ADVISOR, HEALTH SURVEILLANCE, DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PAHO/13/FT241)

30 May 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT241
 
Title: Advisor, Health Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 5 June 2013
 
Application Deadline: 4 July 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  Guayaquil, Ecuador
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative /Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control (HSD)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Promote, coordinate, and implement technical cooperation activities to reduce health, social and economical 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 vital 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 (PWR), the technical guidance and secondary supervision of the Manager, Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control (HSD), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health and other institutions of the national health system for the diagnosis of health problems, as well as the identification of risk factors, methods, and technologies for their control; technical cooperation activities related particularly to communicable diseases, including technical cooperation in zoonoses and neglected diseases;
b) Collaborate in the development and implementation of prevention programs and health services for the control of communicable diseases with emphasis in the strengthening of local health services to carry out program activities;
c) Develop standards, guidelines, and procedures for the organization, operation, and evaluation of program activities; optimizing the use of the country's health systems and related socioeconomic infrastructure; implementing the strategy of primary health care;
d) Collaborate in the application of epidemiological concepts, principles, and methods to the planning, programming, administration, and evaluation of disease surveillance, prevention, and control programs;
e) Cooperate in the development and strengthening of human resources in communicable diseases at all levels of the health services, and cooperate in the development of continuing education programs; disseminate appropriate and relevant scientific and technical information;
f) Promote and coordinate research on communicable diseases at all levels of the health system and in academic institutions;
g) Advise in the development and strengthening of laboratory activities in support of communicable disease control, including the maintenance of laboratory capabilities in accordance with the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR), and support national authority in the development of laboratory networks and reference laboratories for public health surveillance;
h) Collaborate in resource mobilization activities to obtain extra-budgetary funds by preparing relevant project proposals to the appropriate national, bilateral, and international financial agencies;
i) Collaborate with the PWR in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual workplans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
j) Provide technical support to the PWR in activities related with office management and technical coordination in the Guayaquil office;
k) Responsible for providing technical cooperation in communicable diseases and act as focal point for all activities related to this area of work;
l) Cooperate and collaborate with other projects to achieve efficient coordination of activities, systematic utilization of resources and comprehensive development of study, research and analytical capacities required for the control of communicable diseases;
m) Provide technical support in the implementation of technical cooperation activities from other projects with particular emphasis on issues of surveillance and control of non communicable diseases, health information, international health regulations, HIV response, alert and response in public health emergencies;
n) Collaborate with the health authorities of the Amazon region in cases of disasters in prevention and control of communicable diseases;
o) 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;
p) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology or public health from a recognized university.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
Organizational Commitment: 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.
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. 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
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of epidemiological methods and biostatistics and their relation to communicable diseases.
- Professional expertise in preventive public health, communicable diseases, health services, and administrative development.
- 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, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as SPSS and other statistical software, Visio and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience working in epidemiology and disease prevention and control programs or in the administration of health services related to communicable diseases and health analysis and statistics. Experience should include practical managerial experience in the operational aspects of prevention and control programs.
Languages:
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.

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: 32.9 % 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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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