Human Resources for Health (HRH2030)


Human Resources for Health (HRH2030) has been awarded to Chemonics International, Inc., with URC as a notable sub-partner. URC and other partner organizations are teaming up with a consortium of global health partners formed specifically to provide cutting-edge technical assistance and leadership towards the advancement of global human resources for health (HRH).

This dynamic partnership will enable HRH2030 to effectively engage stakeholders not only in health, but across development sectors in education, finance, economic growth, and leadership and governance, to comprehensively address the challenging HRH landscape in the developing world.

Building on its global development experience, URC will contribute its technical leadership in health system strengthening, quality improvement, and implementation science to HRH2030.

We will leverage our close relationships with country and global networks, including the Global Health Workforce Alliance, to strengthen HRH at the national and local level.

Building from previous project successes with USAID ASSIST and TRAction, we will utilize proven methodologies that focus on community-centered approaches where local people solve local solutions to address performance improvement, health staff utilization, and clinic management in order to build a stronger global health workforce.


The Challenge

With an estimated worldwide HRH deficit of 12.9 million, enhancing the size and proficiency of the health workforce has been recognized as a fundamental component of health systems strengthening (HSS) in low- and middle-income countries. HRH2030 will support countries to strengthen their health workforces to better meet the needs of their populations, especially with regards to ending preventable maternal and child deaths, creating an AIDS-free generation, achieving the goals of Family Planning 2020, and attaining universal health coverage globally. 



HRH2030 strives to:

  1. Enhance health workforce performance and productivity through improved health facility management, health worker retention, mHealth technology, and quality improvement.
  2. Increase the number, skill mix, and competency of the health workforce through multi-sectoral capacity building and instructional and institutional reforms to workforce education.
  3. Advance HRH/HSS leadership and governance capacity through public sector stewardship, cross-sector collaboration, and equitable resource allocation.
  4. Strengthen the sustainability of HRH investments through availability and use of high-quality data for planning and evaluation and sustainable financing.



  • Assessments
    • Rapid HRH assessment in Malawi and Zambia
    • Assessment and mapping of community-based cadres (Kenya​, South Africa)
  • Tool Development
    • Human Resources for Health Optimization Tools (HOT4): Set of Excel-based tools for anti-retroviral therapy, family planning, and primary health care (PHC) service delivery
    • Pilot of health worker productivity and performance toolkit (Nigeria, Tanzania)​
  • Research
    • Retrospective assessment of social return on investment in community health extension workers program (Ethiopia​)
    • Analysis of increases in women’s participation in leadership roles and its impact on increased investment in social and health services (Senegal, Madagascar)
  • Country Level Implementation
    • Mali: URC-led team applied community-based quality improvement (QI) to PHC and integrated service delivery efforts
    • Jordan: Two seconded staff to support national level HRH capacity building
    • Botswana: URC-led team applied community-based QI in support of 95-95-95 targets and PEPFAR service delivery partners




2015 to 2021
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Amref Health Africa
American International Health Alliance
Royal Tropical Institute
Open Development
Regions/ Countries