Medicines in Health Systems
TWG election 2017

Thematic Working Groups play a key role in achieving the vision of the HSG Community, to facilitate "globally connected health systems research and policy communities [who] contribute to the attainment of better health, equity and well-being." The Thematic Working Group on Medicines in Health Systems (MiHSx TWG) is one of 10 HSG thematic working groups. Its overarching goal is to optimize medicines availability, equitable access, affordability, and appropriate use for individuals, populations, and health systems.

Since the summer of 2016, Erin, Sarah, Raja, and Anita have served as the interim leadership team of the MiHSx TWG. Consistent with HSG bylaws, we are holding elections for the TWG positions. We invite you to nominate yourself or other HSG members for the positions of Chair, Vice Chair(s), and Coordinator, and to vote in the election in March of 2017.

Responsibilities of the Chair, Vice Chairs, and Coordinator and required qualifications of each leader are listed below, along with information about the nomination process. Please feel free to contact us with questions about the positions:

Individuals running for a TWG leadership position must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • All TWG leadership positions must be HSG members and preferably Chair and Vice Chair should be representatives of different WHO regions to assure diversity
  • Professional interest and good standing in the subject matter focus of the TWG
  • Commitment to serve a full two-year term
  • Willingness to spend/donate the time required
  • Support from employers to play the leadership role
  • English language fluency
  • Spoken and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of other organizations involved in the topic
  • Chair - responsible for leading the planning and implementation of TWG activities, monitoring implementation, and serving as the primary contact with the Secretariat. Key responsibilities include:
    • Chair TWG meeting
    • Assure diversity and engagement across TWG membership
    • Lead the development of an annual work plan
    • Lead the planning and implementation of TWG activities
    • Monitor the implementation of TWG activities
    • Serve as the primary point of contact with the HSG Secretariat
    • Serve as the public face of the TWG to external audiences
    • Identify funding needs and in close cooperation with the Secretariat develop strategies for fundraising
    • Participate in quarterly check-in with the HSG Secretariat
    • Submit annual reports to the Secretariat
    • Assure the TWG page on the HSG website is updated
    • Develop and implement an internal communications strategy for TWG members
    • Look for opportunities for cross TWG collaboration
 
  • Vice-Chair - responsible for assisting the chair with carrying out his/her responsibilities. Some TWGs may have a shared leadership structure with a couple of vice-chairs. In this case the roles and responsibilities between the vice-chairs must be discussed and clarified. Key responsibilities include:
    • Serve as the chair in the chair's absence
    • Assist the Chair in carrying out the chairs responsibilities
 
  • Coordinator - responsible for taking minutes at TWG meetings and distributing minutes to TWG members and the Secretariat. Key responsibilities include:
    • Organize calls/meetings (identifies convenient dates/times for the calls/meetings)
    • Take minutes at TWG meetings (for TWG's virtual business meetings and quarterly calls with HSG Secretariat) and distribute to HSG and TWG members
    • Maintain an updated mailing list of TWG
    • Oversee implementation of internal communications strategy
    • Implement process for selecting TWG leadership

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Please submit your nominations to Anita Wagner ([email protected]) by 06 March 2017, with the following supporting documents:

  • A brief bio, maximum 100 words, which will be used on the HSG website if the candidate is elected
  • A current CV and photo
  • A one-page statement on why the candidate would like this position and if elected what he or she would focus on.

We encourage applications from all regions in the world. We hope you will offer taking on the responsibilities of leading the MiHSx TWG and thank you in advance for your enthusiasm.

Key Dates Calendar event
February 6, 2017 TWG election is announced and candidate nominations invited
March 6, 2017 The last date for candidate nominations
March 20, 2017 The last date for candidate confirmation
March 30, 2017 The names of confirmed nominated candidates are published
April 30, 2017 Online voting starts / eligible voters are invited to vote
May 10, 2017 Online voting closes
May 24, 2017 The committee reviews the election outcomes and verifies the vote count
June 5, 2017 The TWG leadership announces election outcomes