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Call for Applications: United Nations Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel

Request for Applications

The Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (The Partnership) is soliciting applications for vacancies on the United Nations Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (Global Strategy). Applications for members from all regions are required to be submitted no later than 18th November 2015. Applications are particularly solicited from the African and South-East Asian regions. Consideration will be given to ensuring appropriate geographic representation and gender balance.

After 18th November, applications will be carefully reviewed by the IAP Working Group, which will identify a selection of applications to the Chair of the Partnership Board who in turn will submit this shortlist to the UN Secretary General for appointment.

Scope of work

The IAP is the principal advisory group to the UN Secretary General for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in view of the Secretary General’s Global Strategy. The IAP will report directly to the UN Secretary General and advise the UN Secretary General on overall global policies and strategies, covering the Continuum of Care and Life Cycle Approach.

The IAP will produce an annual global report on the “State of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health” which will be submitted to the UN Secretary General. This report will provide the global community with the best evidence on progress on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health towards achieving the Global Strategy objectives across the full suite of the Survive, Thrive and Transform targets in the Global Strategy, where data is available.

IAP composition and skills

The IAP will be independent and impartial, with members acting in their personal capacity. The IAP will need to command attention from the global community across the full range of the Global Strategy accountability framework – monitor, review and act - and across the diverse spectrum of issues that comprise the Global Strategy’s Survive, Thrive and Transform themes. Please follow the link to the right for further information on the Global Strategy. The IAP membership therefore needs to be diverse in terms of skills, gender, geographical distribution, experience, sectors, and stakeholders. Panel members should be able to demonstrate a set of core experience, achievements and values:

Proven commitment to the objectives and values of the Global Strategy;
Extensive experience and accomplishments in one or more of the core areas of the Global Strategy;
Extensive, hands- on experience in policy review and assessment and/or in implementing policy or legislative reform, particularly as related to improving accountability mechanisms;
Strong and proven qualitative and quantitative research skills;
A proven capacity to range across many elements of the Global Strategy – the continuum of care, health policy and finance, contribution of other sectors, human rights, gender equality etc.;
Demonstrated leadership and capacity to work in a multi-sector global environment;
Excellent communication skills and the capacity to interact at the highest policy and political levels;
A demonstrated commitment to the work of the panel and willingness to provide time for the Panel;
No disqualifying conflicts of interest such as current employment by agencies that may benefit from influencing the report findings and/or recommendations.
In addition, the Chair should have extensive experience in a recognized leadership role at national, regional or global levels.

The IAP will be comprised of 9 members, including one young person. A chair will be appointed by the Secretary-General from the appointed members. Members will normally be appointed for a two or three year term, with some extensions to allow staggered rotation in order to ensure continuity.

The IAP will undertake their roles on a pro bono basis, however, with costs to participate in IAP meetings and processes to develop the reports fully covered.

For further information, please see the Terms of Reference for the IAP by following the link to the right.

Submission of applications

You are requested to submit your Curriculum Vitae including references and a Letter of Interest (maximum 2 pages) highlighting your expertise, skills and experience to pmnch-rfp@who.int. The deadline for submitting your application is 18th November 2015, 17:00 Eastern Standard Time.

Please note that all applications will be kept highly confidential.

View this information on the PMNCH website.

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