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Ene Odu

Ene Odu - 2019 Nominee
Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Organization: Abt Associates- USAID SHOPS Plus project
Bachelor of Science from University of Jos, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
APMG -Project Management for Development Professionals
YALI RLC -Emerging Leaders Program
Centre for Bioethics and Research- Training in Modern Research Ethics
Khulisa Management Services, South Africa -Data Audit Training
75 Public Votes Reached!
Ene Zita Odu has over eight years’ experience in implementing and overseeing the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of developmental programmes in family planning, reproductive health and child health projects. – Rabiat Ahmed, Social and Behavior Change Communication Manager at Population Services International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Having worked with the three key developmental projects that were a part of the Social Franchise Network for the Society for Family Health, Population Services International and Abt Associates Nigeria. I have been able to contribute to Family Planning programmes using effective monitoring, evaluation and capacity building approaches aimed at helping key stakeholders make informed decisions. Results from the research studies I implemented have led to improved programming for Family Planning in over 22 states, ensured client-centred services and, revamped client counselling approaches. I have built the capacity of health service providers from over 300 private and public sector facilities on proper documentation and reporting of Family Planning services data.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I believe Family Planning Impacts Women’s health and socio-economic wellbeing. I have engaged key stakeholders at the National and subnational levels and seen firsthand how lives have been changed by Family Planning programs. The sheer delight demonstrated by both service providers and the clients who have benefitted from such programs is palpable, their stories sparked my passion. Seeing the tangible impact Family Planning programmes bring to the table motivates me!!!

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I have displayed leadership in various capacities, having led research and data quality improvement activities aimed at evaluating project outcome/ impact. Leading these activities have entailed the development of study protocols/methodologies, facilitation of IRB approvals for all research studies involving human subjects, capacity building of research assistants, coordination of data collection processes and development of reports that have spurred organizational learning.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Although Family Planning records huge gains, Nigeria's CPR remains at 12% with increasing unmet need at 18.9% (NDHS 2018), this indicates that some gaps exist in Family Planning Interventions. If given the grant, It will be used to conduct a secondary analysis of available data aimed at addressing the underlying issues that have led to increasing unmet need despite several interventions. The findings will be shared as policy briefs with key stakeholders and key implementers.

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