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John Baraza Namunyu

BA (Hon) Social Policy, Health and Housing; MSc Public Health

Professional Summary

A forward thinking, independent minded, flexible thinker and very keen on new ideas. Always happy to work as part of a team but also confident as a lone worker. 9 years work experience (paid and unpaid) in various health and social care settings. 4 months experience working in the community as a mental health awareness educator. A recent recipient of the Work of Work employability certificate award (LJMU). Postgraduate in MSc Public Health. Suitably equipped with various skill sets including planning and organising, problem solving, prioritising and, influencing and persuading people. Seeking a work environment that supports development of existing skills and growth of new skill sets.

Skills Summary

Social Policy, Health and Housing

Increased awareness of social and economic empowerment and equal opportunity issues related to social policy, health and housing. Ability to be open minded and interested in supporting and working with different demographics in the population. A critical approach to identifying and contributing to the development of strategies to combat disadvantage, such as ill health and social exclusion. An increased capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals in different ethnic and social groups. A proven ability to participate in designing, executing, analyzing and evaluating assigned research projects and non-research tasks. 

Public Health

Excellent subject knowledge including preparation, processing and recording of the research process. Proven ability to work independently and within a team setting. Able to troubleshoot technical and methodological issues arising during the course of a research project. Keen to apply both existing and new research techniques, including methodology and logical thinking and critical analysis. Demonstrably strong organization and interpersonal skills in varying formal and informal environments. Ability to pursue personal career development and higher professionalism, hence an aspiration for line responsibility and leadership in the areas of public health, social care and housing. 

Employability (World of Work) Skills

Planning and organising, problem solving, prioritising and, persuading and influencing people.

Work History

June 2016Present

Mental Health Awareness Programme Facilitator

Alt Valley Community Trust

Independently planning, organising and delivering a viable programme of work aimed at promoting positive, achievable outcomes in mental health. Each course comprises of combined text, audio visual and activity based mental health awareness material. Key objective and expected outcome is that learners are able to appreciate their own mental health status and are confident enough to seek help when they need to.

Nov 2013Present

Healthcare Assistant (Learner Support, Hourly Paid)

St Helens College


  • Supporting learners with social skills and safety during meal times and breaks.
  • Conducting and recording non-academic activities as per care plan and the learners' best interests. 
Jun 2008Sep 2016

Care Support Worker (Casual, Hourly Paid)

SLC Lifeways Community Care (Former SLC Raglin Care)


  • Being involved in planning, organizing and implementing activities, which varied across a wide spectrum of topics and tasks. This included taking shared responsibility for specific projects, for individuals and groups, in order to meet the service users’ diverse individual needs and developmental aims and outcomes.
  • Maintaining up to date records and compiling reports; also undertaking some operational aspects of the service, including general supervision of service users within each service, as well as transporting, or escorting to and from venues, as and when required.
  • Promoting service user participation based on choice; particularly using a needs led person centred approach. This included promoting a safe environment and maintaining a service to quality standards in accordance with health and safety regulations and all relevant guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Liaising effectively with colleagues, Service Managers, next of kin, other agencies and organisations to maximize support and the general welfare of supported individuals. Attending to their physical and personal needs as required.
  • Providing individual support, listening, responding and advocating. This included attending and participating in team meetings, working groups, team and individual training; being pro-active in the organisation and management of the service. This included carrying out other relevant tasks that become apparent, including some practical maintenance and cleaning tasks as required.

Jun 2008Present

Care Support Worker (Learning Disabilities)

Lifeways Group
Holistic all-round social care support for vulnerable adults with learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and diverse mental issues.
Nov 2013Jun 2014

Student Researcher (Work-related Learning)

Willowbrook Hospice (Knowsley and St Helens)


  • Handling and protecting confidential and sensitive data with integrity. This included managing data collection for the project in line with set deadlines and targets, including entering data, transcribing audio and handwritten data; and using available technology to carry out all the tasks more efficiently.
  • Assisting office staff in designing and maintenance of survey data and relational databases using Microsoft Office and Excel. Printing documents, web pages, and other graphics using Word, Dreamweaver, and other illustration packages.
  • Assisting staff in designing, executing and evaluating the research process, including literature reviews, surveys, focus groups, data integration and analysis.
  • Assisting Willowbrook staff in logistical management of the project and strategic planning. This included producing written, tabular and visual evidence for the research report and associated presentations in PowerPoint.
Jul 2007Aug 2013

Care Support Worker (Casual)

Aspiration Care (Former Trimar Care)


  • As below (European Lifestyles, Adult Services)
Nov 2012Jun 2013

Student Researcher (Work-based Learning)

Liverpool Mutual Homes


  • Researching and collecting data through various techniques and procedures, including library research, structured interviews or other project specific methods of research.
  • Interpreting, synthesizing and analyzing data under the supervision of assigned mentor.
  • Scheduling, organizing and reporting on status of ongoing research activities. This included planning and, where needed, modifying research techniques and procedures
  • Writing and editing materials for presentation, also meeting with module supervisor on regular basis to maintain ongoing communication regarding the quality of my performance.
  • Performing other related duties in the office and field as requested by mentor.
Jan 2009Aug 2010

Care Support Worker (Full Time, Adult Services)

European Lifestyles 


  • Supporting service users to develop and maximize their independent daily living skills in accordance with their person centred care plan.
  • Providing individual care support for adults with complex and challenging needs regarding their behavioural, emotional, psychological and socio-economic well-being.
Dec 2006Jan 2009

Care Support Worker (Full Time, Children's Services)

European Lifestyles


  • Supporting children with learning disabilities to maintain social and daily living skills including personal care.
  • Delivered individual medication support and recording all communication, activities and decisions during shift hours.
Apr 2006Dec 2006

Health Care Assistant (Full Time)

Abbey Lawns Care Home


  • Implementing all aspects of personal care including assisted ablutions and hygiene, in a dignified manner and environment.
  • Observing the individual care plan for each resident regarding feeding, personal hygiene, social skills and activities.
Jun 2005Jan 2006

Hotel Management Trainee (Kitchen Intern)

Serena Hotel NAIROBI


  • Working under supervision of the Executive Chef, including managing the operations of the kitchen in his absence with the support of the Executive Sous-chef.
  • Overseeing the preparation of food and inventory levels of the kitchen and being responsible for scheduling and training other employees.
  • Being familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures, as well as relying on personal experience and judgment to plan and accomplish agreed goals.
  • Performing a variety of tasks, including leading and directing the work of others, as well as applying a degree of creativity and latitude in doing so.
Aug 2003Dec 2004

Choir Director

St. Joseph of Arimathea ACK Church KENYA


  • As a primary function of the position, organizing and managing all choir rehearsals for active participation and leadership during Sunday worship services and other services as required. This included selecting all choral items to be sung by the choir, the music being appropriate for use in the liturgical service and, where possible, followed the theme or the lessons appointed for the day. Music selections were made in consultation with the Vicar whenever possible, well in advance of the rehearsal and performance by the choir.
  • Being responsible for the choir's appearance, sound and delivery; the choir rehearsed weekly and at additional times as identified by special needs.
  • Supervising various performances and celebrations with special choir selections or programs of music from time to time for the promotion of choral worship and the general spiritual health of the congregation. Special programs were normally presented seasonally; arrangements were made for special soloists, accompanists or instrumentalists.
  • Purchasing music and music supplies for the choir program, with all expenditures being under the budgetary control of the Parish Council.
  • Performing the duties of the position in a cordial and cooperative manner with the Vicar, the Congregation Members and the choir.  This included advising and assisting  the Vicar whenever requested, as well as attending Parish Council meetings in order to facilitate communication and planning.
Jun 2003Feb 2004

Hotel Management Trainee (General Duties )

Outspan Hotel


  • Understanding the overall operations of the hotel while specializing in one or two areas, having worked closely with and learned from the front desk manager, culinary department, general manager, events manager and housekeeping department.
  • Familiarizing with the various roles and responsibilities of individual departments and assist them in their daily routine operations.
  • Developing a good working knowledge of the hospitality sector with special attention to dealing with customers in various roles including working in the Front Office, Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Food Production and Sales and Marketing departments.
Dec 2000Jun 2003

Volunteer Office Assistant

Kabete Children's Home, The Salvation Army, KENYA


  • Managing incoming phone calls and written correspondence, providing administrative support staff members at the Home, and performing general clerical duties such as photocopying, fax and mailing.
  • Managing the scheduling and coordination of meetings, appointments and travel arrangements for oversees volunteers to the Home.
  • Managing office supplies and maintenance of office equipment whilst assisting the Superintendent in general management and administration of projects.
  • Ensuring staff at the Home are well managed, besides assisting the Superintendent in developing and maintenance of job evaluations as required.


Sep 2014Nov 2015

MSc Public Health

Liverpool John Moores University

Modules included Global Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Policy and Practice, Health Improvement, Research Methods and Independent StudyThis course offered an opportunity to study public health in a well established, multi-disciplinary and research-informed learning environment that enable me to explores population health issues from a number of different perspectives and enhance my understanding of the people, places and processes involved in promoting public health and reducing health inequalities.

Sep 2013Jul 2014

BA (Hon) Social Policy, Health and Housing

Liverpool John Moores University

Modules included Evidence Based Learning, Contemporary Community Issues, Social Policy and Criminal Justice, Work Placement and, Dissertation. The course was built on work already undertaken at the Foundation Degree level, identifying links between social welfare, health and housing issues. It focused on modern multi-agency and community approaches to social problems, using work based learning through a work placement as a core practical aspect within the programme of learning.

Sep 2011Jul 2013

Fd Social Policy, Health and Housing

Liverpool John Moores University

Year 1 - Level 4:

Year one modules included Perspectives on Welfare, Personal, Academic & Professional Development, Introduction to Social Science & Social Exclusion, Exploring Healthcare Issues, Development of Housing Policy.

Year 2 - Level 5:

Year two modules included a Work Based Project, Roles & Responsibilities in Healthcare, Understanding Welfare Delivery, Contemporary Housing Management Issues, and Social Policy Research. This course being currently the only Foundation Degree of its kind to be delivered in Merseyside, provided the benefit of studying Social Policy at degree level while allowing for the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of welfare as well gaining relevant work experience. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree led to the option  to top up to a BA (Hons) via a further year of study at St Helens College. The BA programme put a high priority on developing constructive links with potential employers through placements and, locate employment opportunities for students.

Sep 2008Aug 2009

Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers

University of Wales

A distance learning course provided by the University of Wales (Lampeter). It offered an in-depth awareness of the interpersonal skills required in volunteering. This was a very useful entry level qualification which provided a good grounding in communication skills, working in groups, listening and counselling skills and, presentation skills among others.

Apr 2008Jun 2008

NVQ Level 3 Health & Social Care (Children and Young People)

Learning Curve (Accredited City & Guilds)

This qualification was approved by the DfE to appear in the 2016 Performance Tables. The Level 3 is ideal for care workers, particularly those with some responsibility in the workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker. The course comprises of fourteen (Children and Young People) core units from a range, among them: promoting equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings;  assessment and planning with children and young people; and, promoting person-centred approaches in health and social care. Optional units included: purpose and principles of independent advocacy; and, supporting individuals to access education, training or employment.

Jun 2003Jan 2006

Group Diploma in Business Studies

Institute of Commercial Management

The ICM Group Diploma in Business Studies (Hospitality Management) was awarded on completion of all following subjects:

  • Fundamentals of the Hotel & Catering Industry
  • Front Office Operations & Administration
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Hotel and Catering Law
  • Housekeeping & Accommodation Studies
  • Restaurant Services
  • Public Relations
Jan 1997Nov 2000

Diploma in Food Technology

Kenya Polytechnic University College


The Food Technology diploma offered technical and theoretical training through various modules including industrial processing, preservation and packaging of foods, principles of quality control and, quality assurance and food safety. The  Diploma provided knowledge and skills for meeting the labour requirements of the food industry including the dairy, meat, beverage, cereals, confectionery and root crops processing industries. It also taught on quality assurance and food safety. Final external examination was administered by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). It included written exams, practical exams and project work, with coursework assessments constituting 30% of the final grade while 70% was the final examination. Industrial attachment was also a mode of assessment.

Jan 1995Nov 1996

College Certificate in Electrical Wiring

College of Electrical Engineering

The course enables one to understand the electrical wiring and installation fundamentals to accommodate compliance with national minimum requirements for this vocation. The course was tailored to allow both the horizontal and vertical mobility of trainees. The skills acquired provided me an opportunity to join Kenchic Kenya in 1996 as a hatchery maintenance technician. 

Jan 1991Nov 1994

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE), Grade C+

Dagoretti High School

Final external examination administered by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). Includes written papers, practical exams and project work.