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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/TASR17
Title: Specialist, Neglected Infectious Diseases
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  Eight months
Date: 3 April 2014
Application Deadline: 17 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 and Health Analysis Department (CHA)
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, Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases (CHA/VT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical support for the implementation of the WHO Global Plan to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases 2008-2015, WHO Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and the PAHO framework for Control and Elimination of Five Neglected Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean (2010-2015);
b) Provide technical assistance to Member States principally on surveillance and control of human soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and human fascioliasis, as well as for other Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID);
c) Provide technical support to strengthen the capacity of Member States to implement the Organization's Directing Council Resolution CD49.R19, Elimination of Neglected Diseases and other Poverty Related Infections (2009), the World Health Assembly's comprehensive Resolution on NTDs (2013), and other NID resolutions promulgated by the PAHO's Directing Council and the World Health Assembly; promote the achievement of the public health goals set in this resolution;
d) Provide technical support for the planning and implementation of training workshops, seminars, and direct technical cooperation and follow-up with Member States to assist in the design and implementation of their integrated national action plans for the control or elimination of NID and other programs for NID control and elimination;
e) Collaborate to increase and strengthen coordination of activities among PAHO and stakeholders, partners and national or subnational health authorities in Latin American countries for the implementation of strategies, programs, plans and projects for control and elimination of NID - including work with WHO's Collaborating Centers and other partners and collaborators.
f) Promote inter-programmatic coordination of activities for control and elimination of NID with other disease control programs, such as, tuberculosis, malaria, ocular health, integrated vector management, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), immunizations, indigenous health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, environmental and occupational health, water sanitation and hygiene, and social determinants of health in order to enhance coverage and control of parasitic and neglected infectious diseases, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness;
g) Provide technical support for development and implementation of plans, guidelines, protocols and documents as tools for strengthening and building capacities at national and subnational levels towards NID goals in Latin American Countries;
h) Collaborate for planning, implementation and evaluation of regional forums (meetings) for NID, mainly for soil-transmitted helminths and fascioliasis with counterparts, partners and experts to generate knowledge and information (including recommendations) for decision-making, according to the regional epidemiological profile.
i) Provide technical support for the development and follow-up of projects for testing integrated, inter-sectorial, inter-programmatic and multi-disease approaches to neglected tropical diseases prevention and control, and their use as an entry point to strengthen and integrate health systems, combat poverty, promote sustainable development, and address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other international and regional mandates;
j) Collaborate in the preparation of progress reports, situation analyses of NID, and other documents with strategic information for dissemination at regional level, in order to document and systematize information in the framework of the PAHO's Resolutions and the progress of countries towards control and elimination goals;
k) Collaborate in the review and evaluation of grant proposals and public health protocols, including their submittal to bioethics committees and research proposals on NID control and elimination, as well as in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of grants and projects funded by donors and stakeholders as support for the implementation of activities for technical cooperation for NID in Latin American Countries;
l) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in a health-related science from a recognized university.

Desirable: A master's degree in communicable diseases, public health, epidemiology or related field, 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.
-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.
Analysis. Synthesis, and Forecasting - (L03): 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.
-Information Management: Takes initiative to improve systems for the presentation and dissemination of information. Supports, through competent use of the available systems and technologies, the development of data presentations.
-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: Process the results of the intervention evaluations turning them into systematized information that can support decisions on current and future interventions.
-Resource Mobilization: Is capable of ordering and presenting the information for resource mobilization appropriately. Is able to adapt information in an objective manner and can analyze data. Is able to interpret and cover all the main aspects of the data.

Technical Expertise
-Theoretical and practical knowledge of 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, and 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 will be an asset. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as SAS, SPSS, Epidat, Epinfo, Stata, or Tableau, will be an additional asset.
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 control of soil-transmitted helminths and/or other parasitic diseases, as well as health data analysis.
Desirable: Experience in NID prevention, control and elimination would be an asset.
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:
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
US$7,038.80 at single rate

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