Action Fields Leadership Policy Finance Partnership Education Human Resources Management Systems Monitoring and Evaluation Planning Implementation Situational Analysis


Areas of Intervention

  • Professional standards, licensing and accreditation
  • Authorized scopes of practice for health cadres
  • Political, social and financial decisions and choices that impact HRH
  • Employment law and rules for civil service and other employers.


  • HRH policies in place
  • Appropriate scopes of practice defined for all cadres.

Tools and Guidelines

Assessing Financing, Education, Management and Policy Context for Strategic Planning of Human Resources for Health. WHO 2007

Designing Evidence-Based Incentives to Attract and Retain Health Workers. CapacityPlus, 2012

Exploring Contraceptive Use Differentials in Sub-Saharan Africa through a Health Workforce Lens. CapacityPlus, 2013

Foundations of Gender Equality in the Health Workforce. CapacityPlus, 2012

Gender: Missing Dimension in Human Resource Policy and Planning for Health Reforms. Hilary Standing, 2000.

Guidelines for Human Resources for Health Policy and Plan Development at Country Level (Draft). World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, 2004.

Handbook for Measurement and Monitoring: Indicators of the Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, 2010

Health Policy Assessment Tool. USAID Health Policy Initiative, May 2010

Health Workforce Planning Workbook. Centre for Public Health, University of New South Wales, 2001.

Integrating Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Services: Health Workforce Considerations. CapacityPlus, 2012

Policies and Plans for Human Resources for Health. Guidelines for Countries in the WHO African Region. WHO African Region, 2006

Population Growth and the Global Health Workforce Crisis. CapacityPlus, 2011

Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit: Designing Evidence-Based Incentives for Health Workers. CapacityPlus, 2012

Scaling Up Health Worker Production: The Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach. CapacityPlus, 2013

Strengthening the Health Worker Pipeline through Gender-Transformative Strategies. CapacityPlus, 2012

Tools for Planning and Developing Human Resources for HIV/AIDS and Other Health Services. Management Sciences for Health (MSH), 2006.


Achieving the Right Balance: The Role of Policy-Making Processes in Managing Human Resources for Health Problems. Department of Organization of Health Services Delivery, World Health Organization, 2000.

An Overview of Human Resources for Health (HRH) Projection Models. The Capacity Project, 2008.

Art of Moving from Policy to Action: Lessons Learned from the USAID Health Policy Initiative (2005-2010). September 2010

Health Workforce Innovations: A Synthesis of Four Promising Practices. Health Workforce Innovations: A Synthesis of Four Promising Practices. The Capacity Project, 2007.

Human Resources for Health Planning and Management in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Facts, Gaps and Forward Thinking for Research and Policy. Human Resources for Health, 2007.

Human Resources for Health Programs for Countries in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. The Capacity Project, 2006.

Improving the Implementation of Health Workforce Policies Through Governance: A Review of Case Studies. Human Resources for Health, April 2011

Policy Options to Attract Nurses in Rural Liberia: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment. WHO, November 2010

Transportability of Tertiary Qualifications and CPD: A Continuing Challenge for the Global Health Workforce. 2012

Workplace Violence Policy. Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services. Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services, 2008.