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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/20/FT38
Title: Chief, Health Financing
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years fixed-term
Date: 10 July 2020
Application Deadline: 8 August 2020
(1 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI) /
AI/PRO Programme (AI/PRO)
Office of the DXD Programme
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
The Programme Branch provides leadership and coordinates support for an expanded and integrated UN system response to AIDS at country, regional and global levels. The Office of the Deputy Executive Director, Programme Branch, reflects the vision of UNAIDS and works to consolidate and leverage key technical departments and divisions that provide support to regional and country offices. The Branch works to promote a comprehensive and integrated, evidence informed and adequately resourced response to the HIV epidemic by providing strategic information and policy guidance driven by countries' needs, monitoring programmatic coverage and behavioural trends, building country capacity, and evaluating the effectiveness of the response at the country, regional and global levels.
The Chief Health Financing is placed in the Programme Branch and reports directly to the Deputy Executive Director. The incumbent will also work closely with the Executive Director and members of the Senior Management in providing evidence and advice on issues around Health Financing. Incumbent will be expected to manage teams and staff members, matrixed at first, with composition of teams to be built over time and in response to renewed UNAIDS Strategy.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Director for Programmes, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

1. Develop and implement UNAIDS Health Financing strategy and workplan - Develop UNAIDS strategic approach towards health financing, identifying where UNAIDS can add most value, and what new capacities are required, across the different elements of the health financing value chain: i) increasing underlying macroeconomic and fiscal mobilization; ii) ensuring adequate budget allocation and utilization for health including the share devoted to HIV; iii) increasing efficiency of spend iv) ensure financial protection and access to services for the poor, marginalized and key populations. Engage and motivate existing team resources, and complement with additional resources, to deliver the new strategic approach.

2. Coordinate provision of effective support to individual countries and Regional Teams on Health Financing - Lead and inspire the Economics and Health Financing (matrixed) team to work with field offices, governments and other partners to advocate for and support domestic resource mobilization and financing as well as smooth transition from international aid at an individual country level, including through: macroeconomic and fiscal space analysis; support to national financing dialogues; advocacy and options for increased financing for community led responses; approaches to reduce over-reliance of out-of-pocket expenditure including user fees; options for improved public financial management

3. Drive coordination and collaboration for Health Financing across the UNAIDS family and partners - Ensure effective coordination and collaboration across relevant teams within UNAIDS Secretariat, cosponsors and wider partnerships. Strengthen and or establish relationships with Health Financing teams across cosponsors and other partners such as PEPFAR, USAID, GFATM, OECD, World Economic Forum, IMF, Regional Development Banks, academic institutions and regional socio economic development entities; represent UNAIDS as needed in the Financing Accelerator of the Global Health Plan, Global Financing Entity, Financing for Development networks, international and regional forums on health financing.

4. Review and strengthen a model for UNAIDS organizational structure on health financing - Define and deliver an effective model, for embedding Health Financing specialists in regional and selected country offices through a matrix structure. Develop modules and approaches for health financing literacy among UNAIDS country and regional directors.

5. Reinforce data and analytics for Health Financing - Work with partners to strengthen comprehensive data resources for health financing to support advocacy, enable assessment of countries' comparative performance, provide evidence and identify opportunities and bottlenecks for financial protection and access to services for the poor, marginalized and key populations. Lead the health economics and financing team to work with countries and regions in conducting relevant analytics and projections to inform the development of investment cases and health/HIV financing plans as well as the UNAIDS strategy and approaches.

6. Provide authoritative economics and health financing advice to the Executive and other members of the Senior Management Team - Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors and members of the senior management team on advocacy and communications around health financing including through economic analysis and evidence, development of targeted OpEds or participation in media interviews.

7. Performs other related duties as assigned, including backstopping and representing the Deputy Executive Director as necessary.
Essential: Advanced university degree at Masters' level in economics, social sciences or public health. A first relevant university degree combined with 17 years of relevant experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates.

Desirable: Postgraduate degree in health financing.
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
A minimum of 15 years of progressive relevant experience in quantitative and qualitative aspects of development economics and health financing, including experience in AIDS policy and programme planning, evaluation, and management. A minimum of 10 years' experience at international level as well as work experience in developing countries.

In-depth knowledge of a broad range of issues related to health financing including macroeconomics and fiscal space analysis, public financial management, health systems reform and policy, allocative and implementation efficiency, inequalities and poor economics including options for financial protection and access to services for marginalized and key populations.

Recognized/global credibility in macro-economics and fiscal space, as demonstrated by proven track record on economic analysis and policy advice on health financing including macroeconomic policy and options for increased government spending in health and social sectors. Relevant experience with cosponsors and partners and or Ministries of Finance of health will be an asset. A firm understanding of global development policy, architecture and country reality. Experience with leading complex multi-disciplinary teams.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English, with a good working knowledge of French.
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)
US$ 100,800 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.
Currently accepting applications

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