DFID/Nigeria Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH2) Programme, Kano, Nigeria
Juliana Nathaniel, PhD Public Health, MSc Public Health, PGD Public Health, Reg. Nurse/Midwife
Program Manager and Family Planning Technical Advisor, DFID/Nigeria Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH2) Programme
I am a public health practitioner and holds a PhD and MSc in Public Health from the International University of Bamenda, Cameroon. With background in Nursing and Midwifery, I have a strong technical base in maternal, newborn and child health particularly family planning service delivery. I have benefitted from several capacity building initiative packaged by the John’ Hopkins’ University, Center for Communication Program and other USAID implementing partners working in Nigeria. My studies at IUB, Cameroon and the various capacity building initiatives empowered me with the needed expertise in strategic behaviour change communication, advocacy, and strategic planning using evidenced-based data.
For over nine years, I worked as a State team leader on several USAID and UNFPA funded projects, representing Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programme in a consortium. Prior to holding these leadership positions I was an independent consultant working for a number of International Organizations including: JHU/CCP, STOPAIDs Organization, UNFPA and Society for Family Health. My consultancy experiences further empowered me with skills in organizational development, project design and management and assisted me to successfully provided direction to the project teams for results.
I later joined the Johns Hopkins Program for International Emergency Gynecology and Obstetrics (jhpiego) as a Senior Technical Advisor on Family Planning and Reproductive Health assigned to the Targeted States High Impact Project in Bauchi State Nigeria, before joining the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded Nigeria Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH2) Program as a Program Manager and Family Planning Technical Advisor where I work till date.
I have the ability to use participatory learning and action (community action cycle) and other community mobilization approaches in addressing social sector needs of communities. I also have the capacity to initiate the use of partnership defined quality and standard based management and recognition (SBM-R), being proven approaches towards quality improvement at health facility level.
I am a goal oriented person, multi-talented and combines both technical and programme management skills. I have supported the Federal Ministry of Health and National Primary Health Care Development Agency in developing National documents including training manuals, service delivery guidelines and Standards of Practice on family planning. I initiated the task shift concept on the use of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) in the provision of Implants and IUCD services in Nigeria. Evidence generated from this concept eventually led to the approval of the task shifting/sharing policy in Nigeria.
I am fluent in English, Hausa and Ibo languages. I have good negotiation and interpersonal communication skills with proven ability to forge partnerships with the government and civil society organizations at all levels. Consequent to my excellent performance, I have received several project awards including an appreciation letter from the USAID Mission Director for excellent programming.