ADVISOR, INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PAHO/13/FT343)

28 September 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT343
 
Title: Advisor, Infection Prevention and Control
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 16 August 2013
 
Application Deadline: 13 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 / Epidemic Alert and Response and Water Borne Diseases (CHA/IR)
 
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 sociocultural 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:
Summary of Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, IHR, Epidemic Alert and Response and Water Borne Diseases (CHA/IR), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
a) Provide technical advice for the implementation of the program of work on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), specifically on surveillance of health-care associated infections; develop technical cooperation activities to strengthen national infection programs to facilitate implementation of the Organization's program of work;
b) Provide technical collaboration and advice to Member States on effective and feasible infection prevention and control interventions and strategies to detect and respond to nosocomial outbreaks;
c) Provide technical recommendations to establish and strengthen systems to facilitate implementation of administrative, environmental and individual-level infection control practices adapted to the current, local context, and aimed at effectiveness and sustainability of measures;
d) Provide technical support to reinforce surveillance systems in hospitals and health care facilities including laboratory strengthening to effect timely and accurate information reporting on severe acute respiratory diseases;
e) Advise and collaborate with the preparation and implementation of work plans on infection control interventions, as a core capacity for the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005);
f) Advise in the improvement of national and regional disease surveillance and response, specifically the detection and reporting of multidrug resistant pathogens at hospitals; and development of procedures and guidelines for implementation, operation and evaluation of the hospital infection prevention and control systems;
g) Liaise with WHO in the development and implementation of guidelines for IPC, specifically in the context of country capacity building;
h) Collaborate with other key internal and external stakeholders, such as occupational health, health services and systems, quality of care professionals for a comprehensive approach to the implementation of the IPC recommendations;
i) Collaborate in the implementation of voluntary funded projects aimed at decreasing nosocomial mortality by strengthening the implementation of evidence-based IPC measures at hospitals;
j) Participate in obtaining extra budgetary resources by advising national authorities in the preparation of project proposals for the appropriate national, bilateral and international financial agencies;
k) Participate in team-based project development and execution of the program of work and the preparation of the biennial work plan (BWP), related budgets and work plans, progress reports, periodic analytical reports to donors, and briefing books;
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 IPC;
m) 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;
n) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health or related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Specialization in infection prevention and control 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 knowledge and technical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to infection prevention and control in outbreak settings; strengths and limitations of infection prevention and control programs regarding associated infections to health care at the national and regional levels;
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program interventions and performance;
- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation program and activities, including budget programming and control;
- Ability to analyze current surveillance systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for improvement;
- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrate ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political, technical and administrative 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, Outlook and SharePoint. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in infection prevention and control programs. Experience should include providing guidance and training on infection prevention and control to health-care centers, clinicians and healthcare workers.
Desirable: Experience in surveillance of health-care associated infections and/or experience in infection prevention and control measures in neonatal units will be an asset.
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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