Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 3954
Country/Region: Zimbabwe
Year: 2009
Main Partner: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Own Agency
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $1,167,019

Funding for Management and Operations (HVMS): $713,986

CDC Zimbabwe Staff

The request funding covers salaries, travel, overhead and related costs for 7.2 full-time equivalent (FTE)

positions in HVMS. Salaries and related costs for the other 16.8 FTE are allocated to the respective

technical areas in which they work.

CDC Zimbabwe is primarily involved in supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCW) of

Zimbabwe and local partners through direct TA and cooperative agreements. The provision of technical and

financial support enables partners to implement HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs and

develops local capacity as well. However, economic constraints and limitations (hyperinflation, rising real-

value costs and plummeting purchasing power, fewer vendors, fewer qualified partners, etc.) have made it

difficult for partners to operate in Zimbabwe. Additionally, political complexities have limited some of the

partners with whom CDC has been able to work.

Building on the fact that CDC worldwide is known for its scientific and data-based technical expertise, CDC

Zimbabwe will continue to scale up its support in these areas. In FY09 CDC will continue the technical

support with more active and direct involvement with MOCHW through its program officers and lead experts

in different programmatic areas. CDC will also use limited contracting mechanisms. In order to be cost

effective, CDC Zimbabwe is shifting towards fully utilizing ICASS services from the US Embassy/Harare.

COP09 reflects a reduction in total staff numbers in the last twelve months. CDC Zimbabwe's total staff

composition has declined from 38 to 24 persons. These 24 persons comprise 3 US Direct Hires (USDH)

and 21 Locally Employed Staff (LES). Within the USDH, while the position of Country Director is filled, the

positions of Deputy Director for Operations and Senior Public Health Advisor (Deputy for Science) are

currently vacant but are expected to be filled in FY 09. Under LES, there are 13 technical staff in the

following areas, two Public Health Specialists (PHS) in Care and Support/Treatment, one PHS in Laboratory

Infrastructure Support, one in Laboratory IT, one PHS in Human Capacity Development (HCD), one

Finance and Coordination Specialist, two PHS in Data and Surveillance, one Program Assistant, and four

Administrative Assistants. There are also nine Administration staff who spend 100% time on support

activities: the PHA/Deputy for Operations, the Executive Administrative Assistant, the Office Manager, the

Budget Analyst, the Procurement Officer, the Travel Officer, one Grants Manager, and one IT Specialist.

Two staff members split their time between administrative and technical activities: the Director and the

Administrative Specialist.

As part of the process of Staffing for Results (SFR) and due to existing service provision through ICASS, a

reduction in support staff has taken place in the area of drivers and custodians. With proper justification and

increased use of ICASS services, further staff reductions could take place in the future. The result of more

technical staff, as well as support staff who are directly assigned to program areas, and a shift of

administrative and operations functions to the US Embassy yields a much lower Management and Staffing

budget for CDC Zimbabwe for COP 09 and beyond.

One of the focus areas in FY 09 will be the identification and recruitment of qualified candidates for the

positions of Deputy Director for Operations, Senior Public Health Advisor (Deputy for Science), and other

technical positions. Due to the challenging local economic and political conditions, it has proved difficult to

attract suitable permanent direct hire staff to the critical positions in the organization. To implement COP 09,

CDC Zimbabwe will also need to fill in the following positions: one in PHS for Data/Surveillance, one in PHS

for Laboratory Infrastructure, and one in PHS for Care & Support/Treatment. There will also be a new

position of PHS for Human Capacity Development (HCD). The position of PHS HCD is a technical position

designed to promote sustainable workforce capacity development to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, care and

treatment. Activities under HCD include but are not limited to coordination, technical support in planning and

prioritization training needs, monitoring and evaluation of the both in-service, and pre-service trainings.

Since many of the activities are implemented through cooperative agreements, the involvement of technical

staff with partners - from planning to implementation and evaluation - is very significant. CDC TA also

helps the local partners develop their capacity over time. The reorganization and prioritization of the CDC

work force to program areas and recruitment of additional key technical staff is therefore critical for the

success of the program which is inline with SFR.

New/Continuing Activity: New Activity

Continuing Activity:

Table 3.3.19:

Funding for Management and Operations (HVMS): $453,033

CDC Zimbabwe Cost of Doing Business

The CDC total cost of doing business related to HVMS staff costs includes:

(1) $230,265 for ICASS services.

(2) $178,500 for CSCS.

(3) $44,268 for ITSO

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 18352

Continued Associated Activity Information

Activity Activity ID USG Agency Prime Partner Mechanism Mechanism ID Mechanism Planned Funds

System ID System ID

18352 6101.08 HHS/Centers for US Centers for 8060 3954.08 CDC - CODB $481,566

Disease Control & Disease Control

Prevention and Prevention

11669 6101.07 HHS/Centers for US Centers for 5842 3954.07 CDC/Head Tax $478,111

Disease Control & Disease Control

Prevention and Prevention

6101 6101.06 HHS/Centers for US Department of 3954 3954.06 HHS/CDC $631,156

Disease Control & State CSCS


Table 3.3.19: