Grant Management Solutions 2 Awarded to MSH Partnership: Up to Five More Years of Technical Support to Grantees of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Management Sciences for Health takes pride in announcing that on September 30, 2012, it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue its project Grant Management Solutions (GMS) with 25 partners. The initial three-year term of the new contract may be extended up to an additional two years, and has a ceiling value of $99.9 million. GMS will continue to provide the same urgent short-term technical support services as it did in its first five-year contract and will also carry out two additional objectives.
Executing its first objective GMS will support country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) and principal recipients (PRs) in some 150 countries benefiting from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) to strengthen governance, unblock bottlenecks and systemic weaknesses limiting performance. Countries with grants from the Global Fund (except those the USG categorizes as "state sponsors of terrorism") may request technical support; requests are reviewed by a multiagency panel led by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. GMS will continue to provide support through MSH and its 25 partners in the four areas of governance and leadership for CCMs; program management; organizational and financial management for PRs; procurement and supply management for pharmaceuticals and health commodities; monitoring of and reporting on grants.
GMS’s second objective is to build capacity of regional consulting institutions and management consultants to increase local and regional capacity in financial and human resource management, and skills in Global Fund-related technical needs. To further GMS’s second mission, MSH’s six major partners will mentor a first wave of six regional partners; a second wave of six regional entities will be recruited in the new GMS’s second year.
GMS’s third objective is to develop, document and transfer technical support tools and best practices in several languages to other Global Fund technical support agencies and stakeholders.
GMS is based in Arlington, Virginia, and manages a network of consultants worldwide. The new GMS partnership comprises more than six times the number of entities in the first GMS. The partnership is led by MSH with its six major partners, Abt Associates, Futures Group, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, MIDEGO, Pact, and the Training Resources Group, Inc. The first wave of six regional partners includes ALMACO Management Consultants, in Kenya; Curatio International Foundation, in Georgia; OASYS Financial & Management Services, in Senegal; Q Partnership, in Zimbabwe; Technical Assistance Inc., in Bangladesh; and Sanigest Internacional, in Costa Rica. The GMS partnership of 25 includes another 13 regional and international subcontractors based around the globe.
For more information about GMS and for technical support application forms, please see www.gmsproject.org. To request technical support, please contact Ms. Emily M. Hughes, Contract Officers Representative, USAID, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Christy Wahle, TSAP Chairperson, OGAC at wahleCS@state.gov.