The Global Fund - Lead, Community Engagement

The Lead, Community Engagement provides leadership and vision for the Global Fund’s work on technical support and capacity development related to community responses, human rights, gender and key populations, reporting to the Senior Coordinator CRG Policy and Strategy.

S/he works across the Global Fund Secretariat and external partners to improve opportunities for, and quality of, engagement of communities and civil society in Global Fund-related processes at all levels.

The Lead, Community Engagement also supports the Senior Coordinator CRG Policy and Strategy through oversight of implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative, collaborating across the Secretariat and with external partners, particularly in the area of technical support and capacity development for communities throughout the grant lifecycle. The Strategic Initiative is a 3-year Board-approved programme to reinforce meaningful and sustainable community engagement in Global Fund related processes.
S/he oversees the work of consultants supporting implementation of the CRG Strategic Initiative.
S/he works directly with the Grant Management Division, multi-lateral, bilateral and civil society technical partners to ensure alignment of efforts to provide Global Fund-related technical assistance and capacity development that support community engagement across the grant lifecycle, including via the CRG Strategic Initiative. S/he convenes the coordination mechanism for the CRG Strategic Initiative, which includes a multi-sectoral group of global partners.

Key Responsibilities

Perform the following duties under the, prioritization, supervision and direction of the Senior Coordinator CRG Policy and Strategy:

  • Provides overall vision and leadership relating to the engagement of communities and civil society across all Global Fund -related processes and policies, working alongside colleagues from other departments and with technical, civil society, community, foundation and private sector partners to implement.

  • Liaises with the Country Coordinating Mechanism Hub within the Global Fund Secretariat, to ensure coordination and capacity development as it relates to community engagement with CCMs, along with support on developing policies and strategies related to CCMs.

  • Provides overall strategic vision and leadership for implementation of the CRG Strategic Initiative, including the simultaneous close out of the current Strategic Initiative and the relaunch of the next iteration of the Strategic Initiative in 2020. The learning and recommendations contained in the independent evaluation of the CRG Strategic Initiative 2017-19 should be considered when relaunching the next iteration of the Initiative.

  • Oversees the coordination mechanism for the CRG Strategic Initiative, working closely with multiple technical partners, donors and other stakeholders, including through regular communication, convening, and overall coordination of relevant meaningful engagement activities (including technical assistance).

  • Coordinates with relevant CRG technical advisors to maximize the initiative’s alignment with department objectives.

  • Oversees the work of the Technical Assistance Project Officer, to manage contracts (including issuing RfPs to identify new providers when needed), relationships and coordination with TA providers to ensure timely and effective TA implementation.

  • Oversees the work of the Programme and Knowledge Management Support Officer in their work to support tracking and communicating progress and results.

  • Oversees the work of the Platform Coordinator to ensure each regional Communication and Coordination Platform is provided with the appropriate level of support and guidance and that all Platforms are working consistently and linking with other elements of the Strategic Initiative and broader Global Fund priorities.

  • Maintains and strengthens relationships with community and civil society stakeholders including key population networks and those living with and/or most impacted by the 3 diseases, and that all networks are consistently implementing agreed-upon work plans and linking with other elements of the Strategic Initiative and broader Global Fund priorities.

  • Liaises with diverse partners to ensure strong and impactful linkages between the three complementary areas of the CRG Strategic Initiative as well as other efforts to reinforce capacities of affected community networks to engage more effectively in Global Fund–related processes in countries and globally. This includes working closely with technical partners and other donors to align and coordinate all related and relevant activities.

  • Leads efforts with the appropriate colleagues within the Global Fund Secretariat and beyond to continue to evolve and grow the robust monitoring and evaluation for learning framework for the Strategic Initiative. This includes ensuring timely submission of quality reports from Strategic Initiative funded partners, along with working to tracking and communicating progress and results internally at the Secretariat and externally to technical partners and other donors.

  • Contributes to the development of regular Global Fund reports, publications, press releases and other advocacy or information materials, as requested by the Senior Coordinator CRG Policy and Strategy.

  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and grade as required.

  • Any other tasks assigned by the Department Head.

Subject to change by the Executive Director at any time at his/her sole discretion.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Advanced degree in public health, development, international affairs, or a relevant related area. A first degree is acceptable if the candidate has 10 years post-degree relevant experience

Desirable:

  • Further related qualifications in the area of community responses, key populations, human rights and/or gender.

Experience

Essential:

  • Experience at international level in the area of community engagement, including capacity development

  • Experience in working with national, regional and/or international civil society organisations and community based networks, as well as other key stakeholders in developing countries

  • Experience in working with bilateral and multilateral partners

  • Experience in programming for community responses and systems

  • Experience working in an NGO or community based organization

  • Sound knowledge of Global Fund and its policies, processes and its governance structure

  • An understanding of the international health and development landscape

  • Demonstrated in-country experience in the field of program design, monitoring and implementation of community led responses

  • Project management experience

  • Experience with persuading and influencing others, including the ability to articulate a strong vision to a variety of interlocutors

Desirable

  • Six years of experience at international level in the area of community engagement, including capacity development

  • Experience of working within a civil society/community led organization/s in a developing country/s

  • Experience of working on Human Rights, Community, Gender & Key Populations programmes, including country experience, in the field of program design, implementation and coordination, research and policy development

Competencies

Languages:

An excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of French, Spanish or Russian.

Functional Competencies:

  • Project Management

  • Negotiations (Methods and Techniques)

  • Analytical

  • Communications

  • Multicultural understanding

  • Human Rights/Gender/Key Populations

  • Comfortable and capable public speaker

  • High proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Organizational Competencies:

  • Global Fund awareness and mind-set

  • Service orientation

  • Drive for results

  • Collaboration

  • Interaction

  • Adaptability