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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/19/FT70
Title: Senior Adviser, Science
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2-year fixed term appointment
Date: 11 October 2019
Application Deadline: 23 January 2020 Selection in Progress
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI)
Department of Strategic Information, Programme Branch
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
The Strategic Information Department (SIE) enhances the understanding of the epidemic and the effectiveness of the response, from the sub-national to the global level. The Department drives a global Strategic Information team with advisors at regional and country level. It tracks the status of the evolving HIV epidemic. It informs the setting of relevant targets, monitors progress in achieving them and evaluates the effectiveness of countries' responses. The Department tracks and disseminates scientific learning, develops evidence and tools to improve decision-making, analyses trends and engages stakeholders at all levels to expand knowledge and maximize the use of resources, drawing on the best available data and methodologies. It designs and promotes innovative methods for analysis and knowledge sharing to guide practical, forward-looking programmatic decisions and improve results in communities and at the country level, regionally and internationally. The Department leads the harmonization and integration of measurement systems, tracks national and international resource flows, generates estimates of resource needs, and identifies areas for efficiency gains.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the overall guidance of Director, SIE, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

 Support UNAIDS' leadership role in Science through building and leading scientific networks in support of UNAIDS' agenda in achieving the goals of its strategy, those included in the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS or subsequent declarations;

 Link UNAIDS' work in policy and advocacy to the latest scientific developments and findings. Proactively build and reach out to science leaders working in the AIDS response, with a particular focus on strengthening linkages with universities and research institutions in the Global South;

 Increase policy consistency and coherence in UNAIDS' strategic priorities and new initiatives, based on the latest scientific developments and using strategic entry points within partners' agenda to advance the AIDS response;

 Provide authoritative and expert scientific guidance for country, regional and global levels, supporting the translation of recent scientific findings into informative updates, with effective packaging according to target audiences; and clearing scientific products produced by staff;

 Develop and lead approaches to capture and disseminate the latest scientific knowledge to support UNAIDS staff, Cosponsors and external stakeholders to keep them informed about scientific developments and empower them in guiding implementing partners in programme development and implementation of the response;

 Promote the definition of research agendas and the conduct of scientific studies on topics that address UNAIDS' needs, and including approaches and methods that correspond to UNAIDS' principles;

 Establish, encourage, strengthen and leverage productive relationships between UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors, governments, regional and national scientific institutions, foundations, the private sector and other partners, to promote collaborative synergies and mobilize resources;

 Represent UNAIDS at technical and scientific meetings, advisory boards and international conferences; and

 Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping others.
Essential: Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, or social sciences. A first university degree with twelve years of relevant experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates only.

Desirable: PhD in one of 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. Vision and strategic thinking
2. Leading teams
3. Managing performance and resources
4. Exercising sound judgement
5. Building relationships and networks

Essential: At least 10 years' experience in international public health, including experience in policy-relevant HIV-related research across a broad range of HIV-related topics and methodologies, including implementation science.

Excellent critical skills and experience in reviewing papers for journals and grants for funders.

Experience in research with publication of original research in high impact journals and invitations to present at major scientific conferences.
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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
87,108 USD 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.

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.
Selection in Progress

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