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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/18/FT3
Title: Senior Adviser, Human Rights and Law
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 26 January 2018
Application Deadline: 24 February 2018 Selection in Progress
Organization unit: AI/PRO Programme (AI/PRO) /
AI/CMS Community Support, Social Justice and Inclusion (AI/CMS)
Programme Branch
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
The Community Support, Social Justice and Inclusion Department leads and supports advocacy efforts to place human rights, gender equality and community engagement at the center of policy and programmatic efforts to scale up HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care services. The department strategically engages and reignites the leadership of young people, people living with HIV (PLHIV), women, key populations, human rights defenders and other movements for social justice. It supports development of global and national policies and strategic interventions to address critical enablers to ensure that AIDS responses are grounded on human rights, gender equality, participation and inclusiveness and diversity, and leverages and supports work across SDGs 3, 5, 10, 16 and 17.
The Human Rights and Gender team will provide leadership, strategic information, coordination and programmatic guidance and technical support for human rights and gender and enabling legal and policy environments in the AIDS response. It ensures that global standards and commitments translate to human rights and gender equality actions and legal protection at country level. It also works to support stakeholders to respond effectively in rights' terms and to build alliances for human rights, gender equality, dignity and security within the Joint Programme and beyond.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the guidance of the Special Adviser, Human Rights and Gender Equality, and in close collaboration with other members of the team and the department, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

Elaborate strategies, policies and programmes in the field of human rights, law and ethics, including human rights and legal and programmatic actions to reach the objectives and targets of the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, the UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021 and the 2030 Agenda related to HIV, by developing strong messages on HIV, human rights and law; providing strategic policy/programmatic advice to Regional Support Teams/UNAIDS Country Offices (RSTs/UCOs) colleagues; coordinating, participating in and/or and leading technical working groups, formal or informal reference groups; and promoting ongoing exchange and dissemination of information throughout UNAIDS and external entities.

Take a leadership role for the analysis, review and coordination of all aspects of rights-based and evidence-informed activities with emphasis on translating global norms and agreed objectives into effective and rights-based laws, policies and programmes at regional and national levels, by (a) providing guidance, technical support and direction related to laws, human rights and ethics as they impact on prevention, care and support, with emphasis on reduction of discrimination, stigma and punitive approaches to HIV; (b) promoting the implementation of human rights standards and rights-based responses to HIV and strategies to increase efficacy by maximizing the implementation of critical enablers involving human rights programmes and protective legal frameworks; and (c) advocating and strategizing with cosponsors, national governments, key donors, and members of civil society organizations.

Design and/or oversee, in the areas of human rights, law and ethics related to HIV, the development of evidence-based data analysis, research studies and monitoring and evaluation reports; the conduct of in-depth analysis of achievements and gaps; and supporting the production and dissemination of up-to-date information within UNAIDS, cosponsors, and the global community.

Establish and strengthen alliances with other social justice movements, including those relating to human rights, health rights, women's rights, access to justice, rule of law, governance, equality of opportunity and disability. Support RSTs/UCOs to make such alliances, including with parliamentarians; judiciary; police; Ministries of Justice, Labour, Social Protection; National Human Rights Institutions; and civil society human rights groups in the HIV response.

Establish and strengthen productive relationships between UNAIDS and representatives from cosponsors, governments, regional, national and governmental institutions, foundations, law firms and other partners, as delegated donors and donors agencies, to promote collaborative synergies.

Provide strategic guidance to RSTs and UCOs to articulate and promote integration and implementation of HIV-related human rights principles, norms and programmes in regional and country HIV, development and legal plans, policies and frameworks.

Facilitate real-time knowledge sharing and problem-solving among UNAIDS staff in HQ and the field in relation to emerging HIV-related human rights, social and legal issues, working closely with the RSTs and UCOs. Coordinate and/or oversee the provision of technical support, guidance and tools to strengthen RST/UCO capacity to respond to human rights and legal crises related to HIV and to integrate human rights in national HIV plans, legislative frameworks, and institutions for social justice.

Perform other related duties as assigned.
Essential: Advanced university degree in law, international law and specialization in human rights. A first university degree in law and 12 years of professional experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates.
Desirable: Specialization in one of the above fields complemented by degree or studies in international relations, business/public administration or political or other social science.
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. 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
Essential: At least 10 years of professional experience, including a minimum of 2 years working at national or regional level and/or involving multilateral organizations, complemented by experience at international level in the area of law and human rights assistance programs, policy analysis, international affairs, political and strategic planning.

Desirable: Experience in law and human rights analysis, designing and implementing national laws and programmes to support human rights and/or experience with HIV-related laws and human rights.
Advanced knowledge of English. Knowledge of another UN official language an asset.
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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 85,543 at single rate
Post Adjustment: 81 % 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.
Selection in Progress

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