Gender Equality and HIV Expert Consultant
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Tanzania is one of UNAIDS 35 Fast track countries requiring urgent accelerated action towards national prevention treatment, care and support and mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS. HIV infection among women is significantly higher than men (6.2% vis-à-vis 3.8%). Stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS remain a challenge and in particular for the key population groups jeopardizing the effective enjoyment of their rights. Women and girls continue to disproportionately bear the burden of the disease and shoulder the negative impacts of the disease, including the burden of caring for the infected. The government’s commitment to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS is translated in the national policy response, which is informed by the Joint UN AIDS Strategy 2016-2021 that addresses gender inequalities and gender-based violence to mitigate risk and impact of HIV/AIDS for women and girls.
In Tanzania, UN Women is implementing its Strategic Note 2017 - 2021 to support the national development priorities on GEWE and works closely with UN partner agencies in delivering on the UNDAP II specific outcome which aims to improve, scale up equitable use of proven HIV prevention, treatment, care and support interventions. Leveraging its role as a UNAIDS co-sponsor, UN Women in Tanzania has been working closely with key partners to strengthen capacities of relevant government institutions, civil society coalitions and organisations of women living with HIV, through provision of technical guidance and development of tools to track and deliver on the national and international commitments for women and girls in the HIV prevention and response. In this regards, UN Women is hiring an expert consultant to support its engagement in the 2018-2019 process for developing the Joint UN Plans on AIDS, including the Country Capacity Assessment and Country Envelope Proposal for Tanzania; and undertake in other related activities
Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Representative and in general consultation with the Programme Analyst, VAW, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS; the HIV Consultant is responsible for supporting and developing UN Women’s engagement in the development of UN Joint Program on HIV/AIDS initiatives in Tanzania. The Gender Equality and HIV Expert consultant will be guided by the UN Women’s Strategic Note and the UNDAP II and will work in close collaboration with the HIV/AIDS Working Group, UNAIDS and Tanzania Aids Commission (TACAIDS) and other relevant stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
More specifically, the consultancy will involve the following duties and responsibilities:
- Explore, identify, support and develop programme/grant proposals, including the Country envelopes and others in line with UN Women’s thematic and geographic priorities with a focus to increasing UN Women cooperation in all its key policy areas;
- Lead HIV resource mobilization efforts for UN Women’s VAW/HIV programme;
- Maintain regular liaisons with key donors and identify resource mobilization opportunities;
- Organise, participate and represent Unwomen in advocacy meetings, workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS issues, as well as in technical working groups, inter-agency task forces, UN theme groups on HIV/AIDS, UNDAP and other relevant forums, in line with the HIV/AIDS mandate;
- Assist TACAIDS in building national capacity for enhanced policy development, coordination, sound monitoring and evaluation with regard to Gender HIV/AIDS prevention in the UN Women key areas;
- Contribute to developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including national and local authorities, communities, civil society organizations, private sector, relevant international stakeholders in the country, other UNAIDS Cosponsors;
- Assist with the TACAIDS project closure as well as ensuring the required follow up to new partnerships in the context of VAW and HIV.
- Clear establishment of strategic partnerships with multi stakeholders- government, inter-agency mechanisms, CSOs and women’s associations to continuously promote gender equality and VAW programming in the HIV prevention and response;
- Enhancement of policy development, coordination and M&E with regards to Gender and HIV Prevention to TACAIDS;
- Resource mobilization strategy for addressing VAW/HIV programme;
- Potential list of partners on VAW and HIV prevention ;
- Representation of UN Women in advocacy meetings, national and local policy discussions, workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS and its gender dynamics.
- Demonstrate commitment to upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Display cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Create and promotes an environment for open and effective communication;
- Share knowledge and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
- Be a strong team player;
Core Values/Guiding PrinciplesIntegrity:
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core CompetenciesEthics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Development and Innovation:
- Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
- Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
- Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
- Substantive knowledge and understanding of HIV/ AIDS and gender equality issues and more broadly, human rights issues;
- Technical expertise in gender auditing, specific focus on HIV/ AIDS will be an added advantage;
- Strong leadership and advocacy skills; knowledge management – support documentation of lessons learnt and development of tools;
- Excellent research, analysis and writing skills;
- Ability to undertake policy research and prepare qualitative and quantitative studies, utilizing statistical methodologies, knowledge of database applications for statistical analysis;
- Excellent knowledge of gender issues and women’s empowerment issues in Tanzania;
- Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
- Establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective; anticipate client needs and addresses them promptly;
- Model and promote transparency, honesty and openness;
- Lead and works with teams effectively, demonstrating emotional intelligence and good judgment. Good mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
- Demonstrate understanding of client’s perspective.
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum of Master's degree or equivalent in Gender, Public Policy, International Relations, Development studies or other related disciplines.
- A combined HIV/AIDS, gender equality and women’s human rights background will be an asset;
- A minimum of seven years of professional experience in the field of gender and HIV/AIDS, gender audit, public policy research at a national or international level;
- Experience in HIV /AIDS programming from a gender perspective, with extensive knowledge of the Tanzania HIV/AIDS issues, programming frameworks
- Strong knowledge of the government system, procedures, policy frame working and HIV/AIDS coordination systems in Tanzania;
- Extensive experience as a researcher on gender and HIV/AIDS;
- Experience in working with UN, international organizations and/or research and training institutions, with specific emphasis on gender and HIV/AIDS;
- Demonstrated hands-on experience as a researcher, and documentation of best practices, development of knowledge products and advocacy materials and tools in the field of gender and HIV/AIDS in Tanzania;
- Written and oral proficiency in English is required;
- Knowledge of one or more local language is highly desirable.
Submission of application and criteria for selection
Interested national consultant need to submit the following documentation in support of their application:
- One cover letter: Explaining why the candidate is the most suitable for the work;
- Proposed approach and envisioned work plan;
- UN Women Personal History Form (P11), which can be downloaded at http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
- The travel costs will be as per UN Standard Regulations.
- Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.