Accelerating Support to Advanced Local Partners (ASAP) is a three-year task order contract (AID-OAA-I-14-00031) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is under the Technical Assistance Support Contract 4 (TASC4) Africa IDIQ over a three-year period (2019-2021).
ASAP rapidly prepares local partners, and in some cases national government entities, to serve as prime partners for USAID/PEPFAR programming in compliance with USAID and PEPFAR procedures for PEPFAR program implementation in FY20 and FY21, including by strengthening their capabilities and resources. ASAP focuses on the 23 PEPFAR long-term strategy support countries and 28 Strategic and Technical Alignment for Results (STAR) countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
ASAP has two strategic objectives:
The ASAP consortium is led by IntraHealth International and includes Pact, DAI, Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), Global Communities and U.S. small business Ona Systems, Inc.
USAID Malawi is providing direct funding to the Ministry of Finance, Zomba District Council (ZDC) and in advance stages of providing direct funding to Mangochi District Council and later other districts through the Government to Government (G2G) funding mechanism. The aim is to contribute to the improvement of positive health outcomes through supporting implementation of key health systems strengthening and selected health service activities. Priority areas for support include human resources for health (HRH), including increasing the numbers of critical healthcare workers; provision of essential medical and information management tools and equipment, service delivery in HIV/AIDs care and treatment; tuberculosis; child protection and welfare; maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition; procurement, finance, and administration; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The G2G approach also supports strengthening of district healthcare governance and accountability.
As this is the first time USAID is using the G2G approach in Malawi, HRH technical assistance (TA) is needed to mitigate the inherent programmatic risk associated with G2G especially when using both the Fixed Amount Reimbursement (FAR) and the Cost Reimbursement (CR) methods, all of which are supported with cash advances from USAID/Malawi. USAID Malawi Office of Financial Management (OFM) will support and manage the financial management and risk mitigation aspect of all G2G awards in Malawi with technical support from relevant USAID country backstops in Washington. There is a plan to recruit USAID staff in field offices to support organizational and oversight implementation of all G2G awards closer to the Districts, while management of all G2G awards will remain with USAID/Malawi health team members. Additionally, the HRH2030 Malawi Activity is currently providing support to ZDC in related HR matters. However, that support will end in August 2021. To ensure continuity of HRH-related efforts, the HRH TA proposed will largely work at both the national level and the USAID G2G targeted districts to ensure that underlying HRH systems and cross government coordination around the use of these systems is functional. It is anticipated that the above TA will be provided by a G2G HRH Technical Assistant as part of ASAP’s support with the end goal to support implementation of G2G supported interventions, strengthen program and financial accountability for sustained health outcomes. The TA will ensure that districts have the required HRH technical support to meet the agreed milestones on time and with quality.
Roles and Responsibilities
The G2G HRH Technical Assistant will serve as technical expert advising the mission on effective strategies and approaches to HRH programming and implementation under G2G awards. She/he will provide overall technical support to relevant line ministries, as well as the USAID targeted G2G districts, to ensure underlying HRH systems, and cross government coordination, is functional, and the districts receive the required HRH technical support to enable them deliver the agreed milestones on time and with quality. The TA would be based primarily in Lilongwe, embedded at Department of Human Resources Management and Development (DHRMD), with travel to Zomba, Mangochi, and other districts, as needed; as well as occasional support to other relevant line ministries (e.g., Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Local Government Service Commission, MOF, MOH).
Reporting and coordination lines
This position will report to the ASAP Director with direct, day-to-day support from the DAI Technical Coordinator. It is anticipated that this position will have regular touchpoints with DAI G2G embedded advisors at the district level (currently Zomba, and then Mangochi) to align workplans, prioritize activities, jointly problem-solve, and implement mutually reinforcing solutions. Reporting lines may shift, with the Technical Assistant taking on management of other embedded advisors, depending on the management and oversight needs as the project progresses. Throughout the project period, the TA will also liaise closely with GOM counterparts to include HR Management and Development Teams, DHMT, NLGSC other TAs, and the Chair of National HRH TWG.
Illustrative tasks to be undertaken by the HRH technical assistant (TA) include:
Period of Performance and LOE
o/a August 2021 – February 2022 (approximately 145 days), with possible extension conditional upon additional funding
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