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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT485
Title: Advisor, Health-related Legislation
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 7 November 2013
Application Deadline: 12 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Legal Counsel, Office of the Legal Counsel (LEG)
Provides advice and legal counsel to PAHO/WHO's Governing Bodies, Executive Management, PAHO/WHO Representations (PWRs), Centers, and Country Offices in all legal matters, including the application of national and international law to the Organization's programs and activities as well as constitutional, administrative, and procedural matters. Drafts, reviews, and/or negotiates contracts, treaties, agreements, resolutions, and any other type of instrument which has legal implications for the Organization. Represents and defends the Organization before the internal appeals process as well as the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labor Organization and other national or international judicial and quasi-judicial fora, as appropriate.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel (LEG), the incumbent is responsible, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:

a) Lead PAHO's technical cooperation efforts in the field of legislation, at the national and regional levels, in all areas that impact health, including trade, intellectual property, investment, and the environment. Design, develop and execute innovative national/regional strategies to enhance PAHO's influence, image and standing as a leader on health and safety legislative issues in the Americas;
b) Coordinate PAHO's advocacy and outreach efforts on legislation, exploiting political/legislative/regulatory opportunities, and leveraging PAHO/WHO's resources to advance the health priorities established by PAHO's Governing Bodies;
c) Plan, implement and monitor PAHO's legislative strategy, following legislative priorities established by Member States, formulating and recommending legislation and co-sponsorships, and soliciting and considering input from relevant Departments and Offices within the Organization on the impact of proposed legislation;
d) Design, adapt and promote the application of theoretical and conceptual plans, policies and methodologies to guide Member States in the adoption of health-related legislation, identifying the appropriate legal instrument by which this can be most effectively be accomplished by each Member State.
e) Provide technical cooperation for the development of legislative frameworks that facilitate the development and implementation of legislation at national, supra-national and local levels and corresponding legal instruments by which this can most effectively be accomplished by each Member State.
f) Provide technical cooperation on legislation as it relates to health. Promote, implement and support the analysis and formulation of legislation alternatives for the health sector. Cooperate with other staff in the formulation and implementation of comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to health policy analysis and development by providing advice and recommendations from the legal and juridical sciences perspective. Analyze the relationship between current/proposed legislation and the situation/context of the country(ies) of the Region in which it applies. Prepare written summaries of legislation and provide interpretation of legal instruments, such as constitutions, statutes, treaties, agreements, resolutions, regulations or other legal materials relevant to the development of legislation of Member States.
g) Create legislative plans and initiatives, draft proposals, and laws. Develop legislation recommendations through research, evaluation, comparative analysis, and stakeholder forums. Plan, organize, manage and direct PAHO sponsored legislation through the respective legislative process. Ensure full implementation at the national or regional levels of WHO and regional treaties such as the FCTC and IHR. Collaborate with WHO Headquarters and other Regional Offices in matters related to legislation.
h) Develop needs assessments. Identify gaps with regard to best practices and prioritize legislation advice areas. Initiate, formulate, plan, organize, execute and coordinate research and analysis on legislation issues. Present and defend research, analytical results and legislation options. Provides in-depth analyses of specific issues which affect legislation passing/adoption. Assess how proposed changes would impact on other related legislations/policies. Compile information about the impact of legislation through research and discussion with stake holders and other groups. May conduct original research on high visibility and potentially controversial legislation issues.
i) Stay abreast of developments and issues relating to legislation in Member Countries. Research and analyze local legislation and monitor new legislative proposals and regional trends, keeping PAHO leadership updated. Report on significant legislative policy developments of interest to PAHO. Identify global legislation and models for application in Member States. Prepare, recommend and communicate PAHO's position on different legislative matters. Coordinate a communications strategy, including the drafting of talking points, press releases, speeches, briefs, reports, fact sheets and any other necessary materials for a wide-range of audiences.
j) Formulate and draft comprehensive analytical reports, papers, research documents, and other written material for internal use or publication. Develop and maintain organizational spreadsheets and databases on legislation to monitor progress, track growth and capacity needs.
k) Organize, conduct and/or participate in workshops, education sessions and conferences. Represent the Organization at meetings and participate as technical expert on legislation in public forums. Provides expert reviews to staff in the production of educational information and advocacy materials representing PAHO's policy positions. Provide technical assistance and tools (such as guidelines and model laws) to aid Member States in national health reform, along with creating or enhancing legal capacities.
l) Identify, engage, cultivate and manage strategic relationships and partnerships with intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, trade associations, advocacy groups, government officials, and other influential players. Promote and develop collaborative activities with academic institutions aimed at disseminating and advancing the development of comprehensive and integrated legislations.
m) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in Law from a recognized university and license to practice law in a PAHO Member State.
Desirable: Master's degree in public health or in a relevant specialized area of the law, such as international law.
Key Behavioral Competencies
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Operates in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Ensures that the mission and the values of the Organization as well as the setting in which projects will be carried out are the drivers in one's technical work. Understands the results required and performs to that standard. 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.
-- Communication: Leads the development of an environment that actively establishes and proactively engages in productive dialogues that involve multicultural environments. Encourages the skills and behaviors that facilitate productive dialogues. Expresses points of view effectively.
-- Teamwork: Promotes team work and leads one's area to finish tasks and accept responsibility. Creates a positive environment within the area of work. Makes everyone feel like they are part of the team as well as welcomes and appreciates everyone's ideas and suggestions. Able to see the positive aspects of working as a team, shares the team's enthusiasm for achieving mutual goals.
-- External Action: Promotes the values of the Organization through mutually beneficial relationships with external institutions. Monitors one's work using transparency in the execution of all tasks.
-- Interinstitutional and Intersectoral Action: Persuades others, fostering consensus inside and outside the Organization, targeting the establishment of identifiable priorities so as to create policies consistent with the Organization's mission. Generates intervention proposals focused on the needs of users and interinstitutional and intersectoral partners.
-- Service Orientation: Makes concrete attempts to add value to the client, to make things better for the client in some way. Is always aware of the client's need (internal and/or external clients).
-- Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.

Technical Expertise:
-- Expert knowledge of the basic principles of constitutional law and regulations concerning public and individual health.
-- Sound knowledge of health law and public health law, at the national and international levels.
-- Sound knowledge of public international law.
-- Sound knowledge of human rights and social/economic determinants of health.
-- Demonstrated competence in policy and legislative analysis.
-- Sound knowledge of most relevant aspects of current issues in health and safety which could form the basis for policy making and legislation.
-- Strong research skills. Knowledge of data collection and analysis methods. Familiarity with databases related to legislation. Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative participatory evaluations.
-- Sound knowledge and understanding of global/international health policy, organizations and actors and technical and financial cooperation in health as applied to health legislation processes.
-- Experience analyzing and addressing policy issues. Skills in overseeing and implementing policy and advocacy work.
-- Demonstrated ability to consult, build relationships/partnerships and work with stakeholder groups.
-- Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to function in complex, changing environments, and to work with diverse groups as well as independently.
-- Ability to write, analyze and discuss the potential impact of health-related legislation and its surrounding environment.
-- Ability to develop model legislation alternatives in support of or as part of policies dealing with specific health problems. Ability to adapt health legislation approaches/models to the specific national context and analyses and proposes measures to strengthen the legislative process related to health issues and policies.
-- Knowledge and skills to assess the effectiveness of the enforcement of specific legislation and able to negotiate with high-ranking political and civil authorities to harmonize national legislation within the context of globalization and regional integration.
-- Strong written and communication skills. Expertise in synthesizing complex issues and presenting and writing of policymakers, academics and other audiences.

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.
Nine years of combined national and international experience in conducting research, teaching and/or advisory work in the area of legislation analysis and development. Proven track record of driving successful change in the legislative arena. Demonstrated experience and familiarity with international legislation as it relates to health. Experience in advising the executive or legislative branches of government on the development of legislation applied to health issues.
Very good knowledge of Spanish and English. 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$ 67,611.00 at single rate
US$ 72,605.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 50.3 % 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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