Work for UNAIDS in Johannesburg as a Youth Officer: Apply now!

Work for UNAIDS in Johannesburg as a Youth Officer: Apply now!

DEADLINE: 06 December, 2023

  • Organization unit: AI/RSJ Regional Support Team, East and South Africa (AI/RSJ)
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

Work for UNAIDS in Johannesburg as a Youth Officer: Apply now!

The UNAIDS Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) provides leadership and coordinates support for an expanded UN system response to ending the AIDS epidemic at regional and country level. It steers, promotes, and supports regional and national partners and the UN system towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Using an equity and equality lens as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Regional Office for ESA promotes effective use of strategic information of the epidemic trends and the status of its response and provides technical leadership on people-centered HIV prevention and response in the region focused on key populations and locations most at risk.

The Equality and Rights for All Practice 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 in a manner that is community-led, inclusive and progresses societal enablers. The Practice 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 that support 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 epidemic.

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 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’ functional areas.


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 professional experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates only.


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African Union Commission Scholar || Founder @ Youth Opportunities Hub || Former RBA COST/Sahel Team at UNDP || TEF Alumni ||

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