Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit - Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan

Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit

Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit (GCMU)

The Grants and Service Contracts Management Unit (GCMU) of the Ministry of Public Health is an authorized procurement and contract management entity established in 2003.  GCMU is a transparent interface between International Development Partners and the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan (MoPH) in capturing and managing the public health funds, especially related to the country wide provision of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the expansion of the Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS), in coordination with other MoPH departments, and stakeholders.

GCMU was certified by the Policy and Procurement Unit of the Ministry of Finance to conduct procurement of consultancy services without limit on the threshold set in the procurement law (Procurement law of Afghanistan, 2009). In addition to that, GCMU has been successfully certified by the USAID, World Bank, EU as capable and transparent entity to conduct procurement and contract management of the activities mainly for external development budget.

GCMU Goal:

To contribute to the reduction of high levels of mortality and morbidity by ensuring efficient and effective use of available resources to provide equitable and quality health services.

GCMU Scope of work:

The scope of work of the GCMU involves service procurement, contract management, coordination of the external and internal assistance provided by international donors such as ARTF, World Bank, EU, USAID, GAVI, Global Fund, other donors and the funds provided by the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The entity has bellow objectives for its main activities:

Objective-1: To conduct the procurement of consultancy services under the financial agreement terms with donors or government of Afghanistan (Functions of GCMU as Procurement Entity, Rule 175).

Objective 2: To manage and oversee grants and service contracts for health service delivery in a transparent manner, in line with the set government or donors’ rules and procedures (Functions of GCMU as Contract Administrator Entity, Rule 149):

Objective 3: To develop and strengthen the institutional capacity of the entity on procurement of consultancy services and contract management (Institutional Capacity Development function)