Local Fund Agent


Call for expressions of interest from prospective
Local Fund Agent service providers

The Global Fund is seeking expressions of interest from organizations willing to serve as a contractor for Local Fund Agent services for a period of six years. Organizations that have a solid track record of relevant experience and technical expertise and that are not conflicted through past or ongoing assignments to provide Local Fund Agent services for the Global Fund may respond to this request for expressions of interest.

Download the request for expressions for interest, TGF-18-017, for full details.

Deadline: 6 April 2018

The Global Fund does not have offices in the countries we support. Instead, all staff are based at the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. To serve as our eyes and ears on the ground, we rely on independent organizations in each country known as "Local Fund Agents."

  • Local Fund Agents in Countries List
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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:

  • Assessing the capacity of the nominated Principal Recipient, including:
    • Previous track record
    • Effectiveness of internal controls and systems
    • Reviewing proposed grant budget, workplan and related documents
  • Reviewing the progress of the grant and the appropriate use of funds, including:
    • Requests for renewed funding
    • Visiting sites to verify results and data quality
  • Advising the Global Fund on activities related to the closing of a grant and any possible risks

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:

  • Designing the program to be funded
  • Participating in the implementation
  • Providing technical cooperation to any implementer
  • Auditing the financial statements of any implementing organization

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.

If you have questions about Local Fund Agents, please contact the Local Fund Agent Coordination Team at .