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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/10/FT105
Title: Senior Advisor, HIV/AIDS and STI
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 12 March 2010
Application Deadline: 26 April 2010 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family and Community Health (FCH)
The objective of the HIV/STI Project in the Organization is to make the greatest possible contribution and support the countries in the Americas to reduce morbidity and mortality associated to HIV infection and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the Region, advancing toward the goal of universal access to antiretroviral and STI treatment, prevention, care and support for those in need. The HIV/STI Project as part of the Family and Community Health Area (FCH) contributes to promote and implement technical cooperation activities at the country level, emphasizing the central role of family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health becomes a social value. Supports the country, in collaboration with national and international partners, in identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based approaches, which are mutually reinforcing. Involve technical cooperation/guidance in the design and development of research activities, policy, inter-sectoral programs and projects for family health in a primary health care context, and taking into consideration prevailing health situations, as well as socio-economic conditions.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director (AD), and the direct supervision of the Manager, Family and Community Health (FCH), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical and strategic advice and programmatic direction with respect to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI), and how best to establish and reinforce programmatic linkages; lead a regional network for putting into practice an integrated approach to prevent and control HIV/STI; participate in strategic discussions on crosscutting issues related to health systems, strategic information, and maternal and child health; provide technical cooperation to strengthen national capacities to prevent and control HIV/STI.
b) Plan and guide the implementation of regional plans, projects and initiatives such as the HIV/STI Plan for the Health Sector, 2006-2015; the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 6; the Regional Initiative for the Elimination of Congenital Syphilis, Prevention Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and others, including the development of methodologies for program execution to achieve their goals, targets and expected results, taking into account the needs of countries and the policies of the Organization, and providing regular evaluations of program performance.
c) Plan and provide direct technical cooperation to Member States on the development of national programs for HIV/STI prevention, treatment, care and support, including clinical, laboratory, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and behavioral expertise.
d) Disseminate technical information on the biological, clinical, laboratory, epidemiological and behavioral aspects of HIV/STI in support of national programs; ensure technical excellence in all relevant documents produced by the HIV/STI project, and other publications produced by the Organization with respect to HIV/STI.
e) Utilize information (epidemiological and surveillance data) to assess the impact of interventions and to set programmatic priorities for the Organization; promote sharing country experiences, lessons learned and best practices.
f) Collaborate with Member States in applying evidence-based principles and methods to planning, administering and evaluating national HIV/STI programs, and in developing and strengthening national training programs for all levels of health care personnel involved in HIV and STI prevention and control.
g) Promote technical cooperation among countries, networking of experts and centers of excellence and reference, joint initiatives with other agencies, professional associations, media, people living with HIV and civil society; represent the Organization at inter-agency consultations on HIV/STI topics, and participate at international, regional and national meetings.
h) Provide technical advice to Member States on resource mobilization by negotiating with representatives of specialized agencies and with representatives of multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as nongovernmental organizations for the mobilization of resources; ensure the coherence, coordination and integration of the technical cooperation process and the effective achievement of related objectives.
i) Identify and obtain financial support for national and regional HIV/STI project to support program implementation, in collaboration with the Manager, and other Entities of the Organization;
j) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate liaison across the Organization, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations or with other partners, in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness.
k) Provide authoritative technical, managerial and policy advice to staff assigned to the Team, including sub-regional Advisors located in the countries; review reports submitted by staff and provide constructive feedback.
l) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Team; ensure an Organization-wide approach and strategies and objectives that are aligned with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities, in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results. Ensure that the results are aligned with the Entity's biennial and multi-year plans, including monitoring of activities, adjustments to any deviations, such as redefined objectives or strategies.
m) Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Governing Bodies' mandates related to the work of the Team; develop and establish guidelines, norms, practices and procedures to improve the Team's effectiveness and efficiency; report to Governing Bodies, through executives presentations and reports, on the status or results of the Team's activities;
n) Administer, allocate and monitor the Team's financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the Team's program and budget proposals; plan and organize the formulation, development, implementation and control of systems to monitor performance in accordance with the results based management approach;
o) Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff by setting clear work objectives, ensuring timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, engaging in regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment, to include staff development in the Organization's fundamentals, managerial competencies and technical expertise.
p) Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance.
q) Perform other related duties, as assigned.

A university degree in health or social science and a master's degree in public health, epidemiology, healthcare administration, health economics or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Key Behavioral Competencies:
-Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates the ideas for interventions in terms of their potential for change and transformation before deciding to execute them. Follows the Organization's strategy in executing technical cooperation interventions in order to generate expected results.
-Performance Management: Evaluates the performance of subordinates in terms of the organizational strategy, provides feedback offering measurable suggestions and promotes their professional development. Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans--including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. In a systematic way develops people through demanding and challenging projects utilizing each employee's competencies. Effectively uses the Organization's official performance evaluation processes and systems. Uses a regular evaluation system. Provides constant and positive feedback to focus development efforts.
-Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
-Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
-Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization. Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal and external work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside and outside the Organization.
-Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates criteria for the interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to technical cooperation evaluation plans, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
-Resource Mobilization: Establishment of an internal Culture that supports the Organization's strategic direction program of work and the organizational results to enable effective resource mobilization. Supports and makes all efforts to increase the level of resources that are considered necessary for operations. Is capable of negotiating with different types of organizations. Uses the financial and non-financial resources with objectivity. Is able to achieve the goals and results with the resources they have.

Technical Expertise:
Technical: Extensive progressive expertise at a senior decision-making level in infectious disease control, specialized knowledge of HIV/AIDS and STI, in particular in managing complex health programs/health systems at both national and international levels. Wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and health management processes, including monitoring and performance assessment in the health or social sector, and disciplines related to human resources management, strategic planning and reengineering processes.
Managerial: Extensive expertise in senior, progressively responsible positions in the management of a large public or private administration of administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation and high level intervention and in organizational development. Demonstrated ability, to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work in health; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
Administrative: Skills or experience with creation and integration of administrative procedures for the delivery of the highest quality results for the Team. Courtesy, tact, sensitivity to manage confidential information, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background.

IT Skills:
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.
Thirteen years of combined national and international experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of infectious disease control, HIV/AIDS and STI or reproductive health programs, including activities in epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation and research. Of these, at least five years should include supervision, management and/or coordination of multinational activities in disease control.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$79,537.00 at single rate
US$85,615.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41.3 % of the above figure(s). 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.

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