Duty station: Kingston Jamaica
Serving Communities and Countries to end inequalities and end AIDS.
We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), 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:
The UNAIDS Multi-Country Office (MCO) based in Jamaica provides leadership and coordinates the expanded UN system response in Jamaica. Using an equity and equality lens as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the MCO scales up HIV services focused on key populations and locations most at risk. The MCO promotes effective use of strategic information to better understand and track the epidemic and its trends, and to measure progress and sustainable impact of the response in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean sub-region. It supports efforts to strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in health, social protection, and human rights mechanisms, and provides support and technical guidance as necessary to national partners and policymakers.Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Provide technical expertise to national partners and the UN system to reach the global AIDS targets by 2030, employing different methodologies, including a Fast-Track approach, to rapidly scale-up access to HIV services toward ending AIDS and eliminating HIV-related stigma, discrimination, violence and inequalities. Promote effective use of strategic information and documentation of trends on the epidemic and the response as well as provide intellectual leadership on the status of the response to HIV in the country.
Under the supervision of the UNAIDS Multi-Country Director and working in close collaboration with the other staff members, including at the regional level, the incumbent is assigned all of part of the following responsibilities:
– Provide strategic advice on engagement of government authorities, civil society organizations, communities, UN and other cooperation partners in country level decision making mechanisms, supporting civil society dialogues and strengthening the capacity of the leadership of people living and affected by HIV, including key and marginalized populations in the response to the HIV epidemic.
– Lead the MCO’s development of grant proposals and harmonized resources to address community priorities and resources of civil society organizations and communities, including for community systems strengthening.
– Provide support to the MCO to develop and track implementation of biennial work plans and ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the engagement of multistakeholder partners.
– Build strategic alliances with government authorities, civil society and communities, UN and other development partners to support the design, implementation, and monitoring of evidence-based HIV programming and policy-making to attain the 2021 Political Declaration and the UNAIDS 2021-2026 Strategy targets, and the 2030 Agenda based on the Multi-country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.
– Share information, guidance and tools to country partners and civil society organizations; and support demand creation for the inclusion in national AIDS plans of programmatic interventions addressing the integration of community responses, as well as human rights and gender equality and diversity as they impact on prevention, treatment, care and support, with emphasis on reduction of discrimination, including in the health sector, stigma and punitive approaches to HIV and achieving scale and efficiency.
– Stay abreast of current/topical issues and tensions; provide UNAIDS leadership with strategic information and analysis, as well as provide support to communities during human rights crises.
– Provide technical input to social protection policies and programmes to ensure that they are HIV sensitive.
– Provide support to the Joint UN Team on AIDS and other partners to promote collaborative synergies for sustained and consistent support to networks and organizations for effective advocacy and inclusion of community priorities in the joint work planning.
– Provide communication and other support to the MCO as part of efforts to raise awareness among key stakeholders, including governments and civil society and strengthen its footprint.
– Undertake any other task assigned by the Multi-Country Director.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:
– Advanced university degree at Master’s level or equivalent in social science, public health, policy, human rights or international development.
– For internal candidates, a first university degree and 7 years of relevant work experience will be considered as equivalent.
– Specialization in one of the above fields complemented by degree or studies in international relations, business/public administration or political or other social scienceCompetencies:
– Commitment to the AIDS response.
– Respect for diversity
– Working in teams
– Communicating with impact
– Applying expertise
– Delivering results
– Driving change and innovation
– Being accountable
– Leading teams
– Building relationships and networks
– Developing and empowering others
– Managing performance and resources
– Vision and strategic thinking
– Exercising sound judgementExperience:
– At least 5 years of professional experience at national and/or global/regional level, complemented by experience in at least one of the areas of communities led responses, human rights and gender equality-based programs, policy analysis, international affairs, political and strategic planning.
– Broad experience in working with and mobilizing a range of external partners.
– Experience in working with the UN system or other multilateral organizations.
– Experience working with key population networks.Languages:
– Proficiency in English.
– Knowledge of additional UN official languages.Additional Information:
Please note that for this vacancy, only nationals of Jamaica are eligible to apply. A valid passport will be requested. You are required to reside within reasonable commuting distance of the UNAIDS office located in Kingston.
Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.Annual salary: (Net of tax)
6787740 Jamaican dollars 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: https://erecruit.unaids.org. 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.