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Whitney Fry is a global health and gender specialist with a particular focus on social science research and positive systems change in complex environments. Whitney is based in Nairobi, Kenya and offers facilitation, research, and technical assistance to Iris Group clients. Her current portfolio includes the WASHPaLS Workplace MHM Action Research in Kenya and Ethiopia where she serves as Regional Advisor, providing technical and strategic oversight on MHM action research in the private sector in Kenya and political economy analysis activities in Ethiopia. Previous efforts include WASHPaLS Kenya RAPID performance evaluation; SHOPS Plus Tanzania Private Sector gender-based violence (GBV) Network; Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) Zambia and Uganda; Uganda Sanitation for Health Activity (USHA); and Jordan Communication, Advocacy, and Policy (J-CAP) project. In these various roles, Whitney provided strategic gender and social inclusion technical insight, with a transformative lens, to program research and evaluations, gender analyses, training and facilitation, and pilot initiatives. Efforts with SHOPS Plus Tanzania, for example, included training and technical support in best practices and transformative approaches for gender integration, as well as supporting a private provider network for effective GBV referral and response across the country. The USHA activity included a formal gender and youth analysis to best infuse gender and youth into existing and future programming, while also strengthening organizational capacity for social inclusion. Other recent work included providing technical assistance and training services to the Jordan Communication, Advocacy, and Policy (J-CAP) project to increase demand for family planning and reproductive health services in the country.
Whitney joined Iris Group after 15 years of humanitarian/development NGO, social enterprise, and independent consulting experience, where she contributed to improved health and gender outcomes in Uganda, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and the United States. Whitney both developed and led efforts in health system strengthening, quality improvement of programs and organizational systems, GBV prevention efforts, and gender transformative programming. As a sampling of her work, Whitney conducted gender analyses with Save the Children in Abyei, South Sudan, as well as with World University Service of Canada in Kalobeyei Settlement in Turkana, Kenya; applied research with tech start-up AskNivi in Western Kenya for family planning promotion and youth behavior change, as well as with mHealth enterprise Health-E-Net in Turkana, Kenya for evaluating successes and challenges of a mobile referral network of local health providers; and strengths-based facilitation with the Prevention+ consortium for engaging men and boys in GBV prevention, as well as with PSI for supporting gender transformative integration into youth focused family planning initiative A360. Additionally, Whitney brings seasoned facilitation experience in strengths-based methodologies, including Appreciative Inquiry, to the Iris Group team. Whitney holds a DrPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on GBV prevention through promoting positive masculinity development among refugee male youth in Kakuma, Kenya. Prior to her doctorate, she received an MPH in International Health and Complex Emergencies from Tulane University and a BA in biology from Taylor University.
Specialist Areas of Work
English and Arabic