The Directorate of Gender and Child Development, Youth, Sports, Employment, Civil Society and Drug Control is under the leadership of DR. SINTIKI TARFA UGBE, a Nigerian national born on the 24TH MARCH, 1964.
The incumbent is directly responsible to the Commissioner Social Affairs and Gender. She is responsible for planning, supervision, monitoring and coordination of activities, duties and programmes assigned to the Directorate for the accomplishment of the institutions’ mandate. She is also responsible for providing leadership and management for the sectors and technical activities of the department.
As the Director, part of her principal duties and responsibilities include:
- Plan annual goals, objectives and budget tied to the Commission’s overall plan.
- Advise on overall policy direction on gender, social affairs and development
- Direct technical guidance on programme design/implementation in an area where she has acknowledged high level of technical expertise
- Willingness and ability to keep abreast of new developments in the field of gender, social affairs and development.
- Conduct policy and programme dialogue with Member states on gender and social affairs
- Monitor regional trends in gender, social affairs and development
- Set standards for work and create mechanism to monitor staff and output
- Ensure that standards are maintained.
Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe holds a Ph.D., from University of Reading, U.K, 1997 and Master of Science (MSc.) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria 1991. Earlier, she had obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria 1986, where she emerged as the Best Graduating Student , in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.
She is a United Kingdom Chevening Fellow and an Alumnus of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In addition she had obtained certificates from ITC, ILO & UNIFEM on the “The Global Development Agenda: Tools for Gender-Sensitive Planning and Implementation” in 2010 and Building Resource in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Certificate of Completion of Gender & Elections Course – 2015.
Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe has over 15 years professional experience working with political, civil affairs, law enforcement and security related institutions. She is currently the Director (Gender and Child Development, Youth/Sports, Civil Society, Employment and Drug Control) at the ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria, a position she has held since July, 2008. She holds a PhD in International and Rural Development, University of Reading, UK. She was a UK Chevening Fellow, and is an Alumnus of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Dr. Ugbe had oversight responsibility for producing three ECOWAS Policy and Strategic Counter Narcotics Documents, namely the Political Declaration (2008), the Regional Action Plan (2008), its Operational Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism (2009). She facilitated the finalization of the ECOWAS-EU Financing Agreement for the project “support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime related to it and Drug Abuse in West Africa” and was also responsible for drafting of the ECOWAS-EU Grant on the “Support to ECOWAS Drug Unit advocacy, monitoring and coordination capacities”.
Dr. Ugbe performs important functions in the implementation of the ECOWAS Commission’s Counter Narcotics, Gender, Youth and Civil Society programs. Over the years she has demonstrated skill, knowledge and expertise in mainstreaming security related issues into the work of the ECOWAS Commission. She has received commendations from international partners such as the INTERPOL – 2009, African Centre for Strategic Studies, National Defence University, Washington, DC, – 2010, Kofi Annan Foundation – 2012, and the US Customs and Border Protection (CPB), Office of International Affairs (INA) – 2014. She was instrumental in finalizing two MOUs that provided key financial support for implementation of gender empowerment programmes in the region, namely, ECOWAS – NEPAD Policy and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) Grant Agreement for the establishment of Business Incubator for African Women Entrepreneurs (BIAWE) Project – 2012, and the ECOWAS – Women for Africa Foundation MOU, of March, 2013. In addition, she co-facilitated the development of the three-year priority work plan which secured funding from DANIDA to support ECOWAS Women, Peace and Security agenda, and has contributed to a number of publications in West Africa.
She has represented the ECOWAS Commission effectively, including delivering quality presentations at high level meetings, such as ECOWAS Ministerial Meetings,