Dr. Ifeyinwa Ofong started her career as a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Jos, Nigeria. She then progressed to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Nigeria, where she held various positions, including Senior Lecturer, Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Senior Research Fellow, and Course Coordinator at the Institute for Development Studies.
She is the National Coordinator of Women in Development and Environment: WorldWIDE Network Nigeria and has been committed to empowering women to speak for themselves and participate in decision making and governance.
Her work has since spread across many civil society committees and organizations including
the UN NGO Committee on Social Development and the United Nations NGO Working Group to End Homelessness, where she sits on the Executive Committee as well as the Chair of the Open Door Group. She was a Board Member of Habitat International Coalition, and currently the Convener of the HIC Women and Habitat Africa Working Group.
Dr. Ify Ofong is also a member of the Global Coalition on Social Protection Floors. As a member of the Steering Committee of the African Network of Women’s Shelters, which is part of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, Dr. Ofong is working with other civil society groups to provide safe spaces and shelters for women survivors of violence and abuse.
As a Development Consultant, she has carried out many studies and analysis on many social issues, including Gender relations and Mainstreaming, the Elimination of traditional practices that are harmful to women and girls, the Situation Analysis of women and children in urban slums in Nigeria; the Stakeholder Analysis on Social Protection in Nigeria; Poverty
Alleviation studies, Housing census, Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project for Small Towns; Monitoring and Evaluation of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria; Women’s leadership and participation in Decision- making; Strategic Plan development for Civil Society Organizations and Government Agencies, and a United Nations Expert Group Member.
She has authored many publications, attended, and presented papers in many International and local conferences. She has also received numerous awards for her work and contributions to community development, the advancement and empowerment of women and youths.
Dr. Ify Ofong joined Habitat International Coalition in June 2001, during the United Nations Center for Human settlement Conference, and the 25th Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly for implementation of the Habitat Agenda (Istanbul +5), which was held in New York. USA, from 30 th May – 8th June 2001. Ever since then, she has participated, using her own resources in HIC’s events, working with Ana Sugranyes, the Secretary General, in hosting HIC’s events and meetings during many World Urban Forums.
Dr. Ify represented HIC from 2005, at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development- 13, which was held at the UN Head Quarters, New York, USA, and ever since then, she has represented HIC and organised many side events on behalf of HIC at the United Nations Commission for Social Development and the Commission on the Status of Women. She has used her own resources to participate and host many of these meetings in New York. She also worked closely with Álvaro Puertas, in many of the HIC events at the United Nations and the UN Habitat.