Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care)

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Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care)
Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 225309
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-3
Duty Station : PRETORIA
Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Date Posted : Jan 10, 2024
Deadline : Jan 17, 2024

Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pretoria, South Africa. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Representative, ROSAF and technical guidance of the Chief HIV/AIDS Section (HAS), Drugs Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of UNODC in Vienna.

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The incumbent will assist in providing on-going technical guidance and policy advice to the Government and civil society organizations in the region; supporting and coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of UNODC HIV/AIDS key policy programmatic areas, namely HIV/AIDS prevention and care related to (a) people who use drugs and (b) people living and working in prison settings. The incumbent will also take a leading role in the activities of the UN Joint Programme on HIV related to drug use and in prison settings, ensuring collaboration and cooperation with the UNAIDS secretariat office and Cosponsors.

Within assigned authority, the Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Support the development of UNODC technical assistance activities to the national partners in (a) the assessment of the HIV and AIDS situation in the areas identified above (b) the development of effective prevention and care strategies and (c) reviewing and adapting national HIV/AIDS policy and implementation plans and linking them to relevant policies, strategies and plans;
• Act as a key resource person and, as such, contribute to the development of national capacity building strategies to enhance policy and programmatic development, coordination, sound monitoring and evaluation with regard to the HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support in the UNODC key areas; Support, organize and participate in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS issues;
• Facilitate the establishment of Technical Working Groups for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs, and people living and working in prisons, involving all relevant stakeholders at the country level;
• Support and participate in, when necessary, meetings and initiatives pertaining to technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, UN joint teams on AIDS, Common Country Analysis (CCA), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and other relevant fora;
• Review, analyze and evaluate technical reports and other relevant materials on the state of prevention and care of HIV and AIDS in the key areas and facilitate dissemination of good practices;
• Review and participate in the drafting of regional and country programmes, project documents and grant proposals, including for the Global Fund and the World Bank, and contribute to the determination of their feasibility in the context of HIV/AIDS among people who use drugs, particularly people wo inject drugs and in prison settings;
• Review, research and compile material for the preparation of technical reports and other documents, such as reports to Headquarters, legislative bodies, National Government and donors;
• Manage UNODC HIV programme, coordinating activities related to budget and funding including programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and preparation of related documents/reports;

• Assist with the recruitment and guidance of national staff members, consultants and interns;

• Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

• Perform other work-related duties as may be required.
• Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug, crime and health related issues. Has demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized support and advice in a broad range of development assistance issues in particular as it relates to drugs and HIV/AIDS Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to deliver outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards in line with prevailing rules, regulations and procedures. Has very good communication skills to liaise, negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders. Has proven ability to write reports and to review and conduct presentations. Is able to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Is sensitive to political issues and able to adapt to local environment, hardship and security/emergency. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, social science or in any other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of professional experience in managing HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes among people who inject drugs and/or in prison settings at national and international level is required.

Work experience in building successful partnerships and networking with a wide range of external partners and organizations is required.

Work experience within the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.

Work experience with counterparts in the region is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language and/or the local or other regional language(s) is an advantage.

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