The PACFaH@Scale project built on learnings from PACFaH (2014-2017) by deepening the training and mentoring components to strengthen organizational and technical capacity of CSOs to deliver project outputs/outcomes. In the case of government, capacity building aims to create champions to facilitate and complement the work of the CSOs.
The dRPC’s role in PAS is to coordinate the project, sub-grant, ensure quality, amplify project successes and learning and to lead on the capacity building piece of work. The dRPC runs a dedicated CSO capacity building center adjacent to the office where workshops and step-down trainings of overseas trainings are conducted.
Learning from the Social Impact evaluation of the first PACFaH project, we were guided by principles of sustainability to ensure that government agencies and CSOs trained acquire the capacity to step down trainers to cohorts at successive levels.
With regard to capacity building for government sustainable capacity building is operationalized by investing in lead agencies to be master trainers stepping down training to cohorts of middle level potential champions. Overseas exposure with accredited and qualified training institutions is critical to the PACFaH@Scale strategy of building the capacity of the master trainers in government.
During PACFaH, we invested in supporting NIPSS to participate in an overseas exposure on Using Evidence for UHC policy making coordinated by the Kenya based PASGA, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK. Following the initial investment, NIPSS rolled out 2 cycles of leadership in UHCs trainings for 80 upper to middle level public servants in 2016.
In PACFaH@Scale 4 cycles of overseas master trainings are scheduled. The first took place in December 2020 to Amref University Kenya where 12 champions were trained on Strategic Management & Leadership Training in RI and FP – A TOT. During the training delegates were exposed to sessions on pedagogy and methodology of step down training. Following the training 20 participants have each identified 5 strategic middle level state implementers of RI and FP to be trained in the Amref stepped-down workshop. The step-down training is scheduled to take place between the 3rd to 7th of February 2020 at the dRPC/PACFaH@Scale training center in Abuja (see report attached).
The second overseas exposure is the Leading Change in Child and Family Health TOT Workshop scheduled to take place at Sheffield University between the 2 – 8th March. The workshop is designed as a Master Trainers event with NIPSS as primary partner whose skills are to be built to deliver 2 cohorts of step down training in July and September 2020. At the Sheffield training, the NIPSS team is to be supported by other selected high level executives in the health system. The role of the high level executives is to provide context and support case studies development of problem particularly for the design of the facilitators and participants manual.
The third overseas exposure planned in PACFaH@Scale is the Faith Leadership in FP TOT which is scheduled to take place at the Institute for RH Research and Training in Alexandria, Egypt in March 15-20, 2020. The PAS sub-grantee FOMWAN will provide a team of 8 members for this event. Following the TOT, FOMWAN will roll out 3 cohorts of in-country trainings for 20 faith and traditional organizations and champions each to develop their capacity to advocate to government for full implementation of the new Family Planning Blueprint at state level. During the PACFaH project, FOMWAN led a similar learning visit to this Institute in Alexandria in 2015.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework of the PAS project tracks uptake of pedagogy, training technique, command of technical content, lecture methodology of the Master trainers exposure. This is usually assessed jointly by the dRPC and the Master training Center. Step-down trains are assessed through periodic application of the champion scale at the end of the step-down training; and at intervals of four months following the training. Key indicators of the champion scale include – willingness to partner with CSO; willingness to share public information; extent of implementation of action plans; breakthrough innovation.