Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 5665
Country/Region: Malawi
Year: 2008
Main Partner: Pact, Inc.
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Private Contractor
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $198,000

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $198,000


This activity provides technical assistance support to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM),

Malawi Government Country Coordinating Mechanism (MGCCM). In February 2007, USG Malawi, together

with the National AIDS Commission (NAC) Government of Malawi (GoM) and Development Partners

welcomed a senior level delegation from the Global Fund Secretariat in Geneva to address bottlenecks and

poor performance of some components of Malawi's 4 GFATM grants. This followed a technical assistance

exercise paid for by central funds through OGAC and implemented by both Capacity Project and Measure

Evaluation in Malawi. As a result of all these efforts, NAC as Principal Recipient of 2 of the grants, together

with the Ministry of Health (MoH) began instituting accelerating committees to oversee rapid grant

performance. Improved oversight was the outcome of the GFCCM retreat in April of 2007 which recognized

the need for an independent secretariat (currently NAC serves that role) which would manage all GFATM

grants including the Health Systems Strengthening and Malaria grants to the MoH. USG Malawi will work

with the GoM on plans to sustain the MGCCM Secretariat beyond an initial 2-year commitment for support.


Pact has global and local expertise in organizational development, financial management, and HIV/AIDS

policy and technical areas, which it will draw upon to provide technical assistance and capacity building for

the Secretariat of the Malawi Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).

Pact will provide technical, management, and administrative assistance to the MGCCM through its Chair

(the Secretary for the Treasury, Ministry of Finance (MoF) will chair the MGCCM 2007-2010) in restructuring

and strengthening the CCM Secretariat. Global Fund-supported projects and activities relate to all USG

HIV/AIDS activities, including Pact Malawi's activities in other program areas. Strengthening the CCM

Secretariat will improve overall HIV/AIDS programming in Malawi.

Pact began operating in January 2007. In the first six months of the program, Pact staff have provided one-

on-one technical assistance on organizational development matters to the seven roll-over grantees that

Pact has supported. Pact Malawi's efforts will result in a stronger, more efficient CCM Secretariat.

Activity 1: Developing Scope of Work and Work Plan

Pact will work with the MGCCM and NAC to develop a revised scope of work and detailed work plan for the

MGCCM Secretariat. The Secretariat will work on behalf of the CCM to provide better oversight, greater

transparency and all around communication between the CCM, its Chair and the Principal and Sub

Recipients of Global Fund Grants in Malawi.

Activity 2: Recruiting Secretariat implementing Organization and Staff

Pact Malawi, in collaboration with the MGCCM and NAC, will coordinate the process of identifying and

hiring the Secretariat staff, which will comprise of an executive secretary, a program manager, and an

administrative assistant. In the event that a local NGO may be selected to serve as the Secretariat host

organization, Pact will coordinate a competitive process of selecting this organization.

Activity 3: Orient and Train Secretariat implementing Organization and Staff

Pact Malawi, together with the MGCCM and NAC, will orient and train the implementing organization, if

relevant, and the Secretariat staff. This will cover the scope of GFATM programs in Malawi, the mandate of

the GFCCM and the Secretariat, and training in financial management, monitoring, evaluation, and

reporting, organizational development, and HIV/AIDS technical issues.

Activity 4: Support CCM Secretariat Functioning

Currently operational costs of the MGCCM have been provided by NAC. Pact will provide limited funds to

support routine operations costs for the Secretariat, costs associated with CCM meetings, proposal

development workshops, etc., will be met by other sources.

Subpartners Total: $198,000
Not Identified: $198,000