The Global Fund does not have a presence in country; all staff are based at the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Instead we rely on independent organizations in each country known as “Local Fund Agents” to serve as our eyes and ears on the ground.
The Local Fund Agent (and there is generally one per country) works closely with the country team at the Secretariat to evaluate and monitor activities before, during and after the implementation of a grant. Typically, these would include:
The exact work to be carried out in each country is established in an annual workplan which is decided between the country team and the Local Fund Agent.
While Local Fund Agents are an important part of the Global Fund’s fiduciary arrangements, it is important to understand that they do not act on behalf of the Global Fund. They do not represent the Global Fund’s views and they do not make decisions regarding grants. There are also a number of activities that Local Fund Agents cannot undertake with regard to the grants that they oversee, such as:
Local Fund Agents are selected through a competitive process and are generally contracted for a four-year period. When a Local Fund Agent needs to be selected for a particular country, a Request for Proposal will be published on our website.