The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership launched in 2000. It comprises partners, including UNICEF, WHO, the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, developing country governments, donor country governments, the vaccine industry, civil society groups, and research and technical health institutes. GAVI Alliance partners are represented on the Alliance Board, GAVI’s primary decision making authority on all matters related to programs and policy development. A Secretariat, based in Geneva, coordinates Alliance activities including policy development and support to countries. For more information visit www.gavialliance.org.
GAVI has two individuals representing civil society organizations on the Alliance Board. The term of each of these positions is two years.
- The official Board Member/Representative for civil society organizations. According to procedures established by the Civil Society Constituency Steering Committee, this will normally be the current Board Alternate.
- An Alternate Member who will support the Board Member in his/her role, and serve at meetings and on key committees of the Board, as required.
Civil Society is one of the largest and most diverse constituencies within the GAVI Alliance. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) include non-governmental organizations, community based groups, academic and technical institutions and professional organizations. As a public-private partnership, GAVI’s engagement with civil society should reflect their major roles in global immunization and child health, and encourage the further development and inclusion of CSOs within GAVI’s governance structures.
Civil Society perspectives are important to GAVI’s ability to develop sound and effective policies. Since inception, the Alliance has sought to involve representatives of the civil society constituency in its highest-level decision making authority: the GAVI Alliance Board. In June 2011 the term for the sitting CSO Board Member will expire. The Civil Society Constituency has established a mechanism for selection in which, at the end of the current Representative’s term, the Alternate will automatically be nominated as the Representative for a two-year term. Accordingly the civil society constituency must now identify a new Alternate Board Representative to serve within GAVI’s governance structure.
Consequently, the GAVI CSO Steering Committee currently seeks applications for the Alternate position from civil society organizations with an interest in immunization, child health and health system strengthening.
All interested candidates should refer to the attached terms of references for the civil society Board Representative and Alternate when submitting their application. Both the Board Member and the Alternate serve to represent the entire civil society constituency, not just their own organizations. Please note that the alternate Board Member will assume the full duties and responsibilities of a Board Member when acting in that capacity.
The application form, terms of reference and contacts details can be found in this document from the GAVI website.
The process and timeline for identifying the new Civil Society Board Alternate:
- Deadline for submission of nominations is 23 May 2011 at 17h00 (CEST/Geneva time).
- A Search Committee (sub-group of the GAVI Alliance civil society Steering Committee) will review nominations and propose a short list to the Steering Committee by 30th May 2011. Telephone interviews may be requested.
- The GAVI Alliance Steering Committee will review the short list and vote on a candidate to put forward to the GAVI Governance Committee.
- The final candidates (current Alternate as Board Representative and new Alternate) will be submitted to the GAVI Governance Committee for confirmation and agreement 6 July 2011.
- The recommendations of the Governance Committee will be presented to the GAVI Alliance Board at its meeting of 7 – 8 July 2011. The GAVI Alliance Board is responsible for appointing new Board Members and Alternates.