Opportunity: Request for Civil Society & Communities Representation – Global Pandemic Preparedness and Response Scheme at I-DAIR

The International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) is  currently inviting applications for three Civil Society & Community Representatives to work, on a voluntary basis, with the Pandemic Preparedness Scientific Working Group in developing the R&D agenda.


Deadline for submission: 28th August 2021



I-DAIR is convening a global group of multi-disciplinary scientific experts to develop a research & development (R&D) agenda and an architecture for the proposed scheme. The scheme will challenge existing thinking by systematically examining the needs and functions for each of the pandemic phases and exploring the data and technologies needed to achieve the highest quality of responses required. Going beyond narrow geopolitical or economic interests that impede multilateral collaboration, the agenda will explore how citizen science can be leveraged for pandemic preparedness. The R&D agenda will identify co-creation opportunities for communities to contribute to the development of technologies, applications, and policy with the objective of strengthening the science-community-policy interface during peacetime to strengthen health systems’ ability to respond in emergency situations. 

To implement this work, three Civil Society & Community Representatives are invited to join. 


Candidate profile and selection:

  • A call for expressions of interest will be circulated widely through civil society and community mailing lists, as well as posted on the website and social media channels of the I-DAIR and their partners.
  • A selection panel of 5 members will be formed with representatives from I-DAIR and their partners, including civil society groups. The selection panel will score applications against the criteria below and invite the top applicants to interview, with an eventual aim of selecting 3 Civil Society & Communities Representatives.


Essential criteria:

  • A person affiliated to an NGO or Community-based organisation;
  • Expertise in the core activities as outlined under the ‘Scope of Work’;
  • Willingness to learn, and invest time in learning about issues raised within the pandemic scheme;
  • Understanding of issues of civil society and community engagement;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


Other criteria:

  • The selection panel will take into account the balance between representatives from NGOs and Community organisations across geographical regions and gender.


To find more information on the position and the application procedure, please click here.



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