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Structure & Approach

Structure of TA-NPI

The TA-NPI project director is located in Kampala, which is also the base for a team of specialists. These specialists have experience in East Africa in HIV and public health and/or capacity building of organizations implementing development programs. Areas of focus include organizational development, US Government compliance, financial management and partner administration, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation, and technical HIV. For more information, please contact Project Director Kumkum Amin

TA-NPI Approach

The support to the grantee organizations recognises that these are established implementers with their own relationships to the community and local government, and that some grantees have experience with other donor's funding mechanisms. Our work begins with a launch briefing of TA-NPI and the available support and the scheduling of an organizational capacity assessment (OCA). The OCA covers topics including the expertise of the Kampala-based staff, details of program management, the organization's governance and strategy, its documented procedures for all aspects of its day-to-day work, and its referrals and partnerships network.

The OCA results in a jointly-prepared action plan setting out urgent USG compliance areas and helping to set the priority for the forms of TA-NPI support. The OCA is conducted for the 'prime' organization named in the notice of award, and also the main implementation site/partner. The NPI program is committed to building ongoing capacity among implementers so the support is not narrowly focused on the NPI funds but on the entire organization. Therefore, consideration is made for existing practices and in-country government and USG mission requirements. The support is an ongoing relationship between TA-NPI's team and the 12 implementation sites supported in eight countries. It has various forms, which together, help in particular subject areas.

  1. The Focal Point Person

    Regular communication with the grantee is helped by TA-NPI assigning one of the specialist staff to be focal point person. They will speak to the grantee (or their NPI advisor) at least weekly to maintain a general understanding of their implementation progress and their support needs.

  2. Group Trainings

    When a topic is found to be a common issue across grantees, a training is planned in a country and all the relevant grantees are brought (with TA-NPI funds) to that training. Participants network and share experiences but also receive intensive support (for example, how to plan and manage sub-partners or ensure USG financial compliance).

  3. The Specialist Teams

    The specialist teams are available to provide phone, email, or in-person, on-site support to grantees. This is our main medium of support and draws upon on staff and JSI experience. As an example: the M&E specialist will visit for a few days in a week to work with the organization's M&E staff to review their plan, help adjust data collection tools and support the organization in briefing its sub-implementers on M&E and how to utilize it to manage the program. They also follow-up group trainings with grantee-specific trainings.
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  5. Short-Term Technical Assistance

    Where a need has been identified from the OCA, arising from a specialist visit or support will need a longer on-site presence, TA-NPI can help select and fund a short-term intervention. These can cover several weeks but importantly they are transferring skills and knowledge rather than providing a completed plan, tool, or activity. The TA can be drawn from the JSI and Initiatives own staff or from proven consultants with appropriate subject, country, or language experience.

  6. NPI Advisor

    As an extension of the TA-NPI team in Kampala, we can provide a person to be located at the main implementation site for the grantee (i.e. in Africa or Haiti) throughout the grant period. Whilst not necessarily a subject specialist in finance or M&E, the NPI Advisor is there to support the change process as new practices are adopted, as partnerships are strengthened, and as the program is implemented within the M&E framework and the national strategy. The advisors act as counterparts to the senior management and through the focal point person (or direct to specialists in Kampala) can be an advocate for more support, new support, or to document and share lessons learned.

  7. The NPI Website

    The support to New Partners Initiative grantees covers three rounds and as well as TA-NPI for the CDC and HRSA grantees, our sister project NuPITA supports USAID grantees and AED works with round 1 and some round 3 partners. Together we have launched the site www.npi-connect.net which holds examples of templates and guidance as well as a forum to share and learn about the other organizations.

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