17 Oct 2022

Officer, Equality and Rights for All (Youth and Communities) at UNAIDS

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UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/22/FT71

Title: Officer, Equality and Rights for All (Youth and Communities), Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Grade: NO-C

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract: Two years

Date: 23 September 2022

Application Deadline: 14 October 2022
Currently accepting applications

Organization unit: AI/RSJ Regional Support Team, East and South Africa (AI/RSJ)
Country Office: Tanzania

Duty station: Dar-es-Salaam United Republic of Tanzania


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.
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 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.

The Equality and Rights for All Practice team delivers on the UNAIDS Secretariat’s goals of reducing inequalities. This specifically refers to ensuring that the HIV response is gender-transformative, rights-based and people-focused in a manner that is community-led, people centred, inclusive and progresses societal enablers. The team also delivers on the organizational agenda to remove human rights barriers and intersecting gender inequalities. It does that by developing and sharing policies, guidance, research and tools that support legal, policy and social norm change; by advocating for a greater political commitment; convening communities of practice and leveraging existing and new partnerships to continuously identify and respond to the inequalities driving the HIV epidemic.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Within the matrix management reporting structure of the Tanzania Country Office and the Regional Office, and as part of the global Equality and Rights for all Practice, the Officer, Equality and Rights for All focuses on a set of deliverables that are aligned with the UNAIDS equality and rights for all vision, the epidemic trajectory, the social norms and the needs in the country. This post, like all ERA posts, includes a focus on key populations, customized to respond to the regional and subregional contexts and epidemic, and to match the focus of the post (i.e., gender equality posts include a focus on women and girls living with HIV, women key populations, human rights posts include a focus on the rights of people living with HIV and key populations, youth posts include a focus on young people living with HIV and young key populations etc.)

He /she has the following key responsibilities:
1-Youth engagement and leadership:
-Coordinates the country office’s youth portfolio by leading, facilitating and promoting efforts to scale up and strengthen the HIV response by and for young people in all their diversity, particularly young key populations and adolescent girls and young women.
-Provides advice to and engages with the government, cosponsors, youth-led organizations and networks on issues related to:
-Youth leadership and engagement;
-capacity building and skills development;
-investment in youth leadership and partnerships;
-comprehensive sexuality education;
-education and social protection policies and programmes for young people;
-removal of policy, legal and societal barriers for adolescents to access services;
-integration of services, including SRHR;
-generation, analysis and use of data for programming and advocacy;
-promotion of technological and other innovations to drive youth leadership and engagement and
-the overall expansion and diversification of youth-led responses.
-Supports the establishment of a culture of youth inclusion within UNAIDS including via strengthening and quality assuring of internship and other youth support programmes.

2-Coordination and technical advice:
-Provides support to and coordinates with partners and civil society organizations to ensure that:
-key considerations and analysis on how advances in gender equality, human rights, community and youth engagement and leadership affect the HIV response
-barriers to HIV services are incrementally removed through active promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and social justice, particularly for key and vulnerable population groups community priorities are integrated into relevant AIDS response and broader plans, programmes, initiatives and budgets.
-Provides technical support, shares information, guidance tools and resources to partners and civil society organisations. Supports demand creation for the inclusion in national AIDS plans of programmatic interventions addressing the integration of key populations, communities, gender equality, human rights and youth responses as they impact on prevention, treatment, care and support, with emphasis on reduction of discrimination, including in the health sectors, stigma and punitive approaches to HIV, driving social norm change, and achieving scale and efficiency.
-Supports the engagement and/or engages with human rights mechanisms, governmental fora, missions, civil society organisations, human rights defenders, and others as appropriate, particularly on decriminalisation, stigma, discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence, rights of people living with HIV and key/populations, as well as women, adolescent girls and young women in all their diversity.
-Supports legal and human rights analysis of proposed law reform to ensure that the HIV response in the country is grounded on human rights and informed by the latest public health evidence.
-As required, provides substantive technical advice, including on law reforms, human rights violations and tracking and facilitate the establishment of appropriate redress mechanisms and response to human right crisis.
-Support the network of PLHIV and key populations to conduct stigma index surveys

3-Partnerships and collaboration:
-Builds, fosters and expands strategic alliances with communities, key and vulnerable populations, youth (including AGYW) to support tracking and monitoring government accountability for attainment of HIV strategic objectives as articulated in the Political Declaration and the 2030 Agenda, including resources made available to different stakeholder groups (governmental and non-governmental), including for community led responses.
-Supports and strengthens alliances between PLHIV networks, youth and women led organisations and key populations-related civil society organisations, and social justice movements, including those relating to human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights, access to justice, youth engagement, including networks led by women and young people for two-way information sharing, to identify and support network priorities, and to assist in increased understanding and collaboration across PLHIV and KP networks.
-Provides support to cosponsors and other partners to ensure that: key considerations on how advances in gender equality, human rights, community and youth engagement affect the HIV response and community priorities are integrated into relevant AIDS response and broader plans, programmes, budgets, and initiatives
-Regularly meet with national and local networks of people living with HIV, and key population networks,
-Build and sustain strategic relationships with civil society and community leaders, ensuring UNAIDS stays abreast of current/hot issues and tensions at national level and provides support, as we are able, to communities during human rights crises.

4- Gender Equality

-Works on the positioning of gender equality at the centre of UNAIDS efforts to implement the global AIDS strategy in the country, emphasizing gender transformative, women / key populations / people living with HIV-led interventions at scale.
-Establishes effective leadership, mentorship and capacity building of networks of women key populations, that include and/or are led by women living with HIV, women who use drugs, female sex workers and transgender women, and AGYW for effective representation and advocacy on human rights, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
– Analyses the HIV epidemic, context and response in the country from a substantive gender equality perspective, as well as relevant data on sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Support the conduct of the gender transformative assessments and monitor trends and opportunities across regions to advocate, build political commitment and mobilize allies and resources.
-Organises or participates in communities of practice on gender equality issues for joint coordination, information sharing, quality assurance, capacity building and mutual support.

5- Knowledge management and communication
-Identifies and promotes good practices, including in relation to knowledge development, sharing and management, to benefit the response in the country, in the region or globally, through appropriate representation of UNAIDS positions on gender equality, human rights, community engagement and youth leadership as central to the HIV response. This specifically includes the participation in communities of practices.
-Stays abreast of current issues and tensions and ensures a coordinated communication as regards to pertinent strategic information and analysis to support communities during crises.

Performs other duties as required.
Advanced university degree at Master´s level or equivalent in Public Health, Human Rights, Gender or Women’s Studies, International Development, Public Policy or Administration, Business Administration, Law or another field related to the responsibilities. A relevant first university degree and seven years of relevant professional experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates only.
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:
– Leading teams
– Building relationships and networks
– Developing and empowering others
– Managing performance and resources
– Vision and strategic thinking
– Exercising sound judgement
At least five years of experience in the programming, project management and advocacy, including as related to HIV or health, in one or more of the following areas: gender equality, human rights, community engagement, and youth engagement/leadership at the national level.

Experience in programme initiative-based collaboration with a variety of national and international public sector organisations and international civil society institutions.
Advanced level of English.
Knowledge of additional UN official languages.
Additional Information:
Please note that for this vacancy, only nationals of United Republic of Tanzania are eligible to apply. A valid passport will be requested. You are required to reside within reasonable commuting distance of the UNAIDS office located in Dar-es-Salaam . Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
145847000 Schillings 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.
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS’s e-Recruitment website at: . 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.
Currently accepting applications

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