ADVISOR, PHARMACEUTICAL POLICIES AND INNOVATION (PAHO/13/FT207)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT207
 
Title: Advisor, Pharmaceutical Policies and Innovation
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 23 May 2013
 
Application Deadline: 20 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS)/Essential Medicines and Biologicals (HSS/MT)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Develop sound technical cooperation programs that strengthen health systems based on primary health care, health policies, health services and programs, technologies and medicines, health investment and financing, health research and the development of human resources for health. Support country and territory capacities, facilitate inter-country networks and cooperation, and implement and evaluate inter-sectorial approaches.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Manager, Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS), and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Essential Medicines and Biologicals (HSS/MT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical cooperation to Member States in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of pharmaceutical policies encompassing access and innovation, quality and regulation, evaluation and use of medicines, coherent with the strategic orientations of PAHO/WHO and aligned with national health policies, plans and strategies;
b) Provide advice and technical support to Member States seeking to move towards the achievement of universal coverage in medicines through the development of equitable, sustainable and efficient mechanisms for procuring and financing medicines based on improved allocation of resources and the implementation of cost containment strategies, including the promotion of the use of generics, quality and efficiency in the provision of medicines;
c) Provide technical advice and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of programs and projects related to the promotion of technology, innovation and industrial development in the health technologies sector that can improve the availability and affordability of medicines and other essential health technologies; promote the implementation of Resolution 15 of the 48th Directing Council of the Organization: Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property: A Regional Perspective;
d) Collaborate and facilitate priority setting in pharmaceutical policy implementation encompassing regional, sub-regional and national health priorities; promote information and knowledge sharing; support policy development to promote innovation in health technologies;
e) Develop innovative approaches for enhancing knowledge and technology transfer, collaboration and interaction among innovation for health stakeholders to improve efficiencies and collaboration to ensure access to safe and quality medicines and other health technologies,
f) Promote the development of regional networks and partnerships, inter-country cooperation, relevant stakeholders groups and the strengthening of PAHO Collaborating Centers; develop mechanisms of coordination with participating countries and sub-regional partners in pharmaceutical policy and management;
g) Develop projects and mobilize resources for the implementation of projects and capacity building for the implementation of pharmaceutical policy in the Region; monitor implementation of specific projects, manage budgets, and prepare reports against project indicators;
h) Lead and coordinate, in close coordination with Country Offices and HSS focal points, the formulation, execution and evaluation of program and budget plan for the biennium; participate and develop common strategies with other professionals of the country offices on all aspects related to health system policies, strategies and plans, in particular on integrated health networks; manage the financial resources assigned, including extra-budgetary resources;
i) Prepare publications in pharmaceutical policies, and develop information management strategies on current developments in pharmaceutical policy at the regional level; monitor and review trends with countries and experts in the development and implementation of pharmaceutical policies; maintain updated a regional database providing information on the pharmaceutical situation;
j) Collaborate in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets (BWP), semiannual workplans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects; participate in the annual performance evaluation of the entity;
k) 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;
l) Perform other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health science and a master's degree in public health, health policy, health management or related field from a recognized institution.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Theoretical knowledge and technical expertise related to health and pharmaceutical policy, health economics and innovation including methodologies for evidence-based policy development.
- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deals with difficult situations and sensitive areas; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and technical issues.
- Ability to establish and maintain results-oriented productive relationships with key actors, ensuring product delivery and reporting.
- Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
- Ability to formulate technical cooperation interventions and develop criteria for evaluation of program interventions.
- Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical 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 Visio and Project will be an asset.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience working in organizations and institutions in programs and projects related to medicines, vaccines and health technology policy and regulation, procurement and supply management, production and quality control, or service delivery.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with 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: 50.6 % 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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