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Director, IT and Administration - Family Health International (FHI)


Family Health International (FHI) is dedicated to improve lives through a highly diversified program of research. Since our inception in 1971, FHI has formed partnerships with national governments and local communities in dozens of countries throughout the developing world to support lasting improvements in the health of individuals and the effectiveness of health care systems.

Closing date: 13 Apr 2010
Location: Nigeria

Family Health International (FHI) is dedicated to improve lives through a highly diversified program of research. Since our inception in 1971, FHI has formed partnerships with national governments and local communities in dozens of countries throughout the developing world to support lasting improvements in the health of individuals and the effectiveness of health care systems. We seek qualified candidates for the position of Director, IT and Administration in Nigeria.

Position Responsibilities:
The Director, IT and Administration will provide leadership and management for FHI Nigeria’s programs and projects in IT systems, communications and IT applications and packages, facilities and lease management, safety and security, office administration, inventory management, travel and transport management. S/he will lead these functions and their associated teams to ensure system effectiveness, efficiency and value for money at the Country Office and build systems and develop capacities to ensure effective operations of these functions in FHI’s 11 zonal offices. S/he will lead on the provision of technical and policy guidance and support to the Country Director and other Country Office departments and to the Zonal Offices in the named job areas. S/he will lead support to FHI affiliate (AHNi) in the named job areas.

Minimum Requirements:
BS/BA in IT, management or related field and 11-13 years relevant experience in international development organizations or the organized private sector with 5-7 years supervisory experience; or MS/MA in Business Administration or related field, and 9 - 11 years relevant experience in international development organizations or the organized private sector, with 5-7 years supervisory experience; or PhD in Business administration or related field and 7-9 years relevant experience in international development organizations or the organized private sector, with 3-5 years supervisory experience. Experience managing IT/Communications at a challenging technical level essential. In country operations management experience required. Ability to travel within the Nigeria at least 20% as well as the ability to travel internationally if needed.

* This is not an expatriate position. No expatriate benefits or allowances provided.

FHI has a competitive compensation package.
How to apply
Interested candidates may register online through FHI's Career Center at or through the International Employment section at Please submit CV/resume and cover letter including salary requirements.

Abuja - Join us on facebook


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Cycle for hope in Abuja


The team have arrived in Abuja and will stay for 2 days. At the hotel there are cyclists arriving who will be part of the activities tomorrow. We will ride around the capital and then there will be an official welcome for the team. So there is a buzz around the place and we are excited about what will take place. We have seen so much of Nigeria already and have loved meeting so many people. Its a beautiful, green country. Once again it is exciting to be able to promote the work of AIS here in Nigeria and to see so many sponsors and local government get behind the initiative of a Hope Academy. Cycle1 

There is a purpose behind our visit and we are happy to see that many are so supportive. The Hope Academy will impact so many young people and we are delighted to be part of it. Once again we thank current sponsors Next Newspapers Nigeria, Sovereign Trust Insurance plc and Subaru Motors Nigeria for their generous support and we appeal to others to join the cause. We are looking forward to tomorrow and hope that our visit will help raise more awareness and finances for the project.

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Abuja : Statement of the Presidents of Local Governments Associations and the Mayors of the African continent

The UCLG Pan African Electoral Assembly taking place in Abuja, Nigeria 5 and 6 March has elected a new leadership for the African Section of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments.

The Executive Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo, and the President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, welcomed delegates at the Opening Ceremony.

The Minister of Interior Affairs of Nigeria, Alhaji Shettima Mustapha; the Minister of State, Works, Housing and Urban Development of Nigeria, Grace Ekpiwhre; and the Minister of Local Government of Uganda, Adolf Mwesige; expressed their support for the unity of the Municipal movement in Africa and for the work of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments.

The key note address was delivered by the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, and support statements were put forward by William Cobbett, Director of Cities Alliance, and Alioune Badiane on behalf of UN-Habitat.

The UCLG Global Advisor for African, Richard Kemp was received by the Acting President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

Gathering representatives of 31 countries from all sub-regions in Africa, the Pan African Electoral Assembly has elected 30 representatives to the Pan African Council and among them 13 members to the Executive Committee. 5 Vice-Presidents have been elected by the respective sub-regional caucuses:

1.    Fatahallah  Oualalaou, Mayor of Rabat, Morrocco
2.    Ibrahim Dakusi Jalo, President of the Local Government Association of Nigerian (ALGON)
3.    Muchadeyi Masunda, Mayor of Harare, Zimbabwe
4.    Hugues Ngouélondéle, Mayor of Brazaville, Republic of Congo
5.    Tarayia Kores, President of the Association of Local Authorities of Kenya (ALGAK)
6.    The Assembly further elected by consensus Tarayia Kores as President of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.


We, the Presidents of Local Government Associations and the Mayors of the African continent, meeting in the Electoral Assembly, 5 and 6 March in Abuja Nigeria under the auspices of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments:
  • Taking into account the importance attached to unity by the African municipal movement
  • Recognizing the relevant contribution of United Cities and Local Governments to the renewal of the African Section (UCLGA)
  • Acknowledging the hospitality offered by the Federal Government of the Republic of Nigeria and of the Local Government Association of Nigerian (ALGON) in the reconciliation process
  • Mindful of the depth of the address of the honorable guests of honor, President John Jerry Rawlings, calling for unity, social justice and to respecting the rules of UCLGA,

Welcome the establishment of a new Executive Committee of African Local Governments and express our full support to the newly elected President,

Mandate the above mentioned Executive Committee to engage the voice of local authorities on the Continent in local development,

Ask the Executive Committee to undertake all necessary steps in favor of a full unification of the African municipal movement.

We further strongly recommend the Executive Committee to call its next meeting at the current headquarters in Rabat.

Abuja, Nigeria 6 of March 2010

Serenading @ Abuja parks

Children at the Abuja park


ABUJA is no longer a collection of skyscrappers and concerete walls, the beauty of its vast landscape is springing forth; just as its economic spirit is soaring. It is fas becoming the choice destination for international conferences.
The city is green, serene and luring for leisure, especially condusive for social life, hospitality and tourism.
Perhaps, this is the reason hotels and relaxation centres are springing up all across the city.
The city’s vibrant, booming spirit has been boosted by the swarming of relaxtion facilities such asWonderland, Abuja Park and Zoo, Maitama Amusement Park, Jabi park, Tender Vine Park, City Park, River Plate Garden. The list is almost inexhaustive. The most popular among them is the Millennium park.

The Millennium Park was established during the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in 2004. Ever since, it has been a haven for leisure seekers on a daily basis, especially at the weekends.

People from all walks of life, young and old sit in the park to relieve work tension, meditate, relax and get rejuvenated.
Even families often visit the park for amusement and recreation. Husbands and wives sit to talk while children derive pleasure in playing around.
It offers them opportunities to savour the freedom and freshness that nature offers.
A visit the park at the weekend, especially on a Sunday is thrilling.

The Guardian Life spent some time with a family at the Millennium Park recently and as well, took interest in some other activities within the site.
It was a young, moderate family of five — a father, a mother, two boys and a girl.The Obeta family.
On th intrinsic benefit of such leisure activiy at the park, an excited head of the family, Austin Obeta, said sitting in the park together would help to increase the unity within the family.

“There are two reasons why we are at the park today. One is for relaxation and the second is that my son is six and we just want to take him out to feel good. Coming to the park is highly beneficial because throughout the week, one has been busy working but when you come to the park at the weekend, you relax.”

“For the children, they go to school everyday. At home, they are locked up in the house and they are engaged with homeworks. Bringing them out at the weekends relaxes them physically and mentally and they are well developed. As for me, relaxing at the park takes me away from the volume of work at the office and makes me better emotionally. I am re-energized for work,” he said.
As for his wife and mother of the family, Alexandra, “It allows me to relax and forget about everything I do at home. It also does a lot to the family because the children can play. During the week, they go to school and come back late. The only time they can enjoy staying with parents is when they are at the park like this,” she said.

AISHA Abubakar, another lady who was at the park with her children, said the reason she often go to the park was to escape the boredom at home, usually brought about by power failure.
“I delight in bringing children to the park because of power failure. The house becomes boring, so we come to relax and have some fresh air”.
“When you come to the park, you see other people. The serene environment helps you to forget your problems. You feel happy seeing children playing and other people taking a walk in the park. We visit other parks occasionally. We come to Millennium park more often,” she said.
For her, coming to the park also gives spiritual rejuvenation with the opportunity to meditate, reflect and relax. Being close to nature also helps in this way, strenghtening one’s mind. She appreciated the fact that the park management does not charge any fee unlike some other parks.

“If you had a rough week, you can relax and re-energize for the following week. Millennium Park is free unlike other parks, where you pay; and you can come at any time and any day”, she offered to say.

Speaking to Lady Hauwa was fun in itself. She exuded so much excitement that one would quickly know that relaxation was an important aspect of her life.
“Today is my son’s birthday and I felt we should come out and have fun.

“Instead of making it so big, this time we decided to come out and have fun at the park. Coming to the park builds so much impact on the family.

“The children feel free because there is more freedom here, they run around and play, make friends and have fun with their peers. Mostly we come on Saturdays, spend some hours, have launch and go home”.
“I like coming out because at times, children get tired when they are enclosed. They like to have enough space to play and this park offers space to run around, jump and play games. They feel free here. I advise families to imbibe the attitude of coming to the park. We have beautiful parks in Abuja. They should come out, relax, have fun and snap some pictures. Some of the pictures are memorable,” she said excitedly.
On the benefit of relaxing at the park, Lady Hauwa said “I wake up sound and full of life and that increases my efficiency at work. I get into the office the following week lively”.

The fun at the park is far from finish; patrons are also treated to music, both traditional and contemporary. Quite prominent here is a freelance guitarist, who moves about entertaning guests.
His name is Rest. He entertains people at the park with a guitar and songs. Asked how he gains from playing music at the park, he said, “some people appreciate me with good money while others appreciate me with kind words. I enjoy playing because music flows in me and I hope to blow the world someday with music.”
“Since I came into Abuja, this is the major place I discovered that people gather on a daily basis and I know that when I come around, I will see people to entertain. Sometimes I go to other places too like joints and amusement parks but I come more often to the Millennium Park.”
Rest, who said he was already working on his album, added that the park also serves as a rehearsal ground for him when people are not around. The park also offers opportunities for local traditional musicians to entertain leisure seekers and in turn, get some money.

Some of the children who spoke with The Guardian Life said coming to the park offers a good time to play and make new friends.

“I like to come to the park and play. It is a good time for children to play. There is a saying that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We don’t want to be dull, so we like to spend a little time to play here. The Millennium park is free, the only things you pay for are the food and drink you buy. I play kite and football with my brother. It is fun”, Ngozi Amobi said.
Her brother, Chigozie, is a lover of football and the park is just a right place to play. “I love to play ball with other children and make new friends. I come to the park on Saturdays but not very often, only when there is more time to play. I love daddy to always bring me to the park,” he said.