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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/12/FT384
Title: Advisor, Family and Community Health
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 1 October 2012
Application Deadline: 29 October 2012 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Bridgetown, Barbados
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family and Community Health (FCH)/PAHO/WHO Representative Office in Barbados
FCH promotes, coordinates and implements 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. It focuses on the development and implementation of maternal, perinatal, child, adolescent, women and sexual reproductive health, elderly and nutrition programs including HIV/AIDS-STI and Immunization. FCH supports the country, in collaboration with national and international partners, in identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based approaches, which are mutually reinforcing and cover the whole spectrum of the life course from critical maternal and child survival actions to healthy growth and development into adulthood, and during aging process. The area provides 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 Manager, Family and Community Health (FCH), in coordination with FCH's Project Coordinators and the Center Director, Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical advice to national authorities in the development of strategic actions to improve women, maternal, perinatal, neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, youth, men and elderly health and their access to health care taking into consideration the multi-ethnic diversity , inequities in health, and level of development of the countries;
b) Advise in the preparation and revision of national and local level plans of actions; provide technical assistance to promote integrated child, adolescent, mother (maternal health and mortality reduction) and women's health strategies and activities within national programs and with intercultural adaptation of the care services; advise Ministries of Health, public, private and university sector organizations to introduce and strengthen child, adolescent and women's health policies for preventive care to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
c) Provide technical advice to national authorities in promoting technical cooperation among the Caribbean countries in family and community health;
d) Promote the implementation and evaluation of the Caribbean Family Health and Population Strategies; develop and implement specific activities that are in line with Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH III), according to the needs of each country;
e) Collaborate in the design, implementation and evaluation of integrated health care models based on Primary Health Care (PHC) strategies, prevention and promotion of health, development of evidence-based, inter-sectoral polices and plans, especially those related to maternal child health and sexual-reproductive health, in close collaboration with other technical advisors in the Organization;
f) Promote the development of technical and management guidelines and best practice standards for the strengthening of neonatal, perinatal, child health programs, and services delivery, including the incorporation of risk approach and appropriate technology for improving program efficiency and effectiveness;
g) Participate in the identification and mobilization of financial and human resources, including the development of appropriate project proposals; promote training and development of national institutions for this purpose; coordinate and strengthen activities with other United Nations (UN) organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, universities, other international organizations and private sector;
h) Coordinate and support the implementation of activities promoted both by the Organization's specialized centers, mainly the Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP) and other Caribbean institutions, to strengthen training in the areas of perinatology, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, child health, nutrition, and elderly health;
i) Promote and undertake key actions that favor the implementation of community family health policies, taking into consideration existing legislation;
j) Promote and support research including the compilation of various questionnaires/surveys that will contribute to addressing prevailing diseases affecting mothers, newborns, children, adolescents, women, men, and elderly people, such as mental health, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV, among others; develop inter-sectoral actions and promote institutional and community alliances;
k) Cooperate with the Country Office Staff in supporting and developing health policies, action plans and projects aimed at increasing equitable access to health care for mothers, newborns, children, adolescent, women, and elderly people; identify inequities in care and causes of exclusion in health care services in order to identify best options for the achievement of the objectives and goals of the family and community health area;
l) Promote and provide support for resource mobilization through the development of projects for internal or external funding in the English-speaking Caribbean; in the development and implementation of programs in the areas of STI, HIV/AIDS, and Immunization;
m) Support the development and adaptation of tools and modules for maternal, neonatal, and child health care during emergency situations and disasters; planning, organizing and providing technical inputs for sub regional meetings, workshops, courses, etc., on family and community health related subjects;
n) Collaborate with the Country Office in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, 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 a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health, family health or related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A specialization in pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics or family medicine would be an asset
Key Behavioral Competencies
--Intra-institutional 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.
--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.
--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.
--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.
--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: 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
--Expert knowledge in public health, family health programs, and the organization of country health systems with focus on primary/sexual/reproductive health, gender, ethnicity, and life course approach.
--Sound knowledge of the technical, political and administrative aspects of health systems and primary health care.
-- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the health growth and development of all members of a family with a life course approach, as well as basic knowledge of health settings and strategies conducive to improvement of social determinants related to family well-being.
--Theoretical and practical familiarity with concepts and methods applicable to development and management of the intercultural aspects of child and maternal health.
--Expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating family and reproductive health strategies.
--Expertise in strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, and health system performance.
--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 would be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in managing inter-sectoral health or social projects and programs in the area of family health with emphasis in sexual and reproductive health. Of these, at least five years should include development of policies.
Desirable: Experience working in different cultural contexts, particularly related with indigenous, social determinants and mainstreaming for health settings health would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Spanish. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an asset
Additional Information:
PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy, and home leave.



Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,483.00 at single rate
US$72,467.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 56.2 % 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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