Hafsat A. Mustafa

Research Consultant



Post Graduate Diploma

College of Education

Educational Psychology



Bayero University

Development Studies

1994 - 1999


Bayero University

English/Mass Communication



Team member,  Mid-Term Review of a DFID Local Governance Program in Nigeria


Design and facilitation of change-management interventions, policy and strategy formulation for top level media, civil society and legislature through the development of corporate plans,  strategic plans and editorial policies for management of the organisations


Experienced in conducting political economy analysis and contextual studies both at the national and sub - national levels to inform programmatic planning and decision making.


Constructive engagement of civil society groups, government executives and media professionals, private sector leaders, community and opinion leaders and professional colleagues in international development sector.


Cognate experience in public policy analysis,  facilitates policy dialogues (PPD), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key In- depth Interviews (KII) on policy issues and strategic engagement of multi players in policy formulation and review 


Experience in planning and delivering public sector management programme with broad goal of improving public finance systems and management.  Practical skills in facilitating corporate planning strategy,  systemic and institutional strengthening on budget process, legislative advocacy fro public finance regulations and public participation in public finance management. 


Experience in social investigation with excellent understanding of both quantitative and qualitative approach in social science. Conversant with research software applications such as SPSS and Microsoft Office,  reviewing organizational change process through Capacity Assessment Tools, Governance Baseline Tools, Open Budget Tools and Citizens Perception Surveys.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2014 - Present

Consultant/Project Manager

WORK EXPERIENCE- Independent Consultant

Research based consultancy providing technical support to a diverse range of international Development Programmes in Nigeria.


  • Mid-Term review of the DFID funded Mobilizing for Development(M4D), in Kano Jigawa, Kaduna and Abuja(Coffey International)
  • Assessing political and social dimensions for Scaling Up Nutrition in Northern Nigeria(UNICEF/SCN-WINNN) Developed Citizens and Media Engagement Strategy for Nutrition(Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria-WINNN)
  • Developed Nutrition Political Economy Analysis for Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Yobe and Zamfara States
  • Supported Bayero University Kano to carry out a study on grazing reserves and stock routes in Katsina, to reduce inter-community tension commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)
  • Led on the research to assess effective interventions, prospective delivery methodologies and partners and the suitability of British Councils pathways methodology as an organizing framework for the Nigeria Girls' Education Programme(NGEP)
  • Developed advocacy and state engagement strategy for the DFID funded Child Development Grant Programme(CDGP) in Zamfara and Jigawa state
  • Assessed mechanisms for demand side engagement on Nutrition in Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara for the DFID funded Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria(WINNN) in four states-Jigawa, Kebbi, Katsina and Zamfara
  • Facilitated Training for the DFID funded Mobilizing for MDGs(M4D)' s supported Community Based Organizations and Women Groups to increase participation of adolescent girls and women in the demand for equitable delivery of basic services
  • Led a survey to assess the functionality of School Based Management Committees on girl child enrolment, transition and completion in six LGAs of Kano State
  • Develops technical and financial research proposals and concept notes Design research tools and methodologies
  • Writes, harmonizes and quality assure all consultancy reports.
2008 - 2014


DFID-State Accountability & Voice Initiative


  • Technical and operational leadership for DFID-SAVI federal and state level programme initiatives with team leadership responsibilities in: Programme Management Team leading the overall programme development and management including development and implementation of strategic engagement with state and national level partners(CS, Media, Legislature, Ministries, Departments and Agencies);
  • Identification and provision of capacity building strategies to strengthen demand and supply side partnership building on specific issues e.g. public health policy advocacy, Maternal & Child Health, gender mainstreaming & advocacy, growth and empowerment education, water, budget advocacy, MTSS, fiscal responsibility, public procurement, civic education, strengthening of state legislative systems, and scaling-up/replication of SAVI's approach
  • Led the development of annual work-plans; procurement plans; budgets forecast for implementation of approved planned sector-based activities
  • Led strategic relationship and partnership building with other Development Partners(J4A, GEMS, SPARC, ESSPIN, PATHS2, SCTN, E4A, M4D, W4H etc.)  
  • Leadership for oversight and approval of inputs from national & international advisers/consultants: full-time and short-term core and pool TAs, including the identification of TA requirements and pre-approval of all project s and study proposals to be submitted to the Core Team and SAVI Management Team
  • Supervision of regular compilation and update of political economy and contextual analysis
  • Led the maintenance of intelligence on opportunities and constraints for the DFID-SAVI programme in Nigeria
2007 - 2008

Lead Facilitator

British Council Nigeria

Lead Facilitator of the Debate to Action Programme(DTA)


  • Led on the design and strategy for the British Council DTA programme in Kano, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna
  • Supported youth organizations involvement in MDG performance monitoring in the states and the development of extension programmes to create awareness on the Millennium Development Goals
  • Worked with the programme development unit in planning & coordinating events, conferences and workshops and supervised productions of programme materials; researched and generated information on proposed programme activities
2005 - 2008

Project Coordinator

European Union

Centre For Democracy and Development /, Abuja State Project Coordinator Duties

  • Managed an EU funded state governance programme, with a focus on strengthening demand side engagement.
  • Analyzed, reviewed and monitored budget performance and measured level of compliance with policy commitments in the State Strategic Development Plan(SEEDS).
  • Strengthened institutional capacity of Central Ministries and Agencies i.e. Planning and Budget, Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Office of Auditor general and other policy actors, on participatory planning model.
  • Supported the formation and capacity building of a Civil Society Organization's budget coalition in Kano State.
2005 - 2006


Basic Education Programme,  COMPASS USAID

Formative Evaluator for Interactive Radio Instructor Series


  • Reviewed Interactive radio Instruction series for primary schools
  • Evaluated radio education programmes for conformity with religious and cultural practices, pedagogy, quality of production, education and entertainment
  • Compiled summary for findings for changes before airing on media stations and use in school



Citizens Engagement


Online Certificate Course


Financing for Development

World Bank Group

Online Certificate Course


Understanding Research Methods

University of London International Programmes

Online Certificate Course


Mainstreaming Gender in Governance

Voices for Change

Online Certificate Course


Frontiers for Development

World Bank Institute

Online Certificate Course