SPECIALIST, MALARIA PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PAHO/13/FT101)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT101
 
Title: Specialist, Malaria Prevention and Control
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period-POST OF LIMITED DURATION
 
Date: 19 March 2013
 
Application Deadline: 16 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Panama City, Panama
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases (HSD/CD)/PAHO/WHO Representative Office in Panama (PWR-PAN)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The objective is to promote, coordinate, and implement technical cooperation activities to reduce health, social and economic burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, focusing in the surveillance, prevention and control, in ways that are technically sound and appropriate for the culture and society and strives to achieve sustainable impact through strengthened country capacity and effective inter-country collaboration: and to strengthen the coverage and quality of the health and vial statistics in the Region as the national capacity to monitor their health situation.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, and the general supervision of the Senior Advisor, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases (HSD/CD), and the technical guidance of the Senior Advisor on Malaria and other Communicable Diseases, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

a) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministries of Health and other institutions of the national health system for the implementation of Amazon Malaria Initiative/Amazon Network for Surveillance of Antimalarial Drug Resistance (AMI/RAVREDA) activities in participating Amazon countries, as well as identifying risk factors, methods, and technologies for the prevention and control of malaria;
b) Monitor progress of AMI/RAVREDA activities in participating countries and facilitating inter-country discussions to support and develop joint activities;
c) Strengthen the development and implementation of vector borne diseases prevention programs and health services for the control of malaria, with emphasis on strengthening local health services to implement program activities related to the Amazon Network;
d) Collaborate in the development of standards, guidelines, and procedures for the organization, operation, and evaluation of program activities; optimize the use of the country's health systems and related socioeconomic infrastructure; and implement the strategy of primary health care;
e) Collaborate in the application of epidemiological concepts, principles, and methods for planning, programming, managing and evaluating malaria surveillance, prevention, and control programs;
f) Cooperate in the development and strengthening of the use of AMI/RAVREDA tools at all levels of the health services, and cooperate in the continuing education of human resources;
g) Coordinate and participate in AMI Steering Committee meetings, and other related activities;
h) Disseminate appropriate and relevant scientific and technical information about AMI/RAVREDA;
i) Promote and coordinate research on malaria at all levels of health systems and in academic institutions;
j) Collaborate in the development of national systems of information and epidemiological surveillance of communicable diseases;
k) Advise on the development and strengthening of laboratory activities in support of malaria control;
l) Collaborate with member countries in obtaining extra-budgetary funds from institutions such as USAID, the Global Fund, Gates Foundation, and others, by preparing proposals, developing work plans, preparing reports, etc;
m) Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
n) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in any of the health or social sciences from a recognized university.
Desirable: A master's degree in epidemiology, public health or related field would be an asset.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Operates in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Ensures that the mission and the values of the Organization as well as the setting in which projects will be carried out are the drivers in one's technical work. Understands the results required and performs to that standard.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Takes or organizes individual and collective action after analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge. Continuously analyzes the evolution of situations in an area of work and makes suggestions to adjust or confirm the decisions necessary to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation between six months to one year ahead.
-- Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes criteria for evaluating interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to plans for evaluating technical cooperation, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
-- 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.
-- Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Identifies the risks and benefits of options for future health initiatives based on the analysis of institutional and political trends. Applies a broad approach to work in the health field.
-- Knowledge Management: Seeks and proposes better resources to access, process, use and share information with a variety of actors in different environments. Produces and participates in studies as well as research that meet the publication requirements of media accepted by the scientific community.
-- Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.

Technical Expertise
-- Theoretical and practical knowledge of communicable diseases epidemiology, program management, including planning and monitoring of activities.
-- Ability to train public health professionals on the principles and practice of malaria prevention and control, including quality control and quality assurance processes for diagnosis, among other activities.
-- Organizational and analytical skills to effectively facilitate bridging of technical and programmatic gaps.
-- Capacity to prepare evidence-based reports and documents to be used by key decision makers.
-- 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 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 will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Seven years of combined national and international experience working in epidemiology and disease prevention and control programs and in the administration of health services related to communicable diseases.

Desirable: Practical and managerial experience in the operational aspects of prevention and control of communicable diseases programs would be an asset.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English, with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of Portuguese and French 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$ 56,091.00 at single rate
US$ 60,091.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 40.0 % 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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