Earn over 100,000 US Dollars as UNAIDS Country Director at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)


Job Title:    UNAIDS Country Director

Organization: Joint
United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Annual salary: (Net of tax) 100,800 USD at single rate

Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/20/FT60

Grade: D1


About US:

The Joint United
Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for
accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS
pandemic. The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded
response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV,
providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the
vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact
of the epidemic. UNAIDS seeks to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a
severe pandemic.


UNAIDS is an
innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in
achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
UNAIDS’ Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women,
ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank.


Job Summary:  The
UNAIDS Country Director will Provide leadership and coordinate support for an
expanded UN system response to support the country towards ending AIDS as a
public health threat as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a
Fast-Track approach to rapidly scale up HIV services focused on populations and
locations most affected by the epidemic. Promote effective use of strategic
information to better understand and track the epidemic as well as trends, and
to measure progress and the sustainable impact of the response. Support efforts
to strengthen the capacities of communities and their meaningful engagement in
health, social protection and human rights mechanisms. Provide intellectual
leadership to guide policy decisions and programmes, including the creation of
an enabling political, fiscal and legal environment to achieve Zero new HIV
infections, Zero AIDS-related deaths and Zero stigma and discrimination as set
out in global policy declarations adopted by UN Member States. Ensure full
integration of efforts with UN Reform developments. Promote, support and
provide guidance to national partners and the UN system in integrating HIV and
AIDS into wider UHC and country development challenges while reaching global
AIDS targets to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and leave no one


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

 The UNAIDS Country Director (UCD)
leads and manages the UNAIDS Joint Programme at country level, under the
supervision of the UNAIDS Director, Regional Support Team (RST) and requires a
demonstrable high-level of political competency. As required, the UCD also
advises Senior Management on issues of key political importance for the
delivery of the UNAIDS mandate in the country. At country level, the UNAIDS
Secretariat is part of the UN Development and Resident Coordinator System and,
as such, the UCD is a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT). The UCD works under
the leadership of the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) who
retains the overarching authority to strategically position the UN in the
country. The RC/HC participates in the UCD’s annual performance appraisal. The
UCD proactively works with considerable levels of autonomy and self-initiative,
managing relationships with partners and key stakeholders at the country level.

Leadership, policy guidance and advocacy

and advocates with high-level government and other authorities, political and
civil society leaders and other key stakeholders to sustain political
commitment and translate it into action for an inclusive, multi-sectoral
evidence-based and sustainable HIV response that leaves no one behind.

authoritative technical advice to country stakeholders on global HIV and wider
development policies and best practices to guide the development of
cost-effective National HIV Strategic Plans and efficient and impactful

‘game-changers’, promote innovations, develop high impact opportunities,
initiatives and non-traditional partnerships (e.g., private sector) to
fast-track progress towards the achievement of national and global targets.

Strategic information to guide national strategies and programmes

supports and oversees the generation of strategic information to guide national
strategies and programmes and oversees tracking, monitoring and analysis of the
epidemic and response.

the Executive Director and senior management of evolving opportunities and
challenges in the HIV response.

Tracking, monitoring and analysis of the epidemic and response

and promotes the development and consolidation of a single national HIV
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system and facilitates the coordination
of M&E, data use and knowledge management efforts to track the epidemic and
measure progress, outcomes and impact of the response as well as gaps and

periodic monitoring and reporting of UN system efforts to support the national
response according to the agreed set of indicators included in National
Strategic Plans and the UNAIDS Unified Budget, Results and Accountability
Framework (UBRAF).

data generated is communicated in impactful ways, reaching across different
audiences and addressing demographic, gender and geographical disparities and
inequities for access to and utilization of services.

Resource mobilization and investment optimization

and leverages technical, financial and institutional resources for a fully
financed and sustainable HIV response including increasing domestic funding and
promoting the strengthening of national capacity.

and supports actions to achieve and maintain sustained AIDS financial and
programmatic response through a people-centered approach in coordination with
government, donors and civil society.

UN system effectiveness

support of the reinvigorated UN Development System (UNDS), leads and ensures
accountability of the UNCT for shared results in the area of HIV, and an
effective coordination of efforts to reach HIV targets as part of the focus
areas within the UN Management and Accountability Framework (MAF), the UN
Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the Joint UN HIV Programme of Support,
and national strategic plans. Ensures that the UNAIDS strategy and vision are
understood by UNCT members and conveys any concern in this regard to the UNAIDS
senior management.

coordination, policy coherence, results-based planning and communication within
the UN and between the UN, government and other partners to ensure results.

guides and advocates within the UNCT to promote and support UN Plus initiatives
and other HIV-focused initiatives targeted at UN staff and their families

Plays a
key role in the development and application of a joint UN advocacy and
communication strategy and plan for the scaling-up and integration of effective
and evidence informed HIV and related strategies and programmes.

regular meetings of the Joint UN team on AIDS to review progress against
implementation of the Joint UN Plan on HIV, ensuring effective annual reporting
within the JPMS as well as to the UNCT, Government and CSOs as appropriate in
the country context.

Managing the UNAIDS Country Office

and oversees the full range of financial, administrative, procurement,
operational and human resources management tasks necessary for the functioning
of the Country Office (or of country-level operations where the UCD is not

the development of bi/annual workplans and budgets of the UCO and UN Country
Team using results-based planning and budgeting frameworks and tracks
implementation and expenditures as well as monitoring and evaluation of results
and reporting.

respect of rules, regulations and ethics-related policies for efficient and
effective management. Ensures a collaborative and supportive work environment
for all UNAIDS staff in the country, centred on shared commitment to UNAIDS
mandate, with zero bullying, harassment, discrimination or abuse of authority.
Models inclusive leadership and promotes a workplace where all personnel feel
respected and empowered to safely contribute and raise issues, and where
multiple facets of diversity are embraced as a key vehicle to promote UNAIDS
vision and values;

leadership, guides and supports UCO personnel, including interns and
consultants, nurturing a healthy work environment that encourages personnel to
excel in their work, perform to their highest level, develop new skills and
make a meaningful contribution to the work of the UCO. Provides constructive
performance feedback on a regular basis. Promptly finalizes annual performance
appraisals. Ensures that organizational duty of care to staff is understood and
applied at all times.

adequate safety and security arrangements related to all UNAIDS Secretariat
personnel and their recognized dependents.

adequate assets and programmes are in place and functioning in accordance with
UN and UNAIDS safety and security policies. Represents UNAIDS in the
country-level Security Management Team, and where appropriate, the Disaster
Management Team.

close collaboration with the UN RC/HC and also the WHO Representative to obtain
assistance in health-related emergency situations. Ensures that all UCO
personnel are aware of health insurance information, e.g. recognized health
facilities and emergency numbers.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the UNAIDS Country Director must hold an Advanced
university degree at the Masters level or equivalent in Public Health,
Medicine, Economics, Social or Political Sciences or related field. For
internal candidates, a first university degree and 17 years of relevant
professional experience will be considered as equivalent.

minimum of 15 years of experience in policy, planning, managing and
implementing development cooperation programmes on public health and HIV,
and/or economic, corporate and sustainable development or closely related
areas, at international and national levels. This must include: (1) no less
than 10 years leading multicultural teams, including workplanning, budgeting,
management and coordination of personnel, and performance evaluation; (2)
documented extensive experience in successfully cooperating and negotiating
with senior government officials.

knowledge and skills commensurate with the size and complexity of the country
setting, AIDS epidemic and response including a very high level of political

Advanced level of English.



training and/or post-graduate degree in Public Administration or Management.

years or more relevant experience in at least two developing and/or middle-
income countries other than the recognized place of residence; Experience of
working with UN system organizations in public health or other development
cooperation programmes.

of other UN official languages.




to the AIDS response


for diversity


Core competencies

in teams

with impact



change and innovation



Managerial competencies

and strategic thinking


performance and resources

and empowering others

sound judgement

relationships and Networks


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join UNAIDS should apply through their e-Recruitment
website at the link below.




Deadline: 22nd
December 2020


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