The Global Fund is seeking an innovative, thoughtful, and cutting-edge communications agency to build and execute a communications campaign that supports resource mobilization efforts towards the organization’s 7th Replenishment Conference in 2022. During the Conference, the organization receives voluntary funding from donor countries, the private sector, and private foundations in support of its mission to end AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics – and to bolster health and community systems, and pandemic preparedness and response.
The 12-month pre-Replenishment period is a critical time in which to position the organization for success among key audiences globally in an increasingly competitive and crowded funding environment. By telling the Global Fund’s story and highlighting what makes it a vital investment, the goal of the Replenishment campaign is to drive global interest and support for the unique role the Global Fund plays in the fight against the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, boost resource mobilization efforts and cultivate valuable new partnerships to pave the way for a successful 7th Replenishment in 2022 – the goal of which is to raise the necessary funds to support the Global Fund’s mission to end the world’s three deadliest infectious diseases.
The organization receives voluntary funding in three-year cycles during Replenishment Conferences. Government contributions represent 93% of cumulative investment in the Global Fund, with the greatest contributors being the United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and the European Commission – and the remaining 7% comes from the private sector, private foundations and innovative financing initiatives. To date, six Replenishment cycles have been completed.
In late 2019, the sixth Replenishment Conference was hosted by President Emmanuel Macron in Lyon, France. In an unprecedented show of global solidarity, donors pledged US$14.02 billion for the following three years – the largest amount ever raised for a multilateral health organization. This result was achieved in the context of broad financial constraints and limits on official development assistance.
The Global Fund’s 7th Replenishment Conference will take place in the second half of 2022. The Global Fund’s resource mobilization efforts will be amplified in the 12-month period leading up to this event through a targeted donor outreach strategy that will seek to both consolidate and extend its donor base and funding streams and make the strongest case for investment.
Donors are continually reconsidering the nature and scope of development aid and investments in health. Past performance is no guarantee, and in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for continued funding is uncertain. Developing a narrative that is heard and resonates with key audiences, is critical. The ever-changing nature of the global health landscape and government priorities adds extra layers of complexity. Compelling evidence of the impact of programs supported by the Global Fund will form the basis of the Global Fund’s Investment Case and forms the core pillar of the Global Fund’s brand.
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to halt progress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and derail hard-won gains. There is an urgent need to protect progress made in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund has been supporting countries to fight COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on HIV, TB and Malaria programs since March 2020, having deployed more than $1.5billion so far. This response has been extended in 2021 and is likely to continue beyond. The Global Fund’s investment in health and community systems is playing a key role in the response, demonstrating the value of our investments in current and future pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
The appointed agency will help boost our Replenishment efforts by:
- Creating and executing an inspiring, compelling campaign concept and narrative that cuts through a competitive landscape, resonates across multiple cultures and political contexts, and can be amplified by our vast network of partners to promote an environment conducive to government and private investment in the Global Fund.
- Building a groundswell of support among partners, influencers, and the sensitized public around the inspiring opportunity to work together to dramatically save and improve the lives and health of millions of people.
Highlighting the incredible impact of the Global Fund, in line with the Investment Case narrative, to demonstrate the benefits of investing in global health, while at the same time highlighting the risk inaction and COVID-19 pose to progress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria.
KEY MARKETS / TARGET AUDIENCE
The campaign should appeal to an international audience and focus on shared values common to audiences in donor countries and countries where Global Fund grants are implemented.
Donor countries: United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, European Commission, Canada, Italy, Nordic Countries, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Korea, and Middle East.
Implementing countries: Local programs funded by the Global Fund operate in over 100 countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Myanmar, Somalia, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Kenya and Nigeria.
Government decision makers: G7/G20/AU leaders, senior government staff, including Ministers, legislators, senior civil servants in traditional donor countries and in low and middle-income countries that implement grants.
Top Tier opinion leaders: Influential champions and advocates whose opinions exert influence on decision makers, from business, academia, politics, media, the arts and other global health advocates.
Private sector and foundations: Corporations, foundations, charities, trusts, philanthropists, and high-net worth individuals.
Global Fund partners & Civil Society, which includes the United Nations, multilateral and regional organizations, the Global Fund Advocacy Network (GFAN), Non-Governmental Organizations, technical partners, implementing partners, Friends of the Global Fund organizations etc.
Digital influencers: who can quickly maximize exposure when they see something catchy and for a good cause.
Socially active public: politically influential, socially active and concerned individuals who are willing to join a cause and make a difference.
Specific deliverables will be further refined in partnership with the selected agency, but could include the following:
- Account management and counsel.
- Campaign planning and strategy, including core campaign messaging, narrative and
overarching tagline – and all external facing communication activations and tactics.
- Campaign design & conceptualization including producing the campaign visual identity
and mini brand guidelines.
- Campaign activation including content and asset production based on the agency’s
creative proposal (e.g. this could include data visualizations, films, photography, social
media activation/assets, campaign hero images or any other creative activations)
- Event asset production such as rollup banners and other event design assets.
- In person event support at Preparatory Meeting and 7th Replenishment Conference
(including support with speaker presentations, talking points, liaising with local events
agencies on production of event design assets etc.).
- Additional event support for 2 – 3 high profile events in priority markets.
- Celebrity, talent, and influencer activation.
- A creative public facing social media activation to engage the social engaged public.
- Language-specific asset production and content (at least 4 languages needed).
- Campaign wrap-up and evaluation.
While the locations of the Preparatory and Replenishment meetings are to be confirmed, the campaign creative and content will run across multiple markets, therefore content and materials in additional languages will be required. The agency must demonstrate their sensitivity and ability and experience working in multiple languages, across multiple cultural contexts.
As part of the selection process, shortlisted agencies (please refer to Attachment B, Section A. Technical Evaluation Criteria) will be requested to present the high-level campaign concept in response to this brief either in person or virtually. Presentations will take place in August 2021.
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