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The Working for Health MPTF is the primary mechanism for mobilizing and managing resources for the Working for Health Programme, a joint initiative launched by the ILO, OECD and WHO in November 2017.

The MPTF supports the mission of the Working for Health Programme, which emerged from the findings of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (HEEG). The Fund helps realize the Working for Health Programme’s vision of a world where everyone has equal access to health services provided by skilled and empowered health and social workers in strengthened health systems. With view to increasing demand for health care along with a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers globally by 2030, the Programme’s goals are to expand and transform the health and social workforce to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. By joining forces, the  ILO, OECD and WHO provide coordinated policy advice, technical assistance, and capacity strengthening programmes to assist Member States as they prepare enhanced national health workforce strategies and enable all stakeholders to develop social dialogue, improve accountability structures, and achieve investment efficiencies. The MPTF also funds the development of catalytic global public goods. Other key functions of the MPTF include harmonizing and aligning support of development partners, maximizing UN and international organization synergies, promoting policy coherence, facilitating innovation and experimentation, deepening normative-policy operational links and managing risks.

The Working for Health MPTF and Programme were established for an initial five-year period, expected to conclude by the end of 2021.


Assistance Strategy


The finances channelled through this MPTF will ensure the Working for Health Programme achieves its expected impact of accelerated progress towards Universal Health Coverage and gains across various SDGs by an expanded and transformed health workforce.

The Working for Health MPTF enables the ILO, OECD and WHO to provide catalytic support through global public goods, policy advice, direct technical assistance and capacity strengthening to Member States. At country level the MPTF funds will support intersectoral collaboration, action and capacity building efforts to develop, finance and implement evidence-based multi-sectoral workforce policies, strategies and plans, and to enhance institutional capacity and analytics.  The expected outcomes include:

a)    The supply of skilled health workers meets assessed country needs;

b)    Health sector jobs created to match public and labour market needs;

c)     Health workers are recruited and retained according to country needs;

d)    Health workforce data inform effective policy, planning, monitoring and international mobility.

The non-earmarked nature of the MPTF funds provides flexibility for the Working for Health Programme to adapt its assistance to the needs and priorities of recipient countries. At country level, a country baseline and needs assessment will be carried out and will be a main output in supported countries. Global public goods to be developed with MPTF funding include an inter-agency data exchange, an international platform on health worker mobility, and a range of tools, guidance and methodologies for health labour market and fiscal space analysis, education and skills transformation, investment, intersectoral collaboration and policy dialogue.




The ILO, OECD and WHO are the participating organizations of the Working for Health Programme and MPTF. The Steering Committee is the principal governing and decision-making body responsible for providing oversight, approving the strategic direction, the overall work plan as well as fund allocations for both the Working for Health Programme and the Working for Health MPTF. It is composed of high-level representatives of each of the three participating organizations and works closely with the inter-agency technical secretariat. Meeting twice a year in person, the Steering Committee is chaired by a representative from one of the three participating organizations on a rotating basis.

Development partners that contribute funds to the Working for Health Programme and MPTF can participate in the Donor Coordination Group. The Donor Coordination Group may nominate up to two MPTF donors as representatives to reflect their views on the Steering Committee. Other donors can promote their views through these donor representatives.

In countries where the Working for Health Programme will provide significant support and assistance, existing country coordination mechanisms will be strengthened or established if they do not exist, pending discussion with representatives of the government in these countries. These committees will play an important role in ensuring country ownership, policy coherence and coordination at the national level.


Administrative Agent


Funding for the Working for Health Multi-Partner Trust Fund utilizes a pass-through funding mechanism. Under this modality, Participating Organizations agree to channel funds for the Joint Programme through the Administrative Agent. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Joint Programme. The AA is responsible for concluding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Participating UN and Non-UN Organizations (WHO, ILO and OECD) and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donor(s), as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Participating UN Organizations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Participating UN Organizations and Participating Non-UN Organizations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the donor(s).




Decisions on project proposal submissions will be taken by the Steering Committee upon completion of a review prepared by the technical secretariat in collaboration with ILO, OECD and WHO, or other experts, evaluated against the defined MPTF criteria. Project proposals can be global, regional or national as direct requests from Member States. The Steering Committee will discuss the proposals and make decisions for the allocation of available MPTF resources which will be provided through a Funding Framework provided by the Administrative Agent.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 4,813,814  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 39,750  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   4,853,564
Transferred to Participating Organizations 4,137,271  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 48,138  
Direct Cost 666,590  
Bank Charges 154  
Total use of funds   4,852,153
Balance with Administrative Agent   1,411
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 4,803,861  
Total resources   4,803,861
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 3,091,115  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     3,091,115
Balance with Participating Organizations   1,712,746
As a percentage of transfers   35.7%
Total Balance of Funds   1,714,157
As a percentage of deposits   35.6%
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For Programmatic Issues 

Miria Monica LAMONGE, Health Workforce Department,

Danielle Mari Agnello, Health Workforce Department,

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  


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