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  • Posted on: 19 February, 2015 Deadline: 18 March, 2015
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    The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is currently operating in a rapidly changing environment, with numbers of HIV/AIDS cases ranking number two globally. The epidemic has in several states moved from the high risk groups to the general population. The country’s hope for effectively mounting and coordinating a mass national response is largely hinged on the SACAs. A new paradigm is being formed taking into account global experiences for local action. Several multilateral and bilateral donors support the national programme

    The Country’s HIV/AIDS pandemic is widely hypothesized to be both a cause and consequence of this humanitarian crisis, with a particularly disastrous impact on people living with HIV/AIDS.

    Within this context, the exceeding challenging nature of tasks and demands facing UNAIDS in Nigeria becomes apparent.   PCB has encouraged strengthened support for country level (joint) governmental, multilateral, bilateral and nonpublic scaled up response to HIV/AIDS to meet the challenges faced. UNAIDS in Nigeria has thus proposed a management structure to suffice this demand.

    National Programme Officer


    Duties and Responsibilities
    Under the guidance and supervision of the UNAIDS Country Director, the National Programme Officer will:

    •     Facilitate and promote collaboration on the National HIV/AIDS Programme through liaising with SACA and other government institutions/departments. Build and strengthen state support teams in collaboration with SACA.
    •     In collaboration with SACA develop national policy and guidelines on HIV/AIDS prevention and care by providing advice and guidance from national and global perspective through concept papers, research methodologies and strategies from best practices.
    •     Promote and develop the overall Joint State Support Strategy. Provide guidance to bolster the development and review of state plans with SACA and other stakeholders.
    •     Build relationships and liaise with Public health experts in the bilateral, multilateral agencies and other government and private institutions on sharing of technical information and cooperation.
    •     Liaise with Project Director and senior staff at SACA and State Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on State strategies.
    •     Guide the development and necessary policies and strategies for further scaling up of eMTCT programme in close collaboration with the State, Local Government and other partners.
    •     Strengthening the State monitoring and evaluation and health information systems and supporting the monitoring and evaluation of the Joint Programme activities within the state.
    •     Act as UNAIDS Hub for the National HIV/AIDS Programme on public health issues on HIV/AIDS.
    •     Strengthening State level ART policies and standards of care and promote involvement of PLWHA in delivery of ART.
    •     Assist and undertake activities as desired by the UCD.

    Essential:  First university degree in public health and /or planning, development economics or business/public administration.
    Desirable:  Advanced university degree in one of the above fields.

    Essential:  A minimum of four to five years’ experience working in the area of HIV/AIDS and strategy / policy development. Demonstrated track records in building, leading and managing high-performance organizations and teams.
    Desirable: The incumbents ability to interact with high ranking officials of SACA, sate governor’s office, Ministry of health & family welfare, State AIDS Control societies and other state level organizations, medical and public health institutions. UN Co-sponsors and other key agencies. Experience with international donors, non-governmental development organizations and/or the UN System.

    Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.
    Desirable: Good working knowledge of another UN official language an asset

    Method of Application

    The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    No fee

    The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicant's bank accounts

    UN is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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