The USAID-GEMS project came to a close at the end of July, 2016. After five fruitful years, we are very excited to see the effects of our teams' work with all of our partners. See what some of our Liberian counterparts are doing to keep on improving the Government of Liberia's efforts to better serve the Liberian people.
USAID-GEMS is seeking a qualified film producer to create five short films for Government of Liberia Ministries, Agencies and Commissions. All questions and quotations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The USAID-Liberia Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS) managed in Liberia by IBI International, a development consulting firm based in the USA and operating in Liberia, is seeking a Solution Provider to provide a digital Asset Management System to the Government of Liberia (GOL). The General Services Agency (GSA) is the lead agency that ensures that all government assets are accounted for and well administered. The GSA wishes to improve its existing Asset Management practices by introducing a digital system that will bring efficiency benefits, improved control and reporting, good integration into other government systems, and provide a platform for further improvement.
The deadline for proposals for this solicitation has been extended to by 17:00 GMT on April 17, 2016.
Questions submitted by email before March 20, 2016 and their corresponding answers are below:
Question : In the Solicitation for Proposal, Sunday, March 29 is given as the final date...
NBC, Monrovia- September, 13, 2015. The National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) in collaboration with the USAID Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS) will on Thursday, September 17, 2015 launch new concession monitoring and reporting tools.
Described as the “Concessions Information Management System (CIMS)” and the “Concessions Reporting Template (CRT)” the tools are intended to facilitate monitoring of concessions by the government, provide accurate and timely information to existing and new investors, and streamline reporting by Concessionaires.
The CIMS is a comprehensive concession management solution specifically configured to cater for the needs of the Government of Liberia concession management entities. CIMS features include, a web based interface, fully relational records database, spatial data management tools as well as management reporting and document management functionality. Utilizing these features, along with it's integrated workflow engine, CIMS...
The USAID/Liberia Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS) – awarded to IBI International on June 29, 2011 and officially launched in Monrovia on April 5, 2012 – is a 5-year project designed to strengthen human and institutional capacity in the public sector within targeted Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions (MACs) by utilizing in-depth assessments and performance improvement methodologies.
The project’s management and technical teams, in full coordination with USAID/Liberia and its GOL partners, seek to build capacity using a results-driven approach that supports sustainable outcomes in alignment with President Johnson-Sirleaf’s message to the Liberian legislature in 2010.
“Perhaps our greatest fiscal challenge lies in focusing the expenditure of cash inflows from domestic revenue and from donors on established priorities. The better we can manage our public finances, the better we can deliver on our poverty reduction and job creation agenda. This is...
USAID Governance and Economic Management Support project (USAID-GEMS) began an ICT Organizational Design project in November 2013 with the aim of understanding the current state of ICT within the Government of Liberia (GOL) and advising on the restructuring of the ICT competency in GOL. As part of the project, the USAID-GEMS ICT team conducted an IT Unit Assessment workshop at USAID-GEMS office for representatives of eight Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs), which included: National Bureau of Concessions (NBC); Governance Commission (GC); Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC); Ministry of Justice (MoJ); Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MoHSW); General Services Agency (GSA); Ministry of Post & Telecommunications (MOPT); Ministry of Finance (MOF).
The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss the findings on the availability and placement of ICT skillsets in GOL, and to explore ideas on how to improve the current situation. Given the GOL's...
On March 18, 2014, USAID Governance and Economic Management Support project (USAID-GEMS) assisted in hosting a Mobile Money Stakeholders meeting chaired by the newly-appointed CBL Deputy Governor Boima Kamara. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the overhaul of the Mobile Money Guidelines, which were initially adopted in August 2011.
The revised Mobile Money Guidelines are designed to attract additional investment into the Liberian market by allowing non-banks to offer Mobile Money as a separate subsidiary. They also clarify the rules governing the agents and merchants, making it easier for consumers to cash-in and cash-out of Mobile Money, enabling the creation of a separate mobile wallet denominated in US Dollars.
USAID-GEMS provided substantive revisions to the draft Mobile Money Guidelines which resulted in bringing the Mobile Money regulatory framework up to or exceeding international best practices.
More than thirty-five representatives from all aspects of the industry a...
“The "Basic TOT" workshop enhanced my skills, knowledge and guided me in my quest to relate to a unique set of Adult Learners. LIPA & USAID- GEMS' interest in focusing on the skills and knowledge-sharing techniques will definitely open new dimensions in facilitation. As an "Adult Learner" facilitator, I can confidently reflect on the values and benefits the training has afforded me in meeting new objectives whilst adding dimensions to my capability as I envision new opportunities,” stated Paulette Findley, a participant at a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop conducted in February at LIPA.
USAID-GEMS conducted three weeks of basic and advanced workshops for LIPA trainers. An average of 31 participants attended both workshops, including LIPA staff and adjunct trainers. Basic and Advance TOT Workshops comprised of intensive review of principles, approaches and techniques in training, with a particular focus on adult learning. The Adult Learners participated in group discussions,...
"I began my certification program in 2011, the lack of a fulltime lecturer to tutor inhibited my full understanding of the courses resulting in me repeating a couple of courses, until in 2013 USAID-GEMS provided highly qualified full-time professors, my understanding of the courses was enhanced, and my confidence level elevated. Today through USAID-GEMS I am a chartered accountant,” - Mohammed B. Korleh, Senior Assistant Project Accountant, Ministry of Finance and recent Chartered Accountant candidate.
The USAID Governance and Economic Management Support program (USAID-GEMS) effort in building capacity in the accounting area in Liberia is yielding positive results. In November 2013, four public sectors employees passed all subjects for the final level of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) professional examinations.
The successful candidates qualifying as Chartered Accounts are Mr. Victor S.B. Tanwone, Sr., Senior Manager of Internal Audit at Robert...
President's Young Professionals Program Fills Critical Needs
Liberia’s civil war that ended in 2003 ravaged the human resources of the country. Educational institutions were unable to provide training and continuing education, and thousands of the country’s most skilled professionals fled the country. The country’s leaders and development partners have joined forces to create the skilled, motivated, and creative civil service that is necessary for improved governance.
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf welcomes graduates of the program who now assume permanent positions in the civil service.Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf welcomes graduates of the program who will assume permanent positions in the civil service.
With the end of hostilities, USAID stepped in to support the Government’s multi-tiered approach to rebuilding their human resources. In addition to technical assistance and training programs targeting the most pressing needs, the longer-term effort includes inve...