Patricia Dailly Ajavon - Communication for Development Consultant - Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Expertise/Area of Focus: 

Communication for Development, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Children, Education for Sustainable Development

Patricia Dailly Ajavon, Ivorian, born in 1961, has over 12 years of experience in communication for development in various fields; she contributed to develop communication strategies on girl’s education and development of the young child in West and Central Africa at UNICEF, and on Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO. Since 2007, she is committed to develop, implement and monitor behavior change communication programs to prevent AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire at the Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.      


Consultant October-Novembrer 2013
Coordination of the component Communication for Development, Back To School Campaign.

JHU-CCP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs

Senior Communication Program Officer (May 2007- September 2013), Abidjan/Cote d’Ivoire
Responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating AIDS prevention programs and programs to fight against PLWHA stigmatization, namely African Transformation program, Radio diaries program, Parent-child communication campaign: designs research and follows-up data collection and reporting, contributes to program planning and budgeting, designs communication materials (leaflets, posters, radio and TV spots), designs radio programs and tools supporting these programs, designs and follows-up communication campaigns, develops facilitator’s guides and trains facilitators, designs, organizes and follows-up outreach activities, contributes to organize the course “Leadership in Strategic Health Communication”, develops program evaluations and follows-up data collection and reporting, writes activity reports, abstracts, success stories. 

Communication Consultant (2005-2007)   
2005-2007, Paris/France
Developed a communication strategy to support the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2000-2015), developed a user’s guide for UNESCO’s Regional Offices to promote the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, developed communication materials (brochures, key-messages, speech, Powerpoint presentations, summary of research, etc.).

Centre d’Information et de Communication Gouvernementale
Communication Consultant (May to December 2004)   
May to December 2004, Abidjan/Cote d’Ivoire
Set up a network of Communication Officers from various ministries and organized training, produced a monthly press review, developed radio and TV spots.

Various projects and UN agencies
Communication Consultant (2003-2004)   
2003-2004, Abidjan/Cote d’Ivoire
Realised a study on the financial and economic challenges of book business in Côte d’Ivoire for l’Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie; Published reports on Unicef’s regional workshops and study analysis for Unicef’s West and Central Africa Regional Offices-WCARO:  « National policies for the Integrated Development of the Young Child », « For a Better Communication with families to fight poverty», Study analysis of 9 countries of West and Centre Africa on knowledge, attitudes and practices in child care, Unicef WCARO.

UNICEF, Cote d’Ivoire Country Office
Communication Officer (2002-2003)   
2002-2003, Abidjan/Cote d’Ivoire
Implemented  the emergency communication plan, Unicef, Cote d’Ivoire Country Office: informed donors and decision-makers on the situation of children in the Ivoirian crisis, contributed to fundraising and, promoted the activities of Unicef Cote d’Ivoire Country Office.

UNICEF WCARO, West and Central Africa Regional Office, 1998-2002                                  
Assistant Program Officer, Education Unit (2000-2002)
Abidjan/Cote d’Ivoire, 2002-2003
Implemented the  Education unit workplan:  implemented communication strategy of  girl’s education, monitored program budget, followed-up of the publishing of a quarterly bulletin News of Africa (writing, choice of pictures, editing, coordination of consultants), coordinated the organization of regional meetings in Abidjan and in the capital cities of the region (budget, logistics and content), translated documents (under 20 pages) English-French.
Consultant, UNICEF WCARO, Education Unit (1998-1999)
Implemented the Education unit workplan.   


  • Master, à finalité Recherche, Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication, 2006, Discours préventifs du sida et lycéens abidjanais : analyse et réception (prevention of AIDS among secondary school students in Abidjan: analysis and reception), University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France, 2006.
  • Maîtrise des Sciences de la Communication, 1988, Les étudiants abidjanais et la lecture (Reading habits of students in Abidjan) University of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Maîtrise de Lettres Étrangères, Allemand, 1985, Bertolt Brecht et Bernard Zadi Zaourou : discours politique et esthétique dramaturgique, étude comparée, (comparative study between the theater of Bertolt Brecht and the one of Zadi Zaourou, an Ivorian playwright) University of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

2-14 November 2008, course: « Leadership in Strategic Health Communication », Jos, Nigeria, organised par The Center for Communication Programs, Nigeria.

Cote d’Ivoire and France.
Participation to meetings in Bamako, Banjul, Conakry, Dakar, Jos (Nigeria), Lomé, and Nairobi, New York.

French: Native Speaker
English: Good oral understanding and writing skills
German: reading and writing skills

Dailly Ajavon, P., Août  2010, «Adolescents et parents, comment rester proches ? » (Adolescents and parents, how to get closer?), Scrib Magazine n° 14, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Dailly Ajavon, P., Août 2010, «Alexis Don Zigré, réalisateur » (director of 2 films produced by CCP Cote d’Ivoire on PMTCT and ARV treatment), Scrib Magazine n° 14, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Dailly Ajavon, P., Mai 2010, « Les jeunes de Côte d’Ivoire face au VIH/sida » (Youth facing AIDS in Cote d’Ivoire), Scrib Magazine n° 13, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
R. Traoré, P. Dailly Ajavon et J. Coulibaly, Mars 2010, « Evaluation de la campagne de communication pour la Journée Nationale de dépistage volontaire du VIH en Côte d’Ivoire » (Evaluation of a communication campaign during the National Testing Day in Cote d’Ivoire),   abstract pour la Vème conférence internationale francophone sur le VIH/sida, Casablanca, Maroc, 28 mars au 1er Avril 2010.

-    Régina TRAORÉ,  Chief of Party , Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire,,
 phone:  225 05 95 32 53
-    Aline BORY-ADAMS, retired, last position: Chief of the Education for Sustainable Development Unit, UNESCO, Paris,, phone Paris; 33 6 63 44 70 52.
-    KOULIBALY Moustapha Eugène, OCHA Chad, Head of Koukou sub-office,, phone: 235 620 26 24.

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Patricia Dailly Ajavon
Cote d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast

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