ADVISOR, HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH (PAHO/14/FT54)

30 August 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT54
 
Title: Advisor, Human Resources for Health
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
 
Date: 10 February 2014
 
Application Deadline: 10 March 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  Panama City, Panama
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative Office in Panama (PWR-PAN)/ Health Systems and Services Department (HSS/HR)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The primary objective of the Department of Health Systems and Services is to strengthen health systems based on Primary Health Care, supporting universal health coverage. Its work encompasses the following areas: strengthening of health systems governance for social protection in health; strengthening of regulatory frameworks and financial protection for progressive realization of the right to health; organizing people-centered, integrated health service delivery; promoting access to and rational use of quality, safe, and effective health technologies; strengthening national health research systems, and promoting the integration of scientific knowledge into health care, health policies, and technical cooperation; and developing human resources for health.
Description of duties:
Under the general and technical supervision of the Unit Chief, Human Resources for Health, Bioethics and Research (HSS/HR) and direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical advice and coordinate the implementation of the Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH), including the technological development, day-to-day operation, monitoring and evaluation;
b) Provide technical cooperation at the regional level to develop innovative educational programs and strategies related to in-service and e-learning processes in public health;
c) Promote and coordinate technical cooperation to Member States in the development of effective continuous learning policies, plans and interventions to achieve national health objectives, strengthen health systems based on Primary Health Care, expand coverage and contribute to the integration of health services;
d) Advise on the development of open educational materials, learning networks and competency-delivery systems that promote and facilitate the sharing of learning resources, the coordination of national health authorities, health services and education institutions and the scaling-up of learning interventions through the use of the new Information and Communication Technologies;
e) Contribute to improving the capacity of education institutions in health to generate, offer and evaluate high quality, dynamic and accessible learning programs aimed at the public health workforce and designed to change existing practices in-accordance with health system policies;
f) Coordinate the development of regional policies, guidelines and strategies for in-service training and distance education in conjunction with sub regional advisers and country personnel;
g) Coordinate the technical working group of the Virtual Campus of Public Health and supervise the educational programs and proposals submitted to the Campus by the educational institutions of the Region and the Organization;
h) Provide technical orientation for educational projects and strategies identified and prioritized by other Organization's Departments and Country Offices; evaluate progress, make recommendations and assist with useful and strategic information and expertise;
i) Promote and support research capacity in the fields of in-service training and distance learning with emphasis in evaluation of training, competency based programs and distance education programs based on the information and communication technologies available;
j) Assist in promoting the mobilization of national resources and international support for distance education programs and for the Virtual Campus of Public Health through the identification of international and sub regional agencies, professional organizations and institutions interested in promoting health educational programs and training through the use of information and communication technologies;
k) Facilitate, through the promotion and preparation of collaborative projects, the capacity building for the implementation of distance education processes in the education and health ministries, related agencies and institutions; provide technical support and advice in the establishment of parameters for the accreditation of distance education programs;
l) Provide technical support and orientation in the implementation of educational activities included in the strategies and actions of the Program such as planning, regulation and management of human resources, international health, research and professional and technical education;
m) Provide advice and technical orientation of personnel in country based on educational projects and within the human resources team, in particular the development of CVSP Portal and WEB 2.0 tools; lead the development and renewal of the web page of the Virtual Campus of Public Health and its regional architecture and inter-operability at the sub-regional, national and institutional levels;
n) Contribute to strengthen the application of sounded educational theories, strategies and methods at public health schools and other health disciplines in the Region to improve the e-learning processes and practices;
o) Systematize and manage knowledge and information on health education through information dissemination systems, the support and supervision of learning tools in Virtual Campus and other means of electronic networking;
p) Participate in program management activities through programming of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and annual work plans, including the analysis and evaluation of the technical cooperation;
q) 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;
r) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in one of the health, social, or management sciences and a master's degree in public health, health systems/services administration or education sciences from a recognized university.
Skills:
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.
--Continuous Learning: Leads others, through both management oversight and one's own behavior, to take advantage of all opportunities to share knowledge and sources of learning with subordinates, colleagues, and staff across the Organization. Likes to be up to date with the best practices in the field. Is able to contribute to internal initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the Organization.
--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.
--Knowledge Management: Supports and develops networked and community working. Identifies, develops and nurtures networks and communities. Identifies and builds on working networks that enable knowledge and information flow. Designs and implements knowledge and information services. Enables utilization of knowledge and information sources. Delivers relevant knowledge and information in most appropriate form. Participates in and learns from networked and community approaches.
--Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and other managerial capabilities in support of the Organization's efforts to identify alternative sources of financing, and to mobilize extrabudgetary resources. Achieves measurable results in one's work, making optimal use of available resources.
--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:
--Expert knowledge in public health, human resources for health development, learning networks, e-learning processes and the design of learning plans and policies.
--Sound knowledge of the technical, political and administrative aspects of health system and primary health care.
--Excellent knowledge of social communication techniques and informatics (Information Technology).
-- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the relationships between e-learning, health, mass media, societal and individual behaviors, as well as the relationships between health systems, mass media organizations, and human resources training institutions at the regional and national area levels.
--In-depth knowledge and understanding of the process for the development of e-learning programs and materials design for virtual learning environment.
--Theoretical and practical familiarity of concepts and methods applicable to development and management of human resources in health.
--Expertise in strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, health system performance.
--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, SharePoint and Outlook. Demonstrated advanced ability in the use and development of e-learning platforms in the field of education in health sciences. Familiarity with content management systems and other Web 2.0 programs for the development of learning networks.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience in areas related to health system development, human resources, planning and policies; development of systems and strategies to improve the competencies of health personnel and the strengthening of related institutional capacities, including intersectorial approaches and the operation of learning networks with virtual technologies.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English 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$ 67,611.00 at single rate
US$ 72,605.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.7 % 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.

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

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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