The sustainability of the results of the last Global Fund HIV grant for Russia are under a threat

Author: Ivan Varentsov

This text is the author’s version of the article published in Aidspan’s GFO Issue 342

Conflict of interest: the author of the article is a member of the Coordinating Committee which was responsible for coordination and oversight of the implementation of the Global Fund HIV grant in Russia being discussed in this article.

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Fundraiser vacancy announcement

The charitable fund “Candle” and the Coordination Committee for the Global Fund Program in Russian Federation  are pleased to announce a competition for a Fundraising Specialist (Fundraiser) vacancy in the Coordination Committee Secretariat.

Main responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing a plan for attracting funds for Program participants,
  • Negotiating and meeting with donors,
  • Writing applications,
  • Drawing up documents necessary for attracting financing.

From the Coordination Committee, the fundraiser will be provided with information regarding the needs of the recipients and possible amount of necessary funding.

Primary requirements:

– understanding the situation regarding HIV / AIDS in the Russian Federation and work with populations vulnerable to HIV,

– understanding the situation with international donors who are ready to work with the Russian Federation,

– work experience with foreign donors,

– work experience with NGOs providing services for key populations,

– experience in writing applications for international funds,

– fluency in English at a high level,

– good communication skills,

– Russian citizenship is preferable, but not necessary.

Salary is determined upon the completion of the job interview.

Interested candidates should provide:

– a resume reflecting relevant experience and qualities in accordance with the above requirements for the candidate,

– a short cover letter.

Documents should be sent to: untill April 08, 2018.

The full version of TOR is here

The Secretariat of the Committee

The Secretariat is a working body of the Coordinating Committee, which aims to carry out the daily administrative and technical objectives in order to ensure the full functioning of the Committee.

As the Coordinating Committee is not a legal entity, the Committee, by way of an open competition, selects an organization that becomes a holder of the budget of the Committee and the provider of the functions of its Secretariat.

Such an organization shall comply with the following requirements:

The state registration of the organization in the territory of the Russian Federation for not less than three years.

The absence of tax debts.

The organization should not be in the process of liquidation and reorganization.

At the time of application, and during the competition and the signing of the contract the organization should not be in the process of litigation on property, tax and labor disputes.

Experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, advocating for the rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV, experience of organizing network / in-country / international events with the number of participants more than 10.

Experience of work with different regions of the Russian Federation on the network principle.

The lack of affiliation with the CC members and the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund grant.

For the period of 2015-2017, the Committee, by way of an open competition, has chosen non-profit partnership “E.V.A.” as such an organization.

Country Dialogue

As part of the new funding model (NFM), Global Fund attaches great importance to such component as the Country Dialogue. Country Dialogue is a process carried out at the national level by the country itself, intended to harmonize and coordinate the preparation, coordination, and then the implementation of project proposals to the Global Fund. In many countries, this process is carried out on a regular basis with the participation of Governments, donors, technical partners, civil society, and representatives of key affected and most at risk populations.

In Russia, the participants of a country dialogue, which began in early 2014 against the background of the preparation of the proposal on HIV to the Global Fund, are mainly the representatives of the civil society. This is primarily due to the fact that this application was submitted by Russia in the framework of the so-called “NGO rule”, according to which in some countries that meet certain criteria, the application to the Global Fund may be submitted directly by NGOs without coordination with government agencies. To date (April 2015), the application has already been submitted to the Global Fund and approved.

As a member of a Country Dialogue, you will be able to receive regular information about the work of the Coordination Committee on the preparation and then the implementation of the Global Fund grant, to give direct feedback to the members of the Coordination Committee, as well as representatives of the organization – the main recipient of the grant – on the progress of the project. And of course you will be able to receive timely announcements about tenders on the selection of organizations – sub-recipients of GF grant (important for organizations in the regions of the project implementation) – and tenders for small grants (important for organizations and initiative groups on the basis of the community from all regions of Russia).