Fixed Term Appointment – HIV/AIDS Specialist

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The Specialist reports to Chief Health & Nutrition for general guidance and direction. The HIV/AIDS Specialist supports the Chief in managing the Section, contributing to knowledge management/innovation and developing/preparing HIV programmes/projects. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable results of HIV programmes/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Programme development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Advisory services and technical support
  4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Responsibilities include:

  1. Conduct/update situation analysis and assessments on HIV related issues particularly PMTCT-Plus and Pediatric Care, to ensure that comprehensive, relevant and evidenced-based data for the country are collected to guide country office HIV programming, monitoring and delivery of programme/project services.
  2. Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in HIV programmes.
  3. Provide technical advice and guidance to key government officials, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on programme policies, strategies and best practices and approaches on HIV and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation and delivery of results
  4. Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with health sector government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking and advocacy to exchange knowledge/expertise, leverage resources/action, build alliances and engage participation of communities in programme design, delivery and demand creation.
  5. Promote critical thinking and introduce technological and programme innovations and approaches to accelerate results and increase coverage, access and quality of high impact HIV treatment and preventative interventions.


1. Education Requirement:

An Advanced University Degree in public health, pediatric health, family health, health research, global/international health, health policy and/or management, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, socio-medical, health education, epidemiology or other health related sciences is required.

Alternatively, a first level university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

2. Work Experience Requirement:

A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in public HIV/AIDS planning and management and/or in relevant areas (Maternal, newborn and child health programming; health system strengthening) at the national or international level some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in HIV/AIDS programme/project development and management in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.

3. Language Proficiency

Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

4. Competency Profile:

i) Core Values (Required)

  1. Commitment
  2. Diversity and Inclusion
  3. Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required):**

  1. Communication
  2. Working with People
  3. Drive for Results

iii)Functional Competencies (Required)

  1. Leading and Supervising
  2. Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  3. Analyzing
  4. Relating and Networking
  5. Deciding and Initiating Action
  6. Persuading and influencing

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: by 10 June 2019

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If you have not been contacted within two months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. **