Regional Specialist on HIV and AIDS at International Labour Organization, South Africa

Deadline: 11 October 2015

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Regional Specialist on HIV and AIDS based in Pretoria, South Africa.

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The Regional Specialist on HIV and AIDS will contribute to implementing ILO’s strategy vis-à-vis these main regional partners and other relevant institutions, with a view to increasing ILO’s visibility and impact in Africa within the context of the African Union’s Abuja Plus 12 Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity.

Key Job Responsibilities

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The Regional Specialist on HIV and AIDS will perform the following functions-

  • Influencing regional policies and strategies, particularly through the Africa Union’s bodies and the Regional Economic Communities to ensure that the ILO’s regional priorities such as social protection, women and youth employment and labour migration are integrated in HIV regional responses,
  • Supporting the African Union in reviewing, adopting and implementing the Protocol on “Integrating HIV interventions in African Union Commission’s (AUC) Peace Support Operations”,
  • Providing guidance to ILOAIDS Decent Work teams for more coherence with national priorities,
  • Working with the DWT specialists and supporting them on ways to mainstream HIV and AIDS into relevant areas of ILO’s work, including youth and women’s employment, social protection and labour migration,
  • Supporting the African Union in implementing its workplace policy on HIV and AIDS adopted in 2011,
  • Analysing and researching the regional epidemic in terms of trends, investments and responses, and highlighting strategic entry points for ILO responses,
  • Provide policy advice to ILO’s constituents on institutional strengthening, the application of ILO standards and the promotion of technical cooperation activities.
  • Formulate and submit project proposals and seek funding.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities.
  • Undertake technical advisory missions independently or in collaboration with Multidisciplinary Teams.
  • Conduct seminars, workshops and technical meetings and training courses.
  • Prepare draft recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption as ILO Recommendations or Conventions on related technical fields.
  • Write manuals and/or training guides on related topics.
  • Disseminate information on programmes through publications and, press releases, as well as ensuring representation at donors meetings, international, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns.
  • Monitor and coordinate research carried out by junior technical officers and external collaborators.
  • Provide technical inputs to office documents (sectoral meetings, technical committees, regional meetings and conference reports).
  • Participate in tripartite reviews on technical cooperation activities and international meetings and conferences.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • Advanced university degree (Master) in public health or social sciences, with demonstrated experience in the relevant technical field.
  • Eight years of relevant experience at the national level in the field of HIV and AIDS, or five years at the international level.
  • Experience conducting and coordinating advocacy and impact-oriented technical support, and fund raising.
  • Excellent command of both English and French languages. Knowledge of Arabic or Portuguese will be an advantage.
  • Solid knowledge of social and economic issues in the African region, demonstrated expertise and skills in technical advisory functions, policy evaluation and assessment, and ability to produce quality reports.
  • Ability to synthesize research and reach empirically based conclusions on related subjects.
  • Demonstrated capacity to successfully negotiate with donors and member states on sensitive matters requiring tact and patience.
  • Proven capacity in facilitating and coordinating mechanisms between stakeholders and UN Agencies.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit ILO.

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