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Culture Change Adviser, Kenya


  • Organization: UNAIDS - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date:
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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/23/FT7
Title: Culture Change Adviser, Kenya
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 20 January 2023
Application Deadline: 19 February 2023
(30 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI)
Change Management (CHM)/Department of Management (MGT)
Duty station:  Nairobi Kenya
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
The Office of Change Management is located inside the Office of the Director of Management. It proactively manages the organization’s ongoing change agenda that began in 2019. In line with UNAIDS mandate and role in achieving the goals of the Global AIDS Strategy, it is mandated to support the organization to meet the five objectives driving the organizational alignment (1) Aligned with the new global AIDS strategy and achieving its highest impact; 2) Financially sustainable and more cost effective; 3) Diverse and inclusive and therefore credible and legitimate; 4) A knowledge driven secretariat that optimizes its world-wide expertise and staff through the use of digital technologies in its work; 5) Aligned with UN Reform including in its work on pandemic preparedness), and other organizational change processes necessary to achieve the UNAIDS mandate, including in transforming the organizational culture and bringing in new ways of working. It works to ensure effectiveness, impact and consistency of organization-wide strategic change processes with a focus on:
- Leading, coordinating, and advocating for UNAIDS change agenda to deliver against the Global AIDS Strategy and to ending inequalities;
- Enabling organizational and cultural change by developing a platform, tools, and communications to engage and support staff through implementation of alignment and UNAIDS change agenda; and
- Transparently monitoring and communicating change results in line with UNAIDS goals of an equal, safe and empowering organization.

The Change Management team brings together UNAIDS Secretariat teams from Alignment, Culture Transformation and Internal Communications, to build an organization-wide mechanism to advance UNAIDS' change agenda. It works closely with UNAIDS branches and departments. Key activities are implemented in partnership with People Management Department, in order to optimize UNAIDS’ human resources and expertise. The Internal Communications function ensures staff are consulted and informed of the change activities through appropriate feedback loops. The present phase of Change Management will also involve contracting an external supplier to draw on global technical expertise and best practices.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the broad guidance of the Director of Management, and the supervision of the Director, Change Management, and in close collaboration with Director of Human Resources Management, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

1. Provide leadership and guidance to the overall organization culture transformation of the UNAIDS Secretariat, building on and deepening the Management Action Plan, and applying an intersectional feminist and anti-racist approach in a participatory and consultative process. This includes coordinating the existing corporate and culture change components of current and future change initiatives across the organization to ensure coherence in the content, approaches and communication.
2. Lead the development of and socialization of guiding principles and values for the organization culture of the UNAIDS Secretariat, consistent with UN values, and in line with anti-racist and intersectional feminist organizational development principles and the UNAIDS Secretariat mandate.
3. Support the implementation of the recommendations of the Gender Action Plan evaluation, and other relevant UNAIDS Secretariat and UN System wide surveys and recommendations (PCB, JIU etc) on actions that aim at improving diversity, equity and inclusion across UNAIDS Secretariat with an anti-racist and intersectional feminist focus.
4. Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of relevant and specific projects that facilitates living our values towards an equal, safe and empowering workplace for all staff in all their diversity. This includes the multi-year Learning Journey for an anti-racist and intersectional feminist organization and Respect Campaign for the prevention and addressing abusive conduct.
5. Provide strategic guidance to management and senior leadership on culture transformation to model and champion actions aimed at enhancing trust, respect transparency and accountability at all levels and ensures a safe and dignified workplace for all.
6. Keep abreast of and provide guidance on relevant state-of-the-art organizational culture change interventions to inform the further refinement of interventions and make recommendations on additional opportunities or actions to further strengthen the culture transformation agenda across all relevant business processes.
7. Coordinate the involvement and consultation of external and internal stakeholders, including UN System inter-agency initiatives and working groups, and oversee relevant staff and resources.
8. Perform other related duties as assigned under the change management portfolio.
Advanced university degree at Master’s level or equivalent in social sciences, public health, development, economics, public administration or management, organizational development. For internal candidates a first university degree and 9 years of relevant work experience will be considered as equivalent.
1. Commitment to the AIDS response
2. Integrity
3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies
1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable

Managerial competencies:
1. Vision and Strategic Thinking
2. Leading Teams
3. Managing Performance and Resources
4. Developing and Empowering Others
5. Exercising Sound Judgement
6. Building Relationships and Networks
At least 7 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience, including in change management, organizational development, facilitation or capacity development. Proven ability to build a team culture of collaboration and performance. Substantial experience in leadership role and high level of skill in negotiation and mobilization. Demonstrated qualities of integrity, tact, diplomacy, and good management and communication skills. Ability to manage for results: translate strategic aims into achievable plans. Specific experience in organization culture and change management is an advantage. At least 3 years of recent and productive experience in equity and inclusion, with specific and demonstrated focus on organizational culture.

Experience in working within the UN System, in particular country and/or regional offices; inter-agency affairs; the development of partnerships and networks; and consultation and facilitation.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The above-mentioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.

Furthermore, only online applications will be accepted.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 77,326 at single rate
Post Adjustment: 38.9 % of the figure(s) on the left side. This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website at: . The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Currently accepting applications

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