10 Jul 2014
New Community Development Manager joins GNP+
The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rico Gustav as the new Community Development Manager. This position is not only a critical part of GNP+’s management team, but is also central to the programme development and implementation of one of the three key strategic pillars of GNP+’s Strategic Plan, supporting networks of people living with HIV to mobilise and strengthen their networking and capacities.
Rico brings with him a wealth of experience from the field of HIV activism for over a decade, particularly from the Asia Pacific region, where he has been living and working. He remains an Alternate Board Member for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) from the Communities Delegation, bringing community voices to the Global Fund Board and decision-making process.
Suzette Moses-Burton, Executive Director of GNP+, said: “By welcoming Rico into the GNP+ family, we gain a colleague with a diverse portfolio of skills including strong community leadership and strategic thinking. Rico has a passion and commitment to support communities of people living with HIV, including key populations of people living with HIV, globally, regionally and nationally and we are delighted to have him on board.”
As a long-time friend and collaborator with GNP+, Rico supported the development of the Global Advocacy Agenda in 2012. As a consultant to GNP+ he facilitated online discussions on treatment and treatment access, conducted an analysis on the findings and developed a report and recommendations, which have been used to articulate the advocacy issues of most importance to the community of people living with HIV, and highlight the importance of working together at all levels for better health and human rights outcomes.
Rico joins the organization from Populations Service International Thailand, where he was a Programme Development Manager, reviewing programmes, monitoring grant management systems and programme deliveries, as well as undertaking resource mobilization. Prior to this he worked at the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+) for four years, first as Treatment, Advocacy and Capacity Building Officer, and then as the Grant Management Unit Manager, in which position he managed the development of GFATM proposal, the grant implementation and led the development of the first community-led Regional Treatment Database.
Past employment has included working as Associate for the UNAIDS Regional Support Team Asia and Pacific, in charge on the community advocacy component of the Commission on AIDS in Asia, as well as Civil Society Liaison Assistant and in the Community Advocacy Unit in UNAIDS Indonesia. Rico started his work in community advocacy through his background in centers for people who use drugs in his home country of Indonesia, developing programmes for people who use drugs, and managing a country-wide organization that provides services for people who use drugs.