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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT5
Title: Senior Regional Human Rights and Law Advisor, RST ESA
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Fixed-term
Date: 29 January 2013
Application Deadline: 26 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI)
RSJ-Regional Support Team Eastern and Southern Africa
Duty station:  Johannesburg South Africa
The mandate of the Regional Support Teams is to provide leadership and coordinate support for an expanded UN system response to AIDS at regional and country levels. Promote, support, and provide guidance to the UN system in the region on Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and implementing the Global Task Team recommendations. Coordinate the development of strategic information and document the trends on the epidemic and the response as well as provide intellectual leadership on the status of the AIDS response in the region. Provide managerial support and technical advice and guidance to UNAIDS country offices.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the supervision of the Director of the Regional Support Team and in consultation with colleagues at UNAIDS HQ Rights, Gender and Community Mobilisation Department and in close cooperation with UNDP and other UNAIDS co-sponsors, the incumbent will provide strategic, technical, authoritative policy/programmatic advice at a high level to galvanize, support, connect and monitor specialised contributions of Cosponsors and partners in human rights - enabling links, synergies and strengthening at regional level towards the operationalization of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2011) and the UNAIDS Strategy. The focus will go beyond the human rights agenda and embrace broader movements for social justice, rule of law, redistribution of opportunities, and new social impact investments.

Exert leadership on human rights and law in the region by developing strong messages on HIV, human rights and law, and providing strategic policy/programmatic advice to RST/UCO colleagues, cosponsors and external partners, and by forging strong alliances with other existing and new movements for social justice, equality, rule of law, redistribution of opportunity, and new social impact investments.
Articulate and promote integration and implementation of HIV-related human rights principles, norms and programmes in regional development and legal plans, policies and frameworks.
Provide strategic, political and technical guidance and support to UCCs and Human Rights Advisers in UNAIDS Country Offices to establish human rights based HIV responses at the country level, in line with the HLM targets and the UNAIDS Strategy. Facilitate linkages and synergies between countries and HQ and share information on progress towards High Level Meeting targets and the UNAIDS Strategy, for reporting to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, donors and relevant high level events.
Take a leadership role in monitoring and analysing relevant trends and developments in the legal, health and social environment across the region in relation to HIV, human rights and law, in partnership with people living with HIV, members of key populations, and the women's movement, and use strategic information across countries to advocate, build political commitment and show progress and gaps in addressing human rights, stigma and discrimination, access to justice, and community engagement in the context of HIV.
Establish and expand high-level, regional leadership and engagement of parliamentarians; judiciary; police; Ministries of Justice, Labour, Social Protection; National Human Rights Institutions; and civil society human rights groups in the HIV response.
- DELIVERING AS ONE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: Promote human rights policy coherence in the work of the Regional Directors Group on HIV, and leverage synergies between the UN's work on HIV and its broader work for human rights, rule of law, and strengthening of democracy.
- PROBLEM SOLVING AND CAPACITY-BUILDING: Facilitate real-time knowledge sharing and problem-solving among UNAIDS staff in the region in relation to emerging HIV-related human rights, social and legal issues, working closely with the Rights, Gender and Community Mobilisation department in Geneva. Coordinate and/or oversee the provision of technical support, guidance and tools to strengthen UCO capacity to integrate human rights in national HIV plans, legislative frameworks, and institutions for social justice.
- Perform other related duties as required by the RST Director
Advanced university degree in law, social science, public health, human rights or international development, complemented by specialization in law and/or human rights.

1. Commitment to the AIDS response
2. Integrity
3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies

1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable
A minimum of 11 to 15 years of work experience at international level mainly in human rights or law issues including in the context of HIV programmes. Proven experience in public speaking and working with senior governmental officials, and in designing, implementing Human Rights and legal related projects. In-depth experience in working with national parliaments; judiciary and police; Ministries of Justice, Interior, Labour; National Human Rights Institutions; and/or civil society human rights groups on human rights and HIV issues.

A good knowledge of the region and cultural environment an asset.
Advanced knowledge of English (advanced knowledge of another UN language depending on the duty station).

Knowledge of another UN official language

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

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
80734 USD at single rate
86904 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 36.2 % 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: 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.
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