[Ip-health] EXTENDED DEADLINE OF 20th AUGUST: Call for new membership: Communities Delegation to UNITAID, Communities Support Team

Jessica Hamer JHamer at oxfam.org.uk
Mon Jul 30 07:32:54 PDT 2012

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Extended Application Deadline: 20th August 2012

Applications from people living with HIV, affected by TB and/or malaria in 
Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Asia, plus African 
countries with high UNITAID investments* are particularly encouraged to 

*Including Uganda, Mozambique, DRC, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi.

The Communities Delegation to UNITAID is seeking new members for its 
Communities Support Team, which works to raise awareness of UNITAID at 
country level, and to ensure UNITAID projects reach communities who need 
them. Full Terms of Reference are attached, and instructions on how to 
apply are included below. Please email your application email to 
esther.tallah at gmail.com and carolnawina at yahoo.com by 20th August 2012 in 
order to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no application form  - please email up to 1 page of 
text as detailed in the instructions below.

UNITAID is an international drug-purchasing facility, intervening for 
market impact to scale up access to prevention, diagnostic, and treatment 
products for HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria in developing countries. UNITAID 
raises money through a combination of taxes on airline tickets and 
long-term government funding.  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 see www.unitaid.eu

The Communities delegation to UNITAID, representing communities living 
with and/or affected by HIV, TB and/or malaria at UNITAID Board level, 
play a vital role in bringing the voices of affected Communities to key 
UNITAID Board decisions and activities. The Communities delegation have 
developed the Communities Support Team (CST) to strengthen their 
connection with voices on the ground in UNITAID-beneficiary countries, and 
to strengthen the delegations? ability to monitor that UNITAID-purchased 
commodities are reaching those communities which need them.

The Communities Support Team (CST) is entering an exciting phase in its 
development, having completed a series of country consultations, 
connecting key UNITAID stakeholders (including government, UNITAID 
partners, civil society) at country level supported by UNITAID, and now 
moving into the next phase of its operations, working to contribute 
towards effectiveness of UNITAID supported country programs and 
specifically towards UNITAID- purchased medicines, diagnostics and 
preventive products reaching people on the ground. Full terms of reference 
for the CST are attached.

The Communities Support Team is seeking new membership. Applicants must be 
living with HIV, or affected by TB or malaria, and should be based in a 
country where UNITAID programmes are active (see 

To apply, please email 3-4 paragraphs (maximum 1 page) outlining how you 
meet the following selection criteria to 
esther.tallah at gmail.com and carolnawina at yahoo.com by 20th August 2012:

Selection to the Communities Delegation will be based on the following 

i.     A person living with HIV and/or living with or had TB and/or living 
in communities affected by malaria;
ii.    Demonstrated understanding of the scope of work of UNITAID and 
opportunities it presents, particularly as it relates to issues of people 
living with AIDS, affected by TB, and malaria in developing countries;
iii.   Consistent internet, email and phone access;
iv.   Ability to work well in written and spoken English (additional 
languages will be valued);
v.    Ability and capacity to communicate and network effectively and 
broadly (must have functioning communication linkages in region or 
vi.   Diplomatic and strategic political and negotiating skills to work 
with donor, government, non-governmental organisations, private sector and 
other relevant entities;
vii.  Openness, willingness and ability to learn, and to take on issues 
across constituency groups;
viii.Willingness to adhere to the key performance indicators (KPIs) of the 
CST (see attached TORs);
ix.   Assurance regarding availability of  at least 10% of working time 
for UNITAID related duties; and
x.    Adhering to strict confidentiality with regards to UNITAID board and 
committee documents where relevant
Completed applications will be assessed by a panel comprising the current 
Board member and Alternate, and Communities delegation Key 
Advisor/s/existing Communities Support Team members. The outcome of 
selection will be communicated to applicants by the end of July 2012.
Please note: Membership of the Communities Support Team is on a voluntary 
basis, and no remuneration will be provided. 
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest. Please do contact 
esther.tallah at gmail.com and carolnawina at yahoo.com should you have any 
queries in the meantime.

Best wishes,

Esther Tallah (outgoing Communities Board member to UNITAID)
Nelson Otwoma (incoming Communities Board member to UNITAID/current 
Carol Nyirenda (Communities delegation Key Advisor)

Jessica Hamer
Liaison officer, Civil Society Delegations to UNITAID Board
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