ADVISOR, IMMUNIZATION (PAHO/12/FT446)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/12/FT446
 
Title: Advisor, Immunization
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year, first year probationary period - POST OF LIMITED DURATION
 
Date: 19 November 2012
 
Application Deadline: 17 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Kingston, Jamaica
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family and Community Health (FCH/IM)/PAHO/WHO Representative Office In Jamaica (PWR-JAM)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To provide technical and strategic support to strengthen national and regional capacity to protect all people at risk against vaccine-preventable diseases through advocacy, partnership, preparedness for emerging disease threats, and formulation of evidence-based strategies for vaccination policy. In so doing, FCH promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation activities that emphasize the central role of family and the community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection where health becomes a social value. The work of the immunization program is guided by the principles of access and equity, disease control, and development of public health infrastructure in the context of introducing new technologies and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Description of duties:
Under the technical supervision of Senior Advisor, Comprehensive Family Immunization, Family and Community Health (FCH/IM) and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:
a) Provide technical advice and support to the countries of the English-speaking Caribbean in programming and evaluating national plans and strategies for national immunization programs, with respect to:
--immunization strategies;
--cold chain and safety equipment and procedures;
--delivery of vaccines and related supplies;
--training of personnel in all aspects of program implementation;
--systems for reporting immunizations administered;
--the organization of epidemiological surveillance systems to detect, investigate, and control cases of paralytic poliomyelitis and other vaccine preventable diseases in the assigned countries;
--intra and extra sectorial coordination and coordination at institutional level;
--mobilization of resources from national, and international sources through Inter-Agency Coordination Committee (ICC) partnership;
--social mobilization for immunization programs.
b) Promote sound immunization practices within extended primary health care systems in close coordination with all related programs in the countries;
c) Promote the implementation of the Plan of Action for the elimination of measles and rubella in the region;
d) Develop and update national plans for comprehensive immunizations programs, including objectives, strategies and operational methodologies within primary health care systems for countries assigned;
e) Prepare and coordinate training programs in the operational and administrative aspects of immunization programs, and surveillance activities for vaccine-preventable diseases;
f) Provide technical advice to Member States in all aspects of program evaluation, including the development of methodologies for process and impact evaluation;
g) Develop and promote research programs related to different operational and epidemiological components of immunization programs and related activities at the country level;
h) Provide technical support to other national institutions, technical or operational officials attached to the program in assigned countries;
i) Advise countries in the preparation for the introduction of new vaccines, including those against rotavirus, pneumococco (pneumonia), and influenza;
j) Collaborate in the development of national immunization programs in the Caribbean;
k) Collaborate in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects; participate in the annual evaluation of the Team;
l) 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;
m) Coordinate actions in areas of responsibility with other public health institutions and strategic partners in the Caribbean, including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
n) Perform other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Skills:
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.
--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.
--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: Promotes team work and leads one's area to finish tasks and accept responsibility. Creates a positive environment within the area of work. Makes everyone feel like they are part of the team as well as welcomes and appreciates everyone's ideas and suggestions. Able to see the positive aspects of working as a team, shares the team's enthusiasm for achieving mutual goals.
--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.
--Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions - (L04): 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
-Extensive knowledge and expertise in the epidemiology of communicable diseases, especially vaccine-preventable diseases; use of epidemiological principles and methods to solve problems related to vaccine-preventable diseases; ability to respond objectively to unforeseen problems and exercise sound judgment in finding technical solutions within the framework of organizational policy.
-Broad knowledge of organization and implementation of public health programs and public health administration.
-Broad knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating programs intervention.
-Knowledge and skills in project planning and management, including resource mobilization and grant management.
-Demonstrated ability to negotiate and coordinate activities with all relevant sectors of government, international agencies, the private sector and organized community groups.
-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.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience in disease control programs, with emphasis in the design, implementation and evaluation of immunization programs. Experience should include participation in technical cooperation programs and activities in disease control or in immunization programs in a health related program or institution.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Spanish. Knowledge of French and/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.

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POST.

CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES.

THIS VACANCY MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER POSITIONS IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT MAY BECOME VACANT AT A LATER DATE, AND WHICH HAVE SIMILAR REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES AS THE ONES STATED IN THIS NOTICE.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67,483.00 at single rate
US$72.467.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 46.8 % 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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