Post Title: National Programme Officer
Date: February 2015
Contract type: Fixed Term
Duty Station, Pretoria, South Africa
Under the guidance and supervision of the UNAIDS Country Director, the Human Rights and Gender Equality Adviser will provide technical assistance to the Government of South Africa, and civil society in the operationalisation of human rights and gender related commitments in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2011); the UNAIDS Strategy; and the UNAIDS Agenda for women and girls. She/he will provide leadership, policy and programmatic guidance on national human rights based and gender transformative HIV responses. In partnership with movements of people living with HIV, key populations, women’s and human rights groups, the incumbent will drive implementation and advocacy for programmes to reduce stigma and discrimination, address harmful gender norms and practices and advance protective laws, gender equality and access to justice. In particular, she/he will drive the HIV prevention agenda for girls, young women and key populations; advocate for combination HIV prevention strategies/approaches which encompass structural, social, economic and biomedical strategies to avert new infections in girls, young women and key populations.
- Education: Advanced university degree in development, social or physical sciences, public health, public administration, management or similar academic preparation.
- 7 – 10 years’ progressive work in HIV at the national level, with demonstrated experience dealing with countries and authorities and the Head of the Ministry, UN representatives, international donors, bilateral/multilateral representatives, non-governmental organisations and people living with HIV;
- Understanding of the national HIV epidemic and response;
- Experience at national, regional or international level in policy, programming and implementation in the fields of HIV, Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, and Human Rights;
- Proven knowledge and understanding of rights and gender equality based approaches to public health and development with ability to apply such knowledge to demanding situations and challenges;
- Extensive knowledge of the South African HIV/TB/STI epidemics and the multisectoral response centred on the Three Ones principles;
- Sound understanding of HIV prevention programming, especially programming for girls, young women and key populations. Demonstrated analytical, advocacy and networking skills; strong linkages with women and human rights networks in South Africa;
- Working experience with UNAIDS cosponsors or other UN organizations;
- Experience with international donors, NGOs development organisations and the UN system.
Closing date: 31 March 2015. Kindly use the post title as a reference.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
QUALIFIED WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPETE FOR THE POST.