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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT201
Title: Advisor, Water and Sanitation
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period. POST OF LIMITED DURATION
Date: 22 April 2014
Application Deadline: 20 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative/Communicable Diseases & Health Analysis (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. 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 technical guidance of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health and other instances of the government to ensure access to safe water and sanitation facilities to the population; propose, monitor, and evaluate technologies and strategies for their effective implementation;
b) Advise and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to water supply and sanitation: master plans of water and sewage systems, risks assessments, contingency plans for droughts and flooding, prevention measures for neglected tropical diseases (malaria, LF, dengue);
c) Advise and coordinate the disaster preparedness and quick wash-related response to waterborne diseases outbreaks, natural disasters, in collaboration with health response to emergencies;
d) Promote health and hygiene promotion strategies, programs, plans and activities as an effective prevention measure for neglected tropical diseases;
e) Systematize, document and disseminate the successful experiences, preferentially those at the local level, implemented for the development and continuous improvement of the services of promotion and prevention of water borne diseases.
f) Promote knowledge management activities in the areas of responsibility, using all the available means for the dissemination of relevant evidence-based and scientific information.
g) Promote inter-programmatic and decentralized work at the different levels of the Organization in order to achieve the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness;
h) Provide advice, follow-up and support activities related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and water sanitation; facilitate implementation and monitoring of MDG strategies at national and sub-national levels;
i) Mobilize national and international resources to support the implementation of programs under areas of responsibility; represent the Organization in technical meetings, seminars, congresses and academic events in the area of sustainable development and environmental health.
j) Collaborate in the preparation of the Representationīs Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities.
k) When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities.
l) Perform other related duties as assigned.
A university degree in health, social or environmental science and a master's degree in public health or a related field from a recognized institution.
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
-- 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.
-- Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.
-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
-- Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Selects priority ideas for executing the interventions after anticipating their potential problems and solutions. Participates in the preparation of strategic plans, providing input about their impact, quality, critical points, and risks.
-- Leadership: Uses complex strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel, resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
-- Resource mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need. Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources are aligned with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired.

Technical Expertise:
- Excellent knowledge and skills in providing technical cooperation in projects especially those related to basic sanitation, and activities for sustainable development, management or evaluation of environmental health programs in developing countries.
- Technical cooperation expertise in local and social development programs including those involving more than one country.
- Managerial expertise in public health management institutions.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of the social and environmental aspects of the primary health care, health promotion and social participation.
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions.
- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control
- 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, and electronic sources in research activities. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Nine years of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation in institutions concerned with basic sanitation, public health management or evaluation of environmental health and sustainable development programs.
Very good knowledge of French or English with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of Spanish 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.


Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US $67,611 at single rate
US $72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 52.3 % 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.

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