Business Development

This award recognizes an individual or team contribution to successful business development efforts. The award emphasizes efforts to identify and cultivate new funders or new/emerging markets, outstanding performance in the drafting or preparation of technical or business volumes, effective submissions of proposals, effective client relationships that develop into continued or new business, and the support of FHI 360’s strategy to remain competitive while meeting local needs and improve lives in lasting ways.

HSDSA Proposal Development Team: Peter Mwarogo, Everline Ashiono, Peter Ongeta, Rachael Manyeki, Linda Muyumbu, Priscilla Kihara, Lydia Odongo

Having implemented in the Rift Valley region for over 17 years with excellent performance, FHI360 Kenya team was committed to prove they were USAID’s best bet for the next five years. Under the leadership of the country director, the team begun reviewing relevant information before USAID issued the RFA for HIV Service Delivery Support Activity (HSDSA). Fact finding meetings were held with the seven counties, with the technical team lead taking leadership in ensuring the success of the meetings with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in 7 counties earmarked for HSDSA to identify. The information focused on perceived needs in HIV service delivery, gaps impeding service delivery, regional contextual issues/ population dynamics, cultural/gender norms, health statics, MOH perspective on incumbent partners and other intel to give FHI360 a competitive edge.

The proposal development team actively participated in developing a solid technical and cost proposal once the RFA was released. The process included design, content, writing, budgeting, recruitment of staff, identification of strategic partners to ensure FHI360 would achieve outlined objectives. The team worked closely with HQ and ESARO colleagues/proposal reviewers to ensure final technical and cost proposals provided USAID with the best value, sound strategies to achieve HSDSA goal to increase access and coverage towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets. They worked for extended hours, sacrificed their weekends, holiday and family time, to ensure set timelines were met, all which led to what we consider FHI360’s largest win/ new business by dollar for 2017 at USD 84.6M.

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Client Satisfaction and Program Management

FHI 360's clients include our beneficiaries, host governments, funders and partners. We also have internal FHI 360 clients to whom we provide support and solutions allowing others to accomplish their work for external clients. This award recognizes excellence in client satisfaction related to project management and program delivery, especially those individuals or teams who search for new ways to surpass expectations, effectively manage relationships and ensure that projects are on track, on time, on budget and more than meet our client's needs.

Sino-Implant Team: Markus Steiner, Diane Luo, David Jenkins, Heather Vahdat, Kate Rademacher, Silver Wevill, Doug Taylor, Rebecca Callahan, Vera Halpern, Karin Ganter Luker, Tracey Brett, Lisa Saylor, Meng Wang, Rachel Fuchs, Lakshmi Venkatakrishnaiah, Lalitha Venkatasubramanian, Laneta Dorflinger

The Sino Implant Team, led by Markus Steiner, achieved the impossible in 2017.  The team successfully helped a small Chinese company attain WHO approval of a subdermal contraceptive product.  This achievement exceeded expectations of the funder (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) when the idea was first conceived about a decade ago.  The funder continued to believe in the Sino Implant team and continued to provide support in the form of grants exceeding $10M.  In the process, Dr. Steiner managed the domestic and international team with great skill. The team worked with the Chinese company to build trust and cooperation, in spite of tremendous language challenges.  Because of the Sino Implant project, FHI 360 has established strong relationships with the Gates Foundation.  The impact of the Sino Implant program has a long and positive history and has received previous awards and recognition for impact.  Yet what has been overlooked is the way in which the team delivered on a promise to the client and how this resulted in subsequent support for important FHI 360 work.

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A critical success factor in FHI 360's transformation is our ability to work successfully together within our new structure and operating model. This award recognizes individuals and teams who work across areas, sectors/groups and departmental lines for the improved achievement of FHI 360 outcomes. This award may recognize "360-degree" activities – holistic approaches to solve global and human development challenges or cross organizational structural lines to ensure collaboration, collegiality and progress towards a unified organization.

Joseph Sany

A Technical Advisor in the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department, Joseph not only provides his technical support and facilitation expertise to CSPB projects, but he also shares his expertise and knowledge of FHI 360’s methodologies broadly with other departments.  This year, he facilitated SCALE+ workshops for USAID staff in Senegal and Mali under a food security project. As the manager of that project attests, “His innate leadership qualities, facilitation skills and collaborative spirit have been noticed by workshop participants, clients and peers and recognized with multiple praises for all that he does to ensure an inclusive environment.” He also collaborated with colleagues in the education sector on conflict sensitive education trainings – one for an external audience and one for an internal audience – and on an FHI 360 “A Deeper Look” podcast on that topic.

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The David Barry "Think Big" Award
for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. David Barry was known as an entrepreneur, a visionary, and a pioneer in AIDS drug development. He served on the FHI Board for 12 years from 1990 to 2002, and it was he, who at a meeting in North Carolina in April 2000, urged FHI to "think big" and take on a global leadership role to eradicate AIDS using a holistic health approach. He planted the seed for the START project — FHI's pilot initiative in 2002 demonstrating the potential impact of antiretroviral therapy in resource-constrained settings. David came to FHI having served as Burroughs-Wellcome's Vice President of Research, Development and Medical Affairs where he was one of the co-inventors of the first anti-HIV drug AZT, approved by the US FDA in 1987. He then founded Triangle Pharmaceuticals in 1995, setting out on a course of clinical development of antivirals for the treatment of HIV and hepatitis B. An advocate for drug development for serious and life-threatening diseases, David was fully committed to making a difference in the world of health. He was a remarkable leader and scientist who moved comfortably in both the business and the research worlds.

This award was established by David Barry's family and the FHI Board in his memory to award teams or individuals demonstrating "big thinking" - innovation and entrepreneurship in the scientific, technical and management approaches we use to deliver our work. This could include recognition for efforts to broaden the scope of our impact, develop new approaches to how we implement and/or support our projects, improve the way in which we manage our resources or in how we undertake new partnerships. This award may also recognize efforts to improve staff productivity, achieve cost efficiencies, attain cost reductions, or other efforts that improve the quality of our work, make FHI 360 more competitive, or advance our efforts for global leadership in global development.

Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative Ideation Project Team: Betsy Tolley, Heather Vahdat, Anna Lawton, Jill Sergison, Bitra George, Sharad Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar Sinha, Mercy Ngichiri, Dinah Makori, Peter Mwarogo, Alice Olawo, Hannah Goetz, Lauren Maldonado

The Contraceptive Technology Innovation (CTI) Initiative’s Ideation project team, which included staff from the CTI Department, BECS, and the Kenya and India country offices, has worked to fuse principles of human-centered design and traditional behavioral research approaches to facilitate the generation of creative and innovative contraceptive technology ideas, all grounded in women and adolescents’ real-life situations.
Taking place in both Kenya and India, the project spanned a number of phases: rapid ethnographic research, synthesis and collateral development and the technical workshop. During the research portion, the team conducted intensive in-field interviews and discussions that solicited women and adolescents’ thoughts on contraceptives, feedback for improving method accessibility, and ideas for future developments. Scrutinizing the breadth of research, the team synthesized the findings into rich and visual stimuli, including the creation of user personas and identifying key meta-themes. These outputs then served as the basis for the technical workshop, which brought together experts from multiple disciplines, including many who had no previous professional experience with contraception and potential users to ideate around the ideal contraceptive. The methodology proved quite successful: from the two cycles in Kenya and India, more than 200 new contraceptive concepts for exploration were generated.

Not only did this team ‘think big’, they did so with a noble goal: increasing the use of contraception by ensuring women and adolescents’ voices are at the heart of development.

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Emerging Leaders

This award is designed to recognize individual leaders who are not in formal positions of leadership, but demonstrate the potential to take on leadership positions in the future. The Awards Committee will look for individuals who espouse FHI 360 values, outperform in their formal duties, lead by example and with professionalism, and demonstrate their potential to grow within the organization and the field.

Giuseppe Garfo

Giuseppe Garfo, an M&E advisor for the CHASS project in Mozambique, has shown increasing leadership in both technical quality and leading people. He took on training of two new M&E advisors, helping them to start their own work using best practices that ensure high quality at all stages of the data collection and reporting process. Both of them have stepped into their roles and moved forward seamlessly and the data quality has improved in these provinces since they began. He has led efforts to build a culture of individual responsibility and accountability within the M&E team, both in the province where he works and in the project as a whole. With a team spread across five provinces, he is a key link ensuring teamwork across the project, providing support to his colleagues who regularly call him for help when they face challenges with systems or tools and providing feedback and suggesting improvements to the central team.

Nang Khio Noom Kham

Nang Khio Noom Kham (who goes by Moe) has shown dedication and loyalty to FHI 360, emerging as a promising leader in a challenging environment.

During the first three years of the Civil Society & Media (CSM) Project, the grants team had four directors. Moe was one of the more senior members of the grants team, working under this succession of directors. In a time when colleagues were resigning, Moe stayed the course and took up the slack when there were gaps between appointments of directors. Moe taught the new directors how things are done at FHI 360; answered countless questions and gave guidance to her teammates; volunteered for difficult assignments and extra training; and provided a consistency and a dedication to quality that the grants team needed during its transitions. Moe has since been promoted to Senior Program Manager--she is not a formal leader on the team but is widely seen as a source of guidance and mentoring, and she consistently outperforms her formal duties.

David Lenett

David has been with FHI 360 for about four years, but already he is the go-to person in his department for just about everything. David’s eagerness to assume responsibility, attention to detail, and willingness to share advice with his superiors have benefited his department and the organization immeasurably.

David has risen in just two years from foundational backstopping tasks to serving as the Moldova Partnerships for Sustainable Civil Society Project Lead, and now the Program Manager for the CSO Sustainability Index project. In addition to his work with Moldova, he supported two other projects and five proposals, including serving as capture and proposal manager for our successful bid in Kosovo. In 2016, he supported five different projects and contributed to seven proposals, including an inter-departmental effort, conducting research, drafting narrative sections, and coordinating recruiting and partner inputs. On one bid, David managed FHI 360’s entire technical component, leading technical design, drafting the narrative, recruiting, managing the local consultant, and coordinating with the prime contractor. David has also overseen CSPB’s Operations team, summarizing procedural changes, managing the department’s electronics, and training new staff. He also co-led a research study on civil society networks and presented the findings to USAID.

In short, David is committed, collegial, and competent, ever ready to volunteer and to learn -- precisely the qualities of an FHI 360 Emerging Leader.

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Enterprise and Corporate Services

This award recognizes the fact that FHI 360 operations and programs could not be successful without the contribution of enterprise service team members operating as part of the project team and, working to ensure the quality and functioning of the underlying systems and processes that support them. This award is dedicated to individuals or teams working in any Enterprise Service function (all teams under Finance, Administration, CMS, HR, ISS) in any location, and will honor stellar contributions, extraordinary commitment and "above and beyond" support and service to strengthening country and project operating platforms and teams.

IHANN Proposal Development Cost and Pricing Team: Tom Kiekhafer, Bradi Newsome, Caitlin Arlinghaus

This team developed the proposal budget for FHI 360’s very first humanitarian project, Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria (IHANN) in early 2017. Throughout the proposal process, Tom, Bradi and Caitlin went above and beyond their normal job duties to proactively learn the budgeting process for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), a funder that FHI 360 had never worked with before. Under intense pressure and essentially on the fly without any formal OFDA training, they not only helped develop what would ultimately be a successful proposal, they laid the financial ground work for the largest single grant that OFDA has awarded to any NGO operating in Nigeria to date. On almost a daily basis for weeks straight, they worked after hours and over the weekends to make sure the financial aspects of the proposal were up to both FHI 360 and OFDA standards, a task that required a monumental amount of leadership and coordination between a long list of stakeholders. They deserve to be recognized for their outstanding effort and for playing a critical role in FHI 360’s successful first entry into the humanitarian space.

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Integrated Development

This award recognizes an individual or team’s ability and initiative to reach outside their technical “cone or silo” and integrate two or more technical areas of expertise in the design of a proposal, through research and evaluation, or to enhance a program’s impact by adding a new technical dimension or perspective. Nominations should both demonstrate the initiative taken to find and apply integrated solutions, as well as to utilize and/or expand the body of evidence supporting integrated solutions. The individual or team that receives this award will have made a significant contribution to FHI360s track record and reputation for the design, delivery, or evaluation of integrated approaches to solving some of today’s most challenging development problems.

Programa Para O Futuro/YouthPower Action – Mozambique: Angela Aleixo, Eduardo Salvado Lon, Pedro Waite, Isaias Junior, Amancia Sitole, Arcanjo Abrao, Kristin Brady, Helen Albert, Fernanda Soares

Programa Para O Futuro/Youth Power Action integrates basic education, information technology, work readiness and employability, soft skills, health and gender and provides youth with opportunities to build leadership and civic engagement through community service and peer education.  Results have been strong across sectors. Education outcomes have been particularly strong with more than 75% finishing secondary school in a country with a 12% completion rate.  Seventy percent of youth graduates report working with 25% in the formal sector.  Results of a before-and-after evaluation showed that youth in the program significantly improved 5 out of 6 soft skills measured (goals and aspirations, problem solving, self-efficacy, cooperation and communication, and self-awareness). Youth also showed significant improvements on SRH behaviors: increases were observed in the percentage of youth who reported taking an HIV test in the last 12 months, percentage of youth who report using contraceptive and percentage of youth who reported using condom in the last sexual relationship. 

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Knowledge Sharing

FHI 360 lives the science of improving lives by using research and evidence to design and deliver programs that impact the world’s toughest human development challenges. We are and continue to aspire to be a thought leader, recognized for the knowledge we generate, apply and share with the world. We must have an environment within the organization where staff share knowledge, know how to tap into knowledge resources regardless of where they are located in the organization and the world and where we build on existing knowledge to improve our approaches to complex challenges in the communities we serve.

The award recognizes an individual or team who have shown the spirit and the results of sharing knowledge and applying learnings to our work beyond an individual or single group’s use.

LINKAGES – Nepal: Bhagawan Shrestha, Indu Adhikary, Dr. Durga Prasad Bhandari, Kiran Bam, Pradeep Kumar Thakur, Khagendra Prakash K.C., Huma Subhani, Bharat Man Shrestha, Yamuna Shrestha, Salina Joshi, Ashima Shrestha, Yubaraj Sapkota, Neela Thapa, Prakash Chandra Lekhak

LINKAGES Nepal has a structured knowledge sharing practice to keep the staff, partners, funder and stakeholders updated in cutting-edge public health issues. LINKAGES Nepal shares latest articles, journals, write-ups, abstracts, success stories, learning from other FHI360/LINKAGES countries through online and offline. Sharing of fast-facts on recent developments in HIV, and management/leadership during weekly meetings, organizing technical update sessions for key stakeholders, service providers and technical working groups, publication of the success story booklet and quarterly newsletter The LINK-Nepal, are key platforms. LINKAGES Nepal also organizes joint viewing of pertinent webinars with the key stakeholders. Some of these practices are also replicated by some of its implementing partners.

LINKAGES Nepal contributes to knowledge sharing among global audience through sharing of project documents under FHI 360’s knowledgebase and USAID Development Experience Clearing house  website, sharing success storyies on LINKAGES page and photo story on LINKAGES blog, social media campaign by LINKAGES and FHI 360, sharing information/resources through community of practice and abstracts in international conferences. LINKAGES Nepal also contributes contents for social media of USAID Nepal and global LINKAGES.

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The Lynda Cole Award for Excellence

Lynda Painter Cole was employed at FHI from July 1976 until December 2000. As a researcher, program leader and staff mentor, Lynda epitomized FHI's values. Starting her career at FHI in the Clinical Trials Division, Lynda managed many of FHI's large multi-center clinical trials on contraceptive methods. From 1987 to 1993, Lynda served as Associate Director and then Deputy Director of the USAID-funded AIDSTECH project, managing programs in the Eastern Caribbean and overseeing AIDSTECH activities in information, education, communication, training and condom logistics. Lynda then became Director of Field Operations in 1993, providing leadership in the strategic programming of FHI's resources from a regional and country perspective and overseeing projects around the world. She published extensively in professional journals and traveled widely for her work. She was instrumental in attracting numerous government grants worth millions of dollars, and she touched the lives of many people during her 24 years at FHI.

In recognition of Lynda's commitment and numerous contributions to the organization, the Board of Directors established the Lynda Cole Award for Excellence in 2001 to be presented annually to an employee who has similarly exhibited outstanding contributions towards FHI's mission. The recipient of this award must be recognized as representing the attributes that were valued by Lynda, including full commitment to FHI 360's mission and the field, loyalty, honesty, creativity, and a willingness to take on new challenges. The individual should also have made major contributions to FHI 360 and its mission. This award is to be given to a current international office employee (regional or country office) who is employed by FHI 360 in a full-time capacity. Both international and locally hired field staff are eligible below the director or office head level, including technical, administrative, and support staff. Nominations can be made by any FHI 360 staff member, but should be made through the nominee's office, to assure the broadest consensus of merit by those who best know the contributions of the nominee. Recipients will be ineligible for this award in the future.

Sutinee (Joy) Charoenying

Sutinee (Joy) not only embodies the attributes valued by Lynda Cole, she has also followed a similar upward trajectory while working with FHI360. Her willingness to take on new challenges—first as a business development officer in 2007 and then moving into program management as program officer, senior program officer, associate director and deputy director—has led to her current role leading our large LINKAGES Thailand project. Joy has made significant contributions to FHI360, including growing the LINKAGES Thailand portfolio from $1.5M (FY15) to $13.5M budget in FY18 and building a first-class team of 40+ exceptional Thai and international professionals.

It’s been a pleasure to watch Joy grow into this leadership role because she has done it with integrity, honesty and kindness. One staff remarked, “Khun Joy rises to meet every challenge with both a smile, and an invaluable orientation towards win-win solutions. Her combination of creativity, technical acumen, and exceptional communications and management skills have produced tangible dividends for us in the form of expanded investments in our work.”

Joy is intensely loyal to FHI360, but is so gracious when working with external colleagues that she manages to break the boundaries and rivalries that sometimes exist between organizations so everyone can focus on the mission. Given the competitive landscape for HIV work in Thailand, this is no easy task. Based on these strong external relationships, LINKAGES Thailand has become a trusted, go-to partner for USAID and our local partners, resulting in these significant annual budget increases as we’re asked to take on more activities including expansion from 4 to  9 provinces and recent groundbreaking work on Hepatitis C research.

Joy is an extraordinary employee and a shining example of the type of national representatives that build a stellar global reputation for FHI360.

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Outstanding Effort

The Outstanding Effort Award will be given to up to five staff members or teams who have made an outstanding contribution to any aspect of FHI 360 operations, routinely going above and beyond regular and customary job responsibilities to help the organization achieve its mission. This award will serve to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals and teams who may or may not always be in the spotlight, but deserve recognition for their significant contributions to FHI 360's successes this year.

English Access Microscholarship Program Team: Nicola Mousset-Jones, Michael Barquero, Anila Gjoni, Darlene Takahashi, Katherine Allen, Elyse Cooper, Javier Bilon, Sarah Reynolds, Lucas Brown, Anne Huber, Simone Johnson, Alicia Potes, Addis Aseffa, McCall James, David Sale, Benjamin Valdez-Hempel, Anum Khan, Joanne Deng, Meheshwar Panagani, Camilla Riveron Toledo.

Since 2012, the Access team has developed sophisticated systems and protocols that support English language acquisition for economically disadvantaged youth around the world.  They work closely with State Department and U.S. Embassy officials to respond to the ever-changing climate for learning in over 80 countries, while establishing standard operating procedures to manage across five active cooperative agreements with an overall contract value of over $120 million.  This team of 19 has developed an efficient, cost-effective, and compliant project management system to administer over 400 service agreements with in-country education providers, wire nearly $2 million in funds each month, respond to client requests to add elements such as teacher training, alumni activities, and exchanges.  The team has also built from scratch an elaborate information sharing platform that not only tracks data on the over 150,000 youth who have been impacted by the program since 2004, but also enables FHI 360 and State Department staff to disseminate resources and best practices for language learning, while also managing the flow of service agreements, reports, planning guides, and payments.  This dedicated team works collaboratively with the client and internal departments to trouble-shoot challenges and create effective pathways to accomplish the many goals of this unique project.

Dikwa Health Team: Simon Waba, Kassim Musa, Samuel Bika, Eloka Obiorah, Chiemeka Okpala, Sunday Attah, Chukwudi Agubosim, Samuel Danladi, Danlami Ayofat, Saleh Hamid, Samuel Nnamani, Asabe Samul, Obiorah Nwoyemezie, Abubakaar Adamu, Joshua Omiawele, Joshua Efungwu, Ifeoma Edo

The Dikwa Health Team worked around the clock during what was to become Dikwa’s largest ever Cholera outbreak, attending to patients at the hospital and various outposts throughout the town. It was an arduous task: the Boko Haram insurgency made the transportation of medical supplies difficult, the refugee situation in the town led to overcrowding which made the epidemic spread faster and wider than ever before. But the team remained determined to control, contain and work through the epidemic until the very end.

The team mobilized human, material and financial resources within a record time to combat the cholera outbreak which infected over 700 community members. Through medical intervention, community mobilization and sensitization, within 40 days, the cholera outbreak was contained and over 700 lives saved. The team endured challenges day and night but were not deterred. Instead, they adopted a proactive approach in setting up a cholera treatment center (CTC), providing critical medical supplies and disinfection of high-risk areas as well as education on cholera prevention and response. The team's main tasks were to optimize patient care, ensure proper hydration and effectively discharge stable patients to make room for new patients.

After the last patient was discharged and the outbreak ended, the Team received a 4-star rating from the WHO for one of the best ever cholera responses in recent times.

Ploy Udomsinka

Ploy Udomsinka, APRO’s Sr Executive and Communications Officer, plays a critical role in keeping the APRO ship not only sailing smoothly during fair weather, but also helping to ensure that it doesn’t sink during the storms and occasional tsunamis. Ploy routinely goes above and beyond her regular job tasks to help us achieve our mission. When the Board of Directors announced they would hold their Fall 2017 meeting in Asia, Ploy graciously assumed all visit arrangements and logistics. She coordinated closely with the Board secretary and spent countless extra hours and 1000+ emails over a 6-month period to ensure a successful trip that included 3 site visits across 2 countries, a high-level reception, the board meeting itself, not to mention also taking care of accompanying board family members.

Ploy has such high capacity that she is routinely asked to help beyond the scope of her regular job. In 2017, When the Program Management Unit was short staffed, Ploy stepped in to backstop India. This required her learning the role of the Senior Program Officer including how to review and execute subawards, consultant agreements and procurement requests.

Ploy is always behind the scenes and camera, but she deserves public recognition for all of the many ongoing big and small contributions that she has made to both APRO and the greater organization.

Research Utilization Team: Rose Wilcher, Michelle Lanham, Irina Yacobson, Trinity Zan, Tracy Orr, Leigh Wynne, Carter Crew, Joy Cunningham, Kristen Krueger, Morrisa Malkin, Marta Pirzadeh, Kate Plourde, Elise Healy, Christy Creekmur, Giuliana Morales, Aubrey Weber, Tara Miller, Suzanne Fischer, Kathleen Shears, Kerry Aradhya, Jill Vitick, Catherin Bocher, Natasha Mack, Lucy Harber, Steve Daniels

In the past year, the Research Utilization Team has added over 50 publications to the Knowledgebase, the official repository for FHI 360 materials, including briefs, reports, conference presentations, newsletters and success stories for the LINKAGES and the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) projects. In many instances, they have translated these documents into French and Portuguese to make them more accessible to all staff. They advocated for a department training on adding to the Knowledgebase and then dedicated one staff and one intern for this responsibility. In 2017, they have published at least four journal articles in professional journals including Global Public Health and Journal of Adolescent Health. They also sponsored and guest edited a special issue of Journal of the International AIDS Society.

They are facilitators of six Communities of Practice (CoPs) and many RU staff consistently participate in the CoPs by sending out new resources/publications, upcoming webinars or conference abstract submissions especially to the Key Populations and the Family Planning CoPs. They also sponsor blog series such as the four-part LINKAGES: Differentiated Care for Key Populations series and promote these series to the CoPs. They are frequent contributors to the R&E Search for Evidence blog where they share their expertise on turning research into practice.

Jelani Balarabe

Jelani Balarbe has excelled in his role as a driver in Abuja, Nigeria. He has consistently exceeded expecations in a high security environment. Ever concious of the precarius situation driving between Abuja and Kaduna, he advises passengers on the appropriate times of day to travel and specific routes to avoid dangers such as criminals and kidnappings along the highway. Everyday, Jelani covers about 460km distance, transporting HQ staff visiting Nigeria. He is trusted by management to succesfully navigate the dangerious routes. He maintains a professional demeanor in the face of such risks, and has continued to be an exemplary driver.

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Ghulam Farooq Mansoor

Ghulam Farooq Mansoor has demonstrated superior diplomatic skills when communicating with USAID in times of severe difficulty for IHSAN. He led the communication with USAID and developed a robust M&E system for all program components to ensure adequate data quality. He has provided high quality leadership to national colleagues and international STTAs to deliver and produce quality products.

He played an exceptionally important role during the transition of IHSAN leadership when a former CoP left abruptly and a Deputy CoP left for personal reasons. As a member of the management team and utilizing his institutional memory, he assisted the new COP with advice on critical issues at critical times through the highlighting of key performance and staff weakness. The support resulted in increased performance on indicators from 5% in Q3/FY17 to about 50% two quarters later. Consequently, USAID has proved accommodating and recognized positive change.

He has consistently gone above and beyond his job description and continues to manage subs and grants because there is no grants team in place. 

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Program Excellence

This award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual staff member or team to FHI 360's leadership in global and domestic health, education and development. This contribution could be demonstrated by promoting integrated development solutions, by the implementation of the latest evidence-based approaches, through intense involvement in a program's design and development, or with demonstrated efforts to ensure that a project is meeting its deliverables — on budget and on time, with the highest quality of management and responsiveness to client and stakeholder feedback. This award will seek to recognize demonstrated efforts to achieve quality, satisfaction and impact in programs furthering FHI 360's mission.


The Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV Project (LINKAGES) is an outstanding model of program excellence at FHI 360. A five-year, $225 million USAID centrally funded global flagship cooperative agreement addressing key populations, LINKAGES is currently active in 30 countries.  The program had buy-ins at a rapid pace and is now close to the award ceiling.  LINKAGES hit its stride in its third year of implementation, and is viewed as the global leader in HIV programming for key populations (KP). The committed and hard-working innovative management, technical, SI and finance teams at HQ, in the regions and in LINKAGES countries ensure seamless implementation and high-quality programs.  A time and cost extension is expected shortly. The following examples highlight the excellence of the LINKAGES program:

  • 162 active subawards across the program (including 60 KP-led organizations)
  • 98% of cost-share commitment against award ceiling achieved to date!
  • Approximately one million (946,330) KPs reached with prevention messages; 494,233 tested for HIV and linked to treatment
  • Developed ‘innovative’ solutions for KP programming that are being used by OGAC for COP18 planning and Global Fund for technical assistance
  • Launched a webinar series with high levels of participation globally (150-200 participants per webinar)
  • Rolled-out the Health4All training for KP-friendly health services, which will soon be adopted/branded by WHO as global guidance
  • Launched key technical guidance in 2017 including: 1) KP Implementation Guide, 2) Gender Analysis Toolkit for KP, 3) Monitoring Guide and Toolkit for KP, 4) Performance Indicator Reference Sheets for KP, 5) Programmatic Mapping Readiness Assessment for Use with KP, 6) LINKAGES Enhanced Peer Outreach Approach: Implementation Guide and 7) Peer Navigation for KP: Implementation Guide
  • Spearheaded joint Global Fund/PEPFAR cascade assessments in six countries to improve KP programming beyond LINKAGES; created new areas of practice in violence prevention and response, and ICT for KPs
  • Excellent relationships with the USAID team that manages LINKAGES

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Scientific and Technical Leadership

To be given to the staff member or team who in the past year has made a major contribution to FHI 360's scientific and technical leadership. This leadership could be exemplified by a major publication, client recognition, citation as a best practice, presentation at a major international setting, or any programmatic or scientific contribution deemed by the Awards Committee to help distinguish the organization for its advancement of global and human development.

FHI 360 Laos NTD Team: Phayvieng Philakone, Thipphachanh Senyavong, Viengsavanh Sivongxay

Since 2012, FHI 360 has worked to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Laos, first with funding from USAID (until 2015) and then through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (2015 to present). Blinding Trachoma, which used to be endemic in Laos and very common among preschool-aged children – with a prevalence of 60-90% in some areas – was one of the diseases targeted under this NTD work. To support the certification process for Trachoma elimination, our FHI 360 Laos team provided critical TA and support to the Laos government for surveillance and documentation. They supported a survey in 2014, introducing real time computer tracking of data collection that identified three hotspots. The Laos team then secured TA to develop and implement a protocol for examining and treating potential cases among children one to nine years old in these hotspots, and collecting specimens for later analysis. This analysis provided the critical evidence that allowed WHO to declare that trachoma was no longer a public health problem in Laos (Sept 2017), making Laos one of only five countries in the world to be officially validated by WHO to have eliminated Trachoma.

The Laos government recently held a public ceremony commemorating the elimination of Trachoma as a public health problem, during which FHI 360 was the only INGO recognized and honored for our support towards this accomplishment. The Minister of Health presented a rare individual medal to the former FHI 360 Chief of Party for END in Asia, and presented FHI 360, USAID and WHO with certificates of appreciation. The government requested FHI 360 to continue our work in NTDs, with Lymphatic Filariasis next in line for elimination

The Laos team is to be commended not only for contributing to a significant public health accomplishment in Laos, but also for being recognized by both the Government of Laos and of the United States as a public health leader.

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Team Leadership

This award recognizes individuals who are formally managing other staff, and who demonstrate strong leadership qualities in their role. The team leader, amongst other leadership qualities, is committed to strong ethics, establishes clear direction, deals with problems quickly and professionally, encourages staff development and mentorship, communicates appropriately, and encourages work/life balance. Nominations for this award are sought from employees working under the supervision of this leader.

Didier Kamali

Didier Kamali, Project Director of LINKAGES in Cote d’Ivorie, is an exceptional Team Leader. Didier provides clear directions, streamlines processes, coaches and mentores his staff to make sure they are equipped to perform to their full potential. In addition to his strong Leadership, Didier demonstrates solid technical capacity in areas beyond the LINKAGES project. He is the go-to person to all country-office staff for technical advice on HIV, research, and nutrition projects under his management. He has been able to handle complex relationships within the ministry and PEPFAR.  For example, there were seven clinics that provided HIV treatment in the LINKAGES portfolio but then a conflict arose between CDC and USAID in which CDC wanted to report on all treatment indicators.  USAID, via LINKAGES, then had to give CDC the treatment portion of the project.  Didier was able to navigate a tense situation smoothly and without further issue.

Reed Ramlow

Over the past 2.5 years Reed Ramlow has served as Country Director - Vietnam. During that time, Reed has ably navigated FHI 360 Vietnam through numerous challenges while substantively building his staff’s capacity. He successfully recruited and placed the project’s first local national Deputy Chief of Party, oversaw the close-out of the country’s anchor program (USAID SMART TA, 2011-16), deftly led the proposal for its’ follow-on (USAID SHIFT, 2016-21), and was able to accelerate the timeline for promoting that local national deputy to Chief of Party. Under Reed’s leadership, FHI 360 Vietnam dramatically improved the satisfaction of its primary client while transitioning from a cooperative agreement to new contract mechanism. He is a clear and direct communicator, provides his staff with ample opportunities to learn and grow, and looks out for their welfare and professional fulfillment. As a result, he brings out the very best in those who work for him, and has really transformed the tenor of FHI 360 Vietnam.

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Olubunmi Negedu-Momoh

Dr. Olubunmi Negedu Momoh is responsible for providing technical leadership and expertise in high quality laboratory services within the care and treatment project in Nigeria. She manages a team of 50 Laboratory core staff supporting different projects implemented by FHI360 spreading across 13 states in Nigeria. She has demonstrated excellent leadership quality in leading the laboratory team under various FHI360 laboratory project under SIDHAS, HIV RTQII project, proposal development, and implementation of other funded by USAID, CDC and GFATM. Her strong passion and diligence for laboratory services made it possible for team cohesion, success of Lab program management, attainment of project goal and improved stakeholder’s engagement at both National and state level. She is one of the first pioneer laboratory staff and has received FHI Award of Excellence on Best Country office zonal Laboratory Support Staff in 2009 and 2013. 

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