The Global Fund Board has officially launched a new executive director selection process. It was launched on the second day of the Board’s 37th meeting on 3-4 May in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Board tried to select a new executive director in late 2016 and early 2017 but had to abandon the process (see GFO article).
The Global Fund is developing a comprehensive supply chain strategy that will define a scope of responsibility, oversight, and necessary initiatives to address supply chain challenges.
In a commentary posted on its website, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) has identified three qualities that the next executive director of the Global Fund should exemplify. They are as follows:
Not surprisingly, opinions concerning what went wrong with the Global Fund’s executive director selection process vary, depending on who you ask. Many of the people we spoke to in preparation for this article – including Board delegations – were reluctant to comment at all, let alone publicly.
The Global Fund Board has appointed Marijke Wijnroks as Interim Executive Director effective 1 June 2017. The four-year term of the current executive director, Mark Dybul, expires on 31 May. Dr Wijnroks will serve until a new executive director is selected by the Board and is able to begin.
Citing concerns about the process, the Global Fund Board has decided to prolong the search for a new executive director.
The next executive director of the Global Fund will be selected at a Board Retreat that will be held on 27-28 February in Geneva. He or she will replace Dr Mark Dybul, whose term ends on 31 May 2017.
The main steps of the recruitment process, as decided by the Board and as reported by GFO last November, were as follows:
The ED of the Global Fund reports on how the Fund intends to increase programmatic quality and efficiency
In his report to the Board, Executive Director Dr Mark Dybul, highlighted that in order for the Fund to maximize impact at the country level, the Fund must explore ways to improve program quality and efficiency from design to implementation. Dr Dybul stated in the report that the approach it is taking builds upon the Program Quality and Efficiency project it developed in 2015 which aims to improve health program outcomes.
On 16-17 November 2016, the Global Fund Board held its 36th meeting in Montreux, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.
The Board has formally launched the recruitment process for a new executive director to replace Dr Mark Dybul, whose term expires on 31 May 2017. Dr Dybul has indicated that he is not seeking a renewal of his term.
The Board is expected to make a selection of the new E.D. during a Board retreat scheduled for 28 February-1March.