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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT31
Title: Policy Officer, U.S. Liaison Office, Washington D.C.
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Date: 24 May 2013
Application Deadline: 22 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit: AI/OEX Executive Office (AI/OEX) /
AI/EXO Executive Office (AI/EXO)
Duty station:  Washington, D.C. United States of America
The U.S. Liaison Office (USO) in Washington, DC is part of the Executive Office (EXO) and reports directly to the UNAIDS Executive Director (EXD). The USO works under the general guidance of the EXD's Chief of Staff with support from his office and in close coordination with other parts of the EXO.
The mission of the USO is to help inform, educate and build support for the global HIV response generally, while also advancing UNAIDS' institutional objectives as articulated in the June 2011 Political Declaration and its ten specific targets and commitments. The USO pursues this mission by engaging policy makers in the U.S. Government as well as other key U.S. stakeholders. Working in close coordination with other parts of the Secretariat, the USO helps to maximize UNAIDS' policy and programmatic engagement with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other parts of the U.S. government, while also supporting UNAIDS' co-sponsors in their Washington-based work. The USO also develops strategic collaborations with a variety of partners (civil society, advocates/activists, media, thought leaders, foundations and other influential organizations and individuals) to ensure that U.S. support for the global AIDS response remains strong and that UNAIDS' priorities are successfully advanced.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the supervision of Director, USO, and in collaboration with other USO staff, the incumbent will:
Design and implement a U.S. congressional strategy to build support for UNAIDS institutional priorities as well as the Global AIDS Response.
Analyse, critique and explain U.S. legislative and budgetary processes as they relate to the global epidemic.
Generate timely intelligence on U.S. policy and political developments.
Serve as a primary focal point for interaction with the U.S. domestic HIV community. Monitor and report on key trends in the U.S. domestic epidemic.
Act as principle liaison to U.S.-based civil society groups advocating for the global response.
Serve as USO liaison for selected HQ divisions:
- Resource Mobilization - Collaborate with Resource Mobilization staff to ensure adequate and up-to-date understanding of relevant developments. Direct US fund-raising initiatives, including support for the 501(c)3, UNAIDS-USA.
- Global Outreach and Special Initiatives - Recruit and manage the activities of a U.S. Goodwill Ambassador within the UNAIDS framework for engaging high-profile individuals.
- Human Rights and Law: Lead on the USO human rights and LGBT portfolio. Identify key opportunities to focus on human rights, stigma and discrimination in the Washington context.
Draft briefing notes, reports and analyses to update the EXD, UNAIDS senior managers or other internal audiences on developments in cutting-edge AIDS issues, strategic positioning of UNAIDS, and effective high-level engagement vis--vis the US Government.
Support EXD and other senior staff's visits to the US as requested by Director, USO.
As needed, support office management functions.
Manage the USO university student internship programme, ensuring targeted recruitment and management of interns, and establishing/maintaining strategic relations with universities.
Serve as USO focal point for specific geographical regions and/or countries.
Represent UNAIDS and promote its work and messages at various meetings, conferences and events.
Undertake other duties as assigned.
Essential: Advanced university degree in social and/or political science, international relations, public administration/management, public health, or related field. Desirable: PhD in the above fields.
UNAIDS Values:
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. Exercising sound judgement
2. Building relationships and networks
Essential: A minimum of 7-8 years of experience in senior-level public policy, advocacy, communications and constituency development. Experience in networking with senior government officials, congress/parliamentarians, civil society organizations, advocates, activists, or other key influencers, especially in relation to AIDS. In-depth understanding of the US political environment, and US policies related to HIV and AIDS.
Desirable: Diverse experience at country, regional and/or international levels in the field of HIV. Experience within the UN System, in particular the UNAIDS Secretariat and its Cosponsoring organizations.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.
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)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 48.4 % 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 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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