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Specialist on HIV Prevention Acceleration for AGYW and condom access


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Accra
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

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


This UNV assignment is under the framework of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC) to support HIV Prevention Acceleration at country level. The Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 calls for accelerated HIV prevention responses at country-level in view of the large gaps that remain to be addressed vis-à-vis 2025 targets in most countries. In the first phase of the GPC that was launched in 2017 to support global efforts to accelerate HIV prevention, gaps in program management capacity were identified as a barrier to implementing effective, nationally owned HIV prevention programmes at scale. At the same time, country partners have consistently expressed a need to complement short-term technical assistance with longer term capacity support in programme implementation and program management. In the second phase of the GPC, a Prevention Acceleration Team was established in four pilot countries to stimulate acceleration by providing focused HIV prevention response management and implementation oversight. Purpose and outcome of the Prevention Acceleration Team The Prevention Acceleration Team will serve to bring together existing prevention expertise in Ghana and complement this with additional capacity to coordinate tailored prioritized combination HIV prevention interventions in accordance with the best available global strategic guidance. In particular, the prevention acceleration team will contribute to: • Reinforcing HIV prevention management capacity, • Strengthening programme implementation, and • Maximizing the effectiveness of available funding for HIV prevention in support of the national response from different sources, specifically from Global Fund grants. Composition and positioning of funded staff The Ghana Prevention Acceleration Working Group (PAWG) will be composed by unifying existing HIV prevention actors in each country based on comparative advantages (including as the case may be: National AIDS Control Program, Ghana AIDS Commission, Joint United Nations Team on HIV/AIDS agency focal points, community-led networks; implementing partners focal points, including selected non-governmental organizations, private sector implementers and/or PEPFAR and Global Fund principal and main sub-recipients). This group will be complemented through funding from UNAIDS with additional staff to stimulate transformational action to enable Ghana to unite stakeholders around addressing program gaps that inhibit acceleration of HIV prevention and leading the country to build a well-prioritized national program rather than short-term projects. The additional funded staff would comprise two UNV Experts with coordination functions. This Prevention Acceleration Team (PAT) will motivate and guide the overall PAWG. The funding support will run until June 2024 and contracts will be renewed annually based on performance. The team will work at UNAIDS office (20% of the time) and will visit on regular basis the premises of the key government partners: National AIDS Control Programme (40% of the time) and the Ghana AIDS Commission (40% of the time) to provide technical support to these entities.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Director and the Program Advisor, Science Systems and Services for All or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Specialist on HIV Prevention Acceleration for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and condom access will: •Conduct in-depth quality reviews of prevention program strategies, tools, standard operating procedures, operational plans, and practices. •Conduct an evaluation of community-level prevention programs. •Adopt and operationalize an approach to expand trusted service access platforms for key and vulnerable populations. •Revise strategies, tools, SOPS, and practices using a people-centered approach. •Develop and implement a capacity development and technical assistance plan for HIV prevention. •Support implementation of the Global Fund grant through quality assurance, mentoring, ensuring linkages to technical assistance resources, coordinated performance monitoring, data use and program learning. •Contribute to updating the HIV Prevention 2025 Road Map. •Develop a report on lessons learned from the Prevention acceleration support to Ghana. •Strategic Information for Decision-Making and Learning •Conduct a baseline data assessment of the prevention program. •Update national and subnational HIV prevention scorecards. •Reconstitute and revitalize the Ghana Prevention Coalition to serve as the prevention acceleration working group mentioned above. •Develop an accountability framework with indicators based on the ToR for the Ghana •Prevention Coalition (which was established in 2018) and track progress. •Conduct quarterly HIV Prevention progress review meetings with the Ghana Prevention •Coalition and affiliate stakeholders. •Develop and implement a Private Sector engagement strategy. •Liaise with ministries of Education, Gender, Trade and Industry and Employment to establish/engage HIV focal points for Prevention. •Conduct a mapping of financial resources that support HIV prevention including a mapping of all bilateral and international, technical as well as financial partners. •Develop and implement a resource mobilization plan for prevention acceleration and track progress. •Support the coordination of the Ghana Prevention Acceleration Working Group (PAWG) •Any other related tasks, as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

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