Marie’s experience with the West and Central Africa region spans across twelve years of program management throughout Washington, DC, Senegal, and the nine francophone West Africa OP Countries, with multiple technical assistance assignments in Rwanda, Burundi, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.
She holds extensive experience in building partnerships, and managing health programs including communications and advocacy, financial management and oversight of grants and contracts, as well as program planning and implementation.
She is currently Acting Director for the OP Coordination Unit. As such, Marie works to facilitate relationships and interface with the OP’s donors as well as coordinate the collaboration with OP strategic partners at the global, regional and country levels by creating better synergies between stakeholders in the OP 9 countries all the while aligning their support with countries priorities as defined by the ministries of Health and their Costed Implementation Plans. She represents the Partnership at key partners’ events and international/regional conferences, especially when related to advocacy and youth.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Master’s Degree in International Development and Peace / Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington DC.
Dr. Norbert Coulibaly
Senior Technical Manager
Dr. Norbert Coulibaly has recently joined the OPCU as Senior Technical Manager. He joins the OPCU most recently from UNFPA where he served for ten years as a Program Specialist in Family Planning and Reproductive Health Product Safety (FP/RHCS), first in the Burkina Faso Country Office (2009 – 2016) and then in the UNFPA Regional Office for West and Central Africa (2016 to 2019). Previously, he worked within the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso for 16 years, holding various public health roles. As an FP/RHCS Program Specialist at UNFPA, he made a remarkable contribution to the resurgence of FP programs and strengthening of the contraceptive product supply chain in his country and across the region through the UNFPA Supplies program and the SWEDD project.
Dr. Coulibaly holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Laval University, Quebec, and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
A lawyer by training, Djenebou DIALLO has just joined the UCPO team as Advocacy Manager. She has nearly seven years of professional experience in the field of advocacy within international organizations, including: IPAS Abidjan, as Manager of Policies and Partnerships and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Dakar , Senegal as Advocacy Project Officer.
Passionate about the rights of women and girls, Djenebou leads advocacy at the regional level with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and international bodies.
Djenebou holds a Masters in Gender and Peacebuilding at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar in partnership with the United Nations Peace University Based in Costa Rica and a Masters in International Relations Law at ‘University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar.
Oscar Djabada KOALGA
Country Liaison Associate for Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger
Oscar Djabada KOALGA has 34 years of professional experience in West Africa and especially in the Sahel countries in the management of community health programs, reproductive health, family planning, HIV / AIDS and humanitarian action. He has held numerous technical and managerial positions in several national and international NGOs, in particular the Burkinabè Association for Family Welfare, a Burkinabè subsidiary of IPPF, Caritas international, Oxfam Great Britain, the AXIOS Foundation, Oxfam Québec, and most recently, Engenderhealh in as part of the Regional Act for Family Planning project – AgirPF- as Country Program Director for Burkina Faso.
It is therefore a wealth of experience very provided in the region that Oscar brings to OPCU to contribute more effectively to strengthening the partnership dynamic initiated since 2011 in favor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health.
Oscar Djabada KOALGA holds an MBA in health project management from CESAG, a Master in Economic Sciences specializing in Planning and Development from the University of Ouagadougou and numerous postgraduate training diplomas in Public Health, management and management RH / FP projects from the National School of Public Health in Rennes, the Center for African Family Studies and the Regional Center for Family Health Training.
Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Sambe
Administrative and financial assistant
Bamba, the newcomer of Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit is the Administrative and Financial Assistant and therefore responsable for financial and accounting aspects of the Partnership. He has more than 3 years of experience acquired during his stay in a bilateral program (France-Senegal) which implements development projects throughout Senegal territory.
Bamba has several strings to his bow and is active in the field of non profit with mainly 2 associations working in the promotion of blood donation in Senegal (Precious Gift) and in helping and supporting the most deprived (Blankets for All).
Bamba holds a degree in Audit and Finance, and also has project management skills.
Mame Aminata Diouf Diallo
With a Bachelor degree in economics and Finance and a degree in accounting applied to ICT with more than seven years of experience, Mame Aminata Diouf Diallo joined the Partnership Coordination Unit of Ouagadougou as Program Assistant in February 2019. Prior to this she worked in the private sector as a project officer for a civil engineering firm specializing in hydro-agriculture after a stint at Oxfam Great Britain where she held a similar position on the LEAP project during the GROW campaign.
She has interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the policies and procedures of international organizations. Polyglot, she handles 3 different languages that are English, French and Wolof which allows her to be in interaction and to have easy conversation with partners, suppliers and all people related from near and far the achievement of the objectives set by the UCPO.