Church World Service Names New Vice President, Development and Humanitarian Assistance

August 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2018

New York – Church World Service is proud to announce that Josephine D. A. Oguta will assume the role of Vice President, Development and Humanitarian Assistance on September 4. She will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Over the past 15 years, Oguta has been involved in developing institutional governance programs and structures to promote diversity and inclusion in an environment that fosters transparency, mutual accountability, stewardship and integrity. Her experience has included positions with ActionAid International, World Vision International and, most recently, CARE International.

A self-described “activist at heart with a lifelong commitment to social justice,” Oguta will provide the leadership required to articulate the vision, mission and core values of the CWS Development and Humanitarian Assistance program. She will provide ongoing strategic support and oversight to more than 100 staff members based in eight nations as well as to the DHA leadership team. Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

Oguta issued this statement regarding her appointment:

Building on the enduring strength of CWS and the mission that has kept us relevant for over 70 years, I look forward to working with the DHA team as we outline our position and strategy that will enable us to effectively navigate and tackle the Sustainable Development Goals at a universal level while being agile enough to respond rapidly to the evolving development and humanitarian needs at individual country levels.

I am encouraged by the fact that the CWS team has built a trustworthy and reputable brand, valuable partnerships, a strong team of committed staff and rights-based programs that transform families and their communities. I look forward to working with a strong and innovative DHA team that would step out boldly to expand our reach as we seek new supporters, private funders and partners who share our objectives and are willing to help us transform the lives of more women, children and their communities.

The journey ahead of us is exciting, yet it is not without its fair share of challenges. I am confident that we will leverage on our monitoring and evaluation system and deepen our communication to connect and give voice to our supporters, donors, staff, partners, our member communions and churches and most importantly, the most vulnerable in the communities where we serve. With your support and collaboration and in concert with the CWS leadership teams at all levels, I look forward to contributing towards the CWS mission and to ensuring a global society where there is Enough4All.