UNAIDS – JPO Programme Officer

UNDP

Job Description

Important – Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of Belgium. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit https://www.undp.org/jposc

About UNAIDS

Serving Countries and Communities 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 here .

Organizational Context

The Tanzania Country Office provides leadership and coordinates the expanded UN system response in Tanzania 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 Tanzania Country Office scales up HIV services focused on key populations, and other groups living with or at risk of HIV (i.e., women and girls in all their diversity, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples) and in locations most at risk. The Tanzania 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 Tanzania. It supports efforts to strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in health, social protection, human rights and social justice mechanisms, and gender transformative approaches, and provides intellectual support and technical guidance as necessary to partners, communities, civil society organizations and policymakers.

Content And Methodology Of Supervision

As part of the UNAIDS JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO.
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear objectives and expected results (Performance Evaluation Report) and completion of yearly Performance Evaluation Reports.
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment.
  • Empowerment and learning by doing through self-learning and application of acquired skills, accompanied by easy access to the supervisor for guidance and trouble-shooting.
  • Participation in Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness.
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise.
  • Regular calls organized by the People Management Department (individually and/or as a group) to establish a community of practice and provide networking opportunities for JPOs. Specific emphasis is set on mentoring and supporting first-year JPOs.

Learning Elements

  • Upon completion of the assignment, the JPO will be able to:
  • Fully understand the mission, the values, the strategic priorities and the operating modalities of UNAIDS Joint Programme; demonstrate a profound understanding of the role, objectives and operations of UNAIDS Cosponsors and the Secretariat in Tanzania;
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the HIV epidemic, its main drivers and impact on various populations, key principles and core priorities of the HIV response; demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania, its implications, priorities of the national response, and the place and the contribution of the HIV response to the national health and development agenda;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with key principles and steps as they related to integrating HIV and SHRH response into humanitarian settings
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; show ability to explain the linkages between the target of ending the AIDS epidemic under the SDG3 and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Follow up discussions on technical issues on HIV with counterparts in order to help promoting HIV-related policies and programmes, at national and sub-national levels;
  • Demonstrate competence in ‘translating’ strategic information into people-centered programmes and interventions, in particular as relates to key and vulnerable populations;
  • Demonstrate ability to engage effectively with civil society and community partners;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the development of the Joint UN Plan on AIDS and in the application of the ‘Three Ones’ principles of coordination; demonstrate ability to integrate provisions pertinent to ending the AIDS epidemic in the UNDAF.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of the UN reform, its implementation at country level, as well as the role and the contribution to the reform processes of UNAIDS Joint Programme.

Duties, Responsibilities And Output Expectations

Under the direct supervision of the UNAIDS Country Director (UCD) in U.R. Tanzania, the incumbent will:

  • Assist the UCD and the UNAIDS Country Office (UCO) team in convening, coordinating and facilitating the Joint UN Team on AIDS and the Development Partners Group on AIDS;
  • Support the UCD/ UCO and the Joint Team in reporting on progress in implementation of the UNSDCF and the UN Joint Plan on HIV and AIDS;
  • Support Joint Team efforts, in fragile and humanitarian settings; to liaise with emergency and humanitarian actors in order to ensure that HIV response and related SRHR services are integrated into emergency preparedness and contingency planning,
  • Assist efforts of the UCO team to foster collaboration and inclusive partnerships with key stakeholders such as National AIDS Council, Ministry of Health, other Government Ministries, sub-national government institutions, civil society organizations, communities, development partners, the private sector and others to advance the rights and ensure equitable access to prevention, treatment and other essential services, with a particular attention to key populations, women, youth, people living with HIV, prisoners migrant workers and others, as determined by the country context and up-to-date evidence;
  • Assist in generating, packaging and facilitate sharing and utilization of HIV-related strategic information, especially as related to key and vulnerable populations and in highlighting inequalities;
  • Support the UCD and UCO team in the development of a good knowledge base on gender, legal and human rights issues in relation to key and vulnerable populations. Liaise with appropriate departments in Government, civil society organizations and communities to ensure mainstreaming of gender, legal and human rights in order to eliminate related barriers to prevention, testing and treatment on key and vulnerable populations;
  • Assist the UCO in ensuring that civil society organizations and communities have space to engage in decision-making processes, participate fully in key partnerships including Community Led Monitoring and have access to financial and material resources made available by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) and other funding agencies.

Linkages

Internal Purpose

UNAIDS Regional Support Team in Johannesburg and in UNAIDS, Geneva.

To request and provide information; enlist support/funds/expertise; identify research and development needs.

UNAIDS staff in various countries. Exchange/share experiences and views; develop collaboration – linkages between different national efforts and organizations

External Purpose

Heads of HIV in other UN agencies.

To provide assistance and support in their coordinating role; to assist in planning and finding and utilization of available information; to provide reliable information related to vulnerable groups

National AIDS Council, other relevant government agencies, civil society organizations and cooperating partners. To participate/collaborate in reviews, development for planning, and evaluation of activities. To provide reliable information and review documentations related to Most at Risk Populations (MARPs).

Staff and Officials of the UN Joint Program in U.R. Tanzania, and UN agencies, donors, NGOs. To facilitate/promote provision and exchange of information.

UNAIDS Values

Commitment to the AIDS response

  • Integrity
  • Respect for diversity

Core Competencies

  • Working in teams
  • Communicating with impact
  • Applying expertise
  • Delivering results
  • Driving change and innovation
  • Being accountable

Managerial Competencies

  • Exercising sound judgement
  • Building relationships and Networks

Knowledge And Experience

EDUCATION

Advanced University degree at Master’s level in international development, social or physical sciences, public health, management or similar academic preparation.

Experience

A minimum of two years of work experience, preferably in programme management in public or private sector at the national or international levels, experience in data analysis and coordination.

LANGUAGES

Essential: Advanced level of English

Desirable: Good working knowledge of French is desirable, any other UN language will be an asset.

Functional/Technical Knowledge And Skills

Knowledge of the AIDS epidemic, globally and its implications.

Understanding of the UN system of organizations and their delivery mechanisms.

Nationality: Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of Belgium. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit https://www.undp.org/jposc

Age Requirement: not older than 32 years of age as of 31 December of the year of application.

Attachments Needed (please Note That Once The Application Is Submitted In The System, You Cannot Go Back To Upload Documents Or Edit Information)

  • A brief motivation letter in English that explains why you’re the perfect candidate for the position by using examples of your interests and achievements
  • Copy of your Master degree

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The UN does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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