Board Decisions

GF/B12/DP16


Approved by the Board on:
16 December 2005


Report of the Committee on the Executive Director

Decision Point 1:

The Board requests the Chair to launch a process to produce a performance assessment of the Executive Director in time for the Thirteen Board Meeting.

Decision Point 2:

The Board decides to establish a Committee, composed of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Policy and Strategy Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Portfolio Committee and Ethics Committee, to prepare recommendations for the Thirteenth Board Meeting, which will include updated Terms of Reference for the position of Executive Director.

Decision Point 3:

The Board decides to amend its By-laws and Board Operating Procedures for the appointment of the Executive Director to be in line with the text appearing below. The Board requests the Chair to work with WHO and the Global Fund's Legal Counsel and outside Swiss counsel to produce draft amendments for adoption at the Thirteen Board Meeting.

APPOINTMENT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I. Term and Term Limits:

The Board decides to amend Article 8.1 of its By-Laws. The Board selects the Executive Director for a period of four (4) years, renewable for a period of three (3) years. The Board will make this selection on a merit-based, non-political and open basis.

I I. Options for Board Decision

At least six months before the end of the incumbent Executive Director's first term, the Board makes one of three decisions:

  1. Launch a recruitment procedure, and encourage the Executive Director to let his/her name stand for the post;
  2. Reappoint the Executive Director, subject to performance appraisal; or
  3. Launch a recruitment procedure, and do not encourage the Executive Director to let her/his name stand for the post.

The norm is Option One. In that case, the Board will make public that it has invited the incumbent Executive Director to re-apply for the post.

III. Recruitment/reappointment procedure

The Board decides to modify its Board Operating Procedures to include a recruitment procedure and a reappointment procedure, as decided in Paragraph 2 above.

3.1. Recruitment procedure ;

  1. At least six months before the end of the term of an incumbent Executive Director, or any other time decided by the Board, the recruitment process will be followed as below. The Board at that time approves updated Terms of Reference, including selection criteria, for the position of Executive Director.
  2. The Board Chair nominates, and the Board approves, a selection committee.
  3. The Board launches the recruitment process.
  4. The selection committee interviews candidates, and presents the best-ranking candidates to the Board for decision.

3.2. Reappointment procedure

On the basis of the performance assessments, the Board could decide to reappoint an Executive Director for one additional term of three (3) years, under the conditions in Paragraph One above.

Under this system, the annual performance assessment of the Executive Director would, of course, continue, in line with normal best practice. All material for the evaluation will be provided to the Board in the first quarter of the calendar year.