Sound financial management practice results in efficient and effective utilization of funds, which ultimately enables an organization to accomplish its set goals. This is true for any type of organization including those in the health sector. It is with this notion in mind that the GIZ Health Sector Programme ( GIZ HSP) is closely working with the County Health Management Teams (CHMTs) of the four counties of Kisumu, Kwale, Vihiga and Nairobi to support strengthening of financial management at county and selected facilities level.
GIZ HSP will provide technical assistance to build the capacity of financial managers and other facility staff members involved in financial management in the selected facilities using a mentorship approach. The mentorship approach was selected because of its flexible nature, and its inherent ability to address the specific needs of each person undergoing the mentorship process. The mentorship programme is premised on the knowledge that facilities and financial managers in the facilities to be supported are not all at the same level, and may have different training needs to strengthen financial management.
To kick off this programme, a needs assessment for each of the facilities to be supported was carried out to establish the existing gaps and training needs. The assessment was carried out between November and December 2015. It interrogated various aspects of financial management such as staff capacity (numbers and skill sets) planning and budgeting, procurement processes, and financial reporting. The outcome of the needs assessment analysis will define the mentorship programme to be adopted for each facility.
The mentorship programme will be based on the existing government financial management rules and regulations, including the PFM Act 2012. It will also take into consideration other financial management interventions currently going-on in the health sector with a view to building synergies and avoiding duplication.
GIZ-HSP is partnering with Accountability Institute to carry out the capacity building exercise. Accountability institute has been previously involved in similar assignments and has a wealth of experience in this kind of capacity building.