Partner advisory and working groups

As a partner-centric organization, PMNCH supports individual Partners to engage in the delivery of Partnership’s annual workplans through a number of mechanisms. One way in which Partners engage is through their involvement in time-bound advisory and/ or working groups established around particular issues or workplan objectives. These groups, supported by the Secretariat, provide an excellent platform for Partners to exchange views, harmonize activities, and work together towards specific deliverables.

Establishment of certain groups is mandated by the Board, following decisions at individual Board meetings, whilst other groups are established on a more ad-hoc basis and as a response to ongoing product and process needs to deliver the outcomes and objectives of individual workplans.

The following Partner groups have been mandated by the Board for operationalization in 2013:

Partner Advisory Groups (PAGs)

(Secretariat focal point: Abir Shady)
The main task of the Partner Advisory Groups will be to support the processes of ‘joining the dots’ within the four PMNCH 2013 outcomes and across the workplan as whole. This approach will endeavour to ensure that the work of the Partnership links advocacy, knowledge and accountability efforts towards specific outcomes (avoiding work in silos), and builds on other Partners’ efforts in the wider RMNCH space (avoiding duplication).

PMNCH Financing Harmonisation Group for RMNCH Initiatives

(Secretariat focal point: Nebojsa Novcic)
The objectives of this Group are as follows:

  • Monitor and gather information on the existing and emerging global RMNCH financing initiatives, drawing on its constituency representatives and other sources for information.
  • Analyse emerging information to identify synergies and possible areas of overlap, as well as opportunities for further harmonisation between the various initiatives’ financing activities.
  • Put in place an information sharing and advisory mechanism that will: (i) provide recommendations to the PMNCH Board and the RMNCH Steering Committee on how to better coordinate global financing efforts; and (ii) make publicly available information on how various initiatives operate and what interested stakeholders need to do in order to access resources related to the goals of various RMNCH initiatives.
Advisory Group on ensuring women’s and children’s health is reflected in post-2015 development agenda

(Secretariat focal point: Kadidiatou Toure)
Building on the work that has been done to date, advise on approaches to working with senior decision makers to ensure women’s and children’s health is included and maintained in the post-2015 development agenda.

Working Group of Partners for developing PMNCH adolescent engagement strategy

(Secretariat focal point: Andres de Francisco and Lori McDougall)
At its meeting in Abuja, in Oct 2012, PMNCH Board requested the Executive Committee to set up Working Group of Partners to develop a strategy for Partnership’s youth engagement. Board members voiced support to promote the continuum of care and increase coordination between disparate actors, rather than initiating a set of new activities in promoting youth/ adolescent health.

Advisory Group for the 2013 Report on the Implementation of Commitments to the Global Strategy

(Secretariat focal point: Henrik Axelson)
The objectives of this group are to:

  • Review proposed objectives, scope and structure of the PMNCH 2013 Report and advise on additional areas of analysis, as may be relevant – this will include ensuring that the planned analysis will meet the audience requirements (e.g. iERG);
  • Comment and advise on the proposed methods for data collection and analysis to ensure they are technically sound and rigorous;
  • Review any initial/ emerging findings and drafts of the report; and
  • Advise on how the relevance and impact of the report's analysis and findings can be maximized to improve the delivery and impact of commitments to the Global Strategy.

In addition to these formally mandated groups, Partners are also working together on specific products or processes as part of the 2013 workplan. These include work on policy systems and compendium, the Innovation Working Group, mHealth and ICT Readiness Checklist Tool, to name a few.