Chance to join UN health panel

By on 02/11/2015 | Updated on 25/09/2020

The United Nations is looking for global leaders with experience in reviewing and assessing policy or implementing reform to volunteer for a new panel reporting on global health issues.

The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health – a World Health Organisation body – is looking to appoint people to the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy), which would produce an annual report on the ‘State of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health’.

The Partnership is particularly interested in people from the African and South-East Asian regions.

The job advert specifies that applicants should have “extensive, hands-on experience in policy review and assessment and/or in implementing policy or legislative reform, particularly as related to improving accountability mechanisms” as well as “strong and proven qualitative and quantitative research skills.”

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate “leadership and capacity to work in a multi-sector global environment” as well as “extensive experience in a recognised leadership role at national, regional or global levels.”

They must also have “excellent communication skills and the capacity to interact at the highest policy and political levels” and be able to show that there would be “no disqualifying conflicts of interest such as current employment by agencies that may benefit from influencing the report findings and/or recommendations.”

The panel will consist of nine members, including one young person. Once all members are appointed, the secretary-general will appoint one member as chair.

Members will normally be appointed for a two or three-year term, with some extensions to allow staggered rotation.

Panel members will undertake their roles on a pro bono basis, but costs to participate in IAP meetings and processes to develop the reports will be fully covered.

Applications are open until 18 November.


Click here to find out more and apply

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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