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As a knowledge leader, UNICEF gathers, curates, synthesizes and disseminates evidence as it relates to children and adolescents in the context of the global HIV response; such knowledge exchange is imperative to improve programming and influence policies. UNICEF’s HIV and AIDS programme has a vital role as a hub of information flow within UNICEF (HQ, regional and country offices) and with implementers, policymakers, advocates, partners and donors in the HIV response, who look to UNICEF for latest evidence and science, good practices in programming and up-to-date guidance for operationalizing policies. The flagship effort of the HIV and AIDS Section’s knowledge management (KM) work is the Learning Collaborative, a platform for hosting and disseminating knowledge products engaging a community of practice on children, HIV and AIDS including more than 4,200 contacts worldwide. The Learning Collaborative is hosted on childrenandaids.org.
Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist, Partnerships and Learning Collaborative, and the Senior Adviser, Knowledge, Advocacy and Partnerships, HIV and AIDS, the consultant will support Learning Collaborative activities with partners working to consolidate and disseminate the latest evidence on children, HIV and AIDS to inform the global agenda, shape policies and catalyse action at the country level. This is a full-time consultancy, with approximately 65 per cent of the consultant’s time to be spent on general KM activities and 35 per cent spent on supporting learning activities funded under a specific project whose goal is to coordinate, collate, synthesize and share learning to catalyse and sustain evidence-based action in country to achieve Super-Fast-Track targets for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.
EXPECTED RESULTS (MEASURABLE RESULTS)
- Contribute to the Learning Collaborative objectives of knowledge generation and exchange to inform and improve programmes and to drive evidence-based advocacy. Support the knowledge team in research, analysis, validation and synthesis of knowledge on best practices, lessons learned, promising practices, use of innovative methods, etc.; and in the dissemination of knowledge within UNICEF at all levels and with partners. Conduct literature reviews and write research briefs on specific topics as assigned.
- Maintain and update the childrenandaids.org website, disseminate key resources to the community of practice (weekly announcements) and maintain the mailing list.
- Support the development and dissemination of a quarterly newsletter with summaries of latest research on children, HIV and AIDS curated from academic journals published during the quarter. Research topics may include: HIV testing strategies, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), paediatric and adolescent treatment, and HIV prevention among adolescents.
- Coordinate a webinar series on what works in HIV programming for children, including up to 3 webinars specifically focusing on in-country action to achieve the Super-Fast-Track targets. Includes the planning and scheduling of webinars in the series; liaison with speakers and moderators; technical support and troubleshooting on the webinar platform; capture of presentations and highlights; dissemination of webinar reports, recordings, summaries, etc.
- Project-specific – in support of learning exchange to catalyse and sustain action at the country level to achieve the Super-Fast-Track targets, assist the following: (1) the development of 1 to 2 country case studies, (2) a mapping of activities in project focus countries and a compendium of project profiles with best/promising practices, and (3) the dissemination of case studies and compendium of best/promising practices through face-to-face and virtual platforms, webinars and capacity-building activities.
KEY COMPETENCIES, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Master’s Degree or Graduate Student in Public Health, Social Sciences, International Affairs, or Journalism required
- Three to five years professional experience in researching, covering and profiling public health issues.
- Proven ability to interpret new technical knowledge on HIV and AIDS in light of the current knowledge on children and AIDS and trends in the field.
- Prior work experience with a multi-lateral or international health and development agency required
- Proven ability to communicate technical knowledge on AIDS in terms that are accessible to programme professionals, including non-specialists.
- Ability to work independently and in consultation with UNICEF staff
- Ability to use good judgement incorporating feedback from various team members and partners
- Rapid turnaround of work and ability to multi-task.
- A native command of the English language is preferred. French is a distinct advantage.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent ability to effectively gather, synthesize and present information of a programmatic nature such that it becomes accessible to a diverse audience including experts, programmes, policy specialists, etc.
- Excellent writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.