Our Team

The SMILE program team comprises of a group of seasoned and experienced professionals in core areas such as OVC programming, grants management and Monitoring & Evaluation. The team provides technical assistance, support and carries out oversight functions to States, LGAs and CSO sub-grantees to enhance the quality of services received by vulnerable children, caregivers and their communities.


Dr. Emeka Anoje – Chief of Party


Dr Emeka

Dr Emeka Anoje has over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of major public health programs in Nigeria. As Chief of Party of SMILE, he provides overall technical and programmatic guidance for the program. In addition he provides guidance for the development of the framework for the roll out of SMILE strategies including strategic planning, risk assessment and mitigation, structured capacity building for partner CSOs and SMILE staff and   technical support to partner CSOs in developing organization specific OVC targeting and implementation strategies.  He is also a ranking member of the National OVC M&E TWG in Nigeria and a master trainer for OVC M&E. He played an active role in the development of the National OVC M&E plan and led the development process for the National OVC database (NOMIS) which is currently being used to manage program data in several OVC programs in Nigeria.  Use of data to monitor and improve program implementation has been the key focus of his work.


Dr Olufunlola Adedeji – Technical Director


Mr. Uchenna Ossai – Program Director


Stanley Amadiegwu – Monitoring and Evaluation Director (MED)


Responsible for providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) leadership to the SMILE program by ensuring: that program is able to document progress and achievement of stated objectives and report to USAID and relevant entities of the Government of Nigeria (GON) in an accurate and timely manner; the development of the SMILE Strategic Information System (SIS) and to oversee the overall collection, data quality assessment, analysis, use and reporting at all levels with technical support from Westat;  proper planning, coordination and implementation with other stakeholders, the baseline, mid-term and final evaluations of SMILE project; the coordination of the updates of the National OVC Management Information System (NOMIS) with relevant stakeholders such as GON and FHI-360 and the use by relevant OVC stakeholders including the national OVC Technical Working Group; the overall M&E capacity strengthening and oversight of M&E staff both at the project and CSO levels.


Anselm Nwoke – Organizational Development Director (ODD) 



Responsible for providing technical oversight and leadership in delivering all organizational/institutional development interventions and;  technical direction in mentoring, coaching and hands on support in establishing effective systems for planning, monitoring and coordination of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s response across the states.


Ganiu Efundipo – Grants Manager


Mr. Efundipo Abayomi Ganiyu has worked for over 18years in the INGO setting in two different fields, as an accountant for over 11years and as a grants person for 8 years. Mr. Efundipo Abayomi Ganiyu has  solid background in the following areas: grants management, financial management, sub granting mechanism to CSOs, cooperative agreements, regulation, capacity building, system development and enhancement, USAID Policies and Procedures to Non-US Non-Governmental Organizations, internal controls, program management, pre and post-award assessment, contract management and PEPFAR projects. His primary areas of expertise include NGO financial resource management, compliance audits of domestic and international recipients of U.S. government grants, Internal Control, Enterprise Risk Management, Integrated Frameworks and community development.