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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/22/FT75
Title: Regional Advisor, Equitable Financing, Panama
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 3 October 2022
Application Deadline: 24 January 2023 Selection in Progress
Organization unit: AI/RST Regional Support Team, Caribbean (AI/RST)
Duty station:  Panama City Panama
Serving Communities and Countries to End Inequalities and AIDS

We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by:
(i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems.

We are committed to creating an equal, safe and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity and Respect for Diversity.
The Equitable Financing Practice delivers on the UNAIDS Secretariat's goals to identify and promote strategies to expand the future financing options of the HIV response, with a clear preparedness and inequalities lens. It does that by systematizing knowledge and building capacities on equitable resource allocation and implementation of efficiency, equity (including in access to health technologies), transition planning, community response. It also explores and expands outcomes for countries, regions and globally on upstream financing instruments, including tax and domestic revenues, debt and innovative sources of international, domestic and private finance. Finally, the team also tracks HIV financing resources and provides a range of analytical products that help understand - and inform actions to reduce - inequalities, including wealth and poverty inequalities, and integrate HIV financing within the wider international financing system.

The RST LAC provides leadership and coordinates support for an expanded UN system response to ending the AIDS epidemic at regional and country level. Equitable Financing works hand in hand with countries in developing and supporting the full design and implementation of equitable financing advocacy strategies, providing technical guidance and knowledge, capacity building to ensure a minimum standard for UCOs, as well as clear and signed off policy on critical areas to ensure a sustainable response to the HIV pandemic and related areas.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Within the matrix management reporting structure of the RST LAC and the Global Equitable Financing Practice, the Regional Adviser, Equitable Financing, focuses on a manageable set of deliverables that are aligned with the UNAIDS equitable financing vision and strategy, providing support to the assessment of the finance side of the epidemic evolution and its response, and the financing needs and challenges in the region.

He /she has the following key responsibilities:

1) Regional strategy and provision of technical guidance to countries

- For the selected portfolio of countries, and in collaboration with the global equitable financing team, provides technical guidance, advice, and support to country office teams in the areas of sustainable/equitable HIV and health financing, effective and efficient resource allocations, and Domestic Revenue Mobilization and international sources of finance for HIV, health and pandemics. This includes the provision of advice or highlighting good practices or sound financial sourcing methods tailored to the differentiated country needs and contexts.
- Provides, as necessary, technical inputs into country-specific financial analysis, health financing modelling, transition readiness assessments, sustainability plans/strategies, resource mobilization simulations and alike, that feed into the update of investment frameworks on HIV and guidance for using data and economic intelligence to inform decision-making, to ensure impact and build sustainable solutions.
- Supports countries develop "equitable financing" plans / strategies, including country prioritization for action and impact.
- Ensures a strong regional and country-by-country overview of financing trends and challenges for the HIV response, for health systems as they move towards progressive integration of the response with pandemics preparedness and stronger primary healthcare.
- Assist regional economic communities in identifying both equitable financing-related technical and financial gaps and potential solutions. Advise on emerging regional priorities, barriers and opportunities for global level support to the region.
- Can be temporarily deployed for short term missions to focus in a concrete country if the circumstances demand it.

2) Resource tracking

- Conducts regional analyses of HIV financing investments and results across different countries, programme areas, population groups and other variables applying global or other benchmarks as appropriate.
- Identifies trends and provides relevant inputs into technical reports and publications, as required.
- Coordinates the implementation of resource tracking processes in the region to ensure consistency with the overall UNAIDS resource tracking endorsed tools and approaches, and use of the results.

3) Capacity building, partnerships, knowledge management and advocacy activities

- Organizes capacity building activities in support of regional and national strategic planning, resource allocation and budgeting processes. Contributes to communities of practice as required.
- Produces inputs on results achieved and identifies trends and good practices.
- Designs knowledge products to influence regional health and HIV financing agendas.
- Provides inputs into reports and publications, as required.
- Brokers partnerships and ensures strategic engagement with regional offices of development banks, other financial institutions, multilateral and bilateral funding agencies and the private sector that play a role in the response to HIV, health and the pandemics.
- Leads advocacy and dialogue with regional bodies related to health financing issues and the overall development finance agenda, providing support if required in the cases when that engagement involves the higher political level.

Performs any other duties as requested by the Director, Regional Support Team.

Participates as an active member of the Equitable Financing Practice team in strategy, advocacy and implementation meetings and plans, and has a matrixed line of reporting to the Director, EQF.

- Advanced university degree at Master's level or equivalent in Economic Research, (Macro) Economics, Health Economics, Public Health management or other fields related, always with an economics training background.

UNAIDS Values:
Commitment to the AIDS response
Respect for diversity

Core competencies:
Working in Teams
Communication with Impact
Applying Expertise
Delivering Results
Driving Change and Innovation
Being Accountable

Managerial competencies:
Vision and strategic thinking
Leading Teams
Building Relationships and Networks
Developing and Empowering Others
Managing Performance and Resources
Vision and Strategic Thinking
Exercising Sound Judgement
- A minimum of seven years of experience in health economics and health / HIV financing, at least some of which at the international level.
- Experience in advocating for increased health / HIV financing with national actors (such as Ministries of Finance).

- Experience working with international organizations on health financing issues.
- Fluent in Spanish and English.

- Knowledge of additional UN official languages
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)
75,602 US dollars at single rate
Post Adjustment: 42.4 % 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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