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   STRATEGIC INFORMATION ADVISER, SOUTH AFRICA (UNAIDS/23/FT48)

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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/23/FT48
 
Title: Strategic Information Adviser, South Africa
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  2 Years
 
Date: 21 April 2023
 
Application Deadline: 16 May 2023 Selection in Progress
 
Organization unit: AI/RSJ Regional Support Team, East and South Africa (AI/RSJ) /
AI/ZAF South Africa (AI/ZAF)
Pretoria, South Africa
 
Duty station:  Pretoria South Africa
 
About UNAIDS:
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. You can access the full UNAIDS Competency Framework at www.unaids.org
MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Regional Office provides leadership and coordinates support for an expanded UN system response to ending the AIDS epidemic at regional and country level. It steers, promotes, and supports regional and national partners and the UN system towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Using an equity and equality lens as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Regional Office promotes effective use of strategic information of the epidemic trends and the status of its response and provides technical leadership on people-centered HIV prevention and response in the region focused on key populations and locations most at risk.
The South Africa Country Office provides leadership and coordinates the expanded UN system response in South Africa. Using an equity and equality lens as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the South Africa Country Office supports the equitable provision of HIV services focused on key populations and locations most at risk. The South Africa Country Office promotes effective use of strategic information to better understand and track the epidemic and its trends, and to measure progress and sustainable impact of the response in South Africa. It supports efforts to strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in health, social protection, and human rights mechanisms, and provides intellectual support and technical guidance as necessary to national partners and policymakers.
UNAIDS is mandated by the UN General Assembly to collect data from countries and report progress towards global AIDS response targets.
The Data for Impact Practice leads this AIDS response tracking and reporting, tracks progress and responses towards established targets, identifies inequalities and gaps in the AIDS response, and works to enhance countries' strategic information capacities on the HIV epidemic and response with regards to epidemiology and demographic impact, prevention, treatment and care, societal enablers including laws and policies, and resources (resources with the Equitable Financing Practice). At country and regional level, the Practice leads the generation of strategic information to inform different programming and planning processes, and coordinates the joint programme planning and monitoring through the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF).
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Within the matrix management reporting structure of the Country Office, the RST and the Global Data for Impact Practice, the Adviser focuses on a manageable set of deliverables that are aligned with the UNAIDS strategic information vision and the capacity, the epidemic size and growth, and the needs in South Africa.

He /she has the following key responsibilities:

1.National capacity building and coordination
-Identifies, promotes and reinforces capacity needs of national counterparts in surveillance, data collection, data analysis, reporting and using evidence for programming and pandemic preparedness.
-Builds capacities to focus responses to relevant geographical areas and key populations.
-Works with national counterparts to strengthen surveillance and monitoring systems including health information systems with attention to the quality of data including the use of unique identifiers.
-Promotes data systems and survey tools for policies and programmes.
-Accompanies the development of community-led monitoring (CLM) systems.

2. Strategic analysis, programmatic and policy advice
-Coordinates and influences the prioritization, process and technical aspects of a wide array of data collection, compilation, and analysis related to epidemiology, policies, programme coverage and resources, in view of informing future programme efforts.
-Performs modelling and analysis of surveillance, policy and programme monitoring data on trends and geographic location of the epidemic and response including using standard estimation tools in view of detecting and monitoring inequalities.

3. Contributions to global processes
-Facilitates and coordinates monitoring and reporting at national level and contributes data and analyses to the regional and global level (through the Global AIDS Monitoring system).
-Monitors the United Nations Joint Programming on HIV, inter alia via the implementation of the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework and the United Nation Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Advanced university degree at MasterĀ“s level or equivalent in Public Health, Epidemiology, (Bio)statistics, Demographic Studies, or another field related to the responsibilities. A relevant first university degree and 9 years of relevant professional experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates only.
Competencies:
UNAIDS Values:
Commitment to the AIDS response
Integrity
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
Experience:
Essential: A minimum of 7 years of experience in the design, development, and operational application of strategic information systems of AIDS programmes.

Desirable: Demonstrated knowledge and sound understanding of the United Nations Joint Programming on HIV. Relevant experience in countries of similar state of epidemiological characteristics and national capacities.

Languages:
Essential: Advanced level of English

Desirable: 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 abovementioned position is a rotational position, and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$77,326 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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