UNAIDS Junior Professional Officer – Programme Officer


Agency: UNAIDS

Title: UNAIDS Junior Professional Officer – Programme Officer

Job ID: 26952

Practice Area – Job Family: HIV and Health

Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA) : 30/11/2019

Duty Station: Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic

Vacancy Type: FTA International (JPO)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: JPO Service Center

Contract Duration: One-year fixed-term appointment, renewable at least once subject to satisfactory performance.

Under the JPO Programme Framework, the following position is open only to nationals of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,  Guinea, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal,  Tanzania, Uganda, Morocco and Palestinian Territory.


Mandate of the Country Office

Provide leadership and coordinate support for an expanded UN system response to support countries towards ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. To promote, support and provide guidance to national partners and the UN system in reaching Global AIDS targets by 2020 with a Fast-Track approach to rapidly scale up HIV services focused on populations and in locations most affected by the epidemic. Promote effective use of strategic information and documentation of trends on the epidemic and the response as well as provide intellectual leadership on the status of the response to HIV in the country.

Content and methodology of supervision

As part of the UNAIDS JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:

  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results (Performance Evaluation Report)
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment
  • Easy access to the supervisor
  • Participation in Unit/Team/Office meetings to ensure integration and operational effectiveness
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly Performance Evaluation Report
  • If more than one supervisor; clear agreement of the roles and responsibilities between the relevant parties.
Duties and Responsibilities


Under the direct supervision of the UNAIDS Country Director (UCD) in DR Congo, and subject to the changing working environment and partnership with government, the incumbent will:

  • Assist the UCD and the UNAIDS Country Office (UCO) team in convening, coordinating and facilitating the Joint UN Team on AIDS;
  • Assist the UCD, the UCO team and the Joint UN Team on AIDS (Joint Team) in developing and implementing a needs-based, country-tailored Joint UN Plan on AIDS, in support to the national Fast-Track targets and the SDG commitments, strategies and plans, in accordance with the priorities of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  • Support the UCD/ UCO and the Joint Team in their engagement in the development, implementation and reporting on UNDAF; assist in making sure that country priorities and needs pertinent to ending the AIDS epidemic are fully integrated in the UNDAF processes;
  • Support Joint Team efforts, in fragile and humanitarian settings; to liaise with emergency and humanitarian actors in order to ensure that HIV response and related SRHR services are integrated into emergency preparedness and contingency planning,
  • Assist efforts of the UCO team to foster collaboration and inclusive partnerships with key stakeholders such as National AIDS Council, Ministry of Health, other Government Ministries, sub-national government institutions, civil society organizations, communities, development  partners, the private sector and others to advance the rights and ensure equitable access to prevention,  treatment and other essential services, with a particular attention to key populations such as women, youth, people living with HIV, prisoners, gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, migrant workers and others, as determined by the country context and up-to-date evidence;
  • Assist in generating and facilitate sharing and utilization of HIV-related strategic information, especially as related to key populations;
  • Support the UCD and UCO team in the development of a good knowledge base on gender, legal and human rights issues in relation to key populations. Liaise with appropriate departments in Government, civil society organizations and communities   to ensure mainstreaming of gender, legal and human rights in order to eliminate related barriers to prevention, testing and treatment on key populations;
  • Assist the UCO in ensuring that civil society organizations and communities have space to engage in decision-making processes, participate fully in key partnerships and have access to financial and material resources made available by the U.SPresident’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) and other funding agencies.


Techinical Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of the AIDS epidemic, globally and its implications.
  • Understanding of the UN system of organizations and their delivery mechanisms.


  1. Commitment to the AIDS response
  2. Integrity
  3. Respect for diversity

UNAIDS Core Competencies

  1. Working in teams
  2. Communicating with impact
  3. Applying expertise
  4. Delivering results
  5. Driving change and innovation
  6. Being accountable
Required Skills and Experience


Advanced University degree at Master’s level in international development, social or physical sciences, public health, management or similar academic preparation.


Two years of work experience (maximum of 4 years) preferably in programmes’ management in public or private sector at the national or international levels, experience in data analysis and coordination.


Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and French.


National of one of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,  Guinea, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal,  Tanzania, Uganda, Morocco and Palestinian Territory.


No older than 32 years of age as of 31 December 2019.



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