Successful start of fiscal agent project in Chad for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Offering an innovative and flexible approach during the current worldwide Covid-19 crisis, GFA managed to successfully kick-off a new fiscal agent project in Chad for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Some of the GAVI funds will be directly allocated to COVID-19 measures.
For the last two years, GFA has been implementing similar services for the Global Fund in the West African country. Given the physical distancing and travel restrictions, a consultant at GFA headquarters has assumed the position of a remote team leader. He will be in charge of the overall project set-up and implementation as well as the management of two finance experts on site. Standard operational procedures for this new approach have been developed and are currently being implemented.
As fiscal agent, GFA provides a broad range of financial management services by implementing the primary health and vaccination activities funded by Gavi. In this capacity, the fiscal agent diligently oversees, discharges and performs all services necessary to ensure that all financial management activities are conducted in strict compliance with the principles, rules, and procedures set out by the donor and the local government. The program also has a strong focus on financial capacity building of the recipients' finance staff.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is governed by a board in which UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hold permanent seats, while representatives of other Gavi partners serve on a time-limited basis. The Alliance helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.