Specialist, Governance, Geneva At The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

This role contributes to the work of the Legal and Governance Department to advise and support the effective delivery of the work of the Global Fund governance bodies and processes. The role leads on governance strengthening initiatives and projects as allocated, and supports the achievement of the Department’s vision to support informed and strategic decision-making by the Board and Committees of the Global Fund. This defined-duration position serves as lead on management of governance oversight, processes and initiatives across the activities of the governing bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing operationalization of the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). The position requires effective understanding of governance priorities processes and procedures, project management, communication skills, strong drafting skills, relationship management, diplomacy and tact, as well as sensitivity to operating and governance environments. The position involves engaging directly with governance officials and external partners (Board Leadership, Members, constituencies, governments and partners) as well as the Management Executive Committee.

Key Responsibilities

Board, Coordinating Group and Committees:

  •  Lead and advise on the strategic programming, planning and effective delivery of Board, Coordinating Group and/or committee activities, in alignment with Global Fund Strategic Objectives, institutional priorities and six core functions of the Board, including work planning, agenda setting, liaison with governance body leaders and internal Secretariat teams, and drafting of briefings and reports.
  •  Contribute to ensuring harmonization between all levels of governance and compliance with Board-mandated frameworks including By-laws and Operating Procedures.
  •  Identify, monitor and track key strategic issues for Board, Coordinating Group and committee attention, including monitoring of constituency positions.
  •  Lead cross-institutional efforts to ensure timely, informed and effective decision-making by the Board and its committees, managing end-to-end decision-making processes.
  •  Lead on efficient and effective formal and informal reporting to Board and committees, including coordination, drafting and review of Board and committee documents, preparation of associated communication materials, and management of review and approval processes.
  •  Provide advisory support to Secretariat management and leaders of governance bodies.
  •  Oversee activities for the retention of institutional memory and effective communication, including development of appropriate tools, dashboards and systems.

Governance Processes and Strengthening Initiatives:

  •  Lead operational and strategic governance reform initiatives or adaptations at operational, procedural or strategic levels to ensure governance structures, processes and practices are fit for purpose.
  •  Lead on high-profile governance processes and initiatives, including in relation to the selection and assessment of senior officials, and the performance assessment of the Board and committees.
  •  Under the guidance of the Deputy, support on project conceptualization, planning, implementation (including risk identification, mitigation and escalation, securing required approvals and guidance from Board and committees), evaluation and monitoring (measure performance, adaptation,) and project closure and transfer.
  •  Deliver reports and present to governance bodies on governance effectiveness and continuity matters, enabling effective oversight.

Support to Board Constituencies:

  •  Advise on, define and implement modalities to support the effective engagement of constituencies, in collaboration with Governance Team colleagues, including enabling the delivery of onboardings, advisory, funding and operational support.
  •  Support individual constituencies as assigned, to provide advisory and operational support, to enable them to effectively engage in governance activities within the resources available.

Best Practice, Advisory and Representation:

  •  Provide guidance to the Deputy, Governance and other parties as required on governance matters as they arise in the work of the Board.
  •  Advise on best practices to enable Global Fund practices to remain appropriate to the global health, international and political context.
  •  Remain up to date on emerging trends and new information emerging in global governance.
  •  Provide support to the Deputy, Governance, for the effective resolution of sensitive matters as they arise.
  •  Engage with governance counterparts, particularly with partner organizations including regular engagement around governance practices, identification of synergies in governance practices; facilitate the sharing of best practices and capitalize on opportunities for harmonization and improved value-for money through shared initiatives.

Corporate reporting and compliance:

  •  Lead on relevant corporate planning, compliance and reporting activities, including the operating expenses budget, workplanning Performance and Accountability Framework, Risk Register, Business Continuity Plans, etc., ensuring all deadlines are met.

Perform additional activities as assigned by the Deputy, Governance, including in the absence of Specialist, Governance colleagues.

As required, the role may also provide supervision, advice and/or support to Governance Team staff or consultants.

Subject to change by the Executive Director at any time at their sole discretion.



  •  Advanced university degree in a relevant field (Masters level or equivalent) or a related professional qualification; OR;
  •  A first degree and at least 10 years of relevant post first-degree work experience


  •  Language competence in languages other than English (French particularly useful)
  •  Project Management training or certification
  •  Governance-specific training



  •  Experience working in a governance-related position in a multi-stakeholder setting and an international or multicultural environment
  •  At least 7-10 years of relevant (post-University) work experience
  •  Experience in executive office settings requiring diplomacy and tact, discretion and confidentiality


  •  Understanding of global health issues, the development landscape and the three diseases
  •  Knowledge of Global Fund policies and procedures
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience managing projects of increasing complexity


Languages: An excellent knowledge of English, including strong drafting skills. Preferably a good working knowledge of French. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

Organizational Competencies:

  •  Drive for Results
  •  Collaboration
  •  Interaction
  •  Adaptability
  •  Global Fund awareness and mindset
  •  Service Orientation

Functional Competencies:

  •  Geopolitical Awareness – Mastery Level
  •  Communications – Mastery Level
  •  Multi-cultural – Expert Level
  •  Negotiations – Mastery Level
  •  Project Management – Expert Level
  •  Business – Mastery Level
  •  Operational policy – Foundation Level
  •  Risk – Foundation Level
  •  Finance – Foundation Level

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18 June 2023



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