WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical diseases (NTDs): Request for nominations
Third STAG Meeting, Geneva 16—17 April 2009
- The World Health Organization (WHO) solicits proposals for nominations for current and future vacancies on its Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts on NTDs (STAG). Vacancies will occur as members rotate out of the group and nominations for members from all regions of the world are welcome without strict deadline as this will help build a standing pool of potential nominees. STAG is the principal advisory group to WHO for control of NTDs. STAG reports directly to the Director General and is charged with advising WHO on overall global policies and strategies, ranging from monitoring implementation, to delivery and linkages with other health interventions. Its remit is to facilitate and monitor the coverage of interventions for the control of NTDs.
All members must be acknowledged experts with an outstanding record of achievement in their own field and an understanding of the NTDs issues covered by the committee. They have a responsibility to provide WHO with high quality, well considered, advice and recommendations on matters described in the terms of reference. The membership shall seek to reflect a representation of professional affiliation (i.e. academia, medical profession, research institutes, and governmental bodies including national programmes, and public health departments); major areas of interest; and the four major strategic areas of WHO's work relating to control of NTDs (i.e. increasing the coverage of PCT, accelerating innovation, ensuring quality and safety, and maximizing access by integrating with other health interventions). Consideration will be given to ensuring appropriate geographic representation and gender balance.
After determination of eligibility, nominations will be submitted to an external selection panel. Members will be selected on the basis of their qualifications and ability to contribute to the accomplishment of the committee’s objectives. Appointment of STAG members will be made by the WHO Director-General upon the proposal of the selection panel. Members of STAG, including the Chairperson, shall be appointed to serve for an initial term of three years renewable once. STAG will normally meet once a year in WHO Headquarters or Regional Offices, but, in addition, members may be asked to participate and fully contribute to Subgroups of the STAG and will be fully engaged in the preparation of each meeting.
Meetings will take place in English without interpretation and English fluency from members is therefore expected.
Please submit your suggestions for nomination to the Committee, along with a letter of support and curriculum vitae, preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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