Nigeria

Alive & Thrive (A&T) is engaged with the Government of Nigeria, UNICEF and national NGOs in implementing infant and young child feeding (IYCF) interventions in metropolitan and suburban Lagos State and rural and urban Kaduna State. Through capture and review of implementation learning, advocacy for strengthened policies, utilization of national platforms and the institution of strategically selected partnerships, A&T strives to scale-up optimum IYCF support and services to the national level. The overarching framework for A&T’s strategy in Nigeria is its National Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy for IYCF, launched in 2017.

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Victor Ogbodo, MSc
Program Director
Victor has over 24 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs in Nigeria. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with FHI 360 as the Senior Communication Advisor for the Liberia Teacher Training program, and as Chief of Party for C-Change Nigeria. At C-Change, Victor led the process of institutionalizing SBCC at the post graduate level in three Nigerian universities. His other achievements include helping to design and implementation of the SBCC component of the Niger Delta AIDS Response (NiDAR Plus) project and an award-winning drama series for a World Bank funded project in Enugu and Ebonyi States, Nigeria.
Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, MA
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Toyin is an award winning creative writer with over 15 years of experience working on advocacy, communications, public outreach, and citizen participation in the Health and Democratic Governance sectors. Prior to joining A&T, Toyin served as the media expert for the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project, a large multi-donor project where she led capacity development initiatives and advocacy for peaceful elections with Nigerian government institutions, media unions as well as civil society. She has also previously worked for the Ford Foundation in West Africa, the Centre for Development and Population Activities and United Nations Office for Project Services.
Stephanie M. Dada
Zonal Coordinator
Stephanie Dada is a certified program management development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She has expertise managing complex, international donor-funded projects, bringing extensive experience in program, project, and portfolio management. Her diverse background includes health financing and public health systems strengthening. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Stephanie worked as Associate Director, Program Management, on the USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Project. Stephanie Dada is an Alumni of Walden University, USA, where she obtained an MSc in Public Administration. She also has a BSc in Business Administration and an MA in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance.
Lucy Mngueshima Gundu
Associate Director, Finance & Operations
Lucy is a professional accountant and tax practitioner, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. Lucy Holds a B.Sc. in Accounting, an MBA, and a master’s in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Her 15 years of experience have focused on financial and program management of INGOs. Prior to Joining FHI360 Alive & Thrive, she worked for Helen Keller International and Mercy Corps.
Auwal Kawu
Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor
Auwal guides the SBCC portfolio for A&T in Nigeria. He originally joined FHI 360 in 2009 as the senior SBCC advisor for the USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN). Prior to joining FHI 360, he implemented behavior change communications programs for several development partners including Johns Hopkins University, John Snow, Inc. and the World Health Organization. Auwal has also taught sociology and development studies in Nigeria.
Patience Kwada, MBA
Procurement and Contract Manager
Patience has over 12 years of experience working on grant management, finance, procurement, administration and programming. Prior to joining A&T, she worked as the Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Manger with Search for Common ground, and as the Acting Director of a local NGO, the League for Human Rights.
Sarah Didi Kwasu
State Team Lead - Kaduna State
Sarah is a project management professional with over 17 years’ experience. Her diverse background focuses on capacity-building on health, nutrition and economic sustainability. Her expertise includes stakeholder engagement, community mobilization, child safeguarding, livelihoods strengthening, peacebuilding, gender-based programming, and theatre for development. Prior to joining A&T, she worked on a DFID-funded program, Voices for Change, as Kaduna State Coordinator. She has also worked the Links for Children project, funded by USAID and Save the Children. Sarah has also consulted for several government agencies and multilateral organizations in research, program development, data collection and capacity building. Sarah holds master’s degree in Development Studies.
Duke Lawrence Ogbokor
Technical Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation
Duke is an experienced health informatician with 16 years diverse technical and cognate experience. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with UNDP and the UNOPS, where he was responsible for management of water resource activities. He has also worked with the USAID, working on quality improvement and information systems for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs. Duke holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science, specializing in relational databases as applied to health data.
 
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