The thrust of the UNAIDS office is to effectively contribute to the national AIDS response with high level policy, strategic guidance and technical support to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In this regard, the UNAIDS Country Office will be playing a high policy driven role, providing intellectual and strategic leadership on AIDS, high quality technical support, promoting and advocating for sustained high level policy driven role, providing intellectual and strategic leadership on AIDS, high quality technical support, promoting and advocating for sustained high level engagement of government and civil society.
The UNAIDS Country Office has overall responsibility for ensuring the functioning and accountability across all areas in the division of labour among the UNAIDS family of co-sponsors on the following matters: Leadership and Advocacy; Coordination, coherence and partnerships; and Mutual accountability.

Current UN operations in Somalia are carried out in three zones; Puntland, Somaliland and South Central. In that regard, UNAIDS co-sponsors have office presence in each of the three zones. For UNAIDS to effectively execute its mandate of advocacy, coordination, strategic planning and M&E, it is necessary that it also establishes local presence in each of the three zones.
UNAIDS has signed an MoU with UNICEF (Global Fund PR) to support Global Fund supported M&E work in Somalia including the development of M&E Framework and tools and technical support to its implementation at national and zonal levels.

From 2012 UNAIDS has strengthened its leadership and coordination roles through the revitalization of the Joint Team on AIDS (JUNTA) in Nairobi and established foundations for zonal level JUNTA coordination structures. In Puntland, the JUNTA has been chaired by UNAIDS with other agencies taking the lead in the three zones. The same arrangement needs to be replicated in Somali Central and Somaliland. Apart from the JUNTA meetings, there is need for continued participation and representation of UNAIDS in key forums and working groups at the zonal level and coordination of key activities in consultation with UCC. Other initiatives in need of zonal level inputs include the on-going efforts to ensure that the UN cares minimum standards are observed by all agencies at the zonal level and the new focus on integrating HIV in IASC cluster work with link to emergencies. The key implementation steps for the activities under each of the result areas are detailed in the county work plan.
The UNAIDS Country Office in Somalia is seeking the services of a National Professional Officer (Strategic Information) to be located in Nairobi with frequent travel to Somalia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions
  • Manage and coordinate technical aspects of data collection and compilation;
  • Promote and reinforce capacity building of national counterparts;
  • Plan and coordinator work with country level partners;
  • Proactively provide strategic guidance and advice to UNAIDS Country Coordinator.
Manage and coordinate technical aspects of data collection and compilation:
Manage, coordinate and influence the prioritization, process and technical aspects of a wide array of data collection and compilation, and analysis related to epidemiology and the response, in view of informing future programme efforts, including:
  • Surveillance, surveys and mapping;
  • Analyses of programmatic and survey data on the response;
  • Strengthening of Monitoring and Evaluation systems;
  • Analyses of status and trends of the epidemic;
  • Analyses of the distribution of new infections by geography and by mode of transmission;
  • Triangulation and modeling of epidemiological and response data to assess impact and identify programmatic gaps.
Promote and reinforce capacity building of national counterparts:
  • Promote and reinforce capacity building of national counterparts in data collection, data analysis, reporting and using evidence for programming;
  • Work closely with the Zonal NAC Executive Directors to provide normative guidance on the NSF development process planning and execution as well as to develop and implement the SI/M&E functions of the zonal multisectoral responses;
  • Identification of best practices during implementation of the NSP;
  • Support finalization and launch of the Somalia Strategic and national and zonal Operational Plans for HIV and serve as a member of the taskforce;
  • Support development of a prioritized HIV research and evaluation agenda;
  • Participate in National Data Quality Audit and improvement exercises.
Plan and coordinator work with country level partners:
  • Plan and coordinate work with country level partners including GFTAM, bilateral agencies, International NGOs on advancing and evidence informed approach to the national AIDS response;
  • Support Global AIDS Response Progress reporting for Somalia;
  • Provide the following Technical Guidance;
  • Support adoption of targets for the NSP results framework;
  • Support documentation of upto date NSP implementation progress to inform the review;
  • Guide prioritization of the strategies by provision of evidence and application of the UNAIDS investment framework;
  • Revise the National HIV M&E plan in line with the revisions in the NSP;
  • Support an M&E Systems Strengthening assessment and use it for preparation of a rolling 3 year costed HIV M&E integrated action plan (IAP) for the remaining period of the NSP;
  • Support gap analyses processes in particular costing of the NSP and assessment of expenditure.
  • Participate in the development of the Global Fund application including description of the epidemic and writing of the performance framework;
  • Provide SI/M&E technical advice and assistance to other experts from government, civil society, academic institutions and bilateral/UN.
Proactively provide strategic guidance and advice to UNAIDS Country Coordinator
  • Proactively provide strategic guidance and advice to the UCC about specific programmatic actions and reprogramming informed by strategic analyses that identify programme gaps;
  • Participate on behalf of UNAIDS in the national technical working groups (TWG);
  • Convene UN partners as Chair of the UN JT M&E committee to review midyear progress on the UBRAF and to harmonise and consolidate UN support to the National HIV M&E system;
  • Support writing of a joint UN programme for AIDS and its M&E Framework.
Impact of Results
The key results will have a direct impact on the overall effectiveness and success of National Strategic Plan development and operationalization and subsequently the contribution to the achievement of the Global Targets of the UN Political Declaration of HIV/AIDS.


Corporate Competencies:
  •  Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies: 
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Extensive knowledge in one or more substantive areas around UNAIDS;
  • Commitment to the AIDS response;
  • Demonstrated ability in fostering collaborative relationships with co-sponsors, external institutions and across other units and departments at the management level;
  • Solid knowledge in financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration.
Management and Leadership
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in epidemiology, statistics, demography, public health or social science
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in the design, development, operational application and evaluation of AIDS programmes in developing country settings, with experience in providing strategic direction and developing functional M&E frameworks based on consolidated analytical inputs;
  • Extensive experience in developing and implementing M&E systems and related programs in the developing countries;
  • Experience of the Somalian HIV national programme or in another MENA country is an asset;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the UN System is desirable.
Language Requirements:            
  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English; 
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
Terms of Service
This is a non-staff contract under the service contract modality of UNDP. Individuals engaged under a service contract serve in their individual capacity and not as representatives of a government institution, corporate body or other authorities external to UNDP. The incumbent shall not be considered as staff of UNDP. The UN common system or the government and are therefore not entitled to any diplomatic privileges or other special status or condition.