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Adviser, Human Rights & Law, Nigeria


  • Organization: UNAIDS - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • Location: Abuja
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-03
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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/22/FT105
Title: Adviser, Human Rights & Law, Nigeria
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 14 November 2022
Application Deadline: 3 December 2022
(19 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI/RSD Regional Support Team, West and Central Africa (AI/RSD)
Duty station:  Abuja Nigeria
Serving Communities and Countries to End Inequalities and AIDS
We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems.
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. You can access the full UNAIDS Competency Framework at www
The Equality and Rights for All Practice team delivers on the UNAIDS Secretariat's goals of reducing inequalities. This specifically refers to ensuring that the HIV response is gender-transformative, rights-based and people-focused - People Living with HIV, key population and youth (including Adolescent Girls and Young Women) - in a manner that is community-led, inclusive and progresses societal enablers. The team also delivers on the organizational agenda to remove human rights barriers and intersecting gender inequalities. It does that by developing and sharing policies, guidance, research and tools, and brokering authoritative technical assistance that supports legal, policy and social norm change; by advocating for a greater political commitment; and by convening communities of practice and leveraging existing and new partnerships to continuously identify and respond to the inequalities driving the HIV and HIV/TB, and COVID 19 epidemics.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Reporting to the Country Director, the Advisor, Human Rights and Law supports country offices’ efforts for law reform, based on human rights centered approaches in the HIV response. This post, like all ERA posts, includes a focus on key populations, customized to respond to the country context and epidemic, and to match the focus of the post (i.e. gender equality posts include a focus on women and girls living with HIV, women key populations, human rights posts include a focus on the rights of people living with HIV and key populations, youth posts include a focus on young people living with HIV and young key populations etc.)
He / she / they has the following key responsibilities:
1- Provision of technical knowledge and expertise on human rights and law
a-Applies knowledge tools to advance country office’s efforts for law review and reform. This includes:
- the practical adaptation of knowledge management products that support legal, policy and regulatory reform with priority to those laws pertaining to criminalization of PLHIV and key populations, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and access to affordable treatment and prevention tools.
- the direct provision of knowledge and information to inform country advocacy to the reform of laws, policies, and regulations, including country advice for leveraging UNAIDS and UN country team plan on human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals,
- the direct provision of support for the establishment or strengthening of national human rights institutions and community-led monitoring platforms for human rights violations
- the direct provision of support to country partners in Universal Periodic Reviews and other human rights-related reporting mechanisms.
b-Provides interventions to strategically inform national human rights bodies to ensure national jurisprudence and guidance regarding people living with and affected by HIV and regarding human rights issues affecting the HIV and HIV/TB and COVID 19 responses are grounded on human rights and informed by the latest public health evidence. This may include but is not limited to supporting the development and submission of national human rights cautionary measures, among others
c-As required, provides substantive legal expertise, including on law reform, litigation, and human rights monitoring, including via engagement, briefings, communities of practice and other means on law reform and related areas.
d-Provides technical support, as needed, to UNAIDS and UN country team for the effective integration of human rights-based approaches in UN-wide resource mobilization efforts in the context of humanitarian emergencies. This includes but is not limited to flash appeals and other efforts led by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
e-Provides technical support to country-level partnerships to end all forms of HIV-related stigma and discrimination (e.g. under the Global Partnership), on joint efforts focused on law review and reform, and leverage the role of the national partnerships as a convening platform for dialogue, strategic planning, and action on law review and reform.
2- Partnerships, influencing and representation
a-Builds and sustains alliances and strategic relationships with United Nations partners covering the country, including but not limited to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, and with national mechanisms, civil society organizations and networks for strategic advancement of naional human rights standards and responses, real-time knowledge sharing and support for national-led responses to emerging HIV-related human rights emergencies.
b-Supports and engages with United Nations-wide human rights initiatives and strategies present in the country, as delegated.
c-Builds partnerships with legal operators, academia, and other influential actors that play critical roles in legal review and reform at the country level, to advance human rights for people living with and most affected by HIV.
3- Engage and support the Equality and Rights for All Practice in the region, serving as focal point for the country on law and HIV.
a-Provides advice in the areas related to decriminalization, human rights, and law and supports institutional mechanisms to ensure mainstreaming of human rights advice and expertise.
b-Provides supports to human rights monitoring and emergency response to rights violations in the country.
c-Leverage the role of the national partnerships to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the country.
d-Provides expertise to country processes for the completion of the Global AIDS Monitoring report, specifically on matters related to laws and policies.
e-Monitors the legal landscape impacting HIV in the country, and develops, peer-reviews and quality-assures briefs, reports and other communications related to the country, that are developed for internal and external audiences, to ensure inclusion of HIV human rights perspective in support of UNAIDS’ institutional efforts to advance human rights in the overall health and HIV response, ensuring the highest standards of quality, accuracy, clarity, and presentation
f-Performs other duties as assigned.
University degree in law at any level, with advanced degree at the master's level in law, policy, public health or related field.
Specialization in Human Rights.
UNAIDS Values:
-Commitment to the AIDS response
-Respect for diversity

Core competencies:
-Working in Teams
-Communication with Impact
-Applying Expertise
-Delivering Results
-Driving Change and Innovation
-Being Accountable

Managerial competencies:
-Vision and strategic thinking
-Leading Teams
-Building Relationships and Networks
-Developing and Empowering Others
-Managing Performance and Resources
-Vision and Strategic Thinking
-Exercising Sound Judgement

At least 5 years of professional experience at the national and international levels in the area of law and human rights advocacy, programming, policy analysis and law/policy/regulatory reform.
Experience in the analysis, design and implementation of national and regional human rights programmes and HIV responses grounded on human rights.
Proficiency in English.
Knowledge of other UN official language in the region.

Additional Information:
Please note that for this vacancy, only nationals of Nigeria are eligible to apply. A valid passport will be requested. You are required to reside within reasonable commuting distance of the UNAIDS office located in Abuja. Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
22 134 904 Naira at single rate

Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website at: . The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Currently accepting applications

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