Background: In April 2011, the Global Fund Operational Policy Committee (OPC) approved use of M&E Country Profiles as a mechanism for reviewing M&E capacities at the time of grant negotiation, and to identify M&E risks; and to follow-up on risk mitigation measures. The purpose of completing the Tool is to facilitate the following activities:
Content: The Tool is designed to provide comprehensive and strategic information, as opposed to a project/PR focused approach, on M&E system at the time of new grant negotiation (PR assessment) and phase II/periodic review. In this regard, the tool has three parts: Part I: National M&E System - Health Sector; Part II: National M&E system - Disease program; and Part III: Principal Recipient M&E processes and capacity.
In developing the tool, important M&E self-assessment tools have been reviewed, including: the HMN Assessment and tracking tools, the UNAIDS 12-component assessment tool and the Global Fund M&E System Strengthening tool. From each tool, important components that have strategic importance in M&E of grants and for building M&E capacity at country level are included.
Completion process: M&E country profiles are completed by the Local Fund Agent (LFA) based on a review of relevant M&E documents, in consultation with in country partners. For conducting M&E self-assessments, countries and partners can use the tool that is more appropriate in the country context. The M&E self-assessment reports are among the important information sources for completing the M&E Country Profile. Other source documents LFA reviews for completing the M&E profile include: M&E plan, National Strategic Plan, and data quality assessment reports. The M&E profiles create opportunities to build partnership. In this regard, partners can fully or partially support completion of the M&E profile tool.
Roll-out of the tool: The Tool is completed by LFA for all new grants and grants that are coming for phase II or periodic review. To ensure alignment with country processes, the Tool can also be completed at the time of national program or M&E review processes. Since completion of the Tool by LFA will be a new practice, the 2012 priority is as follows:
The M&E profile tool and guideline are available:
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