Call for Applications: Join the Global Fund Youth Council


Are you passionate about the role and contribution of young people in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria? The Global Fund Youth Council is looking for a diverse group of enthusiastic young leaders to drive its work for the next two years. If you’re between 18-25 years old and have a personal or professional connection to these health challenges, this is your opportunity to help inform the Global Fund on actual and changing needs and priorities of young people from around the world.

About the Youth Council

The Global Fund Youth Council serves as an advisory body to the Executive Director and the Global Fund Secretariat on matters pertaining to young people affected by the three diseases. Comprising 12 members, the council provides insights and relays critical issues and contextual nuances from across countries eligible to receive Global Fund allocations. It works to ensure that the Global Fund is informed by the unique needs and perspectives of young people, to maximize the impact of Global Fund investments to fight HIV, TB and malaria.

Why Join?

As a member of the Youth Council, you will:

  • Advise on key issues impacting young people related to HIV, TB and malaria.
  • Engage with Global Fund senior leadership and Board constituencies.
  • Coordinate with global and regional youth-led networks to advocate for youth-driven priorities, especially for key and vulnerable populations.
  • Have the opportunity learn more about the Global Fund partnership and enhance your leadership and advocacy skills.

Key Activities

  • Ensure regular communication between the members of the Youth Council, the Global Fund Executive Director, the Global Fund Secretariat, the Constituencies of the Global Fund Board, and others.
  • Strengthen links and coordination with global and regional youth networks and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Increase the recognition of the Global Fund’s Youth Council and its advocacy priorities through regular interaction with the Global Fund Secretariat and Board.
  • Advocate for building capacity of young activists for organizing, resource mobilization and implementing effective action in response to the three diseases.

Current Youth Council Advocacy Priorities

  • Meaningful youth engagement with both the Executive Director and at country level.
  • Formalize the participation of young people, including key populations (KP) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), in country coordination mechanisms, and ensure that they are engaged in a meaningful and ethical manner in country-level governance processes.
  • Meaningful youth engagement in the Eighth Replenishment of the Global Fund, including through engaging in the implementation of the Advocacy Roadmap, advocating activities to develop a more positive narrative, countering the anti-rights attacks and increasing funding for communities and civil society, with a focus on youth-led funding. Advocate for increased accountability and adherence to the minimum human rights standards in grant agreements in countries that violate human rights.

Who Should Apply?

We welcome applicants who:

  • Were born in 1998 or later.
  • Are engaged with youth organizations, networks or groups in HIV, TB or malaria responses, or other related areas such as gender equality, human rights, sexual and reproductive health, or universal health coverage.
  • Are living with, affected by or vulnerable to HIV, TB and malaria, including individuals from key and vulnerable populations.
  • Can commit at least 2 hours per week to Youth Council activities.
  • Can communicate effectively in English.
  • Have internet access.

Priority Areas: For the 2024-2026 cohort, we are prioritizing applicants from the following priority areas:

  • Malaria: Asia Pacific and Francophone Africa
  • TB: Asia Pacific and Latin America & Caribbean
  • HIV: Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Though we are prioritizing these regions, we encourage anyone who matches the criteria  to apply!

Term and Participation

  • Membership term: 24 months.
  • Participation: Remote with one annual in-person meeting anticipated.

How to Apply

To express your interest, please send an email to jonathan.williams-ordonez@theglobalfund.org.

In your email, include:

  1. Your CV (please include your year of birth)
  2. A one-page motivation letter OR a two-minute video answering these questions:
    • Why are you interested in being part of the Youth Council?
    • How would your experience contribute to the Youth Council, especially in relation to HIV, TB, malaria, or broader health issues?
  3. A recommendation letter from the authorized person of your organization, network, group or an affiliated partner organization

The deadline to apply is midnight CEST, 31 July 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming enthusiastic new members to our Youth Council!

  • Youth Council Terms of Reference
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