PMNCH Board and its Committees

PMNCH Board Members at the March 2011 Retreat
PMNCH Board Members at the March 2011 Retreat
The Board has the following responsibilities
  • Endorses the Partnership's mandate and institutional framework;
  • Sets policy, establishes goals, priorities and strategies for the Partnership in line with internationally agreed frameworks;
  • Approves the Partnership's work plan and budget and monitors progress in their implementation;
  • Mobilizes adequate funds for the effective operation of the Partnership and its strategic framework;
  • Supports the PMNCH strategic priorities, i.e., political advocacy for MNC health, harmonization and accountability;
  • Establishes committees of the Board and time-limited task forces and approves their terms of reference;
  • Represents the Partnership to donors, countries, institutions and other appropriate fora;
  • Approves Partnership publications;
  • Presents a consensus recommendation to the hosting agency concerning the appointment of the Executive Director of the Partnership Secretariat, as per due process described in the host-agency Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Assumes management responsibility for the Secretariat through the Executive Director and monitors his/her performance through regular reports and budget statements.
Size and composition

The Board consists of no more than 23 members selected from amongst the Partners Forum membership. Board Members represent six constituencies (see below), ensuring there is a balance between maternal, newborn and child health and between national and international institutions as well as a mix of geographical representation. The Board has a Chair and two Co-Chairs who act in support of, and in the absence of, the Chair. As far as possible, the Chair and Co-Chairs reflect a balance between maternal, newborn and child health interests and different constituencies and geographical areas.

Seats on the Board are allocated to representatives as follows:

  • Donor governments/agencies and foundations, including one specific seat for a foundation (four);
  • Developing countries, represented through the Ministry responsible for health (four);
  • Multilateral organizations with a health mandate related to MDGs 4 and 5: UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and the World Bank (four);
  • Non-governmental organizations (four);
  • Academic/research/training institutions (three);
  • Health care professional associations (three);
  • Optional seat which may be filled by an additional bilateral donor (one).
Board Committees

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee (FC) shall be a permanent committee of the Board, reporting to the Board, and composed of three members elected by the Board . The FC works closely with the Executive Director and other Secretariat staff, and is responsible for providing the Board with advice on all policy and strategy issues that relate to finance and audit. The Committee reviews budgets, budget reports and work plan implementation reports and recommends these for approval (or not) by the Board. The Finance Committee also alerts the Chair and Co-Chair regarding any budgetary over-spending. Terms of reference are provided in an annex of the Board Manual, which can be found below.

Executive Committee (EC): The Executive Committee is a permanent committee of the Board. The main responsibility of this Committee is to manage Board business between Board meetings, and to provide guidance and decisions on operational issues. The EC does not take decisions on operational issues where there are expected to be controversies or differences of view without wider consultation with Board Members. The EC refers to the full Board for decisions on governance issues and other issues which are likely to be of considerable significance to the Partnership. Also, delegation of Board functions to the EC will be subject to relevant WHO regulations and guidelines, unless specific provisions are made in the Memorandum of Understanding.