Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the nearly $50 million “Bar Ama Baro” (“Teach or Learn” in Somali), will target Somali out-of-school children and youth ages 8 to 15 to increase student enrollment, create safe learning spaces and improve literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional skills. Under Creative’s direction, Bar Ama Baro will be implemented with Save the Children, ORB International, Charlie Goldsmith Associates and SIL LEAD. Bar Ama Baro builds on Somalia’s new national curriculum, Education Sector Strategic Plan, and National Development Plan-9 which lay out a stronger, inclusive vision for education.
We are supporting a consortium led by Link Community Development, who will work with girls aged 14-19 years without functional literacy or numeracy and marginalised further due to early pregnancy, early marriage or disability. They will participate in an accelerated curriculum, approved by the Ministry of Education, and a choice of vocational or academic pathways thereafter. CGA is developing a tablet-based app to monitor each girls’ daily attendance through all pathways and to send automated alerts to relevant partners and staff in the event that this falls to a low level, with a subsequent online log of follow up actions to support each person. The data collected will also be used to enable adaptive management techniques, such as automated analysis of participation and transition and how this correlates to each girls’ circumstances so that programme delivery can be tailored accordingly.
CGA is currently working on supporting the Ministry of Finance and Planning in their pledge to increased budget transparency through a set of activities.
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.
CGA functioned as monitor for Somalia projects for GEC-T, the extension of GEC, which focused on ensuring students are supported during tough transitioning periods, such as primary to secondary, or secondary to tertiary education. CGA, together with AET, worked to ensure the GEC-T projects are meeting their learning outcomes targets in over 400 schools across Somalia and Somaliland.
As Perivoli Schools Trust expands, we are supporting them to standardise data collection and management tools, ensuring data collected can tell the story of their success across multiple countries. We have developed a new online database, which will link to their website to update data displayed there. We are in the process of developing a tablet based data collection tool, which will be used in three countries in early 2019 and, in the interim, have revised and standardised existing paper-based data collection forms in Namibia and Malawi.
Five-year programme to get girls going to school, staying in school, and learning in school, and to directly benefit more than 200,000 individual girls. Funded by DFID, working with Ministry of General Education and Instruction, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, consortium led by BMB Mott MacDonald. We are the technical lead on systems for capitation grants to all schools, cash transfers to all girls in P6-S4, and attendance monitoring.
As part of DFID's Saving Lives in Sierra Leone programme, we are working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to further strengthen attendance monitoring of health workers, particularly at facility- and district-levels.
CGA is supporting the World University Service Canada (WUSC) and partners to design and develop a Cash Transfers management system for use in its Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) II, with support from the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. KEEP II will support girls in refugee camps and host communities in northern Kenya, promoting equitable access to education.
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.
Funded by UNICEF, and working with education partners operating out of Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep, we are working to design a harmonised stipend scale and payment modality for teachers working inside Syria, with a view to its adoption by all education partners and donors.
We are Developing a County Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting software for Elgeyo Marakwet County. This is a first phase to design and develop a County Projects implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting software for the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet. The system shall be a tool to monitor implementation progress based on pre-set target indicators. It will have feature for reporting progress and post implementation evaluations and impact assessments.In a second phase the software shall be implemented and tested.
We conducted a rapid baseline assessment for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. The baseline assessed the current state of awareness of issues relating to Child Soldiers and gender-based violence in South Sudan amongst Civil Society and security sector organisations, in the context of the 2018 Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
We assisted Refugees International with conducting research for their 2018 advocacy report on Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and protection issues in South Sudan. This involved field visits to Protection of Civilians (POC) sites, as well as interviewing relevant humanitarian and development actors.
Five year programme to support health services in 6/10 States of South Sudan, and core national systems. Funded by DFID, working with the Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, consortium led by Crown Agents. We lead on support on practical public financial management, which has included helping MoH define their PFM benchmarks, support to harmonisation of NGO health service delivery staff salaries, and developing a Human Resource Information System for health.
Led by Save the Children, we are providing a baseline study that provides a needs assessment, situational analysis and mapping. We are monitoring the project and providing technical support in the implementation of the Primary School Leadership Programme (PSLP), and the Primary School Inspection and Supervision Programme (PSISP) across South Sudan.
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.
Improve understanding of the current state of hospitals’ funding flows and financial management in DRC, including identification of potential barriers to access government funding and preparation of recommendations and an action plan to overcome these barriers.
We are responsible for the country coordination and education monitoring of DFID's two Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) projects in Somalia. As part of this work we carry out quarterly monitoring visits to the projects, and are responsible for liaison between the projects, the Fund Manager, and DFID.
Led by IMPACT/REACH, we are supporting short-term third party monitoring of the DFID-funded Humanitarian and Resilience Programme in South Sudan (HARISS).
Working with the Recurrent Costs and Reform Financing (RCRF) project, we are working with the Puntland Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Finance to develop a education payroll manual for the Puntland Government.
Under the USAID Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Program managed by QED, in partnership with Imani Development, we are conducting research on strategic economic investment opportunities in northern Uganda. Working closely with the interim Steering Committee of the Northern Uganda Regional Forum, we are examining and making recommendations on investment across key sectors (including infrastructure, agriculture, industry, tourism, social sectors, municipal services, etc) which will be used to inform donor and government investment.
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
Working closely with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, as well as other stakeholders in the Government of Sierra Leone, we are supporting the Human Resources for Health Directorate to strengthen its systems around payroll and attendance management, and to set up an accurate and complete health worker payroll database.
As part of the joint UKAID / USAID ACCELERE! programme we are carrying out activities around georeferencing of schools and bureaux gestionnaires, real-time data mapping, and EMIS evaluation.
We are identifying requirements and possible options for the creation of a Social Support Fund - a joint funding mechanism between Government and non-Government stakeholders - to provide social protection to people in extreme poverty in Malawi, to support the Government's National Social Support Policy.
Led by the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, we provided support to UNICEF to develop and implement guidance on strengthening child protection routine M&E systems.
In support of the ESSPIN programme (www.esspin.org), funded by UK aid, and implemented by a consortium led by Cambridge Education, we have worked on the design and specification for a pilot for an SMS-based reporting system to monitor teacher and pupil attendance in two Nigerian states.
Establishing what current systems exist to manage the payrolls of teachers, health workers and other civil servants, and recurrent costs within the health and education sectors.
We conducted a Health Learning Assessment (HLA) for USAID South Sudan in order to provide a better understanding of the current health needs and gaps, and make recommendations for immediate and future modifications.
Evaluation of Education Management Information System, Somalia
An evaluation of the efficacy and sustainability of Concern Worldwide's Health Institution Capacity Assessment Process (HICAP), a key method to engage with local governance structures around community health.
Case Study assessment of schools participating in the Teacher Performance and Integrity in Kenya (TePIK) project
Analyse current GEC approach to reporting and monitoring in FCAS contexts, analyse practice in remote reporting and monitoring in FCAS contexts, in and beyond the education sector, make practical recommendations.
Support to Rwanda Education Board in implementing an SMS-based attendance monitoring system, called Ndi Hano! (I am here!) in schools in selected Regions. Working with Education for Change, funded by DFID.
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.
Support to World Vision Ethiopia's child protection project information systems to monitor beneficiary and household data amongst three partners, using a synchronising database suitable for a low-connectivity environment.
Support for World Vision Cambodia's child protection project information systems to monitor beneficiary and household data which is collected via mobile devices and synchronised to an online database.
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.
Working with a task force within the Government of Somalia, we are developing a standardised and harmonised salary structure and set of job descriptions for civil servants and donor-funded technical advisers working within the 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 developed a synchronising database, suitable for low-connectivity environments, to hold education project data for Save the Children South Sudan.
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.
Working with Education for Change, funded by DFID, we with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, on developing a textbook policy.
We are conducting a review of government allocations of social protection expenditure with regard to national budgets for FSD Kenya, in order to inform practice in Kenya's social protection sector.