UNAIDS Strategic Information Adviser Job (South Africa)

Closes: 16 May 2023

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.

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Back-Ground of UNAIDS

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).

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.

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

Advanced university degree at Master´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.

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

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.

Essential: Advanced level of English

Desirable: Knowledge of additional UN official languages.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$77,326 at single rate

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