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Nominations for 2 members of the new RBM Partnership Board are now open

After a period of broad consultation and Board review and discussion, RBM has established a new structure that takes advantage of the tremendous skill, energy and effectiveness of its many partners and to move conclusively into a new era that will take action to realize the vision of a world free of malaria. This included a new Partnership Board of up to 15 individuals selected to contain enhanced levels of skills and experience at a senior decision-making level and representation from across the Partnership, including malaria-affected countries, private sector, entities outside the malaria and health sectors, civil society and donors.

13 Board Members were initially selected and convened in April 2016. This Board has since met face-to-face on two occasions in June and September 2016.

>> See the current list of RBM Partnership Board Members

The RBM Board agreed at its 3rd Meeting in September 2016 (as recorded in the Decision Points RBM/PBM.03/2016/DP.8) to undertake a process to identify suitable individuals to fill the two currently vacant seats. The goal is to appoint two new Board members based upon their individual skills, capabilities, as well as their personal and organizational networks and commitment to the Partnership. 

Selection Criteria 

The RBM Board have recognised the need for greater gender balance and regional representation from malaria affected countries in the Americas.

Therefore, the following criteria will be specific priorities for the next selection to the two remaining RBM Partnership Board seats:

  • At least one Board member to come from a malaria-affected country or region in the Americas, representing the geographical and economic diversity of the country / region, whether from government, civil society, multisectoral, private sector or international organizations.
  • Applications from female nominees who meet the eligibility and skills requirements will be prioritised, with the intention of recruiting more female members to the Board.

Nominees may fulfil more than one of these or the general board selection criteria outlined in the application pack and RBM By-Laws. Should suitable nominations collectively not satisfy these criteria, the Board Selection Committee (BSC) may choose to select members as close to the criteria as possible. 

Nominations will close on 7 November 2016. The links below provide full details of the nominations process and the related forms for nominating candidates for the new Partnership Board.

>>Nomination and Selection Pack for the RBM Partnership Board

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Roll Back Malaria Partnership

RBM is now seeking a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to develop and implement Board approved strategy and operating plans to lead this global Partnership into a new era and drive momentum to end malaria for good.

He / She will play a critical role as the global face of the Partnership and its mechanisms on a day-to-day basis, including establishing and leading a new Partnership Management Team and ensuring that regions and countries are empowered to address the global fight against malaria.

He / She will support the Board and act as an ambassador for the Partnership, establishing organisational credibility, providing strategic direction and leadership, facilitating and promoting communication between all stakeholders and monitoring the Partnerships progress toward key targets.

The CEO will be selected by and functionally accountable to the RBM Partnership Board. However, this D2 level role will be contracted in Geneva by UNOPS as the RBM Host Agency.  

Further information and application

The CEO appointment process is being handled on behalf of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership by Egon Zehdner

>> RBM Partnership CEO full job description and details on how to apply can be viewed on the Egon Zehnder website

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2016.

For more information or a confidential discussion on the role, please contact:

Simon Page

Egon Zehdner, London

+44 20 7943 1912

Call for Membership and Co-Chairs for the new Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partner Committees

RBM's strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships at global, regional and country levels, with a focus on areas where harmonization and combined effort will provide added value to the quality and impact of the interventions.

The new governance architecture includes a number of key ways for Partners to get involved and provide direct input into the Partnership and its work through the Partner Committees (PCs), which are intended to formalize, consolidate and amplify the Partnership priorities of advocacy, resource mobilisation, and country/regional support.

The work of these Partner Committees are expected to align with the priorities outlined in the Global Technical Strategy 2016-2030 and Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016-2030, as well as with the Partnership Strategy and Annual Budget and Work Plans.

The three new Partner Committees now being established and seeking membership are:

  • Advocacy & Resource Mobilisation – The purpose of the Advocacy & Resource Mobilisation Partner Committee (ARMPC) is to design, and subsequently support implementation of the Partnership Advocacy Strategy related to advocacy and resource mobilisation at global and regional levels.
  • Strategic Communications – The purpose of the Strategic Communications Partner Committee (Comms-PC) is to develop and implement, in collaboration with the Partnership Management Team, communications to achieve the advocacy objectives of the Partnership.
  • Country / Regional Support – The purpose of the Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) is to provide a platform to engage the RBM Partnership community in co-ordinating support to countries and regions as they execute their malaria control and elimination implementation programs.
>> Join the RBM Partner Committees

Inaugural Committee Membership and Co-Chair Selection Process

In order to facilitate the rapid establishment of the Partner Committees, the RBM Board has adopted a Fast Track registration process for the membership of Partner Committees and for the selection of inaugural Co-Chairs for an initial term of one year (RBM/PBM.03/2016/DP.03).

Partners are being asked to submit nominations or self-nominations for Committee Co-Chairs and to register their interest in joining each of these Committees by 28 October 2016.

>> Read more and register for Partner Committees

Board unites on decisions and direction for Roll Back Malaria

This week’s Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board meeting has resulted in tremendous progress for the Partnership. Board members gathered in Geneva on Tuesday 27 September and spent two days finalizing the future form and function of the Partnership mechanisms as well as engaging in a rich and productive workshop about how the Partnership should effectively engage to achieve the vision of ending malaria through the three strategic pillars of advocacy and resource mobilization, strategic communications, and country/regional support.

RBM Board at 3rd RBM Board Meeting in Geneva, Sept 2016

Board Chair Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho welcomed the Board, commending the tremendous amount of ongoing work being done within the RBM Partnership by hundreds of committed and dedicated partners including the importance of continued country support around Global Fund financing and the activities of the technical working groups.

“This fantastic meeting and update on progress proves the Partnership is very much alive and well. And, this week’s discussions and decisions further testify, how committed we are to moving forward quickly, collectively and resourcefully.” 
- Board Chair Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho

The Board was united and unanimous in the decisions made with outcomes marking the final phase of transition, ensuring the Partnership has a clear vision and direction to carry it forward. 

Decisions made at the third RBM Partnership Board meeting included:

  1. Approval of new RBM Bye-Laws
  2. Finalising hosting arrangements with UNOPS
  3. Commencing recruitment of a new CEO
  4. Agreeing Terms of Reference and a process to establish three new RBM Partner Committees by November 2016:
    • Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
    • Strategic Communications
    • Country / Regional Support
  5. Approving the launch of a selection process to appoint 1-2 new members to the RBM Partnership Board - with representation from the Americas and improved gender representation as priorities.

Links to the full text of these decisions and documents can be found below, with further details of the numerous opportunities for Partners to engage to be announced and circulated in the coming weeks as the RBM Partnership continues to evolve, strengthen and move forward together.

In the meantime, if you have not already done so, we kindly request you confirm your contact details as we update our partnership records and interest register:

Click here to register your details or here for more information.





RBM Board Members Dr. Pedro Alonso, Prof. AwaMarie Coll Seck, Dr Richard Nchabi Kamwi and Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Chair of the RBM Partnership Board, gave a joint presentation on the “RBM Partnership Transition, Governance, Legal Status and Priorities” at a side event at the WHO’s Regional Committee for Africa’s, sixty-sixth session in Addis Ababa (RC66).

The Regional Committee, comprising of health ministers from the 47 countries, is the Governing Body of WHO in the African Region.

The side-event was co-chaired by the WHO/AFRO Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moetiand the Chair of the RBM Partnership Board, Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho and was aimed at updating delegates from Member States on the RBM Partnership transition and discussing how the revitalised RBM Partnership Board can effectively work with Members States.

Attendance at the event was excellent with all the Ministers and Delegations actively participating and unanimous expressions of support for the reinvigorated RBM Partnership.

There were also a number of productive discussions in which the countries commended the RBM reinvigoration; appreciation for the new Board’s outreach with the Region's Health Ministers and Partners; and positive and constructive feedback on the emerging governance structure and priorities including pledging their continued engagement and support.

The RBM Partnership Board are committed to continuing to this proactive engagement and dialogue with constituencies and Partners as RBM moves forward and welcomes the continued commitment to work together to accelerate efforts to achieve our vision of a malaria free world.

More information:

Journals, photos and speech excerpts from the main event