ADVISOR, FOOD AND NUTRITION (PAHO/13/FT184)

31 July 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT184
 
Title: Advisor, Food and Nutrition
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 14 May 2013
 
Application Deadline: 11 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Kingston, Jamaica
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family and Community Health (FCH)/Healthy Life Course (FCH/HL)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Family and Community Health Area (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 and sexual reproductive health 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. 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 general supervision of the Manager, Family and Community Health (FCH) and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Healthy Life Course (FCH/HL) and the administrative supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR), the incumbent will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:
a) Provide technical advice and manage the technical cooperation to Member States in the Caribbean to implement and monitor National Plans in Nutrition and Food Security in accordance with the Regional Strategy and Plan of Action on Nutrition in Health and Development 2006-2015, the Strategy and Plan for Action for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition 2010-2015 and the PAHO's Strategic Plan 2014-2018.
b) Provide technical guidance to revise, adapt and implement global, regional and subregional mandates, norms and guidelines in nutrition and food security.
c) Provide advice and technical support to develop and implement harmonized sub-regional regulatory frameworks to address malnutrition in all its forms.
d) Promote linkages and coordinate with other regional technical entities and Country Offices for the delivery of technical cooperation in the areas of responsibility to the Caribbean countries.
e) Support, technical cooperation, resource mobilization to strengthen sub-regional and national capacity to address food and nutrition problems.
f) Build alliances, partnerships, networks and establish coordination mechanism within Member States, UN and Inter-American systems, multilateral and bilateral institutions, international and national non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector, to increase investment in food and nutrition and scale-up of nutritional interventions to address malnutrition in all its forms.
g) Provide technical cooperation to build country capacity to develop and implement national intersectoral and interprogramatic policies, plans and programs to address malnutrition in all its forms.
h) Build country capacity to design, implement, monitor and assess nutritional programs, norms and guidelines to respond to the major forms of malnutrition.
i) Build networks of institutions and specialists working in food and nutrition applied sciences.
j) Lead, advocate and provide technical guidance to implement food and nutrition surveillance systems and the use of evidence for policy decision-making.
k) Advise, develop, implement, monitor and assess food and nutrition policies and programs.
l) Promote operational research in nutrition and food security and the use of evidence for policy decision-making.
m) Provide advice on feasible strategies to implement intersectoral policies and programs and to scale-up evidenced-based interventions to address malnutrition in all its forms in the Caribbean Region.
n) Collaborate with in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual work plans, and periodic evaluations for assigned projects.
o) Promote and provide support for resource mobilization through the development of projects for internal or external funding to support food and nutrition projects and initiatives.
p) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health science and a master's degree in nutrition, public health, epidemiology or related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Studies in food and nutrition security policies would be an asset.
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.
--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 : 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.
--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 in the area of nutrition and food security with an emphasis in applied nutrition programs and public health, including, mother and child nutrition, growth and development programs, micronutrients deficiencies, and evaluation of food fortification programs, health systems and services with focus on primary health care, determinants of nutrition and food security within health and life course approach.
-Sound knowledge of the technical, political and administrative aspects of health systems and primary health care focusing in food and nutrition issues.
-Technical expertise in the development of policies, strategies and interventions, and the ability to negotiate and coordinate with all relevant sectors of government, the private sector, international agencies and organized community groups.
-Technical expertise in formulating and developing tools for planning, monitoring and evaluating nutrition and mother and child health strategies and programs.
-Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions; implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget.
-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 the development, design and implementation of maternal and child nutrition, nutritional surveillance, and food security programs.
Desirable: Experience working in international organizations in the area of food and nutrition would be an asset.
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: 45.1 % 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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