Sofo Ali-Akpajiak

Technical Adviser, Institutional and Management Strengthening

Sofo Ali-Akpajiak is an institutional and management strengthening professional with experience in providing technical expertise to health systems reforms in Nigeria and Ghana and to the water and sanitation, education and economic management sectors. His areas of expertise include operational research, policy review, analysis and advocacy, facilitation and training and social and institutional development, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and community engagement and mobilisation. His experience in the health sector includes support to health systems, malaria and nutrition initiatives: the design and strengthening of management systems and integrated supportive supervision; the implementation of baseline surveys; using results based, most significant change and participatory approaches; capacity building and needs assessments of health workers; facilitation of planning and management training specifically for managers of health departments at local and state government levels; and the design of training materials. He is Managing Director of Health Partners Ghana.

Background and relevant experience

As a consultant, he has been involved in numerous health systems strengthening programmes in Nigeria since 2005. He led the process of design of integrated supportive supervision in the health sector under both Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 1 (PATHS 1) programme and Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria / Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH) programme. In this capacity, he provided support to: the strengthening of leadership and management skills of managers and service providers, the design of planning systems at local government area and state level and assisted with capacity building around the preparation of Strategic Health Plans. Recently, he provided technical assistance to the assessment and development of management capacity for the USAID funded Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS) in Nigeria. He also supported the National Primary Health Development Agency (NPHCDA) to develop a Knowledge Management Strategy with support from the DFID funded Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS2) Programme.

Part of Health Partners Ghana team involved with Mobilise Against Malaria initiatives and the evaluation of the Ghana Malaria Programme, he also provided support to the development of the nutrition strategy for Ghana Health Service and was part of the team that undertook a review of the monitoring and evaluation systems designed for the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS), funded by DFID and he led a team to evaluate various projects, including the ISODEC Girl-Child Education Project in Ghana funded by NOVIB in 2005.

Prior to this he worked with WaterAid in Ghana as the Deputy Country Representative, where he initiated the process for reforming the management systems of eight NGO Partners. The outcome was the development of strategic plans for all the NGOs as well as restructuring of their organisational structures. The process involved undertaking organisational needs assessments and identification of gaps.