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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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Extendable depending on performance and budget availability|
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.
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
Research and Content Development
- 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.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
NOTE: QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
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UNDP 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.