SPECIALIST, VIRAL HEPATITIS (PAHO/14/FT157)

29 July 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT157
 
Title: Specialist, Viral Hepatitis
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration. One year, first year probationary period
 
Date: 28 March 2014
 
Application Deadline: 25 April 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
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 /HIV, 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 socio-cultural 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 the 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 assigned duties:

a) Provide technical support for the implementation of the WHO Strategic Framework with main emphasis on critical components such as: surveillance and information management of Viral Hepatitis (VH), through collection and collation of relevant strategic information to document VH situation in the Region, and programmatic response in countries; support PAHO Member States in implementing WHO norms and standards for integrated management of VH; develop, update and monitor National Plans for Prevention and Control VH;
b) Provide technical support for the establishment of a Regional Viral Hepatitis Strategic and Technical Advisory Group;
c) Support the articulation of activities in VH currently carried out by Immunization, Ante-Natal Care (ANC), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), health in the workplace and HIV programs towards Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of VH;
d) Assist the CHA/HT Unit in establishing partnerships, especially with Ministries of Health and Government Institutions, Civil Society, Professional Institutions, Scientific Societies, technical and development partners, and in mobilizing resources for Viral Hepatitis;
e) Assist CHA/HT to operationalize a network of PAHO focal points on VH throughout PWR Offices in the Region;
f) Collaborate in the dissemination of relevant up-to-date scientific information on prevention, control and treatment of VH, particularly of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV);
g) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related science from a recognized university.

Desirable: A master's degree in communicable diseases, public health, or related field, would be an asset.
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.
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.
Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration the multicultural differences within the organization.
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.
Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Identifies the risks and benefits of options for future health initiatives based on the analysis of institutional and political trends. Applies a broad approach to work in the health field.
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.
Information Management: Processes and analyzes the data objectively, presenting it clearly and equitably. Leads the effort to acquire relevant and selected information that facilitates the achievement of organizational results. Evaluates/leads the evaluation of information systems on the basis of its advantages/disadvantages for processing information relevant to the area of work
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
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of the infectious disease control methods, information systems, public health surveillance and epidemiology with emphasis on neglected infectious diseases.
- Strong managerial, project monitoring and execution skills, including operational aspects of prevention and control programs.
- Professional expertise in preventive public health, & epidemiological assessment of neglected infectious diseases.
- Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of funding proposals, 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, proficiency with software for mapping, GIS and/or statistical analysis software. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as SAS, SPSS, Epidat, Epinfo , Stata, Tableau, will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Seven years of combined national and international experience working in epidemiology and public health and in the implementation of health projects or health research, including practical experience in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and control of Viral Hepatitis.
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$ 56,198.00 at single rate
US 60,205.00 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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