Gimba Goyo

Gimba Goyo

Senior Specialist Services Delivery, RTI International

Currently employed at RTI International

Previous: WaterAid International


Previous: University Of Jos



    With more than 12 years of experience working, about eight of which are in the WASH sector, about five years in the Health Sector. I started my career working as a Pharmacist within the Hospital in Nigeria and I was immediately drawn to three major issues. A lot of children were dying from simple preventable diseases like Gastro Intestinal tract Infections (GIT) like diarrhea which (while preventable with a simple solution like hand-washing) in most cases was also treatable with affordable measures like the salt/sugar solution. Based on this and the need to have a link between Water and environmental protection and Public health and with the knowledge from that the future of Health will be based on "preventive Medicine", I applied for and got a short term consultancy to be part of the project dubbed "Kick Polio out of Africa" with special focus on vaccinating all children under the age of 5 years with OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) and augmented with Vitamin A. This still occurred within my job as a Hospital Pharmacist. Based on above, I acquired skills in use of computer software, which aided me to my first International NGO job with WaterAid, where I was given the position of Program Officer, Water, Environment and Sanitation (PO WES). Along the way in the First year of working for WaterAid, I was giving the "Best Staff Award" and later promoted to the State Program Manager of the Plateau State Office. Over the next 5 years, I developed skills and knowledge: 1. Baseline Data Collection and Analysis and Formative research 2. Gender and WASH 3. Urban Water Supply Reform 4. Rural WASH and Economic empowerment 5. Community Based Total Sanitation 6. Project Management (Personal development) 7. Accounting for non-accountant in NGO (Personal development) 8. Policy Formulation and development process 9. Understanding and Managing CSO, CSO Grants and role in Government. 10. Managing Grants including EU/EC, UNILEVER, UNICEF and DFID In my fifth year with WaterAid, due to a restructuring, I was offered a different challenge as a Consultant to manage and build the capacity of the selected network of NGOs in the area of WASH and Partnership with the LGA, which I did for six months. At this stage, I wanted a new challenge and opted to work for a USAID project and the first Local Government capacity building project in Nigeria to have a deeper understanding of Local Governance, and why it was not working in Nigeria, because I believed that was the key to development. The Project - Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) builds partnerships among states, local government, civil society and the private sector to improve governance, accountability and service delivery. I now understood that the key to sustainable development (including health and education) lies in developing and/or straightening the Local Governance and build an accountability and voice initiative within the community and its people. During my sojourn in LEAD, I built addition skills in the following; 1. Developing Local Government Development Framework as part of the first objective of the project 2. Developing IGR (Internally Generated Revenue)systems, other tax systems, strengthening transparency and accountability systems and structures of the LGA (and the State Government by extension). 3. Support the development of relationships between LGAs and CSOs (and other external relations) in the participatory management of development projects. 4. Distilling all the above and developing strategy in support of improving services especially at the 3 most important development sectors, WASH, Education and Health. In conclusion and based on the above report (and with knowledge that I could not write everything due to space), I wish to state that I believe I have come to the conclusion that there is an emerging school of thought that WASH is the FUTURE of PREVENTIVE MEDICINE (why I chose the title of Environment and Public Health Specialist).


Senior Specialist Services Delivery

At RTI International

From October 2010 to Present
I manage the Objective 4 Team, Improving Service Delivery

State Program Manager

At WaterAid International

From March 2005 to April 2010
I managed a Team and all the Resources within Plateau State.

University Of Jos, Jos

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Pharmacy

From January 1992 to July 1999
Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Technology, Business and Pharmacy


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