05 Dec 2019
The Communities Delegation to Unitaid is seeking applications for a new Alternate Board Member (unpaid position)
Call for Expressions of Interest
Application deadline: COB January 10, 2020
Unitaid is a global health initiative that is working with partners to end the world’s tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and hepatitis C epidemics. Founded in 2006, the organization funds the final stages of research and development of new drugs, diagnostics and disease-prevention tools, helps produce data supporting guidelines for their use, and works to allow more affordable generic medicines to enter the marketplace in low- and middle-income countries. Unitaid is also a vehicle to encourage follow-on innovation, to ensure medicines are available in formulations and combinations that are best suited to the target populations and treatment conditions in developing countries.
For more information on Unitaid, please visit the website here.
The Communities Delegation to the Unitaid Board aims for a Unitaid in which people living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV have access to tests, medicines and products that prevent new infections, that are affordable and meet their needs. The delegation represents the communities and their views at Unitaid Board and Committee level and ensures the voices from the communities positively influence the decisions, priorities, programmes and overall impact of Unitaid, at Board and country level.
For more information on the Communities Delegation, please see www.gnpplus.net/resources/unitaid-communities-delegation-handbook
The Position: The Communities Delegation to the Board of Unitaid is looking to appoint a new Alternate Board Member (Alternate) to represent Communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV.
The previous call for Alternate applications did not yield a suitable candidate with sufficient Unitaid-related experience and knowledge.
The Alternate will work with the Communities Board member, liaison officer and members of the Delegation to represent the voices and issues of people living with the diseases. Applicants must be able to commit 25% of their working time to the position and have the support of their organisation for the role and time commitment.
The term of service is a total of 4 years: 2 years as Alternate Board member, followed by 2 years as Board member (the Alternate Board member will be offered the Board member post subject to satisfactory performance evaluations).
The new Alternate should be available to attend the forthcoming Board Committee meetings on 6-8 April 2020 in Geneva as an induction to the new role.
Please note this is an unpaid position but travel costs, including a per diem, will be covered by Unitaid. Some support towards telephone, computer/internet, and other office costs will also be provided.
Reaching full gender balance is a key target for the Delegation for incoming Alternate and Board Members. Female applicants are therefore specifically encouraged to apply for Alternate Board Member. Suitable candidates being sought should have an understanding of technical areas such as diagnostics, market dynamics, community engagement and/or intellectual property.
Applicants will be assessed through their CV and application form, and will be asked to participate in a telephone interview if short-listed. The application form is available here and full Terms of Reference is available on pages 7 – 11 of the Delegation Handbook, available here.
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Results of the appointment will be circulated on mailing lists.
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