The five-year United States Agency for International Development Governance and Economic Management Support (USAID-GEMS) project provides technical assistance to improve performance through strengthening public sector capacity in Liberia. Awarded to IBI International (IBI), a Virginia based small woman-owned business, on June 29, 2011, USAID-GEMS is strengthening human and institutional capacity in the public sector within targeted ministries, agencies, and commissions by utilizing in-depth assessments and performance improvement methodologies.
The IBI team for USAID-GEMS responded to the Ebola epidemic with a determination to continue progress on long-term goals while reinforcing the capacity of the Government of Liberia to respond to the immediate emergency.
Seaiwon-Aaron Dickson, IBI’s Asset Management, Data Collection and Training Specialist at a warehouse building the GOL capacity for supply chain management of donated items.
On Information Communications Technology (ICT)
IBI is providing the US government’s most senior ICT expert in Liberia, supporting the Mission to understand and harmonize ICT actors in the Ebola response. The IBI team for USAID-GEMS has contributed the following:
On Assets Management
Liberia’s General Services Agency (GSA) was designated as the Logistics Distribution Hub for the Government of Liberia’s Ebola response. GSA recognized the specialized knowledge of IBI’s Assets Management team and decided to involve them in the national ‘Logistics Cluster’ coordinated by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
The IBI USAID-GEMS Assets Management team collaborated with the MOHSW and GSA to:
IBI’s Assets Management Advisor and Fleet Specialist will work within the GSA full time for the next several months to support the management and maintenance of Ebola response vehicles while training and building capacity of staff for ongoing sustainability.
On Procurement Management
The USAID-GEMS project’s support to the GOL and other partners in the face of this crisis is a good example of the flexibility, decisiveness, commitment and innovation that a small business partner can bring to partnering with USAID.