Established by a resolution of African Health ministers in 2012, the African Constituencies Bureau for the Global Fund (ACB) was set up to be a platform for facilitating engagement, participation and consensus building among East and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) constituent countries in Global Fund policies and governance engagements. Also known as “The Bureau”, the organization is an operational hub and policy think tank of the WCA and ESA Global Fund constituencies and begun its formal operations in March 2017. The purpose of the Bureau is to ensure effective engagement, representation and participation of the Africa constituencies in Global Fund processes as well as enhancing the capacity of the Africa constituencies to shape Global Fund policies and processes.
Given that African countries are largely Anglophone and Francophone, meetings bringing countries together have presented the need to have parallel interpretation services from English to French and vice versa. This optimizes the participation of both blocks of countries.
The Annual Consultative Meeting (ACM) (Addis Ababa)
As the name suggests, the ACM is an annual event that brings together delegates from all the forty-seven (47) African countries from West and Central Africa (WCA) and East and Southern Africa (ESA) that are beneficiaries of Global Fund resources. The two-day meeting is an opportunity for African countries to show-case their best practices and learn from each other while at the same time identify policy opportunities and challenges and also delve into policy issues for input into Global Fund governance discussions at board and committee levels. Consensus over policy positions is the principal output in this two-day event. The meeting is there an opportunity for Africa to affirm its leadership role and develop strategies to influence key policies that impact on its capacity and ability to maximize the impact of Global fund resources. To optimize the importance of these meetings, the ACB needs interpretation services. This will ensure effective communication in both languages (English and French). Interpretation services will be needed for the ACM in Addis Ababa (April 27-29 2022). The expected number of participants are likely to be 65.
SCOPE OF WORK
Qualified providers will provide the following services:
Simultaneous interpretation services from English to French and vice versa during the three-days meeting; and
Headphones and listening equipment.
REPORTING The interpreters will report to the Advocacy and Communication lead at the ACB.