The position is located in the Programme Office in Kazakhstan (POKAZ), Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Division for Operations (DO) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the UNODC Representative, ROCA and the technical guidance from the Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section (HAS), Drug Prevention and Health Branch (DHB) at UNODC headquarters in Vienna.
The Programme Officer (HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care) will assist in providing on-going technical guidance and policy advice to the Government and civil society organizations in the region (focusing on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The incumbent will assist in supporting and coordinating the development, implementation and evaluation of UNODC health programmes in the region with special focus on 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 (c) integration of vulnerable related population in the CIVID 19 response. The incumbent will also take a key 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 Programme Officer (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 Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS, UN Joint Teams on AIDS, Common Country Assessment (CCA), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation framework (UNSCDF), 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 drug users, particularly injecting drug users and in prison settings.
- Integrate concerns of vulnerable population in COVID -19 response plans.
- 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, recruitment and supervision of national staff members, consultants and interns.
- Perform other work-related duties as 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. Demonstrates sensitivity to political issues and adaptability to local environment, hardship and security/emergency. 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. 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 similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in managing HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes among people who inject/use drugs and/or in prison settings at the national or international level is required.
- Experience in building successful partnerships and networking with a wide range of external partners and organizations is required.
- Experience in leading a team is desirable.
- Working experience within the United Nations system or a similar international organization is desirable.
- Working/living experience in Central Asia 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 Russian is desirable. Knowledge of other regional language(s) is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
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