UNODC has specific mandates to assist countries to provide injecting drug users, prisoners and people vulnerable to human trafficking with evidence-informed, comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care services through advocacy; support in developing effective legislation and policies; support in developing comprehensive evidence-based strategies and programmes; building capacity of national stakeholders including government agencies, civil society and community organizations to ensure optimum coverage of these population groups with HIV services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Regional HIV/AIDS Adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Regional Programme Office in Kiev) and the technical guidance of the Chief HIV/AIDS Section at the UNODC Head Quarters, the NPO will be responsible for providing on-going technical guidance and policy advice to the Government of Moldova on the three UNODC HIV/AIDS key policy and programmatic areas, namely HIV/AIDS prevention and care related to (a) drug dependence, particularly injecting drug use (b) prison settings and (c) HIV and law enforcement. S/he will also facilitate collaboration and coordination activities with CSOs, UNAIDS, it’s co-sponsors and other key players and assist the UNODC Regional Office in Kiev in strengthening national capacities to develop and implement strategies that deal effectively with HIV/AIDS prevention and care within UNODC Mandated areas. More specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Assist the Government in the assessment of the HIV/AIDS situation in the key areas, the development of effective strategies and reviewing and adapting national HIV/AIDS policy and implementation plans;
  • Implement activities on both banks of the Republic of Moldova under the joint Swedish project in the period from 2019-2021;
  • Assist the Government in building national capacity for enhanced policy development, coordination, sound monitoring and evaluation on HIV/AIDS prevention and care within UNODC Mandated areas;
  • Facilitate the establishment of technical working groups involving all relevant stakeholders at the national level;
  • Represent UNODC in the technical working group, inter-agency task force, UN theme group on HIV/AIDS, CCA, UNDAF and other relevant forums;
  • Organise and participate as a resource person in advocacy meetings, round-tables, training workshops and other meetings related to specific HIV/AIDS and drug dependency issues;
  • Review, analyse, and evaluate technical reports and other relevant materials on the state of the art of prevention and care of HIV/AIDS in the key areas and facilitate dissemination of good practices;
  • Contribute to programme/grant proposals, including for the Global Fund and the World Bank, to determine their technical soundness and appropriateness in the context of HIV/AIDS among drug users, particularly injecting drug users, in prison settings and as it relates to the trafficking in human beings;
  • Prepare reports such as reports to the HQs, Regional Office, Government and donors;
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Well-developed communication skills to liaise, negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders including with other implementing agencies.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to drug control. Ability to demonstrate good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Knowledge of the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Good communication skills to liaise negotiate and advocate with key stakeholders, including with other implementing agencies. Proven ability to draft a variety of written outputs for both general and technical audience and deliver presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues and defending recommendations.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Proven ability in working in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology. Proficiency in MS Office.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in public health, sociology or other related areas;


  • At least 5 years of professional experience at the national level in managing HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes among injecting drug users, in prison settings and as it relates to the trafficking in human beings;
  • Knowledge of and/or practical experience in organisation and delivery of training programmes in the field of HIV/AIDS and drug dependence would be an asset.
  • Ability to write reports and reviews and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues and defending recommendations.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Romanian and Russian.


UN is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

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