Hauwa is a Program Associate with the MacArthur Foundation, Africa Office in Abuja. She is responsible for processing grants to ensure effective compliance with grantmaking guidelines in the pre and post grant processes. The grant areas which she facilitates include: strengthening  the criminal justice architecture, reducing corruption in the education and electricity sectors, supporting media and journalism to  carry out in-depth corruption investigations , exposing corruption and sharing information on anti -corruption efforts, as well as support for entertainment and faith-based organizations to use their work to influence attitudes and behaviors with a view to promoting accountability.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Hauwa was a Program Officer at the Zero Corruption Coalition, an organization committed to the re-establishment of the culture of transparency, accountability, integrity and respect for human dignity, in order to attain good governance and social justice. While with ZCC, she was responsible for project conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption and accountability programs amongst other programs. She also coordinated the drafting of bills to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters (ICPC) Act, and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

Hauwa holds a Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Science Degree (MSc) in counter fraud and counter corruption studies from the University of Portsmouth