The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office for Pakistan (COPAK) is tasked with assisting the Government of Pakistan through its Country Programme (CPII) 2016-19 with a focus on needs related to illicit trafficking and border management, criminal justice and drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS.
UNODC Sub-Programme 3 on Drug Demand Reduction and HIV/AIDS Prevention builds the Government’s capacity to plan, resource and implement drug use prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and comprehensive harm reduction services.
The primary objective of the position is to implement Sub-Programme 3, Outcome 11 activities “HIV prevention, treatment and care interventions for injecting and non-injecting drug users in community and prisons in Pakistan”. The incumbent will also provide technical inputs on planning, implementation and coordination of activities for drug - related HIV prevention, treatment and care services in Pakistan.
The Programme Officer will undertake the following substantive duties and responsibilities under supervision of the Drugs and HIV Adviser.
1. Provide technical and strategic inputs to the Sub-Programme 3 on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services.
2. Provide on-going technical guidance to the Government and civil society organizations; support and coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of UNODC HIV/AIDS key policy programmatic areas, namely HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care related to (a) people who use and inject drugs and (b) people living in prison settings.
3. Provide technical assistance to the national partners in (a) the assessment of the HIV situation in the community and prisons (b) facilitate in the development of effective prevention and care strategies and (c) facilitating in reviewing, adapting and implementing national & provincial HIV/AIDS policies, strategies and plans in line with International guidelines;
4. Support and participate in meetings and initiatives pertaining to technical working groups and UN Joint Teams on AIDS;
5. Review, analyze, and evaluate technical reports and other relevant materials on HIV prevention, treatment and care and facilitate in the implementation of best practices;
6. Review and participate in the drafting of regional and country programmes, project documents and grant proposals and contribute to the determination of their feasibility in the context of HIV/AIDS among drug users, particularly injecting drug users and in prison settings;
7. Review, research and compile material for the preparation of technical reports and other documents, such as reports to Headquarters, National Government and donors;
8. Manage and monitor Drugs and HIV activities, coordinate activities related to budget and funding including programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, and preparation of related documents/reports;
9. Supervise national/ international consultants and interns recruited under Sub-Programme 3, Outcome 11;
10. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Drugs and HIV Adviser.
Qualifications and Experience
• Master’s degree in social sciences, public health or business administration/management.
• At least 1 year of demonstrated experience in project management, preferably dealing with drug-related HIV prevention and drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
• Experience of working with UN organizations, bilateral donors, international organizations and other stakeholders at national and provincial levels.
• Progressively responsible experience in management of interventions on drug abuse prevention and HIV prevention among injecting drug users.
• Demonstrated experience in report writing, presentations, budget management.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
The Programme Officer will be based at the UNODC Country Office Pakistan, Islamabad.
Planning and Implementation Arrangements
The Programme Officer will report to the Drugs and HIV Adviser, UNODC Pakistan.
Payment Schedule and Rate
The Programme Officer will be issued a SC contract in accordance with United Nations rules and procedures. Payment scale will be determined by UNDP recommended rates for service contract holders.