01 July 2016

Call for Nominations for Chair of the Every Woman Every Child Independent Accountability Panel

In February 2016, the UN Secretary-General appointed nine members to the EWEC Independent Accountability Panel (IAP). The IAP is tasked to produce an annual comprehensive synthesis report on the state of the health of women, children and adolescents. The report, synthesizing the best available evidence, will guide implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the relevant SDGs.

The first appointed Chair recently stepped down and the Chair position is open for applications or nominations. Instructions for the submission of applications are available at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted to everywoman.everychild@un.org no later than 18 July 2016.

Terms of Reference for Independent Accountability Panel Chair

The IAP is comprised of distinguished panelists from diverse regions and backgrounds that range from human rights experts to humanitarian leaders to statisticians. The panelists are empowered to command attention from the global community across the full range of issues that comprise the “Survive, Thrive, and Transform” themes of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. The panelists undertake their roles on a pro bono basis, however, with costs to participate in IAP meetings and processes to develop the reports fully covered.

As a component of the Global Strategy’s Unified Accountability Framework, the IAP carries forward the work of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (COIA) and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) that arose subsequently. The iERG’s 2014 report and the Global Strategy called for the establishment of the IAP to carry forward the work of the iERG into the SDG era. The IAP’s secretariat is independent, housed at  Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). 

The IAP Chair is expected to oversee production of the IAP’s annual global report on the “State of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”. The annual report will provide the global community with the best evidence on progress on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health towards achieving the Global Strategy objectives across the full suite of the Survive, Thrive and Transform targets in the Global Strategy, where data is available. The annual report will comprehensively track progress in implementing the Global Strategy, including but not limited to:

  • Results reporting against the nine action areas and seventeen targets in the Global Strategy, with a core focus on the Survive and Thrive targets but also include some analysis on the Transform targets, where data is available;
  • Tracking of resources (including domestic spending and financial commitments from donors and multi-stakeholders) both year-on- year and cumulatively and including those of related efforts such as the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child;
  • A review and tracking of all commitments to the Global Strategy (including policy, financial and non-financial commitments) and their implementation by multi-stakeholder commitment makers;
  • A review of good practice and innovations, including on policy and service delivery, rights, gender equality, accountability arrangements and value-for- money approaches relating to the health of women, children and adolescents;
  • A review of any major bottlenecks to implementation;
  • Tracking progress on CoIA recommendations;
  • Analysis, recommendations and guidance to all stakeholders on how to accelerate progress and overcome major bottlenecks.

The expected time commitment to fulfill these duties will amount to approximately 30-40 days per year for the Chair. Members are appointed for a two or three year term, with some extensions to allow staggered rotation in order to ensure continuity. Should a member be unable to commit sufficient time, they may be released from their duties before the end of the term, at the discretion of the Chair.

The Chair, like the other Panelists, should be able to demonstrate a set of core experience, achievements and values:

  • Proven commitment to the objectives and values of the Global Strategy;
  • Extensive experience and accomplishments in one or more of the core areas of the Global Strategy;
  • Extensive, hands- on experience in policy review and assessment and/or in implementing policy or legislative reform, particularly as related to improving accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong and proven qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • A proven capacity to range across many elements of the Global Strategy – the continuum of care, health policy and finance, contribution of other sectors, human rights, gender equality etc.;
  • Demonstrated leadership and capacity to work in a multi-sector global environment;
  • Excellent communication skills and the capacity to interact at the highest policy and political levels;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the work of the panel and willingness to provide time for the Panel; and
  • No disqualifying conflicts of interest such as current employment by agencies that may benefit from influencing the report findings and/or recommendations.

In addition, the Chair should have extensive experience in a recognized leadership role at national, regional or global levels.

Instructions for Independent Accountability Panel Chair Applications

Applications consist of submission of:

  1. Cover letter (for nominations, the cover letter must include confirmation that the nominee will accept the position should they be selected); and
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Applications must be submitted to everywoman.everychild@un.org no later than 18 July 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a Declaration of Interest form.

The confidentiality of all applicants and nominees will be maintained throughout the selection process.