AHEAD has a result-oriented organisational structure with high level of built-in accountability and quality assurance mechanism. The organisation has a two-tier governance board system, which drives the policy orientation and direction of the organisation: a 5-man Board of Trustees and a 7-man Technical Advisory Board made up of credible, accomplished professionals and world class scholars. In terms of her daily operations, AHEAD has an Executive Team that is responsible for the management of the operations of the organisation, and reports to the Board, and the work of the organisation is organised around two broad divisions – Programme Division and Operations Division.
The Executive Team is led by the President/Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organisation and provides overall managerial and technical leadership. The Executive Vice President provides support to the President in the running of the organisation and deputises for him in his absence. The President directly oversees the programme activities of the organisation, while the Vice President directly oversees the operations arms. Other members of the Executive Team include the Legal Adviser and Compliance Officer, the Head of Operations Division, and the Head of the Programme Division. Leadership at the operational level is provided the Division Team Leads (Directors) of our two divisions – the Operations and Programmes Divisions. The Division Team Leads will directly supervise the Coordinator of each Section (or Manager) under their Division, while the Section Coordinator directs the tactical operations at his/her level and supervise the activities of the Units and Unit head (or Programme Officers) under his/her jurisdiction.
The Director (Operations Division) directly oversees the functioning of the organisational systems, which are clustered under three sections:
(i) Finance and Management Systems, which incorporate the accounts unit, the human resources unit, and technical support services (technical maintenance etc.);
(ii) Strategic Information Systems, which incorporate our monitoring and evaluation activities, and generation of information to support the effective and evidence based function of other units; and,
(iii) Media and Communication Systems, which incorporate our strategic media activities, operationalise our social media presence and website, and maintain our information and communications technology (ICT) backbones.
The Director (Programme Division) directly oversee the scientific and capacity development activities of the organisation, which are clustered under three sections:
(i) Research and Policy Innovations;
(ii) Training and Capacity Development; and
(iii) Community and Clinical Preventive Services
The Research and Policy Innovation section coordinates input into responses to advertised research and health development opportunities, develop implementation plan for our research activities, and the delivery of outputs in response to partners’ requirement. It also works on translating our research findings to policy outputs, and drives AHEAD’s research and policy dissemination processes, including publication in peer-reviewed journals. The Training and capacity Development section will coordinate our on-base and off-base external training for partners, as well as our advertised training programmes, continued professional development for staff, and oversees our internship programme, including the evaluation of interns and reporting to the interns’ institutions. The Community and Clinical Preventive Services Section, embraces three units – the advocacy and social mobilisation unit (for advocacy and community engagements), the community systems operations unit (for community systems engagement and strengthening, as well as coordination of the implementation of community based programmes), and health systems operations unit (for engagement with facilities and clinical services, promotion of quality control in service delivery, health systems strengthening, and coordination of the implementation of clinical preventive services),.
In addition to the Boards, the accountability mechanism of our organisation include the operations of a compliance officer, an internal audit system, and an annual external audit exercise carried out by a professional auditing firm. Weekly operational meeting of all staff, monthly sessions of continued professional development activities, biannual staff appraisal, periodic Project Review sessions, quarterly Management Review Meeting, and Annual Strategic Leadership Retreat compliments the accountability structure in ensuring that the organisation continue to perform at optimal level of efficiency and deliver excellent results on all her projects and assignments.