"Shared leadership at the top encourages accountability, collaboration, evidence-based decision making and sustainability."
The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) recently introduced Roleshare to their working ethos by proactively seeking Co-Directors to achieve a number of unique benefits of shared leadership, including but not limited to: Extending the reach and influence of the role globally; inviting diversity of thought in such an important role for the organisation; encouraging a merging of skills and transfer of knowledge across cultures and generations. Learn how for them being open to new ways of working is supporting new leaders to emerge.
What is your mission?
The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) was created almost 30 years ago – by people living with HIV, for people living with HIV. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV in all our diversity. Today, 38 million people are living with HIV and a third of them still don’t have access to antiretroviral treatment. Our communities continue to face high levels of stigma, discrimination, and criminalisation. Our work is not done.
Why did you decide to partner with Roleshare?
We want to help make flexible working more accessible to potential applicants. We believe there are many people who need or want flexible work opportunities such as job sharing, however it is hard to find a partner to take on job shares with. Using Roleshare will help facilitate the route to shared leadership for people who want to apply for our Co-Executive Director position.
"It can be very hard to find someone with all the skills of a great leader; so, we want to widen our talent pool to bring together expert advocates and organisational leaders out there. We are open to new ways of working and supporting new leaders to emerge."
What led to your decision to proactively open full-time roles to roleshare applicants?
We want to drive accountability and inclusivity within our leadership. Shared leadership is becoming more common in the not-for-profit sector, and as community leaders we want to integrate the benefits we see. Shared leadership at the top encourages accountability, collaboration, evidence-based decision making and sustainability. Another reason we chose to open the position with Roleshare is to proactively find new talent in the sector. It can be very hard to find someone with all the skills of a great leader; so, we want to widen our talent pool to bring together expert advocates and organisational leaders out there. We are open to new ways of working and supporting new leaders to emerge.
What are you aiming to achieve by inviting this working model inside your organization?
The GIPA principle (Greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS) is the cornerstone of our organisation; by having this shared leadership model we are actively enabling better engagement of regional and national applicants for the position. This will be possible through ensuring that more people have access to applying and support in the position. We are not just looking for someone who has been an executive director at a similar global organisation, but want to encourage those with regional/ national HIV experience to apply in this supported shared role.