UNIT CHIEF, HEALTH INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS (PAHO/14/FT110)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT110
 
Title: Unit Chief, Health Information and Analysis
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 4 March 2014
 
Application Deadline: 2 April 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 & Health Analysis (CHA)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department (CHA) 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 Assistant Director (AD), and the direct supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases & Health Analysis (CHA), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

a) Provide technical, policy and strategic advice and programmatic direction for the development of technical cooperation strategies for health analysis, health information systems and health and vital statistics in support of the work of the Organization;
b) Advise and lead the work of the Unit, and in collaboration with other Departments for planning, implementing, monitoring and resourcing work plans, consistent with country needs and the Organization's overall Strategic Plan; coordinate and integrate delivery of technical support to country offices;
c) Plan and guide the development, implementation and monitoring of the Organization's mandates in health information and analysis, in coordination with internal offices and other partners, including inter-programmatic strategies;
d) Coordinate the collection, analyses and dissemination of statistics, technical and scientific information related to Health Situation Analysis throughout the Organization, with special attention to meeting the needs of PAHO/WHO Representations, as well as national health information systems;
f) Advise, promote and contribute to the integral development of epidemiology and other fields related to Health Situation Analysis, as well as epidemiological methods in health services and health information systems (Health and Vital Statistics among other);
g) Lead the development of health situation analysis capability within the Secretariat, PAHO/WHO Representations, and within Member States;
h) Lead the Organization's efforts to establish a corporate platform to collect, store and analyze information data for decision-making and establishment of policies;
i) Coordinate efforts, initiatives and resources intra- and inter- Unit in order to ensure quality, timely and effective technical cooperation at the regional level to develop, strengthen and sustain public policies, strategies, interventions and programs that strengthen the development health information systems and tools;
j) Coordinate as Technical Secretariat of the official publication of Health in the Americas; collaborate with the analysis and report of the Millennium Development Goals, among others;
k) Coordinate the development of a new set of indicators for the Regional Initiative of Core Health Data and Country Profiles and the Regional Health Observatory;
l) Coordinate the preparation of project profiles and proposals to mobilize resources within the programmatic approach for the Unit, and stimulate the mobilization of national and international resources to support country efforts in these areas;
m) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate liaison across the Organization, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations or with other partners, in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness;
n) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Unit; ensure an Organization-wide approach and strategies and objectives that 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 the results are aligned with the Unit's biennial and multi-year plans, including monitoring of activities, adjustments to any deviations, such as redefined objectives or strategies;
o) Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Organization's mandates related to the work of the Unit; develop and establish guidelines, norms, practices and procedures to improve the Unit's effectiveness and efficiency; report to Governing Bodies, through executives presentations and reports, on the status or results of the Unit's activities;
p) Administer, allocate and monitor the Unit's financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the Unit's program and budget proposals; plan and organize the formulation, development, implementation and control of systems to monitor performance in accordance with the results based management approach;
q) Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff by setting clear work objectives, ensuring timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, engaging in regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment, to include staff development in the Organization's fundamentals, managerial competencies and technical expertise;
r) Provide authoritative technical, managerial and policy advice to staff assigned to the Unit, Sub-regional and Regional Advisors located in the countries; review reports submitted by staff and provide constructive feedback;
s) 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;
t) Collaborate in the Organization's response to emergency situations; provide technical expertise in order to facilitate timely response as required;
u) 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;
v) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health or social science, and a master's degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health, from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A doctoral degree in public health will be an asset.
Skills:
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.
Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization. Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal and external work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside and outside 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.
Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates the ideas for interventions in terms of their potential for change and transformation before deciding to execute them. Follows the Organization's strategy in executing technical cooperation interventions in order to generate expected results.
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.
Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extra-budgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
Information Management: Initiates, leads and participates in activities to improve systems for the presentation and dissemination of information. Verifies that information from the area of work is handled objectively and presented clearly and equitably. Develops new strategic forms to be more effective and concordant with the dissemination of the information.
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 progressive expertise at a senior level in evaluation of national vital statistics systems and the development and implementation of strategies to improve data quality and coverage, including managing complex health programs/health information systems that address health situation analysis. In-depth knowledge and use of International Classification Disease (ICD) standards; mortality data analysis, birth data analysis, analysis of the diseases. Ability to provide authoritative technical advice and contributions.
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 interventions. 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, sensitive issues, establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background.
Administrative: Skills in resource mobilization (including fundraising and partner collaboration) and financial management for the delivery of expected results.

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 statistical software programs (STATA or SPSS or SAS) and software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international experience in program management, planning and evaluation in areas related to health situation analysis, including experience in managing health, environmental health and/or health information systems (vital and health statistics among other). Experience should also include the identification, definition, and application of technical cooperation policies and strategies in epidemiology, disease surveillance, health analysis, health data analysis and health information systems.
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.

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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)
$ 80,887.00 at single rate
$ 87,069.00 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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