Dr Ebunoluwa Jaiyesimi- TA for Community Engagement and RMNCH
She is a consultant community health physician, holds master’s degrees in Reproductive Health and Public Health. She brings 21 Years’ experience in public health, the development sector, academia and research to the team, which includes strong experiences in multi-sectoral care and support for OVC and persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has held several field-based managerial positions, providing oversight for community-based projects and developmental initiatives involving multiple stakeholder groups including communities, caregivers, HIV infected persons and their families, government, corporate bodies, non-governmental and international organizations in Nigeria. She has worked with several international organizations and has a sound understanding of the contractual frameworks and processes required for successful partnership with this group. Dr Jaiyesimi brings strong skills in resource mobilization, capacity building, results-based program management (RBM) public presentation, advocacy, community mobilization and team building, multi-stakeholder management, partnership, Health Research Management and alliance building.
Dr Victoria Agbara- TA for HIV Prevention
She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare provision, public health promotion and program management, and health systems strengthening. For close to twelve years, she has worked at a senior management level on public health projects in and outside Nigeria. She has proven expertise in successfully leading and managing complex public health projects at the national and subnational level; and has an excellent understanding of bilateral and multilateral donor funding and compliance requirements. Her experience in program design, implementation and management spans a broad range of areas including HIV programming-prevention, care and support, PMTCT and OVC programming. She has significant experience in support organizations to build institutional capacity, as well as in health systems strengthening. She is a highly motivated and results oriented professional, with a very strong work ethic. She possesses excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to proactively anticipate problems and come up with innovative solutions to address implementation challenges as they arise. She holds a medical degree in addition to a master’s degree in public health. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills and is fluent in English, Russian and Ibo.
Dr Olusesan Makinde- TA for Research, Informatics, Monitoring and Evaluation
Olusesan is a versatile public health researcher and manager. He has wide ranging expertise across local and international organizations. He is a Physician with 15 years of experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Ibadan and earned his first Master of Science in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at the Faculty of Public Health of the same University. He earned his second Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA. He is currently a Doctoral student in Demography and Population Studies at the Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is certified as a Project Management Professional and an Oracle 10g Database Administrator. He has extensive donor experience which includes working on: USAID, CDC, UKAID/ DFID, UNITAID, Global Fund, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, TY Danjuma Foundation and the Government of Nigeria funded projects. He also has cross cultural experience working with UNICEF, World Health Organziation, Abt Associates Inc. John Snow Inc. RTI International, Encompass LLC, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
In 2016, he received a Travel Award from RTI International to attend and present a poster, “Violence against women and girls in Nigerian baby factories: Is it over” at the Ending Gender Inequalities: Addressing the Nexus of HIV, Drug Use and Violence with Evidence-Based Action in Chapel Hill, NC USA. (April 2016).
Dr Femi Owoeye- TA for Malaria.
He’s a medical doctor with public health degree. He has amassed 14+ years of progressive experience in public health and honed strong leadership skills over time. He has managed multiple donor portfolios including that of US funded programs. He has a passion to serve vulnerable groups and to strengthen weak health systems; this passion is demonstrated in the choice of several SSA countries he has worked in. This combination of technical and leadership skills coupled with his strong motivation to make a difference among populations at the greatest risk of diseases is highly sought after in the public health community. He is vastly experienced in different disease programs having worked in over 6 African countries implementing a wide variety of public health programs. His understanding of community level programming is impressive. Working with Femi helped us to improve the impact of our interventions on the communities we serve.
Another striking attribute of Femi is his strength and interest in public health research. He is proactive about generating evidence to inform program improvements and he’s innovative in initiating operational research. He continually monitors global best practices to improve program quality and monitors performance metrics to ensure programs are on track. He’s proficient with documentation and dissemination using a variety of methods including submitting abstracts for presentation at conferences and writing manuscripts for scientific journals. These qualities are invaluable to the international global health community, including donors wanting to invest in programs that can deliver results. Femi is easily an asset to us at our Centre
Dr Eva Kyaagba- TA for Education
Eva holds a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction and has over 19 years of foreign language teaching experience. 14+years teaching reading and literacy using self-developed materials, Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, and British “Read Write Inc.” package developed by Ruth Miskin. She successfully trained over 40 teachers in UNICEF-GCA collaborative reading project in Nigeria and co-ordinated a team of 4 Nigerian, 2 British trainers and 5 Nigerian volunteers in ToT of 80+primary and secondary school teachers on reading and literacy. She brings strong research and materials development skills, applied in my Ph.D thesis on learning –to –read a foreign language and as materials development consultant, TDP in DFID. Developed training materials, carried out benchmarking of both pupils and teachers and conducted trainings for both UNICEF and GCA M&E team in GCA UK, as lead resource person. She has a passion for developing reading and literacy skills among young people. She is a multi-linguist, with written and oral proficiency in five languages, 2 International & 3 Nigerian languages: English, French, Ibo, Hausa & Tiv
Akuse, John Aondoaseer- TA for WASH
Akuse is a conscientious and professional Sector Reform Expert, Results Based Management and Development Consultant, Procurement Expert and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with extensive experience in managing results based programmes/projects with support from organisations such as the UNAIDS, Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Canadian International Development Agency, European Union Commission and USAID. He has cognate experience with supporting capacity building efforts of beneficiary institutions both government and Non State Actors in such areas as proposal development and management, development of communications and campaign materials, institutionalising good governance systems including budget transparency, democracy and election monitoring, human rights, water and sanitation, electoral and justice sector reforms.
He is a Project Manager, Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) European Union Funded Programme with Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Abuja. He has also supported the assessment of M&E systems and he’s supporting both Technical Assistance Teams (TAT) and UNICEF to set up integrated monitoring and evaluation structures for implementing the M&E system in order to properly track progress of project performance and to ensure the successful delivery of intended programme results. He was a Programme Officer Emergency Preparedness and Response and Water Supply and Sanitation with Concern Universal (CU), Calabar, Nigeria (UK-based International NGO).