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In contribution to the national response to HIV and AIDS, the government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Health (MOH) is implementing the HIV and AIDS Technical Assistance Project (HTAP) with support from World Bank. It is a 5 year technical assistance grant. The project was approved in August 2009 and became effective from January 2010. It will phase out in January 2015. The project aims at building capacity of government and civil society organizations at both national and local level to address the identified key gaps in implementing the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan in an effort to contain and reverse the epidemic. The project has three components implemented by MOH, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftainship and Parliamentary Affairs and Lesotho Council of NGOs. LCN implement Component 1 of the project which focuses on capacity building of civil society organizations implementing HIV services.

Through project Component 1 implemented by LCN, the project supported LCN during its time as a PR for Global Fund Round 8 Phase 1 in an effort to strengthen financial management practices and grants management as well as monitoring and evaluation. To achieve these capacity needs for its role as PR of Global Fund Round 8 Phase 1, three consultancies were earmarked:
  • Long Term TA to provide technical assistance to LCN in PR role for GFTAM Round 8
  • Short Term Consultant for finance and grants management during phase 1 of GFTAM Round 8
  • Short Term Consultant for M&E during Phase 1 of Round 8 of GFTAM Round 8

In order to strengthen capacity of other civil society organizations LCN Component 1 is further supported through engagement of:
  • Long term TA for capacity building of umbrella organizations and other civil society organizations implementing HIV services which will be done through trainings.

The capacity building support will cover CSOs from six districts (Maseru, Berea, Leribe, Thaba Tseka, Mohaleshoek and Mafeteng. Target CSOs will 90 with participation of 2 people from each organization totalling to 360 participants.

LCN conducted mapping and capacity needs assessment exercise with the aim to map the exiting CSOs implementing HIV services and to identify their capacity needs. This assessment is meant to inform the trainings. The consultancy firm will verify the needs assessment to ensure that the trainings address the current critical needs of the organizations. The trainings are meant to improve institutional capacity of the organizations effective HIV programming.
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