SPECIALIST, MALARIA PREVENTION & CONTROL (PAHO/14/FT158)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT158
 
Title: Specialist, Malaria Prevention & Control
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period. POST OF LIMITED DURATION.
 
Date: 28 March 2014
 
Application Deadline: 25 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Georgetown, Guyana
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR/GUY)/Neglected , Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases (CHA/VT)
 
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 zoonoses 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 the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, and the general supervision of the Unit Chief, Neglected, Tropical, and Vector Borne Diseases, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA/VT), and technical guidance of the Senior Advisor, Malaria and other Communicable Diseases, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Coordinate the Amazon Malaria Initiative/Amazon Network for the Surveillance of Antimalarial Drug Resistance (AMI/RAVREDA) activities in Guyana;
b) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health and other institutions of the national health system on treatment schemes, diagnosis, patient management, identification of risk factors, methods and technologies of control of communicable diseases, technical cooperation activities related particularly to malaria but additionally collaborate in other communicable diseases such as dengue, diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory diseases, immune-preventable diseases, tuberculosis, chagas disease; rabies and leprosy;
c) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the activities of alert and response to epidemics, development of core capacities in the points of entry and the implementation of pandemic influenza preparedness and containment plan
d) Provide technical support to strengthen capacity building;
e) Support the development of work plans for malaria prevention and control and consolidate them into a sub-regional plan;
f) Promote and provide technical cooperation in planning and implementation of operational research in malaria control;
g) Promote activities to sensitize and mobilize political support for the Global Malaria Program and foster commitment of key actors; develop joint activities in areas of common epidemiological interest;
h) Promote alliances and operational associations among institutions from different sectors of the society, at different government levels (national, regional and local);
i) Support the preparation of proposals for submission to the Global Fund and other financial institutions, as well as the implementation of work plans for approved proposals;
j) Perform other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession from a recognized institution.

Desirable: A master's degree in epidemiology or public health would be an asset.
Skills:
-- 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

- Knowledge of program management, including planning and monitoring activities of the malaria program, with special focus on budgeting and financing aspects; initiatives and adaptability to work with various partners, including donors and country stakeholders.
- Knowledge and skills in providing technical support for the development of programs, plans and projects.
- Organizational and analytical skills to effectively facilitate bridging of technical and programmatic gaps.
- Ability to train public health professionals on the principles and practice of malaria prevention and control.
- Capacity to prepare evidence-based reports and documents to be used by key decision makers.
- 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 and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint, and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Seven years of combined national and international experience working in health policy, epidemiology and disease prevention and control programs and/or the administration of health services related to communicable diseases.

Desirable: Practical and managerial experience in the operational aspects of prevention and control of communicable diseases programs would be an asset.
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.

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: 40.1 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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.

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