Eunice Muthengi is an associate with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program in Nairobi, Kenya. She is the principal investigator of the evaluation of the Nia Project, testing the impact of school-based distribution of menstrual health products and reproductive health education using a cluster-randomized trial design. She is also the deputy team leader for the Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya, a randomized, controlled trial that is testing combinations of initiatives—in health, violence prevention, wealth creation, and education—to determine which ones most improve the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in the slums of Nairobi and northeastern Kenya.
Muthengi has a strong research background and expertise in programming for adolescent girls in East Africa. She has managed operations research projects in Kenya on social and economic assets for adolescent girls, reproductive health, gender-based violence, child marriage, education, and livelihoods. She also provides expertise in designing research studies, survey instruments, and intervention programs; monitoring and evaluation; and dissemination of research results both locally and internationally. She represents the Council on several government working groups with the aim of using research evidence to directly impact policy and programming.
Muthengi received her PhD and MPH from the Community Health Sciences Department of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her MSW in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.