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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/23/FT4 Title: HIV/AIDS Adviser, Gabon Grade: NO-D Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment Duration of contract: 2 years
Date: 13 January 2023 Application Deadline: 4 February 2023 Organization unit: AI/RSD Regional Support Team, West and Central Africa (AI/RSD) Duty station: Libreville Gabon
About UNAIDS: Serving Communities and Countries to End Inequalities and AIDS We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems. We are committed to creating an equal, safe and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity and Respect for Diversity. You can access the full UNAIDS Competency Framework at (link)
MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations-UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank-and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNAIDS has established HIV/AIDS Adviser positions in a number of countries that do not have a physical UNAIDS office, but where there is recognized value in having dedicated, in-country capacity to ensure HIV is effectively integrated into the work of the UN Country Team (UNCT), contributing to the implementation of the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 and supporting progress towards the targets that countries have committed to under the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030. In line with UNAIDS’ mandate and reflecting the Joint Programme’s commitment to furthering UN system-wide coherence in its support to countries, advisory capacity is being strategically situated within the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO). The HIV/AIDS Adviser reports to the UN Resident Coordinator as their first reporting officer; guidance and supervision will also be provided by the UNAIDS non-resident UCD or UNAIDS Regional Support Team Director.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position: Under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), technical guidance of the UNAIDS Multi Country Director,and benefitting from functional support and guidance provided by UNAIDS at regional and global level, the HIV Adviser will be responsible for the following functions: 1-Advise the UNRC and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in delivering the UN System’s support to an effective, sustainable, evidence-informed and human rights-based response to HIV, in line with the Global AIDS Strategy and its inequalities lens, the country’s UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), and commitments made under the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030. 2-Support the UNRC and UNCT members in their high-level engagements with Government officials, civil society leaders and other key stakeholders, to reinforce political commitment, and in developing strategies to strengthen national capacities and institutions to address the needs and priorities of people living with and affected by HIV, taking into account evolving local epidemic dynamics, the political, social and economic context, and drawing on relevant tools and resources of the UNAIDS Joint Programme and other relevant UN Partners. 3-Provide guidance and support the UNCT in integrating HIV into wider health and social development efforts, including Universal Health Coverage, education, social protection, human rights and gender equality, social contracting and community-led service delivery and monitoring, as well as work to promote long-term, sustainable financing for these. Specific priorities and areas of focus will be identified based on the epidemic context, and in line with country needs and priorities outlined in the UNSDCF. 4-Support UNCT and country efforts to engage people living with and affected by HIV, including key populations, in the response – championing the GIPA principle (Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS) – and overall strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in health, social protection and human rights platforms and mechanisms. 5-Support the inclusion of HIV-related strategic information and programming in the Common Country Assessment and UNSDCF,and other relevant analytical, planning and reporting documents, as well as communications and advocacy initiatives and products of the UNCT in support of Agenda 2030. 6-Broker support to national participation in Global AIDS Monitoring exercises and reporting on commitments made under the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030 with technical support of the UNAIDS Regional Office and Global Centre. 7-Lead and influence the prioritization, process and technical aspects collection and compilation, and analysis of data from different sources for the tracking of the HIV epidemic and monitoring and evaluation of the national response and reporting. 8-Lead the monitoring of and reporting on the UNJP on AIDS and acts as strategic adviser for all agencies on their HIV related work including the monitoring of the implementation of UBRAF and UNSDCF. 9-Where relevant and upon request of the UNAIDS Country Director, provide advice in the meetings of UNCT and Joint Team on AIDS meetings (chaired by the UNAIDS Country Director), and other relevant UNCT groups, particularly those reviewing progress in the implementation of the Joint UN Plan on HIV, and components of the UNSDCF that the HIV response can benefit from and/or contribute to. 10-Where applicable, advise on integrating HIV and the needs of people living with HIV and key populations most affected by the epidemic, including internal displaced and migrant populations, in the humanitarian response and post-crisis recovery, under the direction of the RC/Humanitarian Coordinator, should a humanitarian emergency be declared in the country of assignment. 11-Participate in and contribute to DCO-managed UN system / UNSDG knowledge management platforms, including south to south collaboration, as well as UNAIDS’ knowledge management networks and communities of practice. 12-Provide inputs into the reporting of activities and results, including annual UNCT reporting through UN INFO, showing the UN System’s contributions to country progress vis-�-vis their HIV-related targets and commitments, in the broader context of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. 13-Promote and support UN Plus initiatives and other HIV-focused initiatives directed towards UN staff and their family members. 14-Perform other related duties as required.
Education: Advanced university degree at Master�s level or equivalent in Public Health, Medicine, Economics, Social or Political Sciences or another field related to the responsibilities. For internal candidate: a first university degree and 9 years of relevant work experience will considered as equivalent.
Competencies: UNAIDS Values: – Commitment to the AIDS response. – Integrity – Respect for diversity Core competencies: – Working in teams – Communicating with impact – Applying expertise – Delivering results – Driving change and innovation – Being accountable Managerial competencies: – Leading teams – Building relationships and networks – Developing and empowering others – Managing performance and resources – Vision and strategic thinking – Exercising sound judgement
Experience: Essential: At least 7 years of experience at national or international level in the area of programme development, evidence, policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation. Demonstrated knowledge and sound understanding of the United Nations Joint Programming on HIV. Desirable: Experience in programme data analysis and preparation and implementation of evidence informed programmes; knowledge of the HIV epidemic and its impact.
Languages: Essential: Fluency in French and working knowledge of English . Desirable: Knowledge of additional UN official languages.
Additional Information: Please note that for this vacancy, only nationals of Gabon are eligible to apply.You are required to reside within reasonable commuting distance of the UN Resident Coordinator office located in Libreville. A valid passport will be requested. Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. The selected candidate will immediately upon recruitment be released to the UN Development Coordination Office, UN DCO, on an inter-agency loan and will be located throughout their assignment in the Resident Coordinator’s office.
Annual salary: (Net of tax) 36390000 CFA at single rate
Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS’s e-Recruitment website at: (link) The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.