Brian Oduor
Alumnus at PAUWES
Tlemcen, Algeria
United Nations University
Kenya Water Institute (KEWI), WASCAL Competence Center, National Irrigation Board (NIB)
Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES), Egerton University
    • I am a water engineering professional with more than 5 years combined experience having worked for both the government and private sector under various capacities in the fields of water,agriculture, irrigation and construction in Kenya. I hold a Master of Science in Water Engineering where I specialized in water resources management, hydrological modelling and climate change and a background in water and environmental engineering.
      Currently, I work for the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS­) as a Research Associate for ­Pan African University in Tlem­cen, Algeria where I support the activities for ­the development and implementation of their research agenda. I have previously worked as a Lecturer at the Kenya Water ­Institute ­(KEWI) where I trained students on water resources management and irrigation engineering related courses. Additionally, I have also worked as research assistant intern, clerk of works and a construction site supervisor.

    • Research Associate
      United Nations University
      Apr 2018
      Apr 2024
      Supporting the implementation of the Pan African University Research Agenda as prescribed in the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and creating appropriate framework for research in the institution
    • Lecturer
      Kenya Water Institute (KEWI)
      Sep 2013
      Mar 2018
      Lecturing, training and developing new research areas for college students studying certificate and diploma courses in water resources, water engineering and irrigation and drainage.
    • Research Assistant Intern
      WASCAL Competence Center
      Apr 2017
      Jun 2017
      Supported and participated in the development of climate change adaptation and water resources management related research agenda in Burkina Faso and also assisted in hydrological data acquisition and analysis using various statistical and engineering programming tools
    • Clerk of Works
      National Irrigation Board (NIB)
      Jan 2013
      Aug 2013
      Supervised and inspected the workmanship and practices of the contractor and ensured that all project activities were carried out according the to the standard specifications
    • Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES)
      Water Engineering
      Degree Master Degree
      Grade Excellent
      Activities & Societies Member of the editorial team of the PAUWES CoP
    • Egerton University
      Water and Environmental Engineering
      Degree Bachelor Degree
      Grade Second Class, Upper Division Honours
    • English
      Proficiency Native or Bilingual
    • Kiswahili
      Proficiency Native or Bilingual
    • French
      Proficiency Elementary
  • Top Skills

    Project Management
    Proficient in ArcGIS, GMS, AutoCAD, WEPP software, MATLAB, and Engineering Equation Solver, Flow Master, HEC HMS
    Research and development
    Entrepreneurial skills
    Leadership and management skills
    Communication and Presentation skill
    • Soil Conservation in Thika-Chania Catchment, Kenya
      Publication/Publisher International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems, Vol. 9(2): 59-65
      Publication Date Sep 2017
      Soil and water conservation measures are widely practiced in Kenya to tackle the degradation of the ecosystems and to improve land productivity. Local government and NGOs have developed programs and campaigns about soil and water conservation measures. The aim of this study is to assess the need for soil and water conservation measures in Thika- Chania catchment by conducting a household survey using QuickTap Survey software. A total of 200 respondents were successfully interviewed and results analyzed in SPSS program. GIS tools were also used to do a classification of slopes in the study area. Results indicate that more than 90% of the people in the catchment area are farmers. In the recent years, 50% of the respondents have noted a decline in the vegetation. During the rain seasons, the intensity of color in the local rivers due to sediments have been observed to increase by 75% of the respondent while 9% said there was no change. More than 70% of the respondents indicated that the water levels have been on the declining trend especially during the low flows. Terraces and grass strips were the common soil and water conservation measures although some of them were severely degraded. We concluded that there is an immediate need to implement soil and water conservation measures in the catchment to enhance and restore the optimum functioning of the ecosystems. Capacity building and frequent extension services are needed to increase awareness on the impacts of the respective conservation methods. Incentives programs need to be established to encourage more farmers to participate in conserving and protecting their lands from degradation. Keywords: Baseline survey, soil and water conservation, capacity building, degradation.
    • Uncertainty Analysis and Calibration of SWAT Model for Estimating Impacts of Conservation Methods on Streamflow and Sediment Yie
      Publication/Publisher International Journal of Hydrology Research. Vol. 3(1): 1-11
      Publication Date Jan 2018
      Despite their imperative role in water resources management, distributed hydrological models like SWAT require calibration that can be challenging due to uncertainties of parameters involved. Prior to modelling of hydrological processes, these parameters and their uncertainty range need to be identified. The objective of this study was to conduct uncertainty analysis of hydrological processes and to calibrate the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for stream flow and sediment yield modelling in Thika River catchment. Sequential Uncertainty Fitting program (SUFI-2) was used to conduct sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. Stream flow was calibrated and validated between the years 1998 to 2013 for gauging stations 4CB05 and 4CB04. Manual sediments calibration was achieved by constraining the MUSLE parameters using the bathymetric survey data. Two uncertainty indices, p and r factor, were obtained as 0.72 and 0.65, 0.65 and 0.45 during calibration and validation, respectively. Statistical performance indicators showed a good match between the observed and simulated values which indicated that the model was well calibrated for simulation of stream flow and sediments yield in the catchment.
    • Graduate
      Student Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES)
      Pan African University and Universite Abou-Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen
      Sep 2017
    • Scholarship
      African Union Commission, KfW, GIZ, BMBF
      Oct 2015
    • Graduate
      Student Egerton University
      Egerton University
      Dec 2012
    • Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including climate change) (PAUWES)
      Certificate in Coping with the Impact of Climate Change in Managing Water Systems | ZEF and UNU-EHS
      Certificate on Climate Change - Water Resources | WASCAL
      Certificate in Water and Laboratory | ITT, TH Koln
    • Egerton University
      Red Cross Certificate in Community based First Aid Training | 1
      Youth Empowerment and Development Workshop Training Certificate | 1
    • Others
      Certificate in AUTOCAD Training | 1
      Member of the Institution of Engineering Technologists and Technician of Kenya | 1488
      Certificate in Competency Based Educational Training (CBET) | Kenya Water Institute (KEWI)