Youth Officer, RST ESA (UNAIDS/23/TA5) Johannesburg, South Africa 2024

Closing Date: 6 December 2023

Youth Officer, RST ESA (UNAIDS/23/TA5) Johannesburg, South Africa

Serving Nations and Communities to Combat AIDS and Inequalities Leading the international effort to eradicate AIDS as a danger to public health by 2030 is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. We lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services; (ii) tearing down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes; and (iii) integrating effective HIV responses into broader health and protection systems. We do this by centering our work around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities.

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We are committed to creating an equal, safe and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity and Respect for Diversity.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:

Within the matrix management reporting structure of the Regional Office for ESA and the Equality and Rights for All Practice, the Regional Youth Officer focuses on a manageable set of deliverables that are aligned with the UNAIDS equality and rights for all vision, the epidemic trajectory, the social norms, and the needs in the region. This post, like all ERA posts, includes a focus on Youth Officer engagement and leadership, customized to respond to the regional and subregional contexts and epidemic, and to match the focus of the post (i.e., a focus on young people living with HIV and young key populations etc.)

The Regional Youth Officer is responsible for contributing to the practice area objectives in the office and with UNAIDS partners and counterparts, coordinating specialist expertise and contributing to the overall coordination of the UNAIDS response in the functional areas described below.
He /she has the following key responsibilities:

1) Youth-specific focus

-Youth Officer provides substantive support to countries in coordinating their youth activities by leading, facilitating and promoting efforts to scale up, strengthening and funding of the HIV response by and for young people.
-Provides advice to and engages with regional mechanisms or country-level governments, cosponsors, community led, women-led, and youth-led organizations and networks, on issues related to:
i. youth leadership and engagement.
ii. capacity building and skills development.
iii. investment in youth leadership and partnerships.
iv. comprehensive sexuality education.
v. education and social protection policies and programmes for young people.
vi. removal of policy, legal and societal barriers for adolescents to access services, including age of consent laws and policies.

2) Provision of technical advice
Youth Officer Provides technical input into laws, jurisprudence, policies, programmes, plans, frameworks, and others as required in support of UNAIDS’ institutional efforts to advance youth engagement and leadership in the overall health and HIV response, ensuring the highest standards of quality, accuracy, clarity, and presentation. This specifically includes the provision of normative support to regional bodies and regional policy processes.

-Youth Officer Drives the prioritization agenda in the region on youth engagement issues. Supports country offices in the region via the provision of on-call support, sharing of information, guidance, tools, and resources that help strengthen and diversify human rights and youth leadership and engagement reduce discrimination, including in the health sector, stigma and punitive approaches to HIV, and transform harmful social norms.

-Advises on demand creation for the inclusion in National AIDS plans of programmatic interventions addressing the integration and scaling up of youth-led responses, and to advance human rights, gender equality and youth engagement and leadership as central to the HIV response.

3) Partnerships and collaboration

Identifies needs, plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates regional capacity building activities for UNAIDS staff, regional and national communities and civil society counterparts and others as required. This particularly refers to organizing regional communities of practice of youth engagement and. Youth-led HIV responses and participating as required in any relevant global communities of practice.

-Provides support to cosponsors and other partners to ensure that: key considerations on how advances in youth engagement affect the HIV response and community priorities are integrated into relevant AIDS response and broader plans, programmes, budgets, and initiatives.
-Facilitate multi-country proposal development and resource mobilization for youth -led initiatives.

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4) Advocacy and knowledge management

-Identifies and promotes good practices from within the region and from other regions to benefit the response in countries of the region, in other regions or globally, through appropriate representation of UNAIDS positions on youth engagement and leadership.

-Provides support and guidance to country offices and supports coordination with regional/global partners during human rights crises experienced by communities of young people living with and/or affected by HIV.
-Liaises with the Global Fund, PEPFAR and other partners to facilitate regional learning on, youth -led responses.

Essential: Advanced university degree at Master´s level in Social Sciences, Public Health, Human Rights, Public Policy or Administration, Business Administration, Law, Gender or Women’s Studies, or another field related to the responsibilities on youth engagement/leadership. A relevant first university degree and 4 years of relevant pr


Essential: At least 2 years of experience in the programming, project management and advocacy, including as related to HIV or health, in one or more of the following areas: key populations, gender equality, human rights, community and youth engagement/leadership. This must include experience at the national and/or international levels.

Desirable: Experience working within a youth network, particularly networks of young people living with HIV, young key populations, or young women and girls in the HIV or health response. Experience in programme, project, or initiative-based collaboration with United Nations organizations at national and/or international levels. Demonstrated knowledge and sound understanding of the United Nations Joint Programming on HIV.

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