The United States Agency for International Development Governance and Economic Management Support (USAID-GEMS) has successfully implemented phase one of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Environment Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), on March 19, 2013, to build the capacity of personnel of the Agency. EPA Executive Director Madam Anyaa Vohiri signed the MOU for her Agency while Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia signed for USAID-GEMS.
Phase one of the capacity building training under the theme “Visioning and Change Management” targeted thirty five (35) personnel of the EPA, including managers, assistant managers and technicians of various departments of the Agency. The Agency’s Executive Director Madam Anyaa Vohiri and her deputy Mr. Stephen Neufville also attended the two days’ workshop.
Speaking at the training workshop, Madam Vohiri said the successful implementation of the MOU is dream comes true, noting that she is very excited about the opportunity to build the capacity of EPA staffs.
Madam Vohiri thanked USAID-GEMS for living up to the terms and conditions of the MOU by successfully facilitating the Visioning and Change Management workshop. Madam Vohiri re-emphasized transparency, describing it as the hallmark of her administration. The USAID-GEMS Chief of Party Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia, responded by saying that USAID-GEMS stands ready to provide the needed expertise that would improve internal controls systems and empower personnel of the EPA to perform effectively on the job. She added that from this workshop USAID-GEMS will develop a roadmap and specific action plans for implementation of this governance capacity building initiative.
Under the MOU, the USAID-GEMS will, among other things, assess internal controls in areas such as financial management, human resource management, procurement management, asset management, IT management and monitoring and evaluation related to functions in the administrative circle.
The assessment will be conducted by a team of advisors who will work with the EPA to identify performance gaps and their causes. This will be followed by recommendation for a solution package and the targeting of USAID-GEMS resource available to support closing the identified performance gaps.
The EPA Executive Director has committed her Agency to total transparency in working with the USAID-Gems advisors. The EPA will allow the performance assessment team to have access to the Agency’s legal instruments, organizational charts, job descriptions as well as management policies and procedures to facilitate USIAD-GEMS role under the MOU.
In addition to the decision-making role of the EPA, an Agency a staff will serve as a liaison with USAID-GEMS as member EPA on the USAID-GEMS technical committee.