We are leading two subcomponents of the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Programme: developing a tablet-based app for zonal EMIS officers to monitor pupil and teacher enrolment, attendance and use of time, with automated reports to local and national government; and developing a two-way voice and SMS platform to enable the Ministry to communicate with and receive messages from community members on issues affecting education delivery in their area.
Supported by DFID, we are working with a technical team from Nairobi and field teams in Somalia in spearheading the improvement in health workforce management in Somalia. CGA are managing the capacity building process across Somali Health Authorities in the roll out of data collection leading to Public Sector reform for decentralisation of resources, responsibility and accountability to the lowest effective levels. Spearheading the specification of Management Information Systems designed for a low-capacity, low-resource settings.
Eighteen-month programme to improve equitable access to primary education by funding monthly incentives for 30,000 primary school teachers worth $40 a month.
Under the World Bank funded Public Service Modernisation Project (PSMP), we are supporting the Government of Lesotho to undertake a nationwide Biometric & Payroll Census (BPC), to verify ~50,000 public officers in 27 ministries (all except the Lesotho Defence Force and National Security Service) at national and local levels. The result will be to improve the integrity of human resources and payroll data, through the development of a new BPC database. Our database will interface seamlessly with existing Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Home Affairs databases, complementing the ongoing national registration exercise by the latter. We are developing secure, bespoke tools for data collection, verification, analysis, reporting and integration.
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, a mapping of partner activities in the health sector in South Sudan, a mapping of the information systems in use by various actors and a survey of a sample of health facilities covering clinical services, human resources, and public financial management.
We conducted a thorough assessment of the ways in which HRH information is managed in the six States in which MNCH2 works, comparing the current situation with National and global standards for HRH data management, and to any existing policy or guidance at National or State level. CGA carried out review of HRH systems (electronic and paper-based) in place at National, State, LGA and facility level, and set out a fully costed workplan for MNCH2 to integrate, upgrade and support HRH.
Pilot project to roll-out a Human Resources Information System for teachers in two States of South Sudan
Support to the Rwanda Education Board, funded by the DFID Capacity Development Fund, to revise the roles and functions of decentralised education management staff, so that Districts and Region Education Officers, while reporting to local government, stay coordinated with the national Education Sector Strategic Plan, and so that supportive supervision of schools works effectively.
A DFID-commissioned review of key Somali donor and partner contributions to health worker incentives and top ups, describing implications of new salary scales (see "Review of pay and grading in the Somali health sector"), and making recommendations to the donor working group for human resources for health.
Working with Ecorys BV, funded by the EU, CGA contributed to the audit of the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System.
Assessment in Mogadishu and practical recommendations. Funded by EU Delegation, working with the Ministry of Finance and National Civil Service Commission, Government of Somalia.
We helped the Somali health sector define a package of systems improvements and a harmonised pay and grading scale to be used by all partners, and to be a target for government remuneration, working with Mannion Daniels, funded by UNICEF. A year later, most partners have either adopted or got close to the pay scale, and significant progress has been made on the systems improvements.
We were funded by the Joint Donor Team for South Sudan to continue to provide support to the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System, which we had helped the government set up and roll-out over the preceding four years, and through which 150,000 public servants' pay, across more than 300 institutions, is processed every month, and which GRSS has since sustained without external support for over two years.
In Sierra Leone, under Options UK and funded by DFID, our team supported the Ministry of Health and Sanitation's Human Resources for Health Directorate as well as broader central government, to set up and run an Attendance Monitoring system, and improve HR and Payroll information, to standards needed for DFID and Global Fund support to new higher health staff salaries to be released, and sustain data and reporting quality.
Support to Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation, funded by the National AIDS Secretariat/Global Fund, we continued the support and capacity building for the monthly pay and attendance management system. This included technical support to Global Fund for payment of allowances for health workers based in rural locations.
Our team, first as part of Booz & Company (2008-2011), and then, from mid-2011, as Charlie Goldsmith Associates, subcontracted by Booz, helped the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (and its pre-independence predecessor) to set up and roll out the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System (SSEPS), starting from education and health, and then rolling out across the whole public service. 150,000 public servants' pay, across more than 300 institutions, is processed through SSES every month, and GRSS has now sustained it without external support for over two years. SSEPS has been a flagship practical public financial management reform, and has made possible major increases in resources for health and education pay.
Evaluation of Save the Children's support (funded by DANIDA) to the Somaliland Ministry of Education to recruit and pay teachers, pending their integration onto the main government payroll, and their development of a basic payroll database system.