Dr. Biraro Gilbert is the Coordinator of the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) of the Rwanda Biomedical Center/Ministry of Health. The SPIU is the projects management unit in charge of management as well as implementation monitoring of all external donor-funded projects, such as the Global Fund, for which the Ministry of Health (MoH) is the Primary Recipient (PR), and RBC assumes the responsibility of technical coordination. He has a combination of 12 working years’ experience at junior and senior levels.
Over the past 10 years, he has acquired specific working knowledge and experience in program management at mid to senior level leadership positions, needed to address the diversities of working with central level and Local Government institutions, multilateral donor organizations such as the Global Fund, the World Bank, GAVI Alliance, UN Family (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA), etc.
He understands that there are a range of complexities in the development, implementation and improvement of health care strategies and interventions in resource-poor settings such as sub-Saharan Africa. The ultimate goal for his career in public health is to work in a position that allows him to be proactive and advocate for change and improvement in community health on both a local and global level.
The Single Projects’ Implementation Unit (SPIU) is an entity set up in, and by, a Budget Agency (a public entity such as a Ministry or affiliated Public Agency) to efficiently coordinate, monitor and implement or facilitate the implementation of externally funded projects/programs in the health sector.
The SPIU in RBC is under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director General (DDG). The SPIU tasks focus on the following functions related to external donor-funded projects/grants: administrative; planning, monitoring and evaluation; financial management and accounting; legal affairs; procurement; financial controlling, compliance monitoring and audit; and ICT support.
SPIU-RBC provides required technical assistance to both budget and non-budget entities and agencies involved in the implementation of funded Programs/Projects to enforce the respect of client charter and SOPs related to financial processes, payment of invoices, and funds’ requests from implementing agencies and suppliers.
Detailed information on past and ongoing projects are accessible through the SPIU during the process of identification, formulation, elaboration and/or negotiation of new project proposals
100 % of external grants have achieved the expected budget execution rate, physical and time progress targeted each year.
Dr. BIRARO Gilbert,
Single Projects Implementation Unit (SPIU)
Tel: +250 788 507 113/ +250 738 507 113
By the end of 2018, the Office of the Auditor General had issued 20 audit reports in relation to RBC, all of which were deemed clean.