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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/21/FT9
Title: UNAIDS Country Director, China
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 6 October 2021
Application Deadline: 23 October 2021
(7 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI/RSB Regional Support Team, Asia and Pacific (AI/RSB)
Duty station:  Beijing China
Provide leadership and coordinate support for both an expanded UN system response to support the country towards ending AIDS as a public health threat as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a Fast-Track approach to rapidly scale up HIV services focused on populations and locations most affected by the epidemic and to support a China and the world partnership focused on China's south-south and global health engagements. Promote effective use of strategic information to better understand and track the epidemic as well as trends, and to measure progress and the sustainable impact of the response. Support efforts to strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in health, social protection and human rights mechanisms.

Provide intellectual leadership to guide policy decisions and programmes, including the creation of an enabling political, fiscal and legal environment to achieve Zero new HIV infections, Zero AIDS-related deaths and Zero stigma and discrimination as set out in global policy declarations adopted by UN Member States. Ensure full integration of efforts with UN Reform developments. Promote, support and provide guidance to national partners and the UN system in integrating HIV and AIDS into wider UHC and country development challenges while reaching global AIDS targets to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and leave no one behind.

1. Supporting China on its domestic priorities to eliminate extreme poverty and tacking "unbalanced development" including on further reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths which have remained stable; and addressing stigma and discrimination PLHIV.

2. Enhancing China's role in global health and the global AIDS response by leveraging its financial, technical, innovation and geopolitical strengths to contribute to SDG attainment in partner countries, including the goal to end AIDS.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
The Director, UNAIDS China (UCD) leads and manages the UNAIDS Joint Programme at country level, under the supervision of the UNAIDS Director, Regional Support Team (RST) and requires a demonstrable high-level of political competency. As required, the UCD also advises Senior Management on issues of key political importance for the delivery of the UNAIDS mandate in the country and opportunities as part of the China and the world agenda. At country level, the UNAIDS Secretariat is part of the UN Development and Resident Coordinator System and, as such, the UCD is a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT). The UCD works under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) who retains the overarching authority to strategically position the UN in the country. The RC/HC participates in the UCD's annual performance appraisal. The UCD proactively works with considerable levels of autonomy and self-initiative, managing relationships with partners and key stakeholders at the country level. In line with UN Reform and the Management and Accountability Framework (MAF) the Country Director contributes together with the UN Country Team to overall operationalization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Assistance Framework (UNSDCF) for the period 2021-2025 and may take responsibility for leading result and/or theme groups of the UN system in addition to core leadership responsibility for the Joint United Nations Team on HIV and AIDS.
The Director, UNAIDS China Office has a dual function: To ensure the provision of expert support to the national HIV response, through effective policy and strategic guidance, technical collaboration, community and political outreach to key partners to achieve UN General Assembly goals and targets and advance towards the global vision of 'Zero new HIV infections, Zero AIDS-related deaths and Zero AIDS-related discrimination as outlined in the new Global AIDS Strategy. The Director also leads the Joint Programme on supporting China's engagement with the rest of the world, to ensure that China contributes to the attainment of the SDGs in partner countries and the goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat as defined in the over-arching frameworks of the UNSDCF and the UNAIDS Strategy.

1) Leadership, policy guidance and advocacy
a) Engages and advocates with high-level government and other authorities, political and civil society leaders, and other key stakeholders both in China's domestic HIV programme as well as on China's international development cooperation and investment initiatives to sustain political commitment and translate it into action for an inclusive, multi-sectoral evidence-based and sustainable HIV response that leaves no one behind.
b) Brokers authoritative technical advice to country stakeholders on global HIV and wider development policies and best practices to guide the development of cost-effective National HIV Strategic Plans and efficient and impactful programmes.
c) Identifies 'game-changers', promote innovations, develop high impact opportunities, initiatives and non-traditional partnerships (e.g., private sector) to fast-track progress towards the achievement of national and global targets including through south-south cooperation efforts.
d) Leads and provides authoritative guidance to China's global health diplomacy and development cooperation initiatives channeled through the new China International Development Cooperation Agency and other relevant line ministries.

2) Strategic information to guide national strategies and programmes
a) Promotes, supports and oversees the generation of strategic information to guide national strategies and programmes and oversees tracking, monitoring and analysis of the epidemic and response.
b) Advises the Executive Director and senior management of evolving opportunities and challenges in the HIV response.

3) Tracking, monitoring and analysis of the epidemic and response
a) Leads and promotes the development and consolidation of a single national HIV Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system and facilitates the coordination of M&E, data use and knowledge management efforts to track the epidemic and measure progress, outcomes and impact of the response as well as gaps and inequities.
b) Ensures periodic monitoring and reporting of UN system efforts to support the national response according to the agreed set of indicators included in National Strategic Plans and the UNAIDS Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF).
c) Ensures data generated is communicated in impactful ways, reaching across different audiences and addressing demographic, gender and geographical disparities and inequities for access to and utilization of services.

4) Resource mobilization and investment optimization
a) Mobilizes and leverages technical, financial and institutional resources for a fully financed and sustainable HIV response including increasing domestic funding and promoting the strengthening of national capacity.
b) Influences and supports actions to achieve and maintain sustained AIDS financial and programmatic response through a people-centered approach in coordination with government, donors and civil society.
c) Engages where appropriate with government and the private sector to identify resources available to support the HIV response at local, regional or international levels promoting cost efficient and effective investments in HIV programmes and initiatives.

5) UN system effectiveness
a) In support of the reinvigorated UN Development System (UNDS), leads and ensures accountability of the UNCT for shared results in the area of HIV, and an effective coordination of efforts to reach HIV targets as part of the focus areas within the UN Management and Accountability Framework (MAF), the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the Joint UN HIV Programme of Support, and national strategic plans. Ensures that the UNAIDS strategy and vision are understood by UNCT members and conveys any concern in this regard to the UNAIDS senior management.
b) Ensures coordination, policy coherence, results-based planning and communication within the UN and between the UN, government and other partners to ensure results.
c) Leads, guides and advocates within the UNCT to promote and support UN Plus initiatives and other HIV-focused initiatives targeted at UN staff and their families
d) Plays a key role in the development and application of a joint UN advocacy and communication strategy and plan for the scaling-up and integration of effective and evidence informed HIV and related strategies and programmes.
e) Convenes regular meetings of the Joint UN team on AIDS to review progress against implementation of the Joint UN Plan on HIV, ensuring effective annual reporting within the JPMS as well as to the UNCT, Government and CSOs as appropriate in the country context.

6) Managing the UNAIDS Country Office
a) Manages and oversees the full range of financial, administrative, procurement, operational and human resources management tasks necessary for the functioning of the Country Office.
b) Coordinates the development of bi/annual workplans and budgets of the UCO and UN Country Team using results-based planning and budgeting frameworks and tracks implementation and expenditures as well as monitoring and evaluation of results and reporting.
c) Ensures respect of rules, regulations and ethics-related policies for efficient and effective management. Ensures a collaborative and supportive work environment for all UNAIDS staff in the country, centred on shared commitment to UNAIDS mandate, with zero bullying, harassment, discrimination or abuse of authority. Models inclusive leadership and promotes a workplace where all personnel feel respected and empowered to safely contribute and raise issues, and where multiple facets of diversity are embraced as a key vehicle to promote UNAIDS vision and values;
d) Provides leadership, guides and supports UCO personnel, including interns and consultants, nurturing a healthy work environment that encourages personnel to excel in their work, perform to their highest level, develop new skills and make a meaningful contribution to the work of the UCO. Provides constructive performance feedback on a regular basis. Promptly finalizes annual performance appraisals. Ensures that organizational duty of care to staff is understood and applied at all times.
e) Ensures adequate safety and security arrangements related to all UNAIDS Secretariat personnel and their recognized dependents.
f) Ensures adequate assets and programmes are in place and functioning in accordance with UN and UNAIDS safety and security policies. Represents UNAIDS in the country-level Security Management Team, and where appropriate, the Disaster Management Team.
g) Ensures close collaboration with the UN RC/HC and also the WHO Representative to obtain assistance in health-related emergency situations. Ensures that all UCO personnel are aware of health insurance information, e.g. recognized health facilities and emergency numbers.
Essential: Advanced university degree at the Masters level or equivalent in Public Health, Medicine, Economics, Social or Political Sciences or related field. For internal candidates, a first university degree and 17 years of experience will be considered as equivalent.

Desirable: Formal training and/or post-graduate degree in Public Administration or Management.
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: A minimum of 15 years of experience in policy, planning, managing and implementing development cooperation programmes on public health and HIV, and/or economic, corporate and sustainable development or closely related areas, at international and national levels. This must include: (1) no less than 10 years leading multicultural teams, including workplanning, budgeting, management and coordination of personnel, and performance evaluation; (2) documented extensive experience in successfully cooperating and negotiating with senior government officials. Experience, knowledge and skills commensurate with the size and complexity of the country setting, AIDS epidemic and response including a very high level of political acumen.
Essential: Advanced level of English.

Desirable: Knowledge Chinese and/or of other UN official languages.
Additional Information:
This position is being readvertised and is open to applicants both in and outside the UNAIDS Country Director pool.

Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The above-mentioned position may be rotational and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.
In addition to the salary, the post adjustment for China applies.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
102,715 USD at single rate

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.

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