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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/TA22
Title: Specialist, A Promise Renewed for Reproductive, Maternal & Child Health
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One year assignment
Date: 11 March 2014
Application Deadline: 31 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL)
The Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL) department of the Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation at the regional, sub regional and country levels, emphasizing the central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right. FGL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and men's health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of aging populations; food and nutrition; comprehensive family immunization; and gender, equity and cultural diversity approaches.
Description of duties:
Under the general guidance of the Director, Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Life Course (FGL/HL), the incumbent is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

a) Provide technical support for the development and implementation of the Initiative for reducing inequities in Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health - A Promised Renewed for the Americas (APR); act as a facilitator for the ongoing development and management of the Initiative's platform, strategy and actions plans through its committees and networks;

b) Support effective development of the APRA platform's key committees: the Executive Management Committee (EMC), Communications and Advocacy Sub-Committee (CAS), Metrics and Monitoring Sub-Committee (MMS), Consultative Committee, and a broad consultative network;

c) Coordinate virtual and face-to-face meetings of these committees, including scheduling, facilitation, agenda preparation, note-taking and preparing reports, etc;

d) Provide technical support and assist the Committees with work-planning, communications, record-keeping, and outreach campaigns;

e) Provide technical support and input in the ECM discussion processes regarding strategy, methods, outreach, and resource requirements and mobilization;

f) Establish and maintain channels for working productively with constituent international agencies, governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, et al.;

g) Develop, manage and supervise knowledge sharing systems to enable efficient and effective innovative communication across all relevant stakeholders;

h) Monitor, assess, evaluate and report regularly to internal and external stakeholders on the activities to ensure fine tuning and compliance with PAHO/WHO program needs and guidelines for collaboration with external partners;

i) Work with the Sub-Committee for Communications and Advocacy to ensure optimum use of the APRA website; oversee the execution of original website design and content approved by the EMC, and regular updating of the site;

j) Responsible for the administrative operations and record-keeping actions of the APRA Secretariat;

k) Research and keep abreast of the global APR initiative and policies as established by the Headquarters Secretariat in New York;

l) Assist in identifying sources of technical assistance (South-South, virtual, etc.) for specific countries and other organizations working towards APRA goals and objectives;

m) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A bachelor's degree in a health science from a recognized university.
Desirable: A master's degree in public health with emphasis in maternal and child health would be an asset.

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 : Takes or organizes individual and collective action after analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge. Continuously analyzes the evolution of situations in an area of work and makes suggestions to adjust or confirm the decisions necessary to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation between six months to one year ahead.
-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.
-Accountability: Identifies, in conjunction with management, specific activities, processes jobs that require defined accountability, linking them to accountability strategies and objectives. Revises periodically progress made in the established work plan with his/her supervisor. Constantly reaches their objectives.
-Knowledge Management: Shares knowledge and information appropriately and participates in activities to facilitate sharing. Develops tools and protocols for creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge. Researches opportunities, methods and approaches for delivering value through improved knowledge.
-Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes priority ideas for executing interventions after anticipating their critical points, eventual risks and solutions. Evaluates proposals for interventions before making decisions to execute them. Lays the technical foundations for executing technical cooperation interventions following the Organization's strategy in order to generate the expected results.
-Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes criteria for evaluating interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to plans for evaluating technical cooperation, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
-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
-Practical knowledge of maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and concepts related to health inequities.
-Theoretical and practical knowledge of international technical cooperation, with emphasis in the negotiation and management of international cooperation programs and projects.
-Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical and conceptual skills; demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key technical issue.
-Ability to integrate managerial and technical inputs into recommendations for decision-making process; ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment.
-Excellent organizational and analytic skills combined with 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.
Seven years of combined national and international experience in the fields of maternal and child health, health planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, including experience in strategy formulation and strategic resource allocation.
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
US$7,038.80 at single rate

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