POLICY ADVISOR (HIV, RIGHTS, LAW AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY)

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :30-Nov-12
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Feb-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :Extendable depending on performance and budget availability

Background

The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy Bureau and backbone of the global practices. BDP has a key role to play in helping country offices to accelerate human development through strengthening the practice areas within UNDP’s programmes. BDP supports the development and design of projects that are responsive, effective and contribute to the national-level policies and results. Driven by demand, BDP provides the tools, analysis and capacities that country offices need to make a real difference in UNDP’s practice areas.

BDP support of UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2011 and its 6 thematic areas (Poverty Reduction, Governance, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS, Capacity Development, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) together with the regionalization process require it to support a strong and vibrant practice architecture which can ensure that UNDP, at all levels, benefits from consistent and coherent policy direction, rigorous quality standards and valuable service platforms.

HIV, Health and Development Approach

UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.

First, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the human rights, law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property and human rights law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics and to increase access to HIV-related treatment. UNDP also works to empower and include marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV; this includes increasing access to justice for these populations. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to district and municipal action on MDGs, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for marginalized populations.

Second, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Millennium Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP also promotes specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV.

Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on MDG 6 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.

UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Practice Team in Asia and the Pacific works closely with UNDP Country Offices in the region, as well as national governments, regional inter-governmental institutions and regional civil society organizations: specifically in the areas of policy and programme development, policy advocacy, leadership, capacity development, South-South cooperation and the management of GFATM grants. The HIV, Health and Development Practice Team in Asia and the Pacific also works closely with other UNDP Practices such as Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction and Gender.

The Policy Advisor is responsible for bringing substantive advice and technical expertise, advocacy and knowledge on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants. He/She will also provide policy and programming expertise on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants, and help the HIV/AIDS Practice respond to emerging demands in addressing development dimensions of HIV and health. The Policy Advisor will report to the Practice Leader: HIV, Health and Development for Asia Pacific based in Bangkok.

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Advisory/Programme Support-Delivery

  • Lead the provision of gender-sensitive policy advisory services that respond to country office needs on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Provide policy advice and technical guidance to and collaborate substantively with regional/country focal points to help achieve practice strategic goals and implement practice supported programmes relating to HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Technically advise, backstop and provide capacity-development support to UNDP Country Offices, UN Country Teams, and the Asia Pacific Regional Bureaux;
  • Substantially engage in capacity development of country offices’ government and civil society partners, in 15 specific countries (11 country offices receiving resources for this area of work under two UNDP APRC multi-country Global Fund grants, as well as 4 other country offices that have identified their need for this capacity building support), as well as any other countries beyond the 15 that have requested it, including:
  • Assisting government and civil society stakeholders on issues such as linking HIV and human rights issues into national- and city-level planning mechanisms;
  • Building the capacity of national human rights institutions to effectively engage with people of different sexual orientations and gender identities and strengthening national rights reporting mechanisms;
  • Provide programme support related to the design, implementation oversight and results and M & E;
  • Facilitate the engagement of governments, country offices and regional programmes with civil society, including people living with HIV and other populations key to the dynamics of HIV epidemics;
  • Support relevant regional initiatives and promote synergies with the regional programmes of the Regional Bureaux;
  • Exercise quality assurance for policy services on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants. and foster policy innovation to enhance programme delivery in these areas.

Research and Content Development

  • Conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Generate based upon research and analysis, innovative operational concepts aimed at widening UN/UNDP policy/programming tools on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Research, develop and share knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions/practice notes/concept papers and other research papers to ensure standards and help influence/advance policy dialogue on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, and relevant gender dimensions, including in the implementation of GFATM grants, and present such material at global and regional forums.

Policy Development

  • Lead policy development in the HIV practice’s service area on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Develop corporate policy and guidance on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including for the implementation on GFATM grants, to:

               - The Regional Practice, as well as to 15 country offices (11 country offices receiving resources for this area of work under two UNDP APRC multi-country Global Fund grants, as well as 4 other country offices that have identified their need for this technical support and guidance) and any other country offices that request it;

              - Advice Global/BDP development of corporate policy and guidance on HIV-related human rights, governance and sexual diversity, based on Asia-Pacific experience.

  • Provide substantive inputs to international fora to help shape global and regional development strategies, policies, norms and standards on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Develop tools for the implementation of global policy standards on HIV-related human rights and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants.

Practice Management/Co-ordination

  • Develop work plans, monitor/report progress on HIV-related human rights and law, including using intellectual property and human rights law, trade policy and innovation to increase access to HIV-related treatment in line with practice strategic goals and within the practice resource framework and agreed work programme, in consultation with the Regional Practice Leader: HIV, Health and Development;
  • Manage two, multi-country Global Fund grants to UNDP APRC;
  • Supervise two Regional Practice Team positions, funded by Global Fund, and co-supervision with the UNDP Country Offices of two Global Fund-supported positions in the field;
  • Mentor Team members working on aspects of human rights and the law;
  • Provide management oversight to UNDP Country Offices in implementing regionally-funded activities on human rights and sexual diversity, including disbursement of funds and timely implementation of contracts and agreements;
  • Manage/oversee cluster programmes, including developing and managing global programmes and related human resources, if applicable;
  • Mobilize and manage financial resources, including for Trust-Funds;
  • Report on results and provide other management obligations for corporate planning/management processes of UNDP, UN system and trust funds’ governing boards;
  • Enlist management solutions to troubleshoot programme delivery difficulties and share good practices;
  • Forge/implement successfully strategic partnerships with UN and external partner institutions – Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, CSOs - working on issues of HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants.

Practice Advocacy

  • Provide substantive and content leadership in UNDP corporate discussions and inter-agency coordination on practice issues;
  • Advocate practice messages in the international development arena;
  • Mobilize external partnerships to support UNDP initiatives;
  • Advocate the importance of the practice service area on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity in various fora with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
  • Lead the design of material and promote initiatives for advocacy and policy dialogue and nurture partnerships with academia and civil society to develop the content on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, including in the implementation on GFATM grants;
  • Provide intellectual leadership on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, law and sexual diversity.

Knowledge Management 

  • Facilitate internal and external Communities of Practice in relevant thematic and cross-thematic area(s) related to HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity Contribute to global and regional knowledge networks on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity;
  • Produce knowledge products on HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity in accordance with corporate standards.

Competencies

Corporate

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional

  • Strong skills in communications and outreach including media relations;
  • Flexible and used to working independently and delivering quality results against tight deadlines;
  • Conceptualize, elaborates and implements internal and external communications strategies; Demonstrates thorough knowledge and experience in media relations at the international level; Communicates sensitively and effectively across regions;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.

Leadership

  • Strong managerial/leadership experience and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience;
  • Knowledge and expertise in UNDP’s programming processes;
  • Proven ability to lead a practice area and drive for results with a strong knowledge of results-based management and budgeting;
  • Proven ability to translate knowledge on HIV-related human rights and law, including using intellectual property and human rights law, trade policy and innovation to increase access to HIV-related treatment, into effective policy and programme interventions in the field.

Managing Relationships

  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational skills;
  • Strong ability to manage teams; creating an enabling environment, mentoring and developing staff;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills;
  • Capacity to interact with senior officials and credibly influence decision makers in UNDP programme countries and other international development organizations
  • Strong resource mobilization and partnering skills

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;
  • A sound global network of institutional and individual contacts.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Strong analytical, dialogue, consultation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products;
  • Demonstrated ability to understand clients' needs and concerns; respond promptly and effectively to client needs; and customize services and products as appropriate;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in own unit and across boundaries; acknowledge others' contributions; promote collaboration and facilitate teamwork across organizational boundaries;
  • Open to new ideas; shares own knowledge; applies knowledge in daily work; builds partnerships for learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Familiarity with current Knowledge Management technologies, including Web and Enterprise 2.0 etc.

Judgment/Decision-Making

  • Mature judgment and initiative;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction on HIV-related human rights and law, including using intellectual property and human rights law, trade policy and innovation to increase access to HIV-related treatment;
  • Independent judgment and discretion in advising on handling major policy issues and challenges

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master Degree in human rights, development or related discipline

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible work experience
  • Substantive knowledge in HIV-related human rights, law and sexual diversity, including development policy and programming experience
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills in English are essential
  • Work experience from a developing country is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP procedures is highly desirable

Language Requirement:

  • Fluent in English. Working knowledge in another UN official language is desirable

NOTE: QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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