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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/11/FT120
Title: Advisor, Cultural Diversity and Gender
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 24 March 2011
Application Deadline: 5 May 2011 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Panama City, Panama
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Gender, Diversity and Human Rights Office (GDR)
PAHO's Gender, Diversity and Human Rights Office (GDR) provides technical cooperation and assistance to PAHO's technical units, country offices, and Member States to promote gender and ethnic equality, human rights and bioethics principles, providing technical advice for the review/and or formulation of health policies, plans, laws, programs and research. GDR seeks to identify and reduce the inequities between women and men of all ethnic groups with regard to health status and its determinants and guarantee the right to health, including access to and quality of health care, participation in decision-making regarding policy agendas, definition of priorities and allocation of resources.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director (AD), the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Gender, Diversity and Human Rights (GDR) and the administrative supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Develop and coordinate technical cooperation initiatives with different technical areas and country offices for promoting and supporting the introduction of gender, intercultural approaches and cultural diversity principles in their technical work and collaboration;
b) Develop a framework for integrating cultural, national or ethnic and linguistic diversity and norms on elimination of racial discrimination in the Organization's work and technical collaboration to countries to improve equity and efficiency in achieving health for all in accordance with the Gender Equality Policy;
c) Lead the development of guidelines and procedures for supporting concept papers and policy documents on intercultural approaches and cultural, national or ethnic and linguistic diversity and support the assessment of the implementation of the Organization's Resolutions related to indigenous peoples' health;
d) Develop regional activities to improve access to culturally appropriate and quality health care services for indigenous peoples, and to enhance social controls and participation of indigenous peoples in health affairs in a manner consistent with the Organization's Directing Council Resolution CD47.R18 "Health of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas";
e) Participate in the design and review of GDR projects and strategies to ensure mainstreaming goals and objectives are met;
f) Provide technical advice and guide the formulation of policies, strategies, plans,, objectives and methodologies for program implementation and evaluation, consistent with country needs, international human rights' instruments applicable to cultural diversity, ethnic groups/minorities and racial discrimination within the framework of the Organization's Gender Equality Policy and its Plan of Action and mainstreaming strategies;
g) Provide technical advice and guide the development and dissemination of best practices on cultural, national or ethnic, and linguistic diversity mainstreaming within the Organization, including at country level;
h) Establish and sustain partnerships and alliances of GDR areas of strategic importance to the Organization with institutions, special rapporteurs and human rights treaty bodies within the United Nations (UN) and Inter-American systems, multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as international and national NGOs; promote the development of collaboration efforts with these organizations;
i) Coordinate the preparation of project profiles and proposals to mobilize resources within the programmatic approach, and stimulate the mobilization of national and international resources to support country efforts in GDR areas of work;
j) Coordinate the collection, analysis and dissemination of technical and scientific knowledge related to gender/ethnic/racial/indigenous people issues throughout the Organization and at country level; support Organizational focal points and Member States to ensure ethnicity inclusion, an intercultural approach, language variables and analysis in health information systems;
k) Collaborate in the formulation and implementation of technical cooperation projects, including the exchange of experiences among indigenous people groups, which advance the health of the indigenous peoples in terms of policy and law formulation, planning and programming, implementation strategies and models of care in a manner consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention "C169 Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989";
l) Support and promote the Organization's "Virtual Campus" self-learning course on "Ethnic Approaches in Health";
m) Represent the Organization, at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on cultural diversity, intercultural approaches, racial discrimination, indigenous people issues, gender equity related topics, and participate at international, regional and national meetings including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
n) Participate in the preparation of the Project's Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
o) 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;
p) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in one of the health or social sciences, and a master's degree in gender studies, cultural diversity, public health, or a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A Ph.D. degree in gender studies, cultural diversity, public health or a related field would be an asset.
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.
-- 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.
-- Communication: Leads the development of an environment that actively establishes and proactively engages in productive dialogues that involve multicultural environments. Encourages the skills and behaviors that facilitate productive dialogues. Expresses points of view effectively.
-- Performance Management: Displays self-initiative toward measurable improvement. Contributes to the development and implementation of realistic and achievable work plans. Evaluates development in terms of the completed objectives. Is capable of achieving objectives and goals in a constant and systematic way. Discusses suggestions for improvement. Recognizes the needs for development and orients on how to improve.
-- Knowledge Management: Supports and develops networked and community working. Identifies, develops and nurtures networks and communities. Identifies and builds on working networks that enable knowledge and information flow. Designs and implements knowledge and information services. Enables utilization of knowledge and information sources. Delivers relevant knowledge and information in most appropriate form. Participates in and learns from networked and community approaches.
-- 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 and practical knowledge of the public health approach to health of indigenous peoples, and other ethnic minorities in regards to health policies and health systems; including cultural diversity and intercultural approaches related to public health.
-- Technical expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating intercultural approaches, ethnic equality, elimination of racial discrimination, gender and health strategies.
-- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
-- Expertise in policy formulation, planning and programming, supervision, implementation and evaluation of indigenous health programs, as well as management and provision of services for indigenous people. Ability to analyze public policy issues and to write in a public policy context.
-- 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 and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in management, project coordination, teaching, planning and evaluation in areas related to health and development; of which, at least five years should include health-related ethnicity, intercultural approaches/racial and equity issues.
Desirable: Experience in the development and implementation of health development projects and policies, preferably in an international organization would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US $67,395.00 at single rate
US $72,373.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 33.8 % 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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