Name: Administration Partner Institutional Viability Assessment (PIVA) Tool in   FARNAPAN Nodes
Year: 2010-2011
Country: Tanzania, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, DRC
Background:  The Partner Institutional Viability Assessment (PIVA) is a user-friendly management tool, with a numerical scale and matrix-method design, used to precisely and comprehensively identify changes and progress in the organizational development capacity of regional African partner organizations in East and Southern Africa. PIVA provides a framework for analyzing detailed information, data and evidence about the management and technical capacity of strategies and systems. PIVA examines the organizational track record in order to identify areas for strengthening, and improvement indicators for organizational viability. With this analysis, partner organizations can more formally and thoroughly identify long-term and leadership-oriented strategies, action plans, and measurable monitoring and evaluation approaches.

FANRPAN has adopted the tool “Partner Institutional Viability Assessment (PIVA) and applied it to assess the capacities and areas needing strengthening of the secretariat and the national nodes since 2005. In 2007 PIVA was administered on 11 FANRPAN nodes and this has provided benchmark data and identified areas needing attention, and measuring improvements in organizational capacity over time. As part of capacity building of the nodes FANRPAN plans to administer PIVA again in nine countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, and Tanzania). This will provide an opportunity to evaluate progress in these Nodes since the last one in 2007.

Objectives: The specific task was to coordinate the institutional assessment of the node hosting institutions. JIMAT coordinated the overall PIVA administration in the 9 countries.  working with two consultants who will be responsible for Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa while the consultant will administer PIVA in Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho.

JIMAT consultants  undertook the following:

  • Participate in the FANRPAN Annual Dialogue Meeting in Namibia to draw up work-plans together with the country nodes on the PIVA Assessments (scheduled for 30th August 2010).
  • Travel to the 6 SADC countries (Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola) to work with FANRPAN country nodes to administer the PIVA tool and offer any training support as necessary.
  • Evaluate progress made since the last PIVA was undertaken for the nine nodes.
  • Produce 6 country reports on the PIVA findings and a regional synthesis report.
  • Coordinate with the Nodes coordinators on the dates agreed upon during the planning meeting.
  • Provide feedback to the national nodes on the outcome of the assessment.
Activities: The team conducted working group sessions with node hosting institutions in the different countries, desk review and individual interviews with staff members
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