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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT340
Title: Center Director, Center for Perinatology, Woman and Reproductive Health (CLAP)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 12 August 2013
Application Deadline: 9 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Montevideo, Uruguay
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
The Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL) department of the Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation at the regional, sub regional and country levels, emphasizing the central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right. FGL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and men's health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of aging populations; food and nutrition; comprehensive family immunization; and gender, equity and cultural diversity approaches.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, and the direct supervision of the Director, Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical, policy, strategic and programmatic advice for the implementation of the Center's technical cooperation program of work; serve as the Unit Chief for the decentralized Unit for Women, Maternal, Newborn, Sexual and Reproductive Health;
b) Contribute to the Organization's program of work for strategic and programmatic orientations, biennial program budget (BPB) and semiannual program of work (PTS); oversee implementation and program evaluation;
c) Plan, coordinate and control the Center's and the Unit's technical cooperation activities and programs as defined within the Department of Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL) and country needs, and with other organizational units to maximize efforts and ensure a unified organizational approach;
d) Advice and contribute through the work of the Center to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 3 - Promote gender equality and empower women, 4 - Reduce child mortality, 5 - Improve maternal health and 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
e) Provide technical support to countries in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national policies and plans on women, maternal, perinatal/neonatal, and reproductive health under the framework of PAHO's Strategic Plan and the Health Agenda for the Americas;
f) Promote technical cooperation among countries, networking of experts and centers of excellence and reference, national institutions, joint initiatives with other agencies, professional associations, media and organized groups of civil society;
g) Plan, conduct, and evaluate research, training and service development as part of technical cooperation activities on perinatal care and reproductive health, including the design and execution of studies for improving the quality of care of women, mothers, fetuses, the newborn and children, and the development and evaluation of technologies for the low and high risk pregnancies, as well as perinatal care at different levels within the primary health care strategy;
h) Lead in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Regional Plan and Strategy to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality and severe morbidity, and the Regional Plan on neonatal health in the continuous of mother, neonate and child health;
i) Support the implementation of the Regional Elimination Initiative of congenital syphilis and mother to child transmission of HIV, the Regional Strategy Plan on Nutrition for Health and Development 2006-2015, the Regional Plan on adolescent health, the Regional Plan on elderly, and the Regional Immunization's Vision and Strategy;
j) Manage the Center within the delegation of authority and within the Organization's policies, programs and administrative rules and procedures, including, personnel, facilities and equipment;
j) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate liaison across the Organization, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations, the Inter-American System and with other partners in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness;
k) Plan, coordinate and evaluate the preparation of reports and scientific articles regarding all aspects of the Center's work; monitoring and ensure their accuracy and technical soundness prior to public release; promote and develop evidence-based interventions;
l) Preside over the scientific, ethics, and publications review panels at the Center;
m) Coordinate the Center's relationship and work with the host country national authorities in coordination with the PAHO/WHO Representative, Uruguay;
n) Represent the Organization, and the Center at national and international meetings;
o) Identify possible sources of supplementary funds; prepare formal requests for research or program grants and other extra budgetary projects; mobilize human, political and financial resources to strengthen the areas of work under responsibility;
p) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Center; ensure that the strategies and objectives are aligned with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results; ensure that results and products delivered are aligned with the Organizational Strategy and make significant contributions with the Expected Results (ER) and Strategic Objectives (SO);
q) Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff. Define the Center's personnel component including the organizational structure, competencies and terms of reference. Initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions for all Center's staff and assure guidance and monitoring of staff through setting of clear work objectives, use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts. Monitor the competencies of the staff to ensure optimal performance and staff development; monitor workloads to ensure equitable distribution of work and maintain job satisfaction, efficiency and output; and follow up on any deviation of work results from objectives;
r) Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance;
s) Direct and participate in the development of policies and their implementation and provide authoritative advice in relation to policy and procedures under the areas of responsibility;
t) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health, gyneco-obstetrics, and/or perinatology from a recognized university.
Desirable: A PhD in a health-related profession would be an asset.
Key Behavioral Competencies:
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through leadership and decisions, understanding of the political systems and underlying drivers. Plans and evaluates both unit and individual results to achieve the PAHO's mission. Requires that projects be grounded in scientific evidence and that they be consistent with PAHO's vision, mission and values, and appropriate for the setting in which they will be carried out. Demonstrates a full commitment to the mission and values of the Organization by aligning the area of work with the strategic direction of the Organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Leads one's area toward a culture of decision-making that is based upon objective analysis of situational evidence and application of previously acquired knowledge. Provides oversight in the verification process that targets how area of work takes action in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Presents solutions evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations for two years or more.
-- Performance Management: Evaluates the performance of subordinates in terms of the organizational strategy, provides feedback offering measurable suggestions and promotes their professional development. Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans--including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. In a systematic way develops people through demanding and challenging projects utilizing each employee's competencies. Effectively uses the Organization's official performance evaluation processes and systems. Uses a regular evaluation system. Provides constant and positive feedback to focus development efforts.
-- Leadership: Ensures that others buy into leader's mission, goals, agenda, climate, tone and policy. Sets a good example by modeling behaviors that align with the Organization's vision, mission and values. Ensures that their team tasks are completed. Is able to communicate easily within the unit and across the organization, is enthusiastic and committed to the team. Provides feedback and coaching.
-- External Action: Develops and maintains mutually beneficial productive working partnerships. In the area under one's charge, monitors all activities, using transparency in the execution of all processes. Verifies that the conditions and deadlines set for turning in the product are met, and can objectively report on the results. Leverages external actors to accomplish strategic goals.
-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Achieves measurable results in terms of organizational strategy, making optimal use of available resources. With actions grounded in ethical principles, transparently manages the financial and human resources of the area under one's charge.
-- Resource Mobilization: Establishment of an internal Culture that supports the Organization's strategic direction program of work and the organizational results to enable effective resource mobilization. Supports and makes all efforts to increase the level of resources that are considered necessary for operations. Is capable of negotiating with different types of organizations. Uses the financial and non-financial resources with objectivity. Is able to achieve the goals and results with the resources they have.

Technical Expertise:
-- Technical: Extensive expertise at a senior decision-making level in public health, perinatology, woman and reproductive health, and considerable familiarity with other fields relevant to the Center's responsibilities in particular in managing complex health programs/health systems at both national and international levels. Wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and health management processes, including monitoring and performance assessment in the health or social sector, and disciplines related to strategic planning.
-- Managerial: Extensive expertise in senior, progressively responsible positions in the management of a large public or private administration of administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation, and high level intervention. Demonstrated ability, to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work in health; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
-- Administrative: Skills or experience with creation and integration of administrative procedures for the delivery of the highest quality results. Courtesy, tact, sensitivity to manage confidential information, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background.

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.
Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international progressively responsive experience in one or more of the following fields: public health, international relations or the management of programs and projects within the public health sector. Experience should include managerial responsibilities involving the areas of mother and child health and reproductive health, planning, design, execution and evaluation of public health and training projects. Managerial experience on administration of public health institutions.
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$ 80,734.00 at single rate
US$ 86,904.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 51.7 % 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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