Farouk Jega is a public health physician with 20 years of progressive experience in program management and evaluation. He currently serves as Senior Program Director and Portfolio Lead, overseeing the Nigeria, Ethiopia, Peru and multi-country portfolio of projects. Until a year ago, he was our country director in Nigeria, where he oversaw technical and administrative aspects of a multi-million-dollar portfolio of projects in maternal health, family planning, HIV and AIDS, and advocacy. He joined our team in Nigeria in 2009.
Before serving as country director, Farouk was the program manager for Pathfinder in Nigeria, where he managed several projects, including an innovative intervention to address maternal mortality through a multi-pronged community and health systems strengthening project.
Farouk has considerable knowledge of the region’s public health and primary health care space, having worked closely and served on various technical and policy planning committees with international, regional and national organizations and governments.
He has an MBBS from the University of Jos and an MPH from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Farouk speaks English and Hausa.