Senior Advisor, Science, Systems and Services Prevention, Panama City Panama


UNAIDS Panama City, Panama

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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/23/FT5 Title: Senior Advisor, Science, Systems and Services Prevention Grade: P5 Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment Duration of contract: Two years

Date: 13 January 2023 Application Deadline: 4 February 2023 Organization unit: AI/RST Regional Support Team, Caribbean (AI/RST) RST LAC Duty station: Panama City Panama

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.

MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT: Regional Support Team (RST) for Latin America and the Caribbean

The RST for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) provides leadership and coordinates support for an expanded UN system response to ending the AIDS epidemic at regional and country level. It steers, promotes and supports regional and national partners and the UN system towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Using an equity and equality lens as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the RST for LAC promotes effective use of strategic information of the epidemic trends and the status of its response and provides technical leadership on people-centered HIV prevention and response in the region focused on key populations and locations most at risk.

The Global Science, Systems and Services Practice, has as its goal the promotion, and acceleration of sustainable transformative actions and equitable, innovative programmatic solutions, strategies, and policies for meeting the targets of the Global AIDS Strategy, especially in supporting delivery of Strategic Priority 1 (maximize equitable and equal access to HIV services and solutions) and Strategic Priority 3 (fully resource and sustain efficient HIV responses and integrate them into systems for health, social protection, humanitarian settings and pandemic responses) and relevant cross-cutting areas of the new Global AIDS Strategy.

The practice includes: � Programme Innovation for Prevention, Treatment and Pediatrics, which covers the HIV treatment prevention continuum and focuses on reaching the 95-95-95 target, 95% combination prevention targets and leaving no one behind.

  • Global Fund and PEPFAR, which has a strong role in liaising with key partners with a primary function of securing leadership and ownership in countries and problem solving so that the financing investment is maximized. Through its work the team helps to build pathways for sustainability. This team has a leadership role on the technical support mechanism which is key for the delivery of tailored services to our regional and country offices.
  • Integrated Strategies and Systems for HIV and Health focuses on the importance of multisectoral approaches to HIV and health, and on ensuring that community-led responses are fully integrated in health systems and beyond. Working together with the expertise from throughout the Global Practice, regional and country office practice members build on internal and external strategic partnerships to ensure UNAIDS Secretariat leadership on service delivery and system integration to take AIDS out of isolation. Team members work to provide partners and stakeholders with tailored policy guidance and strategic and technical assistance to overcome bottlenecks.

At the Global Centre, the department will rely on a matrix management approach to enhance its linkages with the following areas: Human Rights, Gender Equality, Communities, and Key Populations; Sustainable Financing for HIV, Pandemics, and Health; Strategic Information, and Resource Mobilization.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position: Within the matrix management reporting structure of the Regional Office for LAC and the Global Science, Systems and Services for All Practice Senior Advisor, Science, Systems and Services Prevention focuses on a manageable set of deliverables that are aligned with the UNAIDS Global Strategy and the capacity and the needs in the region. The Senior Advisor, Science, Systems and Services Prevention plays a key leadership role in shaping advisory services related to overall practice area objectives across UNAIDS and with UNAIDS partners and counterparts, ensuring integration of work across practices, and leading to innovative solutions in the implementation of the Global AIDS Strategy.

In coordination with other practice advisors, he /she provides technical advisory and support to regional and country level staff in the following functional areas: 1) Prevention

a. Guidance on policy, innovation and evidence-based programming for key populations.

b. Ensures effective focus of HIV programming on the five key populations and collaborates with colleagues and teams across the practice on promoting approaches to scale up trusted service access platforms for key populations.

c. Mobilizing and ensuring effective use of resources for combination HIV prevention, with priority paid to options and solutions for key populations, adolescents and young people, women and other vulnerable populations, supporting quality assurance and oversight to concept notes, proposals, strategic initiatives and technical & implementation support in this area.

d. Convenes the organizational gathering and sharing of country experiences in the region on good practices and lessons learned on combination prevention and key population programming

f. Provide thematic leadership and oversight on ARV-based prevention (U=U, PrEP), new prevention technologies as well as addressing persistent inequities in access to existing prevention interventions.

g. Ensure effective focus of HIV programming at country level for key populations and collaborate with the community advisor on promoting approaches to scale up trusted service access platforms for key populations

h. Advocacy for rapid introduction of effective innovations in prevention, testing and treatment.

2) Promotion of integrated services and systems for health and HIV

a. Support national partners to integrate and institutionalize HIV into national efforts for health systems strengthening (HSS) and community systems strengthening (CSS), including facilitating discussions (in collaboration with the sustainable financing practice) of Sustainability of HIV Financing into national Universal Health Coverage agenda and other social protection measures,

b. Facilitate the work on people-centred and context-specific strategies and systems for HIV and health (including data and information systems) and programmes for addressing comorbidities, coinfections and other health needs with a particular focus on health and HIV service access of people living with HIV, key populations and other priority populations for the HIV response

c. Support national initiatives that integrate HIV into multi-sectoral approaches, including programmes related to urban settings

3) Community-led responses

a. Provide support to country efforts to scale up effective community-led service delivery approaches.

b. Collaborate with Advisors for key populations in the Department and in the Knowledge and Advocacy Branch in promoting trusted community access platforms for HIV prevention, testing and treatment for the five key populations.


Education: Essential: – Advanced university degree in public health, international health, or related social sciences. – A relevant first university degree and 12 years of relevant work experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates only.

Competencies: UNAIDS Values: Commitment to the AIDS response Integrity Respect for diversity

Core competencies: Working in Teams Communication with Impact Applying Expertise Delivering Results Driving Change and Innovation Being Accountable

Managerial competencies: Vision and strategic thinking Leading Teams Building Relationships and Networks Developing and Empowering Others Managing Performance and Resources Vision and Strategic Thinking Exercising Sound Judgement

Experience: Essential: – A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the field of HIV and AIDS with a focus on health system, policy and planning, advocacy, coordination and implementation of HIV prevention and/or treatment programmes. – Demonstrated knowledge and sound understanding of the HIV response.

Desirable: – Experience in programme data analysis and preparation and implementation of evidence informed programmes

Languages: Essential: – Advanced level of English and Spanish.

Desirable: – Knowledge of additional UN official languages.

Additional Information: Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization’s Mobility Policy. The abovementioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

Annual salary: (Net of tax) 92,731 US Dollars at single rate

Post Adjustment: % of the figure(s) on the left side. This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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.