Support to the Global Fund Technical Management Unit
The USAID’s Building Local Capacity Project has selected IDEAS to work with the Technical Management Unit (UTG) of Angola’s Ministry of Health that serves as Principal Recipient for tuberculosis and malaria grants. Through repeated on-site assistance and follow-up between visits, IDEAS is assisting the unit to carry out its Global Fund mandate: disbursing funds to the malaria and tuberculosis technical units and providing supervision to ascertain that project activities are implemented and targets are met. The UTG management team has strengthened leadership and management skills and developed key performance indicators and performance evaluation tools. As a result, the unit has addressed programmatic and financial obstacles and met the requirements for the disbursement of funds. IDEAS will continue to work with the unit as it builds stronger management and leadership capacity.
Support to the Mecanismo de Cordenacao Nacional (Country Coordinating Mechanism)
Under the leadership of an IDEAS staff member, a four- person technical assistance team conducted an Eligibility and Performance Assessment (EPA) of the Angolan Country Coordinating Mechanism (MCN) and assisted with the development and follow-up of a Project Implementation Plan (PIP). Angola has received Global Fund grants since 2005; under the current Global Fund model, the country must complete these processes in order to enter the next phase: preparing Concept Notes request funding for new HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis grants. The team worked intensively with local counterparts to identify weaknesses and propose approaches to overcome them. It appears highly likely that Angola will draw on the work of the team in submitting Concept Notes in April for consideration by the Global Fund for awards in 2016.