The purpose of conducting the capacity assessment is to identify agreed capacity assets and needs. Once needs are identified, capacity development activities, targets, baselines, and recommendations can be established to form the basis of the capacity development plan.
The following points should be considered when conducting a capacity assessment.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) often play an important role in program implementation. One important area where national or local CSOs are particularly valuable is in the implementation of HIV prevention services to Key Populations. In addition to the technical capacities to provide these services they also require functional capacities, in particular if they are currently or planning in the future to carry out the SR of PR role. A tool to support the capacity development process for CSOs and SRs is available here.
There is more than one way to assess capacity needs – In Zimbabwe a tool for diagnosing PR capacities was adapted to create self-diagnosis tools appropriate for each of the seven Sub-Recipients (SRs). Capacities were then diagnosed through documented evidence (existing reports, audits, and assessments), and through consultations with the SR managers and staff. During the self-diagnoses, staff identified the current level of capacity and agreed on a desired level of capacity in three years time, differentiating between national, provincial, and district capacity levels where needed.