1. Principles to resolve outstanding issues related to convergence
1.1 Endorsed the principles outlined in the recommendations, and requested the document to be revised to reflect the discussions. Download revised recommendations (PDF - 13K)
1.2 Agreed that while the Executive Secretary/CEO will have a UNICEF contract he will be directly accountable to the GAVI and Vaccine Fund Boards.
1.3 Agreed that having a Swiss association would be desirable to meet requirements for flexibility in contracting.
1.4 Agreed that fundraising is a responsibility of the whole Alliance, including the GAVI and Vaccine Fund Boards, but that it is a primary responsibility of the Vaccine Fund.
1.5 Welcomed UNICEF’s commitment to explore administrative accommodations for the GAVI Secretariat, such as raising the threshold above which contracts need to go to tender (currently USD 10,000).
1.6 Requested UNICEF to provide a list of the ‘core UN functions’ that would be provided by UNICEF as host organization. These would be included in the memorandum of understanding (MOU).
1.7 Agreed that the next step is to develop a memorandum of understanding (MOU), that would include terms of reference (TORs) for the Executive Secretary/CEO, to be signed by the GAVI Board Chair, the Vaccine Fund EC Chair, and UNICEF. The process would be as follows:
1.7.1 The Vaccine Fund lawyer (Lance Behnke) will produce a first draft of MOU by morning of Wednesday, 19 January.
1.7.2 Julian Lob-Levyt will produce first draft of Executive Secretary/CEO TORs by morning of Wednesday, 19 January.
1.7.3 MOU and TORs to be negotiated/revised by 21 January.
1.7.4 MOU and TORs to be submitted to GAVI Board and Vaccine Fund EC by 24 January.
1.7.5 A joint GAVI Board/Vaccine Fund EC teleconference 31 January for final decision.