Director of Project Operations, Breakthrough RESEARCH
Washington DC, United States
Adaku Ejiogu is the director, Project Operations for Breakthrough RESEARCH, USAID’s flagship social and behavior change research and evaluation project led by the Population Council. She is responsible for ensuring that Breakthrough RESEARCH activities and deliverables are implemented on time, within budget, and in accordance with cooperative agreement requirements. Ejiogu, as part of the project’s senior management team, provides strategic planning, partnership management, risk management, financial management, and program review. Ejiogu oversees the preparation of annual workplans, budgets and financial reports, personnel matters, training and orientation, subaward administration, and project management systems to monitor operations. Ejiogu also ensures compliance with donor award requirements and spearheaded the set-up and staffing of a project office in Nigeria. She has operational and programmatic experience in program implementation of HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support; and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
Previously, Ejiogu was the HIV and AIDS program manager at the Population Council and was responsible for providing day-to-day oversight, operational support, and quality assurance to all the HIV projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining the Council, Ejiogu was a senior technical officer for Program Partnerships and responsible for developing and managing partnerships at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She was also senior project officer with Columbia University’s ICAP involved in starting up and managing the Nigeria and subsequently Swaziland PEPFAR-funded Multi-country Columbia Antiretroviral Program (MCAP) projects, an eight-year cooperative agreement funded by the CDC. She also was a program associate in Sexuality and Reproductive Health at the Ford Foundation, Office for West Africa, where she managed and monitored grants across Nigeria and several West African countries.
Ejiogu holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from Columbia University, New York. She also has a law degree (LLB) and an MBA from Nigeria and is a certified project management professional (PMP). She has experience working in low-income settings in sub-Saharan Africa and working across several developing countries.