About the selection process
The NGO Delegation’s recruitment is guided by ECOSOC resolution 1995/2, which states that ‘The selection of the five nongovernmental organizations will be determined by the NGOs themselves from among those either in consultative status with ECOSOC or in relationship with one of the cosponsoring organizations or on the roster of NGOs dealing with matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS. The PCB shall formally approve the NGOs nominated.’
In short, applying NGOs are shortlisted by all members of the NGO Delegation. An interview panel consisting of an NGO Delegate from the same region as the vacant seat, an NGO Delegate from any other region, plus a civil society representative from the same region as the vacant seat interview the shortlisted candidates. Based on the outcomes of these interviews, the full delegation chooses the most suitable candidate to fill the vacant seat on the NGO Delegation. The current recruitment and selection procedures are codified in the Delegates’ Manual.
Summary of your role as a delegate
As a delegate, on behalf of your NGO, you are a member of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) and represent your region on the governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). PCB members influence the HIV and AIDS policy development, strategy, and programming of the world’s leading organization that is shaping the global HIV response. You will serve a two-year term, which requires you to attend at least two board meetings a year in Geneva, Switzerland. On average, you are required to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to duties relating to the PCB. All members of the NGO Delegation are unsalaried but will receive an expense allowance (paid by UNAIDS) for all costs relating to attending PCB meetings in person.
Your main duties and responsibilities
During PCB meetings, you will need to:
- Hold the Joint Programme and UN Member States accountable for previously agreed commitments and ensure that the needs of communities included in the HIV response are centered in strategy and programming.
- Advocate and negotiate with UN member states and UNAIDS co-sponsoring organizations on board decisions regarding various agenda items.
In between meetings, you will work closely with the rest of the NGO Delegation in various working groups to prepare the next PCB meetings. You will need to:
- Seek input from and report back to your respective community and regional organizations and networks on critical issues related to UNAIDS policies and programs and the overall response to HIV.
- Review and provide comments on policy briefs, reports, and PCB-related documents;