Health and HIV/AIDS Implementation Service Provider (HHISP)

Client: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Health and HIV Implementation Services Provider (HHISP) delivers services to the PNG-Australia Health and HIV Program by facilitating capacity development assistance, grants and research management, and procurement and logistics services. These activities support DFAT and health partners in PNG to achieve the goals of the PNG National Health Plan and the PNG-Australia Partnership for Development.

HHISP delivers a large volume of efficient and high quality services to support the DFAT Health and HIV Program to improve maternal and child health outcomes and increase access to health and HIV services to rural and high risk populations.

HHISP is managed by Abt JTA in association with the Burnet Institute. Through Abt JTA and the Burnet Institute, HHISP has access to a broad range of international partners and networks in research, academia and training in the health and HIV fields and related sectors, such as public sector administration and financial management. HHISP has been successful in providing greater efficiency, responsiveness and flexibility to the DFAT Health and HIV Program. The implementation services model enables DFAT to focus more of its efforts on strategic planning and management of the health program while gaining greater access to improved administrative and technical services that the private sector can provide.

Impact 2013 - 2014

Improving the provision of technical assistance
Improving the provision of technical assistance

HHISP completed 250 taskings budgeted at $62.8 million. The largest component supported by number of tasks was for technical assistance, with the largest by dollar value for grants management, worth $29.6 million.

Managing service delivery
Managing service delivery

Over the past 12 months, HHISP managed 59 grants worth $88.2 million, which included 43 grants ($81.6 million) active as of 30 June 2014 with two additional grants ($1.1 million) in negotiation.

Services

Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance

The HHISP provides technical assistance in the form of personnel, training and research. It comprises activities that strengthen the level of knowledge, skills, technical ability or productive activities of counterparts. It may include scholarships, institutional twinning and mentoring as well as services such as consultancies, technical support or the provision of expertise.

Since the establishment of HHISP there has been a substantial improvement in the provision of technical consultancy and advisory assistance to non-government and government organisations that support the Australian Government's health and HIV activities in PNG. This improvement also extends to national and sub-national level technical support, support to capacity diagnostics and a range of design missions. These redesign and capacity diagnostic missions have contributed significantly to GoPNG’s infrastructure and health planning.

Grants
Grants

The HHISP supports the PNG Health and HIV Program, by providing grants to civil society organizations (CSO) and other partners who are involved in direct service delivery. The HHISP is responsible for the administration of the grant awards which includes negotiating the grant agreement, tracking tranche payments and monitoring the activities to ensure they are in line with the grant award.

The HHISP also supports the CSO’s to develop their systems and processes so that they are better able to manage the grants that they receive and deliver their activities. This includes strengthening of monitoring systems to allow reporting on the delivery of activities as well as developing robust financial processes so that the utilisation of grant funds can be easily identified.

All grants are managed in accordance with the HHISP grant guidelines, which are derived from the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines.