The Elsie Initiative Fund’s structure is detailed in the Elsie Initiative Fund’s Terms of Reference (TOR) 2019-2024 (renewable) available in EnglishFrançais and Español.

The TOR describes the following governance arrangements:

  • Fund Secretariat – a five-member team
  • Steering Committee – seven voting members plus the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multi Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office)
  • Technical Committee – four to nine members with a wide range of subject matter expertise
  • Administrative Agent – the MPTF Office.

Elsie Initiative Fund Secretariat

The role of the Secretariat, hosted by UN Women, is to manage, coordinate and ensure the operational functioning of the Elsie Initiative Fund, within the UN Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action Team.

Elsie Initiative Fund Steering Committee

The role of the Steering Committee (SC) is to provide strategic guidance to the Elsie Initiative Fund’s Secretariat. The SC comprises seven (7) voting members.

Three (3) permanent members:

Global Affairs Canada, for an initial period of five years, and who also acts as one of the two co-chairs.

Three (3) countries on a rotating basis, as of April 2022:

  • One Troop and/or Police Contributing Country (T/PCC) that is Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible – Rwanda
  • Fund Contributor – The United Kingdom
  • Elsie Initiative Contact Group member – Uruguay.

Additionally, the MPTF Office as the Elsie Initiative Fund Administrator and ex officio member, sits on the SC and provides advice however, has nil voting rights.

Elsie Initiative Fund Technical Committee

The role of the Technical Committee (TC) is to provide technical guidance on Letters of Interest (LOI) and detailed submissions to the Elsie Initiative Fund’s Secretariat as well as additional expertise on women in peace operations.​

TC members are recommended by the Steering Committee and include academics, gender experts and military and police members with a broad and diverse range of peace operations experience:​

Administrative Agent UNDP MPTF Office




The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multi Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is the Elsie Initiative Fund’s administrative agent and administers all fund contributions in to and all payments out of, the multi-donor trust fund. The following agreements are required to be signed by the respective parties: ​

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – UN Agencies​
  • Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) – Troop and Police Contributing Countries​ (T/PCC)
  • Standard Service Agreement (SAA) – Donors.

All MOUs and SAAs signed after January 2020 include a section on Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Harassment.​