ADVISOR, PUBLIC HEALTH ENTOMOLOGY (PAHO/13/FT354)

30 August 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT354
 
Title: Advisor, Public Health Entomology
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 26 August 2013
 
Application Deadline: 23 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis / Neglected, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases (CHA/VT)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control, and elimination of communicable diseases and zoonosis that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and socio-cultural context in which they are implemented. It strives to achieve a sustainable impact on health by providing normative guidance, furthering the implementation of evidence-based interventions, and fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improve the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitate policy and decision making processes through improved health information coverage, analysis and quality at all levels.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Neglected, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases (CHA/VT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical cooperation to Ministries of Health and other institutions within national health systems for the development and implementation of surveillance, prevention and control programs for vector-borne diseases, including those activities related to the Organization's Strategic Plan, the PAHO/WHO Resolutions related to vectors and parasites, the International Health Regulations and outbreak management, and the WHO Roadmap on Neglected Tropical Diseases;
b) Provide technical cooperation for the identification of vectors and vector-borne disease problems, as well as the identification of risk factors, methods, and technologies for control;
c) Collaborate in the application of epidemiological and ecological concepts, principles, and methods to the planning, programming, administration, and evaluation of vector surveillance and vector-borne disease surveillance, prevention, and control programs;
d) Cooperate in the development and strengthening of human resources in public health entomology, vector control and communicable diseases at all levels of the health services, and cooperate in their continuing education;
e) Advise and collaborate in the setting up of integrated vector management programs or projects for vector borne diseases including dengue, yellow fever, Chagas disease, lymphatic filariasis and malaria and emerging vector-bone diseases (e.g., other arboviruses); design and implement practical methodologies for the evaluation of such projects;
f) Advise and provide technical cooperation to countries in the Region in the adaptation and implementation of integrated vector management programs, using strategies recommended by WHO, or other expert groups;
g) Collaborate with other technical programs on eco-health, health impact assessment, water supply and sanitation and pesticide management, in identifying and studying the main problems of vector biology and ecology, which hamper the prevention and control of vectors and vector borne diseases, and/or conditions that predispose to/facilitate the emergence of new threats;
h) Develop and execute training programs for national authorities related to epidemiological methods and entomological and ecological techniques;
i) Design, plan and implement programs of study in the area of the epidemiology and control of vector borne diseases, and in the application of appropriate methodologies for public health entomology activities; promote the participation of Collaborating Centers and other organizations, as well as university programs in the countries of the Region;
j) Participate in team-based project development and execution of the program of work and the preparation of the biennial work plan (BWP) and related budgets, work plans, progress reports, periodic analytical reports to donors, and briefing books;
k) Mobilize national and international resources to support the implementation of the program 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) Represent the Organization at scientific meetings and congresses, when required;
n) Prepare project proposals for resource mobilization, periodic and special reports on the progress and development of vector control activities; and papers for peer-reviewed academic journals;
o) Analyze periodically the results obtained from the national and sub-national programs and prepare draft reports of these results for publication in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, or other appropriate scientific media;
p) 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;
q) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in entomology, vector biology, vector ecology, life science or related field and a master's degree in entomology, vector biology, vector ecology, public health, epidemiology or related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Specialization in medical entomology or vector control, infectious diseases, or epidemiology would be an asset.

Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
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. 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.
Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration the multicultural differences within 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.
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.
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.
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 and practical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to vector control, including chemical and non-chemical approaches, and vector-borne communicable diseases prevention and control.
- Expertise at the highest level with an in depth knowledge of the principles, practices and recent developments in the field and laboratory aspects of entomology vector control and communicable diseases control, including emerging vector-borne infections and principles of risk analysis.
- Knowledge of integrated vector management strategy and practices, methodology, including ecological principles and principles of social mobilization in support of municipal and community-based vector control activities.
- Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
- Ability to analyze current surveillance systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement.
- 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.
- 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 will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in prevention and control of communicable diseases, with at least five years of experience in vector-borne diseases surveillance or control.
Desirable: Experience with regard to community-based entomology and integrated vector management would be an asset.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French 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

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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