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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/10/FT153
Title: Advisor, Workers' Health
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 5 April 2010
Application Deadline: 11 October 2010 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE)
The Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) represents a multidisciplinary team that, together with other technical areas and collaborating centers, leads innovative, inter-sectoral and strategic efforts to address the determinants of health, to reduce health risks and to promote healthy social and physical environments where people live, study, work and play as a substantial and essential element of Human Security for Sustainable Development and health equity.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director (AD), and the direct supervision of the Manager, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Coordinate, plan, supervise, and monitor the execution of the Regional Plan on Workers' Health, including: quality of the work environment; policies and legislation, within the regulatory framework; promotion of workers' health and prevention of occupational injuries and diseases; delivery of comprehensive workers' health services; develop interagency relations and mobilize resources in support of respective technical cooperation activities;
b) Provide technical advice and support for the implementation of workers' health programs and plans; promote and develop mechanism for integration in the national health plans and in the national and international framework for worker's health;
c) Develop, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the program of work to support the implementation of regional activities for WHO Global Strategy of Occupational Health for All; promote and support Member Countries in the development, adaptation, and application of technologies for the improvement of the working conditions and environments;
d) Advise and assist Member Countries in developing and implementing especial programs for vulnerable or unprotected groups such as children, women, rural, informal, migrant workers, as well as, for workers involved in high risk activities;
e) Develop and promote regional, sub-regional and national strategic alliances with relevant United Nations organizations, the Organization of American States (OAS), networks of collaborating centers, centers of reference, public, private and labor sectors, NGOs and other organizations involved in initiatives related to promoting workers' health;
f) Promote, collaborate and provide technical support to Member Countries in the development of policies, legislation, standard methodologies, training material, organizational models and guidelines to support technical cooperation for the prevention and control of workers' health problems;
g) Coordinate and provide technical advice to Member Countries in creating, managing and delivering effective information systems to generate, collect, analyze and effectively disseminate evidence-based information on workers' health, including the design of notification and surveillance systems (health and environment monitoring), electronic networks, and media strategy to increase awareness and promote workers' health;
h) Provide models and guidance in the use of data for decision-making purposes regarding policies and programs to promote worker's health; develop, adjust and utilize methods and techniques for the analysis of workers' health at different levels; compile, analyze and disseminate evidence-based information on development and advances made in the area of workers' and consumer's health;
i) Cooperate and collaborate with other projects to achieve efficient coordination of activities, systematic utilization of resources and comprehensive development of study, research and analytical capacities required for the promotion of workers' health;
j) Collaborate and provide technical support to the Organization's internal Well-being Committee to support its program of work;
k) Mobilize international and national resources, extra-budgetary funds and international technical resources, in support of national and regional programs to support worker's health initiatives;
l) Contribute and collaborate in the preparation, revision and supervision to ensure compliance with the Entity's expected results; collaborate in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual workplans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
m) When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;
n) Perform other related duties as assigned.
A university degree in a health science and a master's degree in public health, occupational health or a related field from a recognized university.
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.
-- Information Management: Processes and analyzes the data objectively, presenting it clearly and equitably. Leads the effort to acquire relevant and selected information that facilitates the achievement of organizational results. Evaluates/leads the evaluation of information systems on the basis of its advantages/disadvantages for processing information relevant to the area of work.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
-- Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.
-- Knowledge Management: Shares knowledge and information appropriately and participates in activities to facilitate sharing. Develops tools and protocols for creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge. Researches opportunities, methods and approaches for delivering value through improved knowledge.
-- Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Selects priority ideas for executing the interventions after anticipating their potential problems and solutions. Participates in the preparation of strategic plans, providing input about their impact, quality, critical points, and risks.
-- Resource Mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need. Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources are aligned with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired.

Technical Expertise
-- Theoretical knowledge and technical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to public health programs for the promotion of workers' health and prevention of occupational injuries and diseases, particularly in the area of planning and organization of services.
-- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deals with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
-- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrate ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political, technical and administrative issues.
-- Knowledge and skills in project planning and management, including resource mobilization and grant management.
-- Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources.
-- Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
-- Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.

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.
Nine years of combined national and international experience in the planning, formulation, implementation, execution and evaluation of public health programs for the promotion of occupational health.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French/Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 66,482.00 at single rate
US$ 71,393.00 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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