Call for new membership: Communities Delegation to UNITAID Board

Application deadline: 30th October 2015
The Communities Delegation to the UNITAID Board represents people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV, at the UNITAID Board and Committee level.

The Communities Delegation to the UNITAID Board represents people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV, at the UNITAID Board and Committee level. The Communities Delegation aims to be transparent, accountable and to prepare communities at grass roots and country level to engage in UNITAID work, working to raise awareness to increase the debate about the UNITAID work areas that directly affect those living with the diseases at country level, especially in the global south.

From 2006 – 2014, the Communities Delegation has managed its work together with the UNITAID NGO Delegation. However, in response to the growth of UNITAID knowledge among community members, especially across the global south, the demand for a space that specifically responds to the needs of communities living with the diseases increased and at the beginning of 2015, the Communities Delegation formed its own separate Delegation to serve its seat on the UNITAID Board, and is currently hosted by GNP+ based in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information about the Delegation's mission, vision, goals and charter, please find the Communities Delegation Handbook here.

The Communities Delegation would now like to reconstitute itself and hereby issues an open call soliciting applications to the Communities Delegation. In the Terms of Reference pasted below you will find a description of the selection process for Communities Delegation Members as well as the selection criteria and desired profile of the members.

Interested community members are invited to submit an Expression of Interest by Friday October 30th COB via email to Applicants will receive a form to collect contact details, expertise, as well as the answers to three questions about UNITAID, the role of the Communities Delegation and for information about priorities in one of the disease areas.

UNITAID Communities Delegation Member

Terms of Reference


This document outlines the role, terms of office, qualifications and commitments required to serve as a Member of the Communities Living with and Affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those Co-infected with HIV and HCV Delegation to the Board of UNITAID.

The Communities Delegation has a maximum of 30 members (inclusive of the leadership) and will strive to achieve a minimum of 5 Delegates from the HIV community, 5 from malaria, 5 from tuberculosis, 5 from HIV/HCV co-infection and 10 from cross-cutting areas such as market dynamics, pricing, new drug product development, intellectual property etc.


Membership of the Communities Delegation is on an individual basis. To be eligible, the individual must meet the following criteria:

  • A person: –

o Living with HIV; and/or
o Living with or had Tuberculosis; and/or
o Living with, or working with, communities affected by Malaria; and/or
o Living with or had HIV/HCV co-infection

  • Be fully able to communicate orally and in writing in English (additional languages are valued).
  • Demonstrated expertise and understanding of the scope of work of UNITAID and the opportunities it presents, particularly relating to issues of people living with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/HCV co-infection at country level;
  • Particular expertise in issues such as HCV, market dynamics, pricing, new drug product development, intellectual property etc;
  • Consistent internet, email and phone access;
  • Demonstrated linkages with community networks (local, national and/or regional levels);
  • Capacity to communicate and network effectively and broadly;
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality around any confidential documentation available through UNITAID Committee and Board meetings;
  • Commitment to principles of transparency and accountability;
  • Diplomatic and strategic political and negotiating skills to work with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Openness, willingness and ability to learn, and the commitment to engage in issues of different constituencies;
  • Commitment to a minimum of five hours per week for UNITAID related activities;
  • If employed by an organisation, written assurance regarding the availability of five‚Ä® hours per week of time for UNITAID related activities; and
  • A letter of institutional support from an employer or affiliated organisation;
  • At least one of the Delegation Members should be under 25 years of age.


  • Be a national of and have lived and worked in an implementing country;
  • Gender balance and a geographical balance.

Wherever possible, there should be only 1 member per country and we strive to ensure a balance across Members coming from the HIV, TB, malaria and HIV/HCV co-infected communities.


Members of the Communities Delegation are expected to work closely with the Board Member (BM), Alternate Board Member (ABM) and Community Liaison Officer, and will work primarily through email and conference calls. The primary role of all delegation members is to provide support and advice to the BM, ABM, and the Community Liaison Officer.

Members of the Communities Delegation have the following responsibilities:

  • To uphold and support the mission of the Communities Delegation;
  • Consult with communities, and communicate their priorities and needs linked to UNITAID;
  • Meaningfully participate in all discussions of the Communities Delegation, especially related to Committee and Board Meetings of UNITAID;
  • Respond to communications within the time frame requested noting that silence means approval where decisions are being made;
  • Commit to a minimum of 5 hours a week for UNITAID related duties;
  • Declare a conflict of interest; and
  • Maintain Board and Committee documents confidential;
  • Declare since the beginning of any potential conflict of interest that his membership at the delegation may have (refer to the delegation’s Conflict of Interest Management).

Orientation and training will be provided to new Communities Delegation Members at the start of each Board Meeting and through regular topic-specific briefings. This will be further developed throughout 2015/16.

Communities Delegation Members are eligible to apply for the position of (Alternate) Board Member based on the criteria for this position.


The following are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that Communities Delegation Members must commit to and achieve:

  • A 50% response rate for requests for personal and substantive input and/or decision(s) between UNITAID Board Meetings;
  • Active participation in the work of at least ONE committee of UNITAID that the Communities Delegation is represented on where nominated;
  • Demonstrated active participation by reading, commenting and supporting advocacy on at least 25% of Committee/Board Meeting papers;
  • Communicate and consult with between 5 and 10 global, regional and national contacts on key issues; and
  • Participate, when selected, in two-day Board meetings that take place twice-yearly including two-three day pre-meetings.

The Communities Delegation Member may be requested to attend country-level/regional consultations, occasional additional Board ‘special sessions’, retreats, workshops, consultative fora and teleconferences.

All Delegation Members will be required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding of the KPIs and their commitment to achieve them.


The Community Liaison Officer issues an open call requesting applications to the Communities Delegation at least once every two years. The call will ask interested applicants to answer three questions about UNITAID, the role of the Communities Delegation and for some information about priorities in one of the three disease areas. A Selection Panel consisting of the BM, ABM, Community Liaison Officer and two members of the current Delegation will be set up, and applicants are selected according to predefined criteria set out above together with an assessment in relation to the written responses received. A short list of applicants will be compiled and each prospective member will be required to take part in a 15 minutes telephone call where they will have a chance to share their understanding and particular area of interest in relation to UNITAIDs’ core business.

Applications will be treated in a confidential manner. The Selection Panel makes the final decision with the outcome shared through various list-serves and platforms by the Community Liaison Officer.


Being a Delegation Member does not necessarily mean attending meetings.

A number of Communities Delegation members are selected before each UNITAID Board meeting, to receive funding and logistical support to attend UNITAID Communities Delegation’ pre-Board meetings, and where possible, observe at the Board meetings themselves. The number of delegation members invited is dependent on funding (though some attendees/those who are based in the meeting location will be self-funded).

The selection process for pre-Board and other Communities Delegations’ meetings is as follows:

  1. The Board and Alternate Board Members will specially invite Members to attend a Board meeting based on the needs of the particular meeting.
  2. At least two diseases will be represented in the individuals selected to attend.
  3. Every effort will be given to rotate these opportunities.


Members of the Communities Delegation serve a three-year term. Dependent on performance-based assessment, a two-year extension of this term may be granted by the leadership. However, at the end of the three year term, at least 50% of delegation members should be rotated off.


The roles of Communities Delegation Member is voluntary and hence there is no payment for the work. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the UNITAID Secretariat or the Communities Delegation.


A Communities Delegation Member will cease to be a member if:

  • He/she resigns;
  • He/she no longer has an employer who is supportive of the 5 hours time commitment required;
  • The outcomes of his/her annual evaluation in his/her role as Delegation member are deemed cause for a resignation by evaluation panel;
  • If a conflict of interest is declared and it is not possible to work around this;
  • When his/her term is completed.

After having served the full term, Delegation Members are required to have at least a one-year break before reapplying. Applicants will then undergo the standard selection process.

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By UNITAID Communities Delegation

Published: Oct. 18, 2015, 10:44 p.m.

Last updated: Oct. 21, 2015, 10:33 p.m.

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