ADVISOR, HIV/STI/VH TREATMENT AND CARE (PAHO/14/FT88)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT88
 
Title: Advisor, HIV/STI/VH Treatment and Care
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year, first year probationary period. Post of limited duration.
 
Date: 20 February 2014
 
Application Deadline: 20 March 2014 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 / Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (CHA/HT)
 
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:
Under general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (CHA/HT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

a) Advise and collaborate in the implementation and monitoring of the work plan for development and implementation of HIV treatment and care, including all elements of the continuum of care;
b) Provide technical support for the implementation of the Treatment 2.0 Initiative for expansion and sustainability of HIV treatment in synergy with Treatment 2015 towards the achievement of Universal Access targets and commitments of Member States;
c) Provide technical advice to Ministries of Health in the implementation and monitoring of the 2013 WHO Consolidated Guidelines for use of Antiretroviral (ARV) for HIV prevention and Treatment, and subsequent updates;
d) Advise and provide technical guidance on matters related to HIV Drug Resistance; support the implementation of the WHO strategy for HIV Drug Resistance prevention, monitoring and surveillance, with emphasis on programmatic components, and through the strengthening of a Latin American Network for HIV Drug Resistance;
e) Provide advice and address the health problems related to HIV co-infection with Tuberculosis and Viral Hepatitis (VH), especially on aspects related to diagnosis, treatment and management of cases, and in pursue of collaborative activities and synergies across programs;
f) Promote access to HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and prospectively Viral Hepatitis (VH) related medicines through PAHO's Strategic Fund in collaboration and strategic liaison with Medicines and Technology (MT);
g) Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of all elements included in the cascade of HIV care and treatment, through the PAHO Regional Monitoring Framework and its consensus-based indicators, and measure progress towards regional goals and targets;
h) Manage the resources assigned for the effective implementation of the regional plan, including the development, day-to-day operation, monitoring and evaluation of specific workplans in close collaboration with all Units involved at regional, sub-regional and country level;
i) Support and expand partnerships with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other US Agencies, United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The Horizontal Technical Cooperation Group of Latin America and the Caribbean on HIV/AIDS and STD (GCTH), foundations, civil society and NGOs, bilateral governments with specific interests on HIV Care and Treatment;
j) Provide technical oversight and strategic guidance to short term consultants and other staff assigned to specific technical areas for effective implementation of PAHO's technical cooperation to expand and sustain care and treatment for HIV/STI, including HIV Drug Resistance, and health systems strengthening;
k) 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 and work plans, and progress reports, periodic analytical reports to donors, and briefing books;
l) Contribute to the design, development, and publication of reports, country specific, regional, and or global;
m) 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;
n) 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;
o) Perform any other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health or a related field from a recognized institution.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
Intra-institutional 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- In-depth knowledge of the determinants of the HIV/AIDS/STI epidemic; health service development and delivery; HIV/AIDS and other STIs and their effects on individuals and societies.
- In-depth knowledge of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination and how this impacts access to health services; including stakeholders in the health sector environment.
- Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
- 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.
- Expertise in care and treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS and organization of health systems and services.
- 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. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience in policy formulation, organization of service delivery systems for HIV/STI, application of public health principles and the health promotion approach and resource mobilization. Of these, at least five years of experience in direct care and treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS and STI, incorporating gender and human rights approaches to health care delivery for HIV.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish 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.

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: 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.

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

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