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Yakubu Cherima
State Team Director , Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria
International Development Programme Specialist with Significant Senior-Leadership Experience. Over 15 years cognate experience providing strategic leadership to Country programs with a focus on areas including RMNCH,child survival, immunization, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB; expertise in program design, strategic planning, M&E, research, Health Financing, Policy Development and Implementation.

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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Finance/Accounting, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Results-focused, detail-oriented, and highly competent executive leader with broad and extensive experience ensuring proposed projects are implemented in accordance with cooperative agreement, grant regulations, and internationally recognised quality standards. Keen aptitude for building dynamic relationships with project stakeholders to enable prompt provision of project updates and candid discussions regarding pending strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and progress against targets. Poised to coordinate and communicate regularly with project staff members to ensure attainment of both short and long-term priorities. Full professional language fluency in English, Hausa, and Krio.
I possess a Masters in Health Economics, Masters of Public Health and Executive Masters in Business Administration(anticipated). Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree.
Affiliations and Achievements:
• Increasing operational budget by $20M and enabling life-saving services to reach approximately 5M children across six states as Project Director of the Global Fund Malaria Programme.

• Overseeing administration of a complex portfolio of projects and programmes funded by USAID as Senior Programme Manager of Nigeria’s Health, Nutrition, and Population Office.

• Conceptualising, developing, and launching all Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention tools as Project Coordinator for a programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
• Successfully administered USG official development acquisition and assistance programs including the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
• Successfully partnered with other USG agencies as well as bilateral and multilateral donors to design, execute and evaluate the impact of integrated health programs in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region
• Served as Technical Evaluation Committee member on various flag ship projects across various offices in USAID/Nigeria.

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