ADVISOR, PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RISK & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (PAHO/13/FT67)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT67
 
Title: Advisor, Prevention and Control of Public Health Risk & Sustainable Development
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 15 February 2013
 
Application Deadline: 15 March 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  Bridgetown, Barbados
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE)/Caribbean Program Coordinator (CPC)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) represents a multidisciplinary team that 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 and work. The PAHO/WHO Office of Caribbean Program Coordination (CPC) is the focus for coordination of the technical cooperation at subregional level. CPC supports the Caribbean countries in achieving the objectives of its health agenda and contributing to public health action, and to draw on the experience of the subregion in building a body of public health knowledge that can benefit the countries.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Manager, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) and the direct supervision of the Caribbean Program Coordinator (CPC), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:
a) Provide technical cooperation in the analysis of the principal health problems, its social and environmental determinants, inequities and risk factors; identifying the conditions and lifestyles that favor the practice of health promotion at population level and community levels.
b) Lead the introduction of the principles, methods, and epidemiological techniques in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs for environmental health, as well as health promotion and protection; including NCD;
c) Systematize, document and disseminate the successful experiences implemented for the development and continuous improvement of the services of health promotion and prevention of diseases with greater burden and environmental imbalance, with especial emphasis on non-communicable diseases, and substance abuse disorders;
d) Provide technical advice, follow-up and support to activities related to the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the conclusions of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health; facilitate implementation and monitoring of MDGs strategies at sub-regional level;
e) Participate actively in the development and/or strengthening of the relevant competencies in human resources for the health teams in charge of the implementation of the strategy of health promotion and protection, substance use and environmental health;
f) Promote knowledge management activities in the areas of responsibility, using all the available means for the dissemination of relevant evidence-based and scientific information;
g) Develop and/or strengthen the implementation of the healthy settings, through initiatives such as: Faces Voices and Places; Healthy Municipalities; Healthy Schools; Urban Health, Urban Heart and other related initiatives;
h) Promote and conduct research on the promotion of healthy behavior, the social and environmental determinants of health, mental health and substance use, in coordination with academic institutions and the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers;
i) Coordinate the technical cooperation activities related to NCD legislation, policy, plans and services leading to the restructuring of the health system; develop the capacity of the country to implement equitable and effective measures in support of the development of NCD programs in the community and their integration in primary care;
j) Promote the technical cooperation related to tobacco control (plans and programs related to effective tobacco control policies in general, and within the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control;
k) Advise and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to prevention of violence and road safety;
l) Advise and collaborate in the establishment of programs related to the regulation and control of toxic substances and hazardous waste that present risks to health and the environment, including those produced in hospitals and other health care facilities;
m) Promote and advise national authorities in the evaluation and solution of environmental pollution problems due to urbanization, industrialization and agricultural activities with special attention to biological and chemical pollution, as well as in the formulation of plans and programs for prevention and control;
n) Use tools to undertake assessments of the impact on health and development; foster the use of evidence and research for promotion of health and well-being, including analysis of determinants of health, drafting public policies that contribute to health, and developing strategies for a sustained intersectoral approach, including tourism and health.
o) Work in collaboration with UN Agencies, community partners, NGOs, civil society, universities, other international organizations, and the private sector to mobilize resources (financial, material, and human) and ensure the implementation and sustainability of health policies, plans and practices at all levels;
p) Facilitate the implementation and monitoring at sub-regional level of the Regional Strategies adopted by the Directing Council, related to the SDE area of work;
q) Mobilize national and international resources to support the implementation of programs under areas of responsibility; represent the Organization in technical meetings, seminars, congresses and academic events in the area of sustainable development and environmental health;
r) Collaborate in the preparation and implementation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) in CPC.
s) Perform other tasks and activities, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health science and a master's degree in public health or related field from a recognized university
Skills:
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
--Technical expertise of the social and environmental aspects of the primary health care, non-communicable diseases, health promotion and social participation.
--Technical expertise in the areas of sustainable development and environmental health, including technical cooperation in projects in developing countries.
--Technical cooperation expertise in local and social development programs including those involving more than one country.
--Managerial expertise in public health management institutions.
--Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions.
--Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control
--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.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation in institutions concerned with public health management, and some of the topics covered for this post.
Desirable: Experience in non-communicable diseases prevention and control would be an asset
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Spanish. Knowledge of French, Portuguese and/or Dutch 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: 57.6 % 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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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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