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May 25th
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Introduction: Project Management Unit

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The Project Management Unit is a temporary organization established solely for the management of the Health Sector Reform Project (HSRP) within the Policy, Analysis and Planning Unit (PAPU) of the Ministry of Health.  For administrative purposes, the PMU will coordinate closely with PAPU.  The PMU, headed by a Project Coordinator, is responsible for the overall planning, execution, coordination, evaluation and reporting necessary for implementation of the project in accordance with the standard procurement, disbursement and other loan administration requirements of the Caribbean Development bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

It is responsible for preparation, updating and the monitoring of work plans and budgets, liaison between key agencies involved in the HSRP, the coordination and supervision of activities, execution of the MIF Technical Cooperation and preparation of reports to the Government, and the lending agencies.  The PMU will prepare periodic executive progress reports for review by the National Program Manager and later presentation at Steering Committee meetings.

The PMU reports to the national Program Manager and will coordinate and report on the activities of the Liaison Officers in each agency.  It is also responsible for the procurement of all consulting services, the administration of their contracts and coordination with the Liaison Officers and other counterparts in the beneficiary agencies so as to ensure the timely delivery of services.  Technical reviews of the consultants' outputs will be undertaken by the counterparts in each agency and by PAPU/DHS.  The PMU will directly monitor the consultants for the design and supervision of physical works, as well as suppliers of medical equipment and any consultants hired to assist in this aspect of the project.

In addition to the Coordinator, members of the PMU include the Infrastructure/Procurement Officer, Financial Administrative Director, Project Engineer and an Accounting Clerk/Secretary.  The Infrastructure/Procurement Coordinator, supported by a Project Engineer, will be responsible for procurement and capital improvement activities across all components.  The Financial Administrative Director is responsible for preparation of payment documents and records maintenance and provide secretarial support.