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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT63
Title: UNAIDS Country Coordinator Angola
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Date: 30 August 2013
Application Deadline: 28 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit: AI/RSJ Regional Support Team, East and South Africa (AI/RSJ)
Duty station:  Luanda Angola
The thrust of the UNAIDS Office is to effectively contribute to the national AIDS response with high level policy, strategic guidance and technical support to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In this regard the UNAIDS Country Office will be playing a high level policy driven role, providing intellectual and strategic leadership on AIDS, high quality technical support, promoting and advocating for sustained high level engagement of government and civil society.

In addition, the UNAIDS Country Office will continue to play an important role in facilitating the leveraging of Global Fund resources and monitoring grants performance by supporting the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). As convener of the Joint UN Team on AIDS and a Secretariat of the UN Theme Group on AIDS, the Country Office will strive to ensure strategic relevance, coherence, simplification and harmonization of the Joint UN Support Plan to the National Strategic Plan and monitor its implementation.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
The UNAIDS Country Coordinator (UCC) operates within the Resident Coordinator (RC) system to support the work of the UN Country Team (UNCT). The UCC provides leadership, coordination, and facilitation of an expanded joint UN system response to HIV and AIDS at country level. Working from a strong UN platform, the UCC serves to strengthen the links between the UN system, government, civil society, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since UNAIDS is fully integrated into the UN RC System, the UCC is an integral member of the UNCT under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). As a member of the UNCT, the UCC is responsible for ensuring the full engagement of UNAIDS in the UN common programming, planning and funding activities and to actively contribute to the establishment of the CCA (Common Country Assessment/UNDAF (United Nations Development Assistance Framework) as well as joint teams and programmes.

Under the guidance and supervision of the RST Director, the incumbent is responsible for:

1) UN system strengthening:

Lead and support the establishment of the Joint UN Team on AIDS and its efficient functioning, ensuring the development of the Joint Programme of support on AIDS to the national response and overseeing its implementation and monitoring.
Advocate and promote the efficient functioning of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS (including Technical Working Groups and other relevant forums) to ensure coordination and communication within the UN and between the UN, government and other development partners.

2) Leadership and Advocacy for effective action on the epidemic

a) Advocate for integration and mainstreaming of AIDS, through the UNDAF processes, and major government development instruments such as the National Programme of Action, Vision 2014 and Government cluster system and sectional policies and programmes.

b) Advocate for the emergence and affirmation of national and provincial coordinating entities (e.g. Inter-Ministerial AIDS Committee, National and Provincial AIDS Councils), in line with the Three Ones principles.

c) Ensure and facilitate the implementation of the Global Task Team recommendations for improving AIDS coordination along multilateral institutions and international donors particularly in the areas of alignment and harmonization and ownership leading to effective application of the Three Ones

d) Lead and provide authoritative guidance on development policy and strategy for a scaled-up national response, support the scaling up of intervention programmes for vulnerable groups.

e) Advocate for and facilitate the scaling up to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support with all national and international partners - government, civil society, bilateral and multilateral with emphasis on the HIV prevention aspect.

f) Play a key role in the development and application of a Joint UN advocacy strategy and plan.

g) Promote access to treatment in different ways, including through the use of the flexibilities under the WTO (World Trade Organization) TRIPS (Trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) agreement.

3) Strategic information required to guide the efforts of partners

a) Oversee the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of strategic information across the range of issues and themes needed to guide public policy, support the UN's advocacy efforts, and inform technically and ethically sound policies and programmes, providing expert advice towards the development and consolidation of tools and mechanisms (e.g. Country Response Information Systems (CRIS)) to track the national response, including national programme actions, financing and results.

b) Facilitate the application by the UN Country Team of the UN Learning Strategy on HIV and AIDS, including HIV in the workplace programme and UN Plus.

4) Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic and response

a) Promote and facilitate the development and consolidation of one national Monitoring & Evaluation system and facilitate coordination of Cosponsor and other donor activities in M&E (e.g. GAMET, Global Aids M&E Support Team), including but not limited to leading and overseeing the development of a joint UN strategy and monitoring of a UN Implementation Support Plan based on the UNDAF Results Matrix and the National Strategic Plan on AIDS.

b) Ensure periodic monitoring and reporting of activities of Cosponsors and other UN agencies at UN Theme Group level according to an agreed set of indicators based on a UN Joint Support Plan on AIDS, including support for the strategic management of the response to AIDS, and government-led participatory reviews.

c) Ensure tracking of resources allocated to AIDS-related activities and identification and analysis of resource gaps.

5) Civil society engagement and partnership development

a) Advocate with national leadership for an expanded national response, inclusive of civil society, including people living with HIV, and the private sector. Broker strategic partnerships between national and international partners.

b) Promote increased participation of all sectors of society, national and international partners, in the planning, implementation and evaluation of AIDS activities through mechanisms such as national partnership forums.

c) Take a leadership role for capacity building of civil society organizations and NGOs, in particular those representing people living with HIV and AIDS, with a view to enhance their involvement and contributions to national policy and programme development and implementation.

6) Financial, technical and political resource mobilization

a) Identify and analyse technical capacity and resource gaps; mobilize technical, financial and institutional resources to respond to needs, including those from the provincial and local level. Facilitate and promote national leadership of coordinated efforts to mobilize resources, domestic and international, including from development banks, funds and foundations. Promote participatory processes for strategic allocation and utilisation of resources, supportive of national priorities and national capacity building.

b) Lead the UNAIDS Country Office team in developing an annual workplan supporting the national response and mobilization additional resources for its implementation, tracking expenditures and monitoring achievement of results.

7) Provide leadership and technical and managerial support to a team of international and locally-recruited staff, including staff selection, appraisals and oversee the sound administration of funds and materials entrusted.

8) In addition the UCC will:

a) Facilitate UNAIDS support to Government to fulfill its strategic leading role in global advocacy to link up with emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India to negotiate better access to medicines and manufacturing of AIDS drugs. At regional level, to support regional agenda to keep AIDS on the developmental and long term sustainable agenda by advocating for the implementation of regional and international commitments on AIDS.

b) Build strategic alliance with Lead Scientists and Research Institutions, Think-Tank communities, Private Sector, interest based associations, and advocacy groups for an expanded response to the HIV epidemic and also a means to maximize «Country» contribution in the region related to Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, to yield greater reach and long term impact in the AIDS response.

c) Actively gather and maintain up to date social intelligence and strategic information on the political engagement, and AIDS policy to inform the Executive Director and senior management of evolving opportunities and challenges in the AIDS response.

The UCC participates in the performance appraisal of UNCT members and the RC/HC based on agreed UNCT objectives. The RC/HC also formally evaluates UCC performance as part of the UNAIDS performance management process.
Advanced university degree in development economics, social or physical sciences, public health, public administration, management or similar academic preparation.

Highest university degree (PhD) or MD would be an asset.
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. Leading teams
3. Managing performance and resources
4. Developing and empowering others
5. Exercising sound judgement
6. Building relationships and networks

1. Over 15 years' experience in planning, managing and implementing development cooperation programmes.
2. Over 15 years' field experience with demonstrated achievements in developing countries, in project design, management and strategy development.
3. At least ten years of experience managing diverse teams.
4. Good understanding of the UN system and major international actors in the field of HIV.


Experience of working in a decentralized national setup in the region and/or with UN System organizations in technical or public health programmes.
Advanced level of English and working knowledge of Portuguese.

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)
95394 USD at single rate
86904 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103204 USD % 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.

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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