The Board urges the Secretariat to develop and implement a grant-associated risk assessment framework as soon as possible, noting that the Local Fund Agents (LFAs) are an inherent part of the Fund's assurance framework.
The Board directs the Secretariat to re-tender LFA contracts on a 4-year basis, with contracts subject to the right of the Secretariat to cancel such contracts based on a mid-term performance review of the LFA, to be initiated between month 18 and 24 of the contract.
The Board provides the following recommendations, as indicated in the Report of the Portfolio Committee (GF/B15/7), on key principles to guide the Secretariat in the process of re-tendering:
The Board recognizes the urgent need for protocols to be developed to guide LFA communication with CCMs, PRs and technical operations partners in-country.
The Board also affirms that the PC's recommendation that the re-tendering process proceed in a way that optimizes, to the extent possible, the Global Fund's partnerships, with key technical agencies, such as UNAIDS and WHO.
The Board recognizes that the primary responsibility for sub-recipient (SR) oversight resides with the Principal Recipient.
However, the Board directs that the Terms of Reference of LFAs shall include the assessment of the systems and procedures that PRs possess for the oversight of SRs, which shall include both initial capacity assessments and ongoing implementation oversight. The LFA's fulfilment of this function shall be an element in the Secretariat's ongoing evaluation of LFA performance, including at the mid-term review.