Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care)needed in Pretoria, South Africa

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Closing date: Thursday, 18 January 2024

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pretoria, South Africa. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Representative, ROSAF and technical guidance of the Chief HIV/AIDS Section (HAS), Drugs Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of UNODC in Vienna. For more information on UNODC, please visit:


The incumbent will assist in providing on-going technical guidance and policy advice to the Government and civil society organizations in the region; supporting and coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of UNODC HIV/AIDS key policy programmatic areas, namely HIV/AIDS prevention and care related to (a) people who use drugs and (b) people living and working in prison settings. The incumbent will also take a leading role in the activities of the UN Joint Programme on HIV related to drug use and in prison settings, ensuring collaboration and cooperation with the UNAIDS secretariat office and Cosponsors. Within assigned authority, the Regional Adviser (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) will be responsible for the following specific duties:

 Support the development of UNODC technical assistance activities to the national partners in (a) the assessment of the HIV and AIDS situation in the areas identified above (b) the development of effective prevention and care strategies and (c) reviewing and adapting national HIV/AIDS policy and implementation plans and linking them to relevant policies, strategies and plans;
 Act as a key resource person and, as such, contribute to the development of national capacity building strategies to enhance policy and programmatic development, coordination, sound monitoring and evaluation with regard to the HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support in the UNODC key areas; Support, organize and participate in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS issues;

 Facilitate the establishment of Technical Working Groups for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support for people who use drugs, and people living and working in prisons, involving all relevant stakeholders at the country level;
 Support and participate in, when necessary, meetings and initiatives pertaining to technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, UN joint teams on AIDS, Common Country Analysis (CCA), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and other relevant fora;

 Review, analyze and evaluate technical reports and other relevant materials on the state of prevention and care of HIV and AIDS in the key areas and facilitate dissemination of good practices;

 Review and participate in the drafting of regional and country programmes, project documents and grant proposals, including for the Global Fund and the World Bank, and contribute to the determination of their feasibility in the context of HIV/AIDS among people who use drugs, particularly people wo inject drugs and in prison settings; 
 Review, research and compile material for the preparation of technical reports and other documents, such as reports to Headquarters, legislative bodies, National Government and donors;

 Manage UNODC HIV programme, coordinating activities related to budget and funding including programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and preparation of related documents/reports;
 Assist with the recruitment and guidance of national staff members, consultants and interns;
 Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
 Perform other work-related duties as may be required.


 Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug, crime and health related issues. Has demonstrated ability to provide effective specialized support and advice in a broad range of development assistance issues in particular as it relates to drugs and HIV/AIDS Has ability to ensure adequate preparation of reports or rationale with respect to key technical assistance decisions. Is able to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Is able to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is able to deliver outputs in line with agreed schedules, budgets and quality standards in line with prevailing rules, regulations and procedures. Has very good communication skills to liaise, negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders. Has proven ability to write reports and to review and conduct presentations. Is able to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Is sensitive to political issues and able to adapt to local environment, hardship and security/emergency. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
 Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

 Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public health, social science or in any other relevant discipline is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.


Work Experience

A minimum of five years of professional experience in managing HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes among people who inject drugs and/or in prison settings at national and international level is required. Work experience in building successful partnerships and networking with a wide range of external partners and organizations is required. Work experience within the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable. Work experience with counterparts in the region is desirable. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.



English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language and/or the local or other regional language(s) is an advantage.



Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


Special Notice

This temporary position is available for six months. Actual filling of this position and actual duration of the assignment is subject to availability of funding. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection may be administered as a temporary assignment. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation. Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Pretoria is classified in the A category (family duty station).


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


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