Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Executive Director - African Constituency Bureau


The Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has two constituencies in Africa, namely the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) constituencies led by Board of Directors. The two constituencies initiated governance reforms in 2012 with a twofold intent: to ensure that constituency priorities are reflected in Global Fund strategy and operational plans; and to strengthen the presence, voice and contributions of the constituencies, through their delegations, in all Global Fund processes. The constituencies adopted a new governance framework that amongst other things introduce the concept of establishing a joint ESA and WCA Bureau to support the Board member’s alternates, committee members and delegates representing countries in these two constituencies. Feasibility assessment was conducted in Ethiopia to see if it would be possible to establish the African Constituency Bureau (ACB) in Addis Ababa and see the pros and cons. Report on key findings of the assessment covering wide range of issues particularly the legal status, business climate, human resources, communications, taxations and other areas such as security, office operations etc. was organized. A consensus was reached to establish the African Constituency Bureau in Ethiopia.
The government of Ethiopia has shown interest for a full support of the establishment of the African Constituency Bureau in Addis Ababa and is willing to provide the Bureau a diplomatic privilege for the necessary grant to and immunity as done to other bilateral and multilateral organizations operating in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Public Health Association (ETPHA) was recommended and nominated by different stakeholders to come on Board to facilitate and support the establishment of the Bureau in Addis Ababa. Director
Opportunity
The role of Executive Director is critical for the success of the African Constituency Bureau. Reporting directly to the Executive Board, the Executive Director will guide the African Constituency Bureau’s strategic and operational engagement.
Position
The ED is responsible for implementation of the strategies and plans defined by the African constituency representatives to the Global Fund Board (WCA and ESA) as well as ensuring that results are achieved. Under the leadership of the Executive Team, the ED has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Bureau. S/he also supports communication focal points for the constituencies and the resources mobilization strategy and supervises and evaluates the staff placed under her/his responsibility.
Role Profile:
Duties and Responsibilities:
The main responsibilities of the Executive director include the following:
  • Lead, direct and manage all bureau activities
  • Ensure planning, coordination and timely reporting of activities of different units of the Bureau
  • Ensure that documents from the AEC are reviewed and analyzed by the team, and summaries shared with constituencies
  • Ensure that effective support is provided to the two delegations
  • Contribute to strategic thinking and resource mobilization for a viable and sustainable bureau
  • Establish and ensure the updating of the contact group in collaboration with country focal points
  • Ensure the implementation of a communication strategy for the bureau, including communication with members of the African constituencies and their representatives to the Global Fund board, the Secretariat of the Global Fund, technical and financial partners, media, and pan African organizations
  • Develop strategic partnerships with national, regional and international organizations for consensus building and a sustainable support
  • Support advocacy efforts of the bureau and the African constituencies to the Global Fund Board
  • Supervise and evaluate performance of bureau personnel; and ensure that assessment taking place on time
  • Ensure the supervision of consultants hired by the Bureau for activities related to policy analysis and advocacy
  • Represent the bureau with national, regional and international bodies and platforms
  • Complete other tasks as requested by the Executive Team as needed
  • Establish a system that provides effective support for advocacy and related functions
Required Experience and Qualifications:
Education
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in international relations or health Studies (public health, health policy, international health) and an advanced degree in Administration, Management or equivalent
Relevant Experience
  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience coordinating focus on health policy analysis and communications/networking preferably in developing countries
  • Three to five years in similar position experience in high level strategic, leadership, and overseeing health programs in an organization supporting multi-country stakeholders
  • Relevant experience in health strategy development and technical leadership
  • Experience in setting up and managing a new country or regional office successfully
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and resource mobilization for international development programs
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, sustain and manage strong networks with government, donors and other partner organizations
  • Mastery of government process as well as Global Fund and UN procedures
  • Strong public presentation and excellent writing and spoken skills required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and/other languages have added value
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Citizen of one of the 47 countries members of the WCA and ESA Global Fund constituencies.
  • Experience with using statistical software’s such SPSS, Epi-Info etc.
Skills
  • Proven leadership capacity
  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Proven ability to lead a multicultural team
  • Rigorous, proactive and systems thinker
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Independent, strong initiative, anticipation of needs, problem resolution skills
  • Record of delivering quality results in complex situations within required timeframes
Terms of Appointment
This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary is internationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The benefits for this position are attractive and commensurate with International recruitment packages of the United Nations and African Union.

HOW TO APPLY:
Expressions if interest together with a full CV (MS word format) and supporting statement, highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role should be directed to Ms Lea Vercoustre, Researcher, SRI Executive lvercoustre@sri-executive.com, on or before before Monday 4th July 2016.

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