In 2014, 37 million people were living with HIV, 2 million people were newly infected with HIV and 1.2 million died of AIDS-related causes. The intrinsic connections between HIV and SRH are well-established, and have numerous benefits, especially as HIV is predominantly sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Sexual and reproductive ill-health and HIV also share root causes, including poverty, gender inequality, and social marginalization of vulnerable groups. Linkages between SRHR and HIV are expected to improve health outcomes by improving access to and uptake of services, reducing stigma and discrimination, streamlining services and reducing duplication of efforts, increasing the efficient utilization of human resources, and increasing cost-effectiveness. Thus, Linking HIV and SRHR responses is critical for reaching human rights, gender equality, and health targets for the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNFPA works with 25 organizations to:
- advocate for political commitment to a linked SRHR and HIV agenda;
- support national action to strengthen SRHR and HIV linkages at the policy, systems and service
- delivery levels; and
- create a shared understanding of SRHR and HIV linkages by building the evidence base and sharing research, good practice and lessons learnt.
Information on the Duty Station
New York is a headquarters (‘H’ category) duty station and provides a safe and comfortable living environment. Duty station specific post adjustment applies to different locations, which assists in equalizing living costs within different locations.
- Job-related guidance in a timely, constructive and appropriate manner is provided on a continuous basis.
- The functions of all staff and what is required of the JPO and how this relates to the overall mandate of UNFPA, will be explained.
- All necessary information, rules, policies, equipment and other tools required will be provided.
- The JPO will have opportunities to use his/her skills and abilities fully and to contribute to the work of the office to the best of his/her abilities.
- Supervisors will take an overall interest in the JPO’s development and provide encouragement and advice on how the JPO can realize his/her potential.
- There will be opportunities for the JPO to express his/her views on work-related matters.
Learning and Training
The JPO training programme includes the following learning elements:
- The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $ 4.000 per year, which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.
- Duties and Responsibilities
- To strengthen its leadership role on prevention and linking/integrating HIV and SRHR, UNFPA is seeking to recruit a JPO to support its work on related initiatives aimed at addressing the connections between HIV and SRHR at the policy/legal, health systems, and service delivery levels.
- Under the supervision of the Global Coordinator on HIV, the JPO will support UNFPA’s efforts on Prevention and SRHR/HIV Linkages & Integration including integrated service delivery approaches.
- provision of relevant technical, programmatic and operational support in the area of SRHR/HIV Linkages & Integration;
- coordination and facilitation of organizations working on Prevention and SRHR/HIV Linkages & Integration
- Support communications on SRHR/HIV linkages and integration
- Support interagency cooperation on prevention and linkages and integrated service delivery
- Logistical support to these Inter-agency mechanisms
- Update website, fact sheets, briefs
- Identify innovative ways to communicate and disseminate messages, tools, guidance and other resources
- Research, gather, fact-check information for statements, tools, and talking points
- Any other duties assigned by Branch Chief
- building strategic alliances and partnerships
- delivering results-based programmes
- internal and external communication and advocacy for resource mobilization
Required Skills and Experience
- Master degree or equivalent in Public Health, social sciences, or related field.
- A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (at least 3 years of relevant working experience) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
- Part of the candidates' academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme.
- Two to a maximum of 4 years relevant working experience in international development and global public health. Prior experience in developing countries is an asset
- All paid work experience since obtaining Bachelors degree will/can be considered.
Languages: Fluency in English. Knowledge of other working languages of the UN is an asset