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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT23
Title: Senior Advisor, Epidemiology and Modelling
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 10 May 2013
Application Deadline: 8 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit:
Data for Action
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
The Evidence, Innovation and Policy Department (EIP) leads the UNAIDS technical and programmatic approach to the HIV epidemic and enhances understanding of the global response. It develops evidence, strategies and tools to improve decision-making, analyses trends and engages stakeholders at all levels to expand knowledge and maximize the use of resources. The Department contributes to achieving the targets of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS through advocating ambitious and effective policies and programmes. EIP comprises the Global Financing Mechanisms and Collaboration (GFM), Science for Action (SFA), Data for Action (DFA) and Economics, Evaluation and Programme Effectiveness (EEP) Divisions.

The Data for Action (DFA) Division generates information on the epidemic and the response to inform and guide decision-making and implementation of AIDS programmes at all levels. It provides standards and tools for the collection of relevant country data on epidemiology and the AIDS response including the tracking of national resource flows. It compiles and analyses country data to generate strategic information that helps guide programmatic decisions and improves results in communities, regionally and internationally. It designs and promotes innovative methods for knowledge sharing. It collaborates with key partners and stakeholders to produce state-of-the art information on the status of the epidemic and the response.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the overall guidance of the Chief, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

Take a lead role in the design, critical review and implementation of strategies for the collection of epidemiological data for dissemination to regions and countries, with particular attention to developing and conducting training activities, advising national counterparts and promoting south-south cooperation.

Develop approaches for the efficient analysis and mapping of the burden, impact and dynamics of HIV infection in countries, including but not limited to coordinating the development of analytic modelling methods and encouraging the use of standardized modelling methodologies and tools through the organization of training through workshops and innovative methods; providing expertise and technical support to in-country staff.

Proactively promote cross-cutting activities and collaboration within EIP divisions and throughout the Secretariat on issues related to epidemic and impact monitoring, statistical and mathematical modelling analysis, and reporting, by providing authoritative advice and promoting best practices and recommending innovative strategies.

Proactively participate in the definition of strategies and policy guidelines in the field of epidemiological analysis; reporting best practices; the preparation of narratives for inclusion in UNAIDS, cosponsors' and other key partners' reports.

Lead the conduct of epidemiological analyses involving officials from national governments, academic researchers and public heath officials, and ensure the dissemination of the results of these analyses in appropriate formats and fora.

As delegated, represent EIP and UNAIDS at meetings and conferences to ensure the dissemination of UNAIDS goals and achievements in the field of collection of epidemiological information, modelling and other analyses.

Provide support to Division Chief in the development of work plans and budgets; and the elaboration of project proposals and other documents.

Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others.
Essential: Advanced university degree in epidemiology or biostatistics with specialisation in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases.

Desirable: Studies or degree in mathematical modelling related to HIV epidemiology.
Strong background in epidemiology and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases.
Documented knowledge of global HIV epidemiology; and knowledge of strategies to build and strengthen technical capacities in analysis of HIV epidemiology in countries and regions.
Good computer skills and expert knowledge of statistical and mathematical modelling packages.

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

Managerial competencies
1. Vision and strategic thinking
2. Managing performance and resources
3. Exercising sound judgement
4. Building relationships and Networks

Essential: At least eleven years' experience in HIV epidemiology, including some five years in the development and application of mathematical models.

Desirable: Experience in developing and/or conducting epidemiological training activities. Experience in the UN System preferably related to HIV issues.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English.

Desirable: 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.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. Staff who would have been considered in the 2013 Mobility Exercise as well as staff in need of placement are encouraged to apply to internal vacancies.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 97.8 % 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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