Project Implementation

Rapid Start-up, Seamless Execution, Smooth Closeout

Project implementation is the process of utilizing all resources to put developed project plans into action. Each project environment differs within a company, and the steps taken to launch these projects may vary depending on the overall scope/design. In the course of implementing a project, program management as well as technical tasks such as detailed design of work or training of staff are fundamental. Project implementation provides the tools needed to monitor quality and efficiency, while offering the information necessary to make adjustments to strategy and implementation to strengthen effectiveness. 

CAMRIS’ Project Implementation capabilities include:

  • Program and project design
  • Program and project evaluation
  • Grants management
  • Cradle to grave program and project management
  • Communications
  • Organizational learning

Challenge

Under the USAID Global Health Support Initiative-II (GHSI-II) contract, CAMRIS provides expert technical assistance, including master- and doctorate-level mid-career or senior health professionals, to the USAID Bureau for Global Health (GH), regional USAID bureaus and overseas USAID missions.

CAMRIS Approach

As prime contractor for GHSI-II, CAMRIS provides content experts to USAID for technical assistance across a range of activities in the Global Health technical areas of HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including malaria and tuberculosis), neglected tropical diseases, maternal/neonatal/child health (MNCH), nutrition, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene. Under the contract, CAMRIS also provides policy advisors for the Global Health Security Agenda to help prevent avoidable epidemics, detect threats early, and respond rapidly and effectively to biological threats of global concern.

CAMRIS developed a tailored set of processes and systems and integrated these into the GHSI-II Platform to support project activities. CAMRIS consistently recruits, hires, and manages highly qualified candidates to help Global Health meet its objectives. CAMRIS works in close collaboration with USAID requesting offices to articulate their recruitment needs and position requirements. Program management and human resources staff assist with the logistics of interviews and candidate selection. CAMRIS quickly scans and distills hundreds of applicants’ resumes and selects exceptional subject matter experts to meet the dynamic requirements of the USAID Bureau for Global Health. 

Result

Under GHSI-II, CAMRIS has provided the USAID Bureau for Global Health with approximately 250 non-direct hires including technical, professional, operational, and support staff over the life of the project to supplement the bureau’s health and management professionals and to support USAID’s health programs at USAID/Washington and regional bureaus and missions abroad.

Within the technical areas listed above, GHSI-II personnel’s responsibilities include a broad range of specialized tasks and functions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Project/program leadership.
  • Project/program planning, design, scheduling, implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Performance monitoring and measurement.
  • Reporting and documentation of project/program results.
  • Communications service and briefings with USAID and foreign country stakeholders.
  • Program integration services.
  • Policy and budget formulation.
  • Mentoring.
  • Program management assistance with intra- and interagency coordination.

Challenge

Bolster civil society in an unstable region of Ecuador that neighbors Colombia as part of USAID’s Communications and Public Diplomacy Activity for Ecuador’s Northern Border.

CAMRIS Approach

CAMRIS worked with USAID, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, the Ecuadoran government, local NGOs, and border communities to develop effective communication strategies and carry out project objectives focused on violence reduction; counternarcotics; drug, community, and hygiene education; and citizen participation in building and maintaining water and sanitation facilities and other sectors of local development.

Result

The project received a prestigious Magellan Award in the community relations/nonprofit/governmental body category. Its success resulted in:

  • Increased stability
  • Strengthened cohesion between populations
  • An improved investment climate
  • Improved resilience to border conflicts and drug trafficking

Challenge

Design, develop, and install distance learning/web-based training modules in basic civic education with a USAID perspective and advanced topics supporting the work of USAID’s democracy and governance (D&G) agenda.

CAMRIS Approach

Interactive and participatory methodologies, including e-learning modules, blogs, and distance learning to help USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) develop its professional development and learning framework and website. CAMRIS staff engaged in curriculum design and delivery, learning assessments through evaluation, and dissemination of electronic information and e-learning.

Result

The CAMRIS e-learning product included three distance learning/web-based training modules; two instructional design training programs; two facilitation skills training programs; a monthly D&G e-zine; a D&G “toolkit” in database format; and postings of comprehensive training session descriptions and associated materials for all training courses.