Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Legal Services Unit

The Global Fund and its Mission

The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This partnership among governments, civil society, the private sector, and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.

Role of the Legal Services Unit

The Legal Services Unit provides legal advice to the Executive Director and his Deputy, units within the Secretariat, the Board of the Global Fund, and other key organs in the Fund's organizational structure. The Legal Counsel works closely with the Office of the Executive Director and the members of the Executive Management Team, and directly supervises the organization's Legal Officers, maintaining the Unit's ability to provide independent advice.

Nature of Extern's Work and Responsibilities

The range of the Legal Service Unit's work requires the extern to become knowledgeable about the organization of the Global Fund, including its organs (the Board, Secretariat, and Office of the Inspector General), goals, priorities, and principles, in order to anticipate needs and to provide reliable and efficient legal support. The extern will assist in the daily business of the Legal Services Unit, working directly with its Legal Officers and a Senior Legal Officer. More specifically, the extern will provide assistance in:

  • The review of various legal documents relating to Global Fund grants and renewals, including grant agreements and amendments thereto.
  • Full involvement in day-to-day grant management issues, e.g. stock outs, response to natural disasters, anti-money laundering issues, continuity of services, and issues relating to the Office of the Inspector General.
  • The conduct of specific legal research in the fields of international law, national law, commercial law, and others, as may be relevant.
  • Work on the development and improvement of Global Fund policies and their inter-relationship.
  • The review of various Global Fund operational policies and Board decisions.
  • Assistance on matters relating to international NGOs and UN agencies.

Important Information for Students

Externs should demonstrate the following:

  • A strong interest in international law and public health; prior experience working in an international and multicultural environment would be an advantage but is not required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, or Chinese would be an advantage.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team, particularly in a multicultural environment.

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