Development Communications (Strategic and Behaviour Change), Community Mobilisation, Advocacy, Relationship Building, Strategic Planning, Knowledge Management, Administration and Operations.
Summary of Experience: Fatimah is a versatile communications and knowledge management specialist with progressive experience on multiple DFID projects. She served as a Behaviour Change Communications consultant on the DFID -Partnership for Transforming Health Systems, (PATHS2) and has also worked on the DFID-Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN), where she was responsible for strategic communications, media engagement, community mobilization and knowledge management at state level.
Fatimah has a strong understanding of behaviour change communication, strategic planning and organisation and knowledge/information management in social sectors in Northern Nigeria. She has very good writing skills and an ability to build relationships\network with stakeholders and between organisations including civil society organisations, international donors and key partners in the State Ministries of Education, Planning and Budget and Local Government. She is also experienced in media relations, garnering high-level buy-in, information management and managing public image.
She is also a trained manager with high competencies in the areas of office, facilities and personnel management. Fatima has exhibited high levels of integrity and versatility in the course of her career. Being an avid learner, she is able to assimilate quickly and wear different hats when the need arises.
· Masters in Development Studies, Bayero University, Kano. 2010
· Certificate in Logistics for Health Commodities, Global Health eLearning Centre. 2009
· Certificate in M&E Fundamentals, Global Health eLearning Centre. 2009
· Advance Management Course, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry. 2007
· Certificate in Gender & Conflict Transformation, The Network University, Amsterdam. 2004
· Diploma in Information Technology, Hands-on Institute of Info Tech, Kano. 2001
· B. Sc. International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 1998
LANGUAGES: Hausa, English, Swahili and Passable French
Selected Employment Record:
March 2013 – Date
Communication Consultant, African Development Bank Nigeria
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a multi-lateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries. Fatima was engaged by the Nigeria Field Office of the Bank as a communication consultant to ensure improved visibility of the institution by documenting and strategically showcasing impact of the Bank’s interventions in Nigeria.
Along with developing a communication strategy for the Bank, Fatimah has so far produced 2 monthly newsletters, organized and participated in 2 press conferences and is also currently strengthening the Bank’s media ties to ensure increased press coverage.
July 2011 – February 2013
Operations Manager, Girl Hub Nigeria
Girl Hub is a partnership between NIKE Foundation and DFID aimed at increasing programming on adolescent girls to address intergenerational poverty by stopping it before it begins a new cycle. Fatima is currently working at Girl Hub as Operations Manager to see that facilities and systems run efficiently, ensure accountability and support the team to deliver its mandate.
She is also actively participates in planning and implementation of programs and brings valuable first-hand knowledge and perceptions of Northern Nigeria to Girl Hub strategies and activities. She participated in the development of the Girl Hub Communication strategy, quarterly quality assurance scorecard and leads on budget development and tracking for Girl Hub Nigeria. Fatimah has also created an information-sharing platform on the Nike Foundation shared space (Root) called ‘Drumbeat Nigeria’. The team uses this platform to ensure that other Girl Hubs and the Foundation are kept informed of progress in Nigeria, have the opportunity to provide feedback and share learning.
Fatima has also established strong networks and relationships within the education and health sectors for Girl Hub to leverage on and partner with.
May - July 2011, Nigeria: Behaviour Change Communication/ Community Mobilization Specialist, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2), Kaduna, DFID.
PATHS2 is a 5-year health system-strengthening intervention with focus on improving health service delivery mechanisms at all levels. As Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization Specialist, Fatima was responsible for building the capacity of citizens to make informed choices about prevention, treatment and care of common health conditions. She developed innovative ways to reach health consumers at grassroots levels and influence their attitudes towards demanding for improved services and utilizing health facilities as against the usual visits to traditional healers. She co- facilitated two trainings to community-based organizations and local government health educators on Health Entitlements and Health Promotion. Fatima’s work at PATHS2 was demand-side oriented to complement three other thematic areas that supported the supply side. To ensure that community voices on health reached all stakeholders, Fatima organized a radio community debate to facilitate dialogue and feedback. She also documented case studies and evidence of program impact for dissemination through various channels.
April 2011 Short-term Consultancy to Produce the 2009 Annual Report for Nigeria Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Abuja.
PCC, the Nigerian Ombudsman is an autonomous constitutionally created body with powers to investigate citizens’ complaints against any governmental or private institution or individual(s). Fatima was a part of the 2-man team that collated field reports and prepared narratives to analyse data provided, the end result being an annual report for 2009.
Oct 2008- March 2011, Nigeria: Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN), Kano, DFID.
ESSPIN engaged government to implement reforms in the basic education sector. As communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, Fatimah was responsible for preparation of all State-based ESSPIN strategic communications including campaign strategies, advocacy kits, case studies, state contributions to the ESSPIN newsletters and website, and engaging the media to participate actively in the education reform agenda. She was active in establishing and maintaining relationships between Civil Society Organisations, other donors and key partners in the State Ministries of Education, Planning and Budget and Local Government. Fatimah also provides technical support to Public Relations Officers, Social Mobilisation Officers and other communication service providers within the State Ministry of Education at both state and local government levels. She developed and executed a monthly rolling C&KM state work plan and budget to support the other work streams and the overall C&KM strategy. She also participated in Monitoring and Evaluation of communication activities to provide regular internal and external updates and also track impact; and quality assurance of all state-generated programme documentation and consultancy reports.
In this role Fatimah initiated the establishment of Kano Universal Basic Education Communications Committee (KUBECC) to oversee communications in the Ministry of Education and led the development of a communications strategy for Kano State Ministry of Education.
She also led the design and implementation of the Girl’s Enrolment Campaign in 3 focal LGAs in Kano State and that of the Annual School Census from 2008 to 2010.
Fatimah introduced an internal monthly bulletin comprising updates of ESSPIN activities for stakeholders and partners and documented several case studies showcasing success of ESSPIN interventions in Basic Education reform in Kano. In this capacity, she also provided concept and content for the ESSPIN documentary on the state of education in Kano – Better School Better Nigeria. She also drove the development and inclusion of a comprehensive communication plan and budget into the 2010 Medium Term Sector Strategy for education in Kano State which was a major breakthrough as prior to that there was never an exclusive budget line for communication in the basic education sector.
Jun 2006- Jun 2008, State Administrator, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems, (PATHS) Kaduna. DFID.
In addition to her role as State Administrator, Fatimah served as acting state program officer for last 7 months of PATHS. In her main role she supervised the administrative team and short-term logistics assistants as well as managed office operations including maintenance of equipment and systems, procurement, resource monitoring, service and maintenance contracts, logistics for both office and program activities. She efficiently accomplished the set-up of PATHS Kaduna office and STL’s residence within the given timeline. This included the designing systems to track the use of consumables in order to achieve stock control. Fatimah negotiated PASTHS biggest MOU (Between Kaduna State Media Corporation and PATHS) and monitored both funds and activities to ensure value for money and application of best practices. She developed monthly management indicators to be presented the team in order to assess spending and usage trends on a quarterly basis and promote accountability and transparency.
Jan 2005- Jun 2006, Nigeria: Program Assistant, Community Participation for Action in the Social Sector, (COMPASS). USAID
Fatimah was Responsible for petty cash administration, stock control and program logistics. She assisted the Administrative Officer in the set up of COMPASS Kano office. She also improved asset management processes and introduced workshop requisition forms and admin checklist for activities
Feb - Apr 2002, Nigeria: Documentation Consultant, Basic Support for Institutionalising Child Support (BASICS II). USAID.
This project was undertaken to reduce infant mortality in Nigeria. Fatimah reviewed existing documentation process and update files on program activities. She also created a chart to monitor progress of activities in all catchment areas according to specific initiatives.
In her spare time, Fatimah volunteers as a career guidance counsellor in the girl’s secondary school she attended in the late eighties. She also enjoys quality time with family, travelling, chess, music, photography and blogging.
No. 17 Abdullahi Bayero Road Kano