Gavi, the Vaccine 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 partners are represented on the Alliance’s Board, the primary decision making authority on all matters related to Gavi-supported programs and policy development. A secretariat, based in Geneva, coordinates Alliance activities including policy development and support to countries. For more information visit www.gavi.org.
There is one seat for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the Gavi Board. In addition, there is also an Alternate CSO Board member. The term of each of these positions is two years.
Civil Society is one of the largest and most diverse constituencies within Gavi. CSOs include non-governmental organisations, community based groups, faith-based organisations, some academic and technical institutions and professional organisations including pediatric societies. As a public-private partnership, Gavi’s engagement with civil society should reflect their major roles in global immunisation and child health, and encourage the further development and inclusion of CSOs within Gavi’s governance structures.
In June 2015, the term for the sitting CSO Board Member (Joan Awunyo-Akaba) will conclude. The CSO Constituency has established a mechanism for selection in which, at the end of the current Representative’s term, the Alternate (currently Naveen Thacker) will automatically be nominated as the Representative for a two-year term. Accordingly, the Gavi CSO Constituency must now identify a new Alternate Board Representative. Consequently, the Gavi CSO Steering Committee currently seeks nominations for the Alternate position from CSOs with strong experience in immunisation, child health and health system strengthening. The Alternate would be expected to take up this role in July 2015, and to become the CSO Board Member in July, 2017.
All interested candidates should refer to the attached terms of reference for the CSO Board Representative and Alternate. Nominations must be submitted by the candidate’s organisation to demonstrate that they have full organisational support and that the organisation commits to allocating at least 10% of the nominee’s time to the Board Alternate role. Any nomination submitted directly by the individual will not be considered. Both the Board Member and the Alternate represent the entire Gavi CSO constituency, not just their own organisations. Please note that the alternate Board Member will assume the full duties and responsibilities of the Board Member when acting in the place of the Board Member.
The application form attached should be used for all applicants/nominees. Organisations should submit complete applications in English electronically to CSOBoardAlternate@gmail.com by 23:59 GMT+1 on 8 May, 2015.