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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/TA1
Title: Project Officer (SIDA)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  one year (renewable)
Date: 22 November 2013
Application Deadline: 21 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit: AI/RSJ Regional Support Team, East and South Africa (AI/RSJ)
Duty station:  Johannesburg South Africa
The mandate of the Regional Support Teams (RST) 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 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and African Union Roadmap on AIDS, TB and Malaria. 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 technical guidance and managerial support to UNAIDS country offices within the region.


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is supporting the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Support Team for East and Southern Africa (RST-ESA) for the implementation of the regional programme on the "Expanded accelerated AIDS response towards High Level Meeting (HLM) targets and elimination commitments in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region 2013-2016". The overall objective of this regional programme is "Strengthened AIDS response in ESA countries to achieve the HLM targets and elimination commitments".

The key strategic outcomes of this regional programme are:

1. Expanded leadership to ensure HIV remains high in the political, development and health agenda to achieve global, regional and national commitments.
2. Evidence utilised to scale up and sustain efficient and effective national and regional AIDS responses.
3. Countries are scaling up the six key programmatic areas of the Investment Framework for an efficient and effective AIDS response.
4. Strong regional civil society actively participating in shaping the AIDS response in the region to achieve global and regional targets, including the HLM target on Elimination of Mother to child transmission (eMTCT) and the African Union Roadmap.
5. Legal and social protection of human rights of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations enacted and enforced.
6. Partnerships around model programmes to reduce gender inequality and promote access to HIV services targeting women and girls are expanded in national AIDS responses.
7. Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV services are integrated and expanded in seven Southern African countries.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the direct supervision of the RST Deputy Director, the incumbent will also liaise with all RST Regional Advisors, UNAIDS Country Offices, other key partners, civil society and regional bodies (as relevant) to coordinate and ensure the monitoring and reporting of activities of this regional programme.

The Project officer will have the following functions:
Support the coordination of the overall implementation of the regional programme, including its reporting, financial management and monitoring He /she will support the programme and its progress, arrange the appropriate support, ensure proper exchange of information on activities under implementation and liaise with the RST Operations Officer for financial management and disbursement of funds allocated for activities.

More specifically the Project Officer will:

Support proper management and coordination of the programme including procurement of works, goods and services, financial management, monitoring and evaluation and the preparation and timely submission of required reports of activities defined in the Log Frame Agreement ;

Support monitoring of consultants and subcontractors within the programme to ensure the quality of their work and outputs in accordance with the Funding Agreements (including for on-site monitoring and evaluation processes, expenditure verification, accurate reporting and for proper implementation of outstanding activities and accounting of the programme funds);

Draft regular analytical reports to be shared with SIDA, UNAIDS RST and country offices;

Liaise with the Regional Programme Coordination of the UNPFA/UNAIDS/EU Project to support the integration of SRHR and HIV linkage in following up the implementation of this component of the programme.

Maintain regular information sharing between UNPFA and UNAIDS at country level and regional level on the implementation of the SRHR and HIV linkage component of the programme;

Work closely with the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the SRHR and HIV linkage to ensure timely Document of experiences SRHR and HIV integration at country and field level, taking into account the country specific context;

Facilitate documenting the best practices and approaches for deepening the knowledge base on accelerated AIDS response towards High Level Meeting (HLM) targets, elimination commitments in the East and Southern Africa and results of this regional programme;

Prepare, support and keep records of the meetings of the UNAIDS/Sida Steering Committee of the programme.
Essential: University degree in the following areas: social or medical sciences, epidemiology and behavioural surveillance, social and behavioural sciences, public health and demography

Desirable: Advanced university degree in one of the above mentioned areas.
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. Developing and empowering others
2. Exercising sound judgement
3. Building relationships and networks
Essential: A minimum of 3 to 6 years of professional experience in the HIV and AIDS field with a focus on implementing HIV prevention and/or treatment programmes within the region.

Desirable: Experience working with UN agencies at country or regional level.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English .
Desirable: Knowledge of another UN official language
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
56,091 US$ at single rate
60,091 US$ 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.

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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