The leader of the Child Health Task Force (CHTF) secretariat originally approached me about facilitating a meeting of the CHTF’s Steering Committee and committee chairs. It was to be a large, diverse, multi-stakeholder group meeting over 3 days and we agreed that it would need some intentional pre-planning in order for the (1) Meeting itself to be successful and (2) There to be a clear path forward as to how the outcomes would be used. We worked together on planning the meeting, facilitating what was seen as a successful two days of discussion, and developing a workplan to take the meeting outcomes forward.
The CHTF secretariat leadership and I then continued to discuss the process of keeping this diverse, multi-stakeholder focused and moving forward. Based on these discussions and our initial work together, the secretariat engaged me to be a process facilitator and advisor, in addition to a meeting facilitator. For over six months we had regular planning calls (both one to one and with the Steering Committee) for me to help support the process. I was able to bring in my experience as a former executive director and someone familiar with shepherding diverse multi-year projects to provide peer support as well as guidance to help strengthen the process. Together we encouraged paradigm change in the group’s thinking. One of the outcomes was a re-envisioned perspective on country led engagement and new types of potentially more effective partnerships.
This project included assistance with:
- Process facilitation
- Advising and counseling on key junctures
- Facilitation of multi-stakeholder groups