Position : The role of Executive Director (ED) is critical for the success of the African Constituency Bureau. Reporting directly to the Executive Board, the Executive Director will guide the ACB’s strategic and operational engagements.
Category: Development and Project Management, Management, Social Sciences and Community
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Executive (CEO, Country Manager, General Manager)
Employment Type: Full time
Established in 2012 by a resolution of African Health ministers, the African Constituency Bureau (ACB) for the Global Fund began its operations in March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a policy Think Tank for African Constituencies of the Global Fund. The Global Fund has two constituencies representing Africa, namely, the West and Central Africa (WCA) and Eastern and Southern African (ESA). The African Constituencies joined forces 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 in all Global Fund processes. The constituencies adopted a new Governance Framework – which is now under revision – that, amongst other things, introduced the concept of establishing a joint WCA and ESA Bureau to support the Board members, Alternates, committee members and delegates representing countries from these two constituencies.
The ACB is now in full operation and has made significant developments at establishing strategic partners, rigorizing policy analysis, strengthening engagements and participation of African countries in Global Fund governance deliberations, resource mobilization and strengthening the organization’s capacity.
The role of Executive Director (ED) is critical for the success of the African Constituency Bureau. Reporting directly to the Executive Board, the Executive Director will guide the ACB’s strategic and operational engagements.
The ED is responsible for establishing and implementation, in consultation with the ACB Board, 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 leads the Bureau in identifying and strengthening partnerships and engagements with key relevant stakeholders in the global health community. S/he also supports communication focal points for the constituencies and ensures that an appropriate resource mobilization strategy is in place and actively works to bring in resources in the Bureau. S/he supervises and evaluates the staff in the Bureau and reports to the Board Members.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The main responsibilities of the Executive Director include the following:
Provide strategic leadership over the Bureau, ensuring that a relevant strategy is developed and is implemented successfully, in coordination with the Board Members;
Lead strategic thinking and resource mobilization for a viable and sustainable bureau;
Lead, direct and manage all bureau activities;
Ensure planning, coordination and timely reporting of activities of different units of the Bureau to the Board and respective funding partners;
Ensure that documents from the GF and its Committees/Task Teams and other partners are reviewed and analyzed by the team, and summaries shared with constituency representatives;
Ensure that effective support is provided to the two delegations in consultation with Communication Focal Points (CFPs);
Establish and ensure the updating of the contact group in collaboration with country focal points;
Ensure the development and 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;
Lead advocacy efforts of the Bureau and the African constituencies to the Global Fund Board;
Supervise and evaluate performance of Bureau personnel and ensure that staff are adequately supported to optimally undertake their responsibilities;
Ensure the supervision of consultants hired by the Bureau for activities related to policy analysis and advocacy, and any other tasks;
Represent the Bureau at national, regional and international bodies and platforms.
Establish a system that provides effective support for advocacy and related functions
Ensure linkages of ACB operations with that of key stakeholders including regional economic communities (RECs) and the African Union (AU) in order to engender Africa Leadership to take full ownership of the Global Fund’s investment by, among other key objectives, supporting Country Program through adequate budgetary allocation in line with Abuja declaration in 2001.
Undertake any other tasks as requested by the ACB Board as needed.
Terms of Appointment
This is a full-time position based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the successful candidate being contracted on a three-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 similar organizations.
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.
A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience coordinating focus on public health, health policy analysis and communications/networking preferably in developing countries;
Three (3) to five (5) years in similar position with 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;
Mastery of government as well as Global Fund and UN procedures;
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
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 46 countries members of the WCA and ESA Global Fund constituencies.
Proven leadership capacity;
Negotiation and mediation skills;
Proven ability to lead a multicultural team;
Rigorous, proactive, systems thinker;
Ability to work under pressure;
Independent, strong initiative, anticipation of needs, problem solving skills; and
Record of delivering quality results in complex situations within required timeframes.
How to Apply
Info Mind Solutions has been engaged by The African Constituency Bureau to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) to conduct a recruitment for a suitably qualified individual to undertake the position of Executive Director.
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 Osman Ahmed, HR Business Services Manager , Info Mind Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before Monday 18th March 2019.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.