UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

Geneva, Switzerland


Organization/Company Profile

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, or UNAIDS, is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV epidemic. UNAIDS' mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

UNAIDS is a joint venture of the United Nations family, which with all their resources aid to help the world manage old cases of HIV, and prevent new infections. They care for people already living with the virus, and try to curb this epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic. Five major components make up the role of UNAIDS:

  1. Leadership and advocacy for effective action on the epidemic
  2. Strategic information and technical support to guide efforts against AIDS worldwide
  3. Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic and of responses to it
  4. Civil society engagement and the development of strategic partnerships
  5. Mobilization of resources to support an effective response

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, its first executive director was Dr. Peter Piot.

Employment Opportunities

The staff of UNAIDS make up the main resource of the Programme and as such the paramount consideration in selecting and appointing staff is required to ensure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations 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.

The recruitment of candidates for fixed-term posts (normally two years) and short-term openings (more than six months and up to two years) at various levels within the Professional category is generally effected through vacancies published on the UNAIDS Internet site and the ICSC Bulletin. Candidates are requested to carefully review the minimum requirements for advertised posts before making a decision to apply. These minimum requirements are stipulated on each vacancy announcement. Due to the volume of applications received only those candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies for posts in the General Service category are advertised within UNAIDS and can be accessed at the UNAIDS Human Resources Office. These are usually filled by local candidates, i.e. candidates residing in the Geneva area or in neighbouring France.

How to apply

All applications for employment to UNAIDS must now be made via the UNAIDS e-recruitment system. Before completing an application to UNAIDS, be sure to read the qualifications and requirements of the advertised position in which you are interested. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the advertised position or of the job category. You should be aware of the following additional general requirements:

  • Technical skills: Good command of commonly used computer software and quantitative skills are required.
  • Personal qualities: Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as are diplomacy, tact, and the ability to work well in a team.
  • Medical clearance: Offers of appointment are contingent upon the candidate passing a pre-employment medical examination.

You will be directed automatically to the e-recruitment system by clicking on a vacancy announcement on the UNAIDS Professional vacancies or UNAIDS General service vacancies pages. Once you have finished completing the requested fields in the e-recruitment form you can apply to vacancies online. For local recruitment, the use of the e-recruitment system is mandatory.

Please follow the instructions on the opening page of the electronic application. Be sure to answer all questions completely. UNAIDS will only accept an application sent by email or regular post if it is in response to a specific vacancy announcement. When submitting your application, be sure to include the vacancy announcement number, to use a UN Personal History form and to attach a motivational letter - only CVs for advertised positions will be accepted.

Check periodically for postings of new vacancy announcements.

Link http://www.unaids.org/en/AboutUNAIDS/Jobs/PVacancies.asp


UNAIDS also runs an Internship programme, whose objective is to provide an opportunity for university students to acquire a working knowledge of UNAIDS and to be exposed to the work of the Programme. UNAIDS grants internships to selected post-secondary students to allow them to participate in the work of UNAIDS and to enable them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of UNAIDS' goals, policies and activities.

UNAIDS only proposes internship opportunities at the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The duration of an internship is limited to a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months. Interns are expected to devote themselves full-time to the work assigned to them. The minimum requirements are stipulated in the vacancy announcements.

No remuneration of any kind is offered and the intern must meet all expenses for travel and subsistence and have adequate health insurance. UNAIDS provides accident insurance coverage only.

All requests for internships are dealt with by Human Resources Management, which negotiates with appropriate units to find a suitable placement. These units choose a candidate for an internship according to their needs and thus are responsible for the development of a relevant internship programme.

Applications for an internship can be sent at any time but must be received at least three months before the beginning of the internship. The recruitment of candidates is effected only through an online application. Due to the volume of applications received only selected candidates for an internship will be contacted.

Link http://www.unaids.org/en/AboutUNAIDS/Jobs/PVacancies.asp

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