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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT111
Title: Advisor, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 27 March 2013
Application Deadline: 24 April 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Guatemala City, Guatemala
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR-GUT)/Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE)
The Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) represents a multidisciplinary team that, together with other technical areas and collaborating centers, 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, work and play as a substantial and essential element of Human Security for Sustainable Development and health equity.
Description of duties:
Under the technical guidance of the Manager, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE), 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 cooperation to the Ministry of Health in the analysis of the principal health problems, its social and environmental determinants, inequities and risk factors; identify the conditions and lifestyles that favor the practice of health promotion at population level; propose, monitor, and evaluate technologies and strategies for their effective control.
b) Lead the introduction of the principles, methods, and epidemiological techniques in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs for promotion, environmental health, and health protection.
c) Advise and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring plans, programs and projects related to basic sanitation for health, water supply, sanitation and solid waste management.
d) Systematize, document and disseminate the successful experiences, preferentially those at the local level, implemented for the development and continuous improvement of the services of promotion and prevention of the diseases with greater burden and environmental imbalance.
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 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 and the social and environmental determinants of health within academic institutions and the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers related to the area of health promotion, environmental health and health protection.
i) Promote inter-programmatic and decentralized work at the different levels of the Organization in order to achieve the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness.
j) Advise and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to the prevention of violence and road safety.
k) Provide advice, follow-up and support activities related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health; facilitate implementation and monitoring of MDG strategies at national and sub-national level
l) Collaborate with SDE in other activities related to risk assessment, healthy settings, violence, road safety, human security and other programs and projects under SDE responsibility.
m) Provide technical advice for the establishment of programs related to the regulation and control of toxic substances and hazardous wastes that present risks to health and the environment, including those produced in hospitals and other health care centers;
n) 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 their prevention and control.
o) Provide technical cooperation expertise in the strengthening of institutions and organizations involved in tobacco control and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to effective tobacco control policies in general and within the context of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.
p) 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;
q) Collaborate in the preparation of the Representationīs Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
r) 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;
s) Perform other related duties as assigned.
A university degree in an environmental science or sanitary engineering and a master's degree in public health, environmental health, sanitary engineering, or a related field from a recognized institution.
-- 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.
-- Performance Management: Plans and takes concrete steps on one's own initiative to improve job performance and required competencies. Learns from one's mistakes, adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. Conducts evaluation meetings with subordinates at the times stipulated, using the Organization's instruments and others specific to the area. Consistently motivates the staff members to improve their abilities, gives them tasks and activities that represent a challenge to them.
-- Leadership: Uses complex strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel, resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
-- 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:
- Excellent knowledge and skills in providing technical cooperation in projects specially those related to basic sanitation, and activities for sustainable development, management or evaluation of environmental health programs 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.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of the social and environmental aspects of the primary health care, health promotion and social participation.
- 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, and electronic sources in research activities. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Nine years of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation in institutions concerned with basic sanitation, public health management or evaluation of environmental health and sustainable development programs.
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:
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. at single rate
US $72,467. with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.8 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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