Expression of Interest - Join the Our Views, Our Voices Global Advisory Committee for 2020-2021

Our Views, Our Voices is renewing its Global Advisory Committee.

Our Views, Our Voices is an initiative of the NCD Alliance and People Living with NCDs, which seeks to put people first in the NCD response, and break down stigma and discrimination, enabling PLWNCDs to be leaders and active players in the response to these diseases and in growing the NCD movement.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: May 31, 2020

Background

People living with NCDs (PLWNCDs)[1] are powerful agents of change, capable of leveraging their lived experience to reach others and help break down stigma and discrimination. The views and perspectives of PLWNCDs are essential to inform laws, policies, healthcare services and other systemic NCD decisions. Learning from the lived experience and first-hand knowledge of NCDs is essential to improving policies, services, programmes and social beliefs. Meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs stands to make the NCD response more urgent, more accountable, more robust and effective. 

Our Views, Our Voices is an initiative of the NCD Alliance and PLWNCDs, which seeks to put people first in the NCD response, and break down stigma and discrimination, enabling PLWNCDs to be leaders and active players in the response to these diseases and in growing the NCD movement. PLWNCDs are the ultimate owners of this initiative, they inspire it and drive it. The initiative is guided by the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs, built in 2017 with the generous input of nearly 2000 PLWNCDs who took part in Our Views, Our Voices consultation efforts. The Advocacy Agenda serves as a compass for action for the NCD community. It has four pillars: prevention, treatment, care and support, social justice and meaningful involvement. 

The Our Views, Our Voices initiative promotes the meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs in the NCD response. Its objectives are to:

  • Promote consultation of PLWNCDs to build a knowledge base on the common challenges, needs and priorities of PLWNCDs 
  • Advocate to put people first at the global, regional and national levels by promoting meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs in decision making and furthering Advocacy Agendas of People Living with NCDs 
  • Equip PLWNCDs with skills, knowledge and confidence to build a public narrative and drive change
  • Promote the views and voices of PLWNCDs and strengthen a public narrative that puts people first, challenges NCD misconceptions, breaks down stigma and discrimination, and calls for systemic change

The Our Views Our Voices Advisory Committee

The Our Views, Our Voices initiative is guided by a Global Advisory Committee comprising of advocates and experts with lived experiences representing a wide range of NCD conditions, (including care partner experience) across various geographies. The advisory committee guides the initiative’s overall strategy to achieve the objectives of the initiative, promoting the initiative and its objectives at various advocacy opportunities. 

Advisory Committee Members 

The advisory committee is composed of a total of 8-10 members. The upcoming tenure (2020-2021) will be composed by a combination of experienced advisory committee members (retained from the previous tenure in order to offer continuity to guide ongoing activities) and new members who are individuals with lived experiences of NCDs familiar with the Our Views, Our Voices initiative and able to demonstrate civil society leadership, advocacy experience and a collaborative spirit. 

Advisory Committee Member Responsibilities

  • Advising on the initiative’s overall strategy, including incorporating voices of PLWNCDs in the work of the NCD Alliance and addressing specific needs and challenges of PLWNCDs during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advising NCD Alliance on its meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs
  • Co-creating specific strategies reflective of emerging needs of PLWNCDs within the Our Views Our Voices initiative
  • Providing strategic advice towards the development of the Our Views, Our Voices group of PLWNCDs
  • Advising, informing and inputting on the initiative’s digital platform, which seeks to function as a sustainable, one-stop space for knowledge exchange, resource and experience sharing, peer learning and networking, campaigns and communications relevant to the initiative.
  • Advising, informing and inputting on the initiative’s offerings and resources for PLWNCDs, including NCD Diaries (to capture daily challenges and calls to action of PLWNCDs) at global and national levels.
  • Advising and inputting on development of Our Views, Our Voices resources based on needs of the Our Views, Our Voices group
  • Informing and advising on how to further the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs in 2020-21, in global, regional and national contexts
  • Advising and inputting, as needed and as appropriate, NCD Alliance’s advocacy efforts to ensure perspectives of PLWNCDs are reflected.
  • Advising on the initiative’s consultation efforts with PLWNCDs, including a global consultation of PLWNCDs on needs, challenges and priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advising and inputting the Our Views, Our Voices training programme strategy
  • Advising and inputting the identification and/or selection of participants for Our Views, Our Voices trainings and related opportunities
  • Advising how to amplify involvement of PLWNCDs in the Global Week for Action on NCDs
  • Promoting advocacy efforts and open opportunities related to the Our Views, Our Voices initiative, amongst committee members’ own networks of PLWNCDs who they believe would be interested in being involved
  • Representing the Advisory Committee and promoting the Our Views, Our Voices initiative and its objectives in communications and public speaking/advocacy in-person opportunities, as appropriate.
  • Championing the meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs at the global, regional and national levels.

Tenure

June 2020 – December 2021

Time Commitment 

  • 4-6 Our Views, Our Voices Global Advisory Committee calls per year
  • Online engagement leading up to and during the Global Week for Action on NCDs (September each year)
  • Email communication for comments/feedback as necessary
  • Attendance in global/virtual events organised and/or facilitated by NCD Alliance as necessary

Selection Criteria 

  • Our Views, Our Voices experience: Involvement in either advocacy, campaigning, training or other activities relevant to the Our Views, Our Voices initiative.
  • Civil society leadership: civil society experience, track record of mobilising and leading networks of people living with NCDs
  • Advocacy experience: Experience of advocating on NCD issues; promoting meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs, which might include, speaking in public and/or facilitating or organising an advocacy activity either independently or through a national/regional NCD alliance or NCDA members/supporters
  • Collaborative approach: experience of working as part of a group, motivated approach to contribute to activities relevant to the NCD Community

Process for expressing interest in this role

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please click below to submit your expression of interest at the latest by May 31, 2020.

Submit expression of interest

Selection Process 

Expressions of interest will be evaluated by former members of the Our Views Our Voices Global Advisory Committee and the NCD Alliance, against the equally weighted selection criteria outlined above. In addition, selection will look to ensure the Committee’s balanced representation across NCD conditions and care partner experience, gender and geographies. 

All individuals who express interest in a role on the Our Views, Our Voices Global Advisory Committee will be contacted directly regarding the outcome of the process. 

Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your experience and expertise in shaping the Our Views, Our Voices initiative and lending your powerful voice to the NCD movement. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the NCD Alliance at [email protected].



[1] We define PLWNCDs as a broad group of people who are living with an NCD or who have had an NCD in the past and those who are closely connected to someone who has/has had an NCD – such as care partners.