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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT203
Title: Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 24 April 2014
Application Deadline: 21 May 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 supervision of the Assistant Director (AD), and the technical guidance of the Director, Family, Gender, and Life Course (FGL), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical, policy and strategic advice and programmatic direction for the development of technical cooperation strategies based on the healthy life approach as an operational and strategic framework to address the health needs of the population in the Region throughout the life course; lead the Organization's technical cooperation efforts aimed at achieving key maternal and child-health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
b) Advise and lead the design of effective and integrated approaches to health, such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) Strategy and the Adolescent and Youth Regional Strategy and Plan of Action;
c) Coordinate and lead the technical cooperation to Member States in the development and implementation of comprehensive technical and social policies for promoting integral family health programs; provide advise in the development of strategic actions to implement the technical areas of work under the responsibility of the FGL/HL Unit, ensuring equitable access to health care taking into consideration multi-ethnic, diversity and inequities issues in the Region, and using the Healthy Life approach as an operational and strategic framework;
d) Advise in the preparation and revision of national plans of actions; provide technical cooperation to promote integrated family health programs;
e) Provide technical advice to introduce and strengthen actions and activities for promotion, prevention and primary health care strategies to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other international commitments;
f) Collaborate in the interprogrammatic design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of integrated health care models based on Primary Health Care (PHC) strategies, evidence-based technical information, within the life course approach and continuing of care, especially related to child health, nutrition and development, including adolescent and young health and healthy aging;
g) Advise and support the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sexual and reproductive health for the relevant age groups, in coordination with the Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women and Reproductive Health (CLAP-WR),;
h) Coordinate efforts, initiatives and resources intra- and inter- Unit in order to ensure quality, timely and effective technical cooperation;
i) Provide technical advise and guide the development and dissemination of best practices on comprehensive child health and development; adolescent and youth health; healthy aging, within the Organization, including at the country level; support and guide the development of knowledge management and communication products;
j) Coordinate the preparation of project profiles and proposals to mobilize resources within the programmatic approach for the Unit, and stimulate the mobilization of national and international resources to support country efforts in these areas;
k) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate liaison across the Organization, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations or with other partners, in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness;
l) Provide authoritative technical, managerial and policy advice to staff assigned to the Unit, Sub-regional and Regional Advisors located in the countries; review reports submitted by staff and provide constructive feedback;
m) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Unit; ensure an Organization-wide approach and strategies and objectives that are aligned with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities, in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results. Ensure that the results are aligned with the Unit's biennial and multi-year plans, including monitoring of activities, adjustments to any deviations, such as redefined objectives or strategies;
n) Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Governing Bodies' mandates related to the work of the Unit; develop and establish guidelines, norms, practices and procedures to improve the Unit's effectiveness and efficiency; report to Governing Bodies, through executives presentations and reports, on the status or results of the Unit's activities;
o) Administer, allocate and monitor the Unit's financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the Unit's program and budget proposals; plan and organize the formulation, development, implementation and control of systems to monitor performance in accordance with the results based management approach;
p) Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff by setting clear work objectives, ensuring timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, engaging in regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment, to include staff development in the Organization's fundamentals, managerial competencies and technical expertise;
q) Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance;
r) Collaborate in the Organization's response to emergency situations; provide technical expertise in order to facilitate timely response as required;
s) Direct and participate in the development of policies and their implementation and provide authoritative advice in relation to policy and procedures under the areas of responsibility;
t) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in health-related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health, child, adolescent health, or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Key Behavioral Competencies
Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through leadership and decisions, understanding of the political systems and underlying drivers. Plans and evaluates both unit and individual results to achieve the PAHO's mission. Requires that projects be grounded in scientific evidence and that they be consistent with PAHO's vision, mission and values, and appropriate for the setting in which they will be carried out. Demonstrates a full commitment to the mission and values of the Organization by aligning the area of work with the strategic direction of the Organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
Analysis, Synthesis and Forecasting: Leads one's area toward a culture of decision-making that is based upon objective analysis of situational evidence and application of previously acquired knowledge. Provides oversight in the verification process that targets how area of work takes action in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Presents solutions evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation for two years or more.
Performance Management: Evaluates the performance of subordinates in terms of the organizational strategy, provides feedback offering measurable suggestions and promotes their professional development. Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans--including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. In a systematic way develops people through demanding and challenging projects utilizing each employee's competencies. Effectively uses the Organization's official performance evaluation processes and systems. Uses a regular evaluation system. Provides constant and positive feedback to focus development efforts.
Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization. Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal and external work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside and outside the Organization.
Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Achieves valuable results from the organizational strategies. Makes optimal use of the available resources. Advocates ethical behavior and follows organizational guidelines when managing resources, helping to prevent and eventually resolving conflicts of interest.
Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation intervention: Evaluates the ideas for interventions in terms of their potential for change and transformation before deciding to execute them. Follows the Organization's strategy in executing technical cooperation interventions in order to generate expected results.
Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Bases area, program, and organizational decisions on the results of the evaluations of current and future interventions.
Resource Mobilization: Establishment of an internal Culture that supports the Organization's strategic direction program of work and the organizational results to enable effective resource mobilization. Supports and makes all efforts to increase the level of resources that are considered necessary for operations. Is capable of negotiating with different types of organizations. Uses the financial and non-financial resources with objectivity. Is able to achieve the goals and results with the resources they have.

Technical Expertise
Technical: Extensive progressive expertise at a senior level in managing programs in the area of international public health, family health programs, and health systems and services with focus on primary health care, determinants of health, and life course approach. Ability to provide authoritative technical advice and leadership in areas of technical responsibility.
Managerial: Extensive expertise in senior, progressively responsible positions in the management of a large public or private administration of administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation and high level intervention and in organizational development. Demonstrated ability to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work in health; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations, sensitive issues, establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background.
Administrative: Skills in resource mobilization (including fundraising and partner collaboration) and financial management for the delivery of expected results.

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 Project, EPIINFO, SPSS would be an asset.
Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience managing health and/or inter-sectoral health projects and programs in the area of child health, adolescent health, or healthy aging, family and community and the promotion of human development following the life course approach and quality of health. Of these, at least five years should include development of policies, ability to negotiate and coordinate with all relevant sectors of government, the private sector, international agencies and organized community groups.
Desirable: Experience in the implementation of "Healthy Life Course Approach" programs within different cultural contexts, especially related with indigenous populations, would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of Portuguese and French 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$ 80,887.00 at single rate
US$ 87,069.00 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.

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