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Cablegate: Hiv Global Fund Needs Assessment

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SUBJECT: HIV GLOBAL FUND NEEDS ASSESSMENT
REF: STATE 24040

1.(U) Summary. The Embassy is not submitting additional Scopes of
Work because all needs identified for GOCR can be covered by
existing programs being funded by USAID. End Summary.

2.(U) Reftel requested posts to identify points of contact (POCs)
within the Missions to provide oversight for technical assistance
related to grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis,
and Malaria. The Office of Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) set a
deadline of June 15, 2006, to submit Scopes of Work for technical
assistance.

3.(U) The Embassy has identified the following personnel as POC:
Environmental Assistant Cinthya Alfaro and Economic Assistant Maria
Villanueva.

4.(U) Mission POCs received support from USAID Program for
Strengthening the Central American Response to HIV/AIDS (PASCA) and
from Dr. Gisselle Lucas, POC for Costa Rica's Global Fund Country
Coordinating Mechanism (CMM). PASCA and the Humanist Institute for
Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), the principle
recipient, identified three priority areas for technical assistance:
(1) monitoring and evaluation (M&E); (2) strengthening of
implementing units; and (3) the Country Coordinating Mechanism.
PASCA and the regional program of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention/Global AIDS Program (CDC/GAP) can cover all needs
identified. Therefore the Mission is not submitting additional
Scopes of Work at this time.

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5. (U) Cesar Nuez, PASCA, has provided the following information
concerning technical assistance needed:

(1) Monitoring and Evaluation: The Secretariat has requested that
HIVOS update their M&E matrix for Phase II implementation. An
evaluation plan should be developed to enable stakeholders to
understand the impact made to reduce the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Costa
Rica. Methodology and baseline data need to be identified.

(2) Strengthening of Implementing Units: Training is required
in the areas of report writing, program implementation, internal
M&E, and accountability.

(3) Country Coordinating Mechanism: The GOCR CCM lacks
internal governing rules. This may impact negatively on key
components of day-today work such as governance, conflict of
interest and transparency.

6. (U) Comment: In response to Reftel 103678, post recommended
continued funding at projected levels with funds to be managed by an
NGO to improve timely disbursement of funds. Post is pleased that
GOCR has presented a new structure for 2006, utilizing the new
Principal Recipient, HIVOS. END COMMENT.

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