Office of the Inspector General

Audit of Global Fund Human Resources Management Processes

15 March 2019

The Human Resources function at the Global Fund has substantially evolved since its establishment in 2009, from being an administrative unit to one that is now well placed within the organisation and which acts as a support and advisor to staff and management. The Global Fund Secretariat has made considerable progress in improving HR management processes, notably through the development and ongoing implementation of the People Strategy 2017–2022. The structure of the HR function has been revised, and policies and procedures have been streamlined to achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency.

Although substantial progress has been made, certain areas still require significant improvement. While performance management processes and procedures are generally well established, issues relating to ineffective management of poor performance have not yet been properly addressed. Employee relations policies and processes need improvement to avoid inefficiencies in dispute resolution cases and non-compliance with International Labour Organization guidelines, and there is a need for timely implementation of strategic initiatives such as Strategic Workforce Planning, which has been outstanding for more than six years.

  • Audit Report Global Fund Human Resources Management Processes
    (GF-OIG-19-007 - 15 March 2019)
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The Office of the Inspector General safeguards the assets, investments, reputation and sustainability of the Global Fund by ensuring that it takes the right action to defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Through audits, investigations and consultancy work, it promotes good practice, reduces risk and reports fully and transparently on abuse.

Established in 2005, the Office of the Inspector General is an independent yet integral part of the Global Fund. It is accountable to the Board through its Audit and Ethics Committee and serves the interests of all Global Fund stakeholders. Its work conforms to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations of the Conference of International Investigators.

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