Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 1530
Country/Region: Nigeria
Year: 2008
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: This narrative describes the CDC Nigeria M&S needs for both GHAI and GAP

funds. The CDC Nigeria M&S budget, including GHAI and GAP funding, has been vetted through the

interagency decision making process and agreed to as presented in the COP08 submission.

The USG Nigeria team's M&S goal, through the HHS/CDC office in Nigeria, is to have sufficient staff for

COP08 to provide more technical and programmatic oversight and assistance to all implementing partners

in Nigeria. The CDC M&S budget in COP08 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 the established 2009 end

targets. Geographical size of the country, 25% larger than Texas, also influences the USG staffing needs to

provide monitoring of activities. Direct country project officer oversight at CDC is in place for four of the

seven existing Nigeria PEPFAR ARV treatment partners working in over 250 clinical sites (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, OVC and PMTCT.

Upcoming RFA awards will likely add 4-8 new partners by November 2007. These new partners will need

rapid integration and agency management to influence achievement of the Nigeria 2-7-10 goals.

To achieve the goals of effective technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria and joint USG oversight

of implementing partners, the CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) Office in Nigeria has planned for full

staffing at 81 positions in FY2008, an increase of 14 technical and 8 administrative support staff (see USG

Nigeria Staff Matrix COP08). Presently 51 of the 59 approved COP07 positions have been filled as

HHS/CDC GAP Nigeria has continued its recruiting efforts over the last 12 months. Three of these vacant

CDC positions are for USDH staff for which candidates have been found and processes for selection are

nearing completion.

The COP08 HHS/CDC 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 the 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. No new USDH positions are sought in COP08, but two PSC positions to support systems

strengthening is requested to support the CDC Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. The

envisioned period of staffing for these positions is for two years with technical independence for

continuation of the program after this timeframe. It is not expected that these PSC positions will be filled

until Q3 FY08 due to the process for position approval at HHS/CDC and the timeline for recruitment,

selection and relocation. A further breakdown of total staff requested includes 38 FSN technical staff

(funded under specific program areas and M&S), 2 PSC technical positions (under Systems Strengthening,

and 34 M&S FSN support staff including 17 administrative, finance and IT staff plus 15 drivers. 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 for results process that allows

for complementary staffing across agencies. While some technical positions in program areas are

duplicative for agencies, that duplicity is based on the total size of COP08 programming and the minimum

time required to adequately monitor field work of partners and providing technical assistance to the

Government of Nigeria.

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 4 USDH M&S positions

expected in FY08, residential leases and post allowance for 7 USDH M&S positions, security services for

offices/warehouse, 1 new vehicle for increased CDC Nigeria technical staff field support, and increased

communications costs related to staff growth. This COP08 submission does not include HQ TA support in

keeping with COP08 guidance that this will be funded through the Headquarters Operational Plan process.

Funding for M&S related equipment and supplies in the amount of $400,000 for HHS/CDC has been placed

under SCMS M&S for procurement purposes. ICASS charges of $1,000,000 and CSCS charges $289,531

are budgeted separately in their own activities as required by COP08 guidance.