007: Book donation project for Kwanza Friends School at Kwanza Friends School

  • Fundraised  about US$1200 for the purchase of 200 textbooks that founded a quality library at Kwanza Friends School.

January 2011: Legal Aid to Mutua Farmers Society, Mutua Farmers Cooperative Society

  • Supported society members with free legal advice and management that enabled more than 100 families eligible to acquire title deeds after waiting for over 35 years. A significant proportion of the members has already received their title deeds.

Ezra Chiloba Publications

2014: Access to Information in Kenya: The Law and Practice in the Last Two Decades (1991–2013)
Forthcoming in Peter Molnar (ed), Turning Points in Free Speech and Censorship Around the Globe

2012: Citizen Participation through New Technological Platforms: The Promotion of Accountability in Kenya’s Election Process(Link)
UNDP 2012: Technology and Citizen Participation in the Construction of Democracy, pp77-93

2008: Comparing the Scope of Rights and Freedoms of the Draft Bill of Rights and Kenya’s Bill of Rights.(Link)
Maina, C.P., (ed), The Protectors: Human Rights Commissions and Accountability in East Africa. Fountain Publishers: Kampala, pp.121-151

Ezra Chiloba Projects

Starting December 2013: Drivers of Accountability Programme

January 2012 – December 2013: Support to Electoral Reforms and Processes in Kenya

June 2009 – December 2011: Support to Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Referendum Processes, 2009-2010

July 2009 – June 2013: Support to the Implementation of the National Accord (Agenda Four reforms)- Ministry of Justice in Kenya

Ezra Chiloba Facebook and Twitter

Facebook :


Ezra Chiloba Photo

Ezra Chiloba

Ezra Chiloba










Ezra Chiloba Video