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Managing Markets for Health (MM4H): A Core Course for Health Policy Practitioners

Organized by Global Health Facility (GFF)

March 19-30
Online course



*No fees or tuition are required. Expect to spend about 10 hours on coursework in each of the two weeks of the course. Following successful completion of the course, a certificate will be received.*

GFF’s course Managing Markets for Health (MM4H): A Core Course for Health Policy Practitioners is delivered through instructor-led learning and self-study, and is targeted at health policy practitioners working in low- and middle-income countries. It introduces participants to the Managed Markets for Health (MM4H) approach for systematically analysing, designing and implementing policies to steer private actors to contribute to sustained health and equity outcomes.

The course has been designed and is delivered by world-leading experts on private sector health policy with a mix of academic and practical experience. Faculty will guide you through concepts and case studies that showcase the challenges of implementing policies to bring about change in a health market system. For those with unreliable internet connections, course material can be downloaded. The course is instructed in English but all the materials will also be available in French.

The online course will be followed by a face-to-face workshop for a limited number of individuals, in which multi-stakeholder teams will be guided to put the learning from the online modules to more practical use in defining specific private sector engagement strategies suited to their country context.

Global Financing Facility (GFF) Replenishment Launch

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Over the past two years, the GFF has created a new model with countries in the driver’s seat that brings together multiple sources of financing in a synergistic way to support national priorities. A key element of this model is drawing on the other sectors that influence health and nutrition outcomes, such as education, water and sanitation, and social protection.

Sixteen countries have benefited from the approach to date and many others are keen to join the GFF, but the generous initial contributions to the GFF Trust Fund from governments of Canada and Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and MSD for Mothers are fully committed. The first replenishment for the GFF Trust Fund is being launched to respond to the demand from countries that want to be part of the GFF. It seeks to mobilize an additional US$2 billion to enable the GFF process to be expanded over the period 2018–23 to the 50 countries facing the most significant needs—the existing 16 countries plus 34 new countries.





The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has been tasked with facilitating the selection process for the Global Financing Facility Civil Society Investors Group Representatives.

The Global Financing Facility Investors Group brings together partners and stakeholders to mobilize the resources and institutional commitment of key investors in RMNCAH required at the global and regional level to optimally support efficient collective action at the country level. It is composed of representatives of the  participating countries, donors, civil society, the private sector, and private foundations as well as international organizations and multilateral institutions represented by the Office of the UNSG, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO the World Bank, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH),Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Investors Group has the following functions:

1. Guide and ensure effective complementary financing of RMNCAH Investment Cases
2. Create enabling environment for long-term financial sustainability of RMNCAH and health programmes
3. Mobilise additional domestic and international (including private) resources and support to ensure effective financing for Investment Cases
4. Monitor performance of GFF as a facility and foster learning among co-investors based on country experiences

The IG is also responsible for appointing members, and establishing effective operating procedures that facilitate optimal interaction between the IG and Country Platforms. The IG can establish Working Groups as appropriate.

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a key financing platform of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy 2.0. It is a country-driven financing partnership that brings together, under national government leadership, stakeholders in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, to provide smart, scaled and sustainable financing to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. The GFF was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July 2015.


The PMNCH NGO constituency will elect 2 CSO representatives.  Criteria and process for selection are listed below.  These representatives will operate for two years and will be responsible for coordinating with the wider civil society constituency and representing their views to the Investors Group.  The duration of this appointment is subject to the Governance Operating Procedures which will be discussed at the fourth meeting of the IG (November 2016).

Civil society representatives on the Investors Group play a critical role in ensuring meaningful engagement of civil society is included in the all GFF processes and that civil society perspectives are captured in the content of the all of the work produced by the GFF.  Civil society representatives to the IG are limited in numbers.  The civil society representatives are also responsible for ensuring broader constituency consultation and undertake regular outreach and communication efforts around the GFF.  There are 2 civil society members of the Investors Group with the possibility of two additional civil society representatives being elected as alternates.

Process for selecting CS representatives

This call for application is being issued on 24 August 2016 and will stay open until30 September 2016.  Members interested in nominating themselves as potential IG representatives should submit a CV, bio and personal statement to, with the title ‘Application for civil society IG representative’ by close of business EST on 30 September 2016 – see application instructions below.  Applicants will need to meet minimum criteria outlined below.

Applications will be reviewed by PMNCH board representatives of the NGO constituency and current IG CS representatives.  These representatives will screen applications will each grade candidates on the outlined selection criteria.  Weighting attributed to the categories is also outlined below.  The selection committee will duly consider gender and geographic balance.

Applicant selection criteria

1. Expertise in SRMNCAH – preference on the continuum of care
2. Experience in country planning and financing processes
3. Experience and expertise in development financing, including innovative financing
4. Ability to dedicate 10% time to the GFF and IG
5. Membership in broad civil society networks and communities


Interested candidates should submit their CV, a short bio and a personal statement clearly indicating how they meet the criteria and how they will use the IG to advance the representation, meaningful engagement and participation in the GFF process at national and regional level.  The personal statement should provide an account of civil society networks that candidates will leverage to engage civil society more broadly. The application should be sent to, with the title ‘Application for civil society IG representative’ by close of business EST on 30 September 2016 to be considered.

Final candidates will be announced in October 2016.