1. Assessment on the Availability of Contraceptives and Essential Lifesaving Medicine in Mozambique – GDS conducted a nationwide assessment of the availability of essential lifesaving medicines and commodities at service delivery points in Mozambique. The purpose of this UNFPA funded study was to assess the availability of reproductive health commodities, other supplies, and basic child health equipment in the health facilities; functioning of the supply chain system; the integrity of the cold chain; staff skills and training in the provision of contraceptive services; the frequency, focus, and effectiveness of supervision; the availability of guidelines and protocols; waste disposal methods; information and communication technology; and obtain client feedback. The assessment team conducted interviews and direct observation in 124 health facilities in ten provinces and the capital city of Maputo. Exit interviews were conducted with over 1,100 clients regarding their perceptions of the quality and adequacy of the services offered by health facilities.
  2. Assessment of supply chain management system for nutritional products in Cameroon – GDS has conducted an assessment of the UNICEF Cameroon supported supply chain that addresses the delivery of nutrition products as part of their activities, including local and imported special nutrition products (e.g., RUTF, RUSF, Super cereal Plus, fortified blended foods, which are part of the UNICEF program inputs), micronutrient supplements (e.g., vitamin A capsules, iron-folate tablets, low-dose lipid based products for home fortification, again, as appropriate), deworming medicine and any other that are identified as critical to the nutrition program in Cameroon. This is part of an overall evaluation of UNICEF’s nutrition program in Cameroon that GDS is currently conducting. Our team reviewed the demand management, procurement, warehousing, prepositioning, and transportation management including cold chain management, logistics management information system, performance management, staff skills, and availability of resources. Interviews were conducted with health service providers, warehouse and storekeepers, procurement officials and LMIS persons.
  3. Evaluation of UNICEF Cameroon Nutrition Project – GDS has conducted a retrospective, multi-method, theory-based evaluation of UNICEF’s nutrition interventions in Cameroon to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of UNICEF’s cooperation program for the period 2013-2017. The evaluation involves data collection from various sources: health system databases, in-depth interviews with key informants, focus groups, and observations during visits to program sites. Four major techniques of data collection are used: i) desk review and secondary data review of documents and quantitative data from the nutrition program and health system database; ii) individual interviews with key informants; iii) focus group discussions with UNICEF staff and relevant stakeholders and community groups at national, sub national, and community levels; and iv) direct observation of operations at program sites. The information obtained from various sources were triangulated to analyze the program impact.
  4. Improvement Plan for Urban Immunization in Djibouti – GDS has conducted a diagnostic of immunization situation and mapping of the health facilities and partners that was used for the development of a sustainable costed strategic action plan, in collaboration with core technical partners and stakeholders, including the EPI (Expanded Program on Immunization) and MOH (Ministry of Health), Gavi, WHO, UNICEF and other private sector and NGO stakeholders. The works included: Examining the policies and strategies of the government concerning immunization coverage and mapping the service delivery infrastructure; examining the supply and cold chain management system; conducting a cost analysis and preparing costed strategy to increase immunization coverage in the urban areas.  This was a Gavi funded project.
  5. Urban Immunization Strategy for Afghanistan – GDS has completed an assessment of the immunization situation in the urban areas of Afghanistan. This included a review of the constellation of service delivery infrastructure involving public sector, private sector, and NGOs; location of health facilities in relation to the population distribution; EPI supply chain management system, information system; staffing and skills; readiness of the health facilities for the delivery of immunization; characteristics of the urban population and their health seeking behavior; barriers to access, information and services; community participation; role of media in educating people about immunization; equity; overall costs and unit costs of immunization; and management of EPI program. We designed an urban immunization strategy focusing on broadening the understanding of the diversity of urban population and their health seeking behavior; rationalizing distribution of health facilities; enhancing people’s motivation for vaccination; understanding the causes of dropouts and left-outs; improving supply chain management and information systems; improving equity, and overall EPI management in the urban areas. The urban immunization strategy also included a costed action plan with priority ranking of interventions and a monitoring and evaluation plan with specific indicators. This was funded by Gavi.
  6. Program Management – Provided technical assistance to a USAID funded project on adolescent reproductive health to address its management issues and improve performance. The work included establishing common understanding and shared vision among stakeholders, modifying implementation system to ensure timely achievement of targets/objectives, setting up project management and budget system that allows close monitoring of performance and financial expenses and streamlined the organizational structure to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Within 15 weeks the project was back on track and earned back USAID confidence.
  7. Supply Chain Management – Conducted facility assessment of reproductive health commodities and services in Mozambique. This included direct observation in 124 health facilities in ten provinces and the capital city of Maputo, checked the inventory management system, use of generic drugs, and determined the skills of store managers and service providers. Over 1,100 family planning clients were interviewed regarding their perceptions of the quality and adequacy of the services offered by the health facilities.
  8. Donor landscape analysis – Conducted donor landscape analyses for two non-profit US organizations. The works included an analysis of the funding priorities of different donors in the public sector, private sector, foundations, and multinational organizations around the world and the organizations’ technical expertise and mandate to determine the match. The results included detailed donor mapping and short- and long-term business development strategies.
  9. Market analysis Conducted market analyses for two US consulting firms to identify business opportunities in Asia. The work involved analyses of donor priorities and funding levels as well as country governments’ development strategies through meetings with donors and governments. These also included analyses of the competitions, their strengths and weaknesses and current portfolio. We also estimated the costs of operating offices and running business in select countries.
  10. Business development The work included an analysis of the business development and proposal preparation processes for several organizations and revising those for better successes. Provided support to several organizations to prepare bids including writing technical proposals and preparing cost proposals, organizing and negotiating partnerships and recruitment of staff.
  11. Grants management system – Analyzed sub-recipient monitoring and management policies and procedures of a USAID contractor, identified gaps and areas for improvement, and revised the procedures and policies to ensure compliance with federal regulations and improve sub-recipient monitoring and management.
  12. Training workshop on proposal writing – Conducted a workshop for 50 NGO representatives in Myanmar to develop localized planning and proposal preparation for donor funding. This highly successful workshop enabled several NGOs access donor funds.
  13. Facilitating workshop of partners to prepare response to solicitations – Facilitated a workshop in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a group of international and local organizations to prepare a proposal for USAID on Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition.