Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva

Open to: young people from developing countries aged 20-24

The UNAIDS Special Youth Programme seeks to recruit young people aged 20-24 from developing countries with some programme experience in HIV related issues to join UNAIDS for a 9-month remunerated fellowship.

The fellowship is divided into two sections:
an initial fellowship in UNAIDS Geneva, followed – upon satisfactory performance – by a continued fellowship in the UNAIDS country office (UCO) in the fellow’s country of origin. The expected dates of the fellowship are from May 2010-February 2011.

The programme seeks to achieve the following objectives:
– to create opportunities at appropriate levels of the organization to engage youth in policy development and programming;
– to help build the capacity of young people and strengthen their leadership skills to contribute to the AIDS response, especially at the country level;
– to sensitize both young people and UNAIDS staff on various modalities of working together to address issues related to HIV, particularly youth concerns, gender, human rights and greater involvement of people living with HIV.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
– participate in ongoing UNAIDS projects or programmes related to young people and HIV
– carry out various analyses in relation to HIV and young people
– liaise with UNAIDS cosponsors and other partners on issues related to HIV and young people and potentially contribute to projects in this area, both at global and country levels
– specific activities at the country level will be agreed with the country level supervisor for the second part of the fellowship

Required qualification
Education: secondary school and preferably University degree or equivalent professional training or self-study/work experience
Competencies: general knowledge of and sensitivity to HIV. Analytical skills and ability to synthesize a wide range of information, demonstrated research and writing skills. Fluency in English.

One to three years experience working on HIV-related issues and/or in the areas of development, advocacy, human rights, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health or similar. Experience working with an NGO is an advantage.

Please apply via the UNAIDS on-line recruitment system applying to the vacancy for the Special Youth Programme Fellow by 12 February 2010.

Please ensure that your motivation letter responds to the following four questions:
1) What is the nature of the HIV epidemic in your country and how are young people particularly affected?
2) Briefly describe your experience in relation to HIV including any work you have carried out towards programmes or projects in your country
3) What is your expectation of this fellowship and how will it further your work with young people and HIV?
4) If you are selected for the Fellowship, will you be available to begin in May 2010?

Applications with no motivation letter will not be considered.

Young people living with HIV are especially encouraged to apply.

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