Technical assistance to the multi-sectoral approach to the process of decentralising the fight against HIV and AIDS towards local authorities - Capacity development in HIV and AIDS training coordination

The project’s objective is (a) to support the Ministry of Public Health and Fight against AIDS in harmonising the HIV and AIDS training programmes, based on a needs assessment in terms of multi-sectoral training modules and (b) to increase the nationwide scale of training capacities, using and promoting already existing best practices gained at national and international level.

Equally, the project aims (c) to arouse the interest of donors in joining the multi-sectoral approach and (d) to serve as a catalyst for effective responses of local authorities in the process of decentralisation.

The three main outcomes of the project are the following:

  1. Multi-sectoral training modules are harmonised, standardised and tested; novel modules are developed according to the identified needs;
  2. A network (pool) of trainers is created and established within the framework of the multi-sectoral approach;
  3. The CNR is strengthened with regard to its capacities in functioning as coordinating institution for all information available concerning HIV and AIDS.


During the implementation of the first phase, the SEP/CNLS (Permanent Executive Secretariat/National AIDS Control Council) and the CNR (National Centre of Reference for HIV and AIDS) shared the responsibilities of the project’s implementation, acting under the scheme of the Ministry of Public Health and Fight against AIDS. Due to their experience in public health issues, both the SEP/CNLS and the CNR are serving as national link-up institutions in terms of capacity development with regard to health management teams at district level as well as training activities.

It was then the CNR under the auspices of the SEP/CNLS that implemented the project during its second phase, coordinating all project activities with the assistance of the consortium Evaplan/Health Focus.

The creation of a nationwide network of trainers has been conceptualized with a long term impact both on training capacities and the development of human resources.

  • Implementation of a baseline study taking into account the users of training modules as well as target groups (additionally to a survey of training modules);
  • Inventory of the multi-sectoral modules and definition of quality standards;
  • Development and testing of novel modules for multi-sectoral trainings according to the identified needs;
  • Multiplication and dissemination of standardised modules;
  • Survey of all available trainers;
  • Elaboration of a framework concept for trainers
  • Elaboration of an evaluation tool suitable for the assessment of trainers’ performances;
  • Establishment of a management team responsible for trainers;
  • Organisation of Training of Trainers (ToT);
  • Establishment of a project steering group within the CNR;
  • Elaboration of a concept for collaboration with major stakeholders;
  • Collection and analysis of best practises in terms of training and capacity development;
  • Organisation of a planning workshop;
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation tools, adjusted to the needs of the CNR;

Administrative, logistic and technical support: Monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, reports, etc.