Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4188
Country/Region: Nigeria
Year: 2007
Main Partner: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Own Agency
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $3,056,000

Funding for Management and Operations (HVMS): $3,056,000

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The USG Nigeria team's M&S goal, through the HHS/CDC office in Nigeria, is to have sufficient staff for COP07 to provide more technical and programmatic oversight and assistance to all implementing partners in Nigeria. To achieve this goal, the CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) Office in Nigeria has planned for full staffing at 59 positions in FY2007, an increase of 20 technical and administrative support staff (see USG Nigeria Staff Matrix COP07). Presently 38 of the 39 approved COP06 positions have been filled as CDC GAP Nigeria has completed a major recruiting initiative over the last 12 months.

The COP07 staffing plan includes 7 USDH that are comprised of the Chief of Party, Deputy Director, Associate Director for Epidemiology & Clinical Programs, Associate Director for Laboratory Science, Associate Director for Management and Operations, Associate Director for Program Monitoring, and Associate Director for a USG PEPFAR field office in Lagos. The Lagos PEPFAR Field Office, while initially staffed and funded by HHS/CDC will support the extensive USG PEPFAR program in southern Nigeria. Although approval for 2 new USDH positions is sought in COP07, it is not expected that these USDH positions will be filled until Q4 FY07 or Q1 of FY08 due to the process for FTE approval at HHS and the timeline for recruitment, selection and relocation. A further breakdown of total staff requested includes 25 FSN technical staff (funded under specific program areas), 2 contractors under CDC fellowship programs, and 25 support staff including 12 administrative staff, 11 drivers, and 2 IT technicians that are all included under M&S. In the attached supporting documents a full USG PEPFAR Nigeria organizational chart is attached. The specific disciplines of technical staff were determined through an interagency staffing process that allows for complementary staffing across agencies.

M&S costs are inclusive of rent for offices and warehouse space, utilities, office operational costs, M&S specific equipment, M&S specific staff inclusive of all associated costs, travel for M&S staff, training for M&S staff, general ICASS charges, ICASS and CSCS for M&S staff, relocation costs of 2 USDH M&S positions expected in FY07, residential leases and post allowance for 5 USDH M&S positions, security services for offices/warehouse, 3 new vehicles for increased CDC Nigeria technical staff field support, and increased communications costs related to staff growth.

The CDC M&S budget in COP07 supports the USG interagency team process of providing technical assistance and monitoring of PEPFAR activities across a significant array of implementing partners in the Nigeria, which is the second largest PEPFAR country based on established 2009 end targets. Direct country project officer oversight at CDC is in place for four of the six existing Nigeria ARV treatment partners (Harvard University SPH-APIN, University of Maryland-ACTION, Columbia University-ICAP and Catholic Relief Services-AIDSRelief). Additionally, CDC has seven other cooperative agreements supporting a broad range of implementing partner activities such as laboratory, safe blood, TB/HIV and PMTCT.

Through an interagency agreement, CDC will also take the technical working group lead in several program areas including: interagency funding mechanisms for procurement of commodities, Laboratory Infrastructure & QA, Surveillance, PMTCT, ART Services and TB/HIV. CDC also has staff for Strategic Information, and Basic Care and Support but will support a USAID or DoD team leads in these TWG areas. Technical staff members from all PEPFAR implementing agencies are viewed as USG team staff and the designation of "lead" indicates primary responsibility for coordination and reporting to the joint USG Nigeria PEPFAR management team on programmatic progress and policy issues in these areas. Policies and resource allocation decisions are made through weekly interagency PEPFAR management meetings, weekly PEPFAR senior management meetings with the Ambassador, and regularly scheduled meetings with the Ministry of Health and NACA.

HHS/CDC ICASS cost for FY07 are estimated to be $780,000 and CSCS cost at $289,801.