Working for the Global Fund

The role of the Global Fund Secretariat is to manage the day-to-day work of raising funds, managing grants, working with partners, supporting countries, monitoring and evaluating results, reporting on progress and managing donor relationships.

Working at the Global Fund is challenging, exciting and deeply rewarding. It provides a fully international experience, with staff from around the world who speak more than 100 languages.

What are we looking for?

The people we are looking for should:

  • Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge;
  • Be innovative, motivated and take responsibility;
  • Be able to work well in a multicultural environment;
  • Have working experience in public or private sector;
  • Have an excellent knowledge of English and preferably a good working knowledge of French or one of the following: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset

What do we offer?

The Global Fund is committed to providing a high level of employee satisfaction and helping employees to strive for excellence in everything they do. The Global Fund provides competitive compensation and benefits, opportunities for advancement, language classes and other professional training, and support for employees with families. Please consult the Benefits and Allowances page for more detailed information.

Your application

If you decide to apply to the Global Fund, look closely at the Vacancy Notice. In addition to the technical elements of the job, you should also fully understand the key competencies/person specifications we are looking for. A one-page cover letter must accompany all applications. The letter should describe your ability to meet the essential requirements set out in the vacancy notice.

What kinds of jobs?

Approximately three-quarters of staff are involved in managing the Global Fund’s grant portfolio. This involves working directly with government partners, technical partners, civil society organizations and implementers at the ground level. The work is done through country teams, each of which focuses on one or more countries and each of which includes a procurement expert, a monitoring and evaluation expert, a legal expert, a finance specialist and a grant manager, as well as administrative support.

Working with donors is another key function at the Global Fund. The External Relations division focuses efforts on managing relationships with existing donors – whether government or private sector or foundations – as well as seeking out new ones. In addition, they spearhead the organization’s fundraising efforts, known as replenishment.

But in order to get the funds, donors need data. And that is the function of the Strategic Investment and Impact division, which works closely with technical partners, provides expertise in relationship to the diseases and the topics involved in the response to the diseases, and oversees all of our monitoring and evaluation efforts.

Supporting these functions are the Communications team, who are responsible for working with media and managing the organization’s internal and external communications; the Office of Board Affairs, which organizes and supports the Board; the Legal team; the Finance team, which oversees not only the finances of the organization and of the recipients, but also the IT and sourcing and procurement functions and the Human Resources team.

The Global Fund’s mission is crucial, and our work environment is dynamic, vibrant and fast moving. We are a client focused organization open to change and diversity. The Global Fund’s results-oriented work environment attracts people who like to innovate and take responsibility.

The Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. There are currently approximately 700 staff representing more than 100 different nationalities employed at the Global Fund, and they come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.