About Tarry Asoka

Tarry initially trained as a medical doctor in Nigeria: worked in various capacities from being a rural doctor to operating an industrial clinic. Through a community-based health project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, he had the British Chevening Scholarship to undertake a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Health, Population & Nutrition at Keele University, UK. Following which he worked for the UK Department for International Health (DFID) in Nigeria as Health Adviser, where among several duties he: acted as DFID Nigeria’s authoritative expert and focal point on health issues in relation to overall human development; kept the organisation on the cutting edge of thinking on drivers of change within the sector; supervised the technical soundness of its work and provided specific technical assistance in health financing and private sector engagement; managed a development budget running into several multi-millions pounds annually; & supervised specific health intervention projects geared towards improving the health status of ordinary Nigerians. On leaving DFID, he became an Independent Health Management Consultant & Advisor, who brings diverse skills to assist client organisations (National & State Governments, International NGOs, & Donors etc.) across Anglophone West Africa in achieving their corporate objectives. During this period, Dr Asoka also obtained a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in Health Planning and Management also from Keele University, UK through his research study of the feasibility of managed clinical networks as a potential model for collaborative service delivery in developing countries. Apart from providing short-term technical assistance in programme / project design, implementation of specific programme / project activities, and reviews and evaluation of projects / programmes; Dr Asoka has been publishing industry Newsletters, as well as developing specialist reports, strategic think-pieces, and related papers.

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EDUCATION

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Keele University
November 2007 to December 2015
Keele , United Kingdom
Thesis: Feasibility of Clinical Networks in Nigeria - as a case of policy transfer Key Themes: Collaboration, Integrated Care, Managed Clinical Networks, Healthcare Improvement

Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Health Population & Nutrition
Keele University
September 1998 to September 1999
Keele, United Kingdom
Strategic Management Health Economics and Health Financing Human Resources for Health Community Participation and Marketing Health Information System and Research Dissertation: Feasibility of Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) in Nigeria

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Survey (MB,BS)
University of Ilorin
September 1981 to June 1987
Ilorin, Nigeria
Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences University Scholar President Medical Students Association

WORKSHOPS & SHORT COURSES

Leadership for Healthcare Improvement
University of Warwick
October 2017 to November 2017
Warwick, United Kingdom
This online course explored how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations in a global context.

Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Gets Funded
University of Sheffield
July 2017 to August 2017
Sheffield , United Kingdom
This course explored the key processes that go into creating a Health Technology Assessment including clinical trials, systematic reviews and economic modelling. Leaners discovered how the final report fits within the wider range of information used to make decisions about which treatments to fund.

Measuring and Valuing Health
University of Sheffield
July 2017 to July 2017
Sheffield , United Kingdom
This online course explored how two health outcomes measures, Patient Reported Outcome Measures and Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs), are used to measure treatment benefits; asking how they are developed, calculated and used in practice.

Strengthening the Essential Public Health Functions
The World Bank Institute
November 2005 to December 2005
Washington D.C. , United States
Health governance at national and sub-national levels

Certificate in Health Outcomes and the Poor
The World Bank Institute
July 2003 to August 2003
Washinghton D.C , United States
Making health services available to the poor

Cambridge Health Leadership Programme
University Of Cambridge
April 2002 to April 2002
Cambridge , United Kingdom
Change Management: Getting policy into action

Certificate in Management of Drug Supply
Commonwealth Pharmceautical Association
June 1998 to August 1998
London, United Kingdom
Managing drug supply in Low- and Middle-income countries

Part 1 Fellowship
National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria
June 1990 to December 1992
Lagos , Nigeria
Vocational Training in General Medical Practice Community-based primary health care and outreaches

EXPERIENCE

Faculty Member
Mental Health Leadership Programme, Univ of Ibadan
July 2014 to December 2017
Ibadan, Nigeria
Teach, Facilitate Group Work, Assess participants (policy makers and practitioners from Anglophone West Africa on two modules: 1. Practical approaches to forming and constituting pressure and lobby groups 2. Evaluation of Advocacy initiatives, including value for money

Health System Development Advisor
Independent Consultant
March 2006 to October 2017
Port Harcourt , Nigeria
• Short-term technical assistance, including programme / project design; implementation of specific programme / project activities; and reviews and evaluation of projects / programmes; • Support to developing specialist reports, strategic think-pieces, and related papers; • Events management including conducting and facilitation of trainings, conferences, seminars, workshops, consultations and other related activities • Publishing of industry Newsletters, Journals and related periodicals

Consultant
Overseas Development Institute
May 2017 to June 2017
London, United Kingdom
Case Study on the Nigerian National Health Act: Advisor to the research team – fed into the planning and review discussions, suggestions etc., of the inception meetings and post-field work debrief; helped to create linkages and set up of meetings with key informants; participated in Skype workshops after the end of field work; made input into the summary analysis; and reviewed and revised draft and final research study reports.

Consultant
CBM Australia
March 2017 to April 2017
Melbourne , Australia
End of Term Evaluation – Mental Health Service Scale Up in Nigeria (mhSUN): Sole Evaluator - Measured the effectiveness of the programme and identified the key changes that were led by CCMHP. The major tasks were: developed the evaluation methodology in collaboration with CBM and CCMHP project managers; prepared and submitted a brief inception report of the proposed evaluation methodology; reviewed relevant documents; held briefing sessions with programme staff; travelled to Cross River and Kaduna States to meet with key stakeholders and held key informant interviews and focus group discussions; produced an evaluation report detailing the key findings and all the key evaluation issues including effectiveness, impact, sustainability, and scalability.

Consultant
CBM International
October 2016 to November 2016
Bensheim, Germany
End of Term Evaluation – ECWA Evangel Vesico-vaginal Fistula (VVF) Programme in Nigeria: Sole Evaluator - Measured the effectiveness of the programme and identified the key changes that were led by ECWA Evangel VVF Programme. The major tasks undertaken include: development of evaluation methodology in collaboration with CBM staff and ECWA Evangel VVF Programme managers; preparation and submission of a brief inception report of the proposed evaluation methodology; reviewing relevant documents; holding briefing sessions with programme staff; travelling to Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba States to meet with key stakeholders and holding key informant interviews and focus group discussions; producing an evaluation report detailing the key findings and all the key evaluation issues including effectiveness, impact, sustainability, and scalability.

Consultant
Oxford Policy Management
December 2015 to August 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) - Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) - Endline: Key team member of Qualitative Institutional Level Analysis (QILA) and Economic Costing of Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) - Desk review of relevant documents; worked with team members to: think through evaluation design, plan field work, develop data collection instruments, pilot test and revise instruments; led data collection in 2 LGAs and State capitals in each of the 5 States, as well as interviewing key project partners and stakeholders at the Federal level; transcribed KIIs and FGDs; analysed the data and wrote major portions of the report.

Consultant
CBM Australia
January 2016 to February 2016
Melbourne , Australia
End of Term Evaluation – Comprehensive Community Mental Health Programme (CCMHP) in Benue State, Nigeria: Sole Evaluator - Measured the effectiveness of the programme and identified the key changes that were led by CCMHP. The major tasks were: developed the evaluation methodology in collaboration with CBM and CCMHP project managers; prepared and submitted a brief inception report of the proposed evaluation methodology; reviewed relevant documents; held briefing sessions with programme staff; travelled to Benue State to meet with key stakeholders and held key informant interviews and focus group discussions; produced an evaluation report detailing the key findings and all the key evaluation issues including effectiveness, impact, sustainability, and scalability.

ConsuLtant
Save the Children
May 2015 to August 2015
London, United Kingdom
Assessment of Sectoral Policies in identified relevant Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs) in Nigeria - for their nutrition sensitivity, existing gaps in the policy and ways and means of bridging the gaps: Sole Analyst - Conducted an analysis of sectoral policies and plans to determine nutrition sensitivity; reviewed the institutional arrangements within the MDAs that will support the delivery of nutrition sensitive intervention; identified the scope of nutrition sensitive interventions being implemented or that can be implemented in the relevant MDAs; identified current and required capacity of the MDAs to design and implement nutrition sensitive programmes; identified current funding sources or possibilities for the MDAs to implement nutrition sensitive programmes; and highlight recommendations that will support the advocacy and policy stream of work for Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) project funded by the UK Department of International Development.

Consultant
UK Department for International Development
June 2015 to July 2015
London, United Kingdom
2015 Annual Review of Advocacy for Primary Health Care Reforms – an Accountable Grant to Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) by the UK Department for International Development (DFID): Sole Reviewer - Assessed quantitative and qualitative progress with the implementation of Advocacy for PHC Reform’s business plan and logframe; Reviewed efficiency of Advocacy for PHC Reform’s approach with respect to Value for Money, in terms of (i) the deployment of resources including procurement (ii) cost effectiveness of HERFON’s approach. Produced Advocacy for PHC Reform 2015 Annual Review Report.  

Consultant
Abt Associates
March 2012 to April 2012
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Support to FMoH and National Health Financing Working Group towards documentation of patterns of expenditure in health: Analyzed how much is spent on health from public sources; analyzed trend in total public spending on health as % of GDP, & total expenditure; showed sector executed budget as % of planned budget; determined how dependent government is on donor finance; determined how much is spent from private sources, NGOs and households; and presented all these findings in a report following desk review of data.

Health Advisor
UK Department of International Development
March 2001 to March 2006
Abuja , Nigeria
• Acted as DFID Nigeria’s authoritative expert and focal point on health issues in relation to overall human development; • Kept DFID Nigeria on the cutting edge of thinking on drivers of change within the sector; • Supervised the technical soundness of its work and provided specific technical assistance in health financing and private sector engagement; • Represented DFID Nigeria in national, regional and international meetings, workshops and conferences; • Developed relationships and maintained close contact with key partners to maximize DFID’s impact in its fight against poverty; • Directly managed a development budget of over £20 million annually; and • Supervised the implementation of specific health intervention projects and programmes geared towards improving the health status of ordinary Nigerians, especially for women and children.

PUBLICATIONS

How should we train health professionals for the digital future?
Authors: Asoka, T., 2017
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Other

Feasibility of Managed Clinical Networks in Nigeria: a case of policy transfer to less advanced settings
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2016
Type of Doc: Thesis | Type of Publication: Other

Imagining a new future for healthcare services in Nigeria
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2016
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Other

Universal Coverage: The Innovation Imperative
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2014
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Academic Journal

Wanted: A National Health Insurance Scheme that is fit for purpose
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2012
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Other

Nigeria Health Expenditure Review, 2009 – 2011
Authors: Okorosobo, T. & Asoka, T. , 2012
Type of Doc: Report | Type of Publication: Other

We need a paradigm shift
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2011
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

The Promise of Impact Investment
Authors: Asoka, T., 2011
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Other

Nollywood Paradigm: A new Model for Progress in Africa?
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2010
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Blog/Web Site

Tax Man or Insurance Company….who can you trust?
Authors: Asoka, T. , 2008
Type of Doc: Article | Type of Publication: Other

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