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Human Rights And Gender Equality Adviser At UNAIDS

Date Posted: 19/Jan/2014
Deadline: Not Specified


The thrust of the UNAIDS Office is to effectively contribute to the national AIDS response with high level policy, strategic guidance and technical support to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In this regard the UNAIDS Country Office will be playing a high level policy driven role, providing intellectual and strategic leadership on AIDS, high quality technical support, promoting and advocating for sustained high level engagement of government and civil society. In addition, the UNAIDS Country Office will continue to play an important role in facilitating the leveraging of Global Fund resources and monitoring grants performance by supporting the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). As convener of the Joint UN Team on AIDS and a Secretariat of the UN Theme Group on AIDS, the Country Office will strive to ensure strategic relevance, coherence, simplification and harmonization of the Joint UN Support Plan to the National Strategic Plan and monitor its implementation.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator, in consultation with UNAIDS HQ Rights, Gender and Community Mobilization colleagues and RST Senior Human Rights and Gender Advisor(s) and in close cooperation UNAIDS co-sponsors, the incumbent will coordinate UNAIDS efforts at country level to galvanize and monitor HIV-related human rights, gender equality and law and support countries in the operationalization of human rights and gender equality related commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS (2011), the UNAIDS Strategy 2011-2015 Getting to Zero and the UNAIDS Agenda for Women and Girls. The focus will go beyond the human rights and gender equality agendas and embrace broader movements for social change and justice, rule of law, redistribution of opportunities, and new social impact investments.

The incumbent will be assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

LEADERSHIP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY: Proactively lead efforts and support UNAIDS to exert strategic leadership on human rights and gender equality at country level by providing strategic policy/programmatic guidance to UCO colleagues, cosponsors and, as necessary, to national partners on national human rights based and gender-transformative HIV responses, including human rights, law, gender equality and transformation, gender based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, ethical issues and rights-based programming and by establishing and strengthening alliances with civil society and movements for social justice in line with the local epidemic(s) and context and, working closely, as appropriate, with the Community Mobilisation and Networking Advisor.

EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL PLANS, POLICIES AND FRAMEWORKS: Advise and guide country partners on the integration and implementation of HIV-related human rights and gender equality principles, norms and evidence-informed programmes in national legislative frameworks, HIV policies and plans and other relevant development plans, policies and frameworks, in line with the local epidemic(s) and context.

INFORMATION AND ACTION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Oversee and monitor trends and developments in, and support the assessments of, the legal and social environment within the country, in partnership with people living with HIV, women's movements, and members of key populations, and convene/catalyse partners who can exert positive influence to reduce stigma and discrimination, address harmful gender norms and practices and advance protective laws, gender equality and access to justice.

ALLIANCES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY: Provide support and strengthen leadership and engagement of key partners, including parliamentarians; women leaders; judiciary; police; Ministries of Justice, Interior, Gender/Women's Affairs, Development, Health, and Social Protection; National Human Rights Institutions; civil society organisations working on human rights and gender equality and groups/networks of key populations in the HIV response, working closely, as appropriate, with the Community Mobilisation and Networking Advisor.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND LINKS TO GLOBAL MECHANISMS: Leverage global accountability mechanisms and processes (e.g. UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board, UN reporting, including UN Women, Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review; human rights treaty body reporting; Global AIDS Response Reporting, CEDAW, ECOSOC, CSW) to reinforce mutual accountability and for political advocacy and mobilize resources.

DELIVERING AS ONE FOR RIGHTS AND GENDER: Closely collaborate with cosponsors and proactively facilitate human rights and gender equality policy and programmatic coherence across the work of the Joint UN Team on AIDS, Joint UN Team on Gender, and leverage synergies between the UN's work on HIV and its broader work for human rights and gender equality.

Any other duties as required by supervisor.
Advanced university degree in law, social science, development, human rights, public health, women's studies, international relations and/or public administration, complemented by specialization in gender, law and/or human rights.
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


Essential: A minimum of 7 to 10 years experience in human rights, law, and/or gender equality as related to the HIV epidemic, country-level programming and/or human rights/gender equality advocacy and planning processes.
Desirable: Experience at country level or with UN System, UNAIDS, national or international institutions, with a sound understanding of their missions, mandates and operations.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English.
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 and the standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 72.9 % 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.

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