ADVISOR, ZOONOTIC DISEASES (PAHO/14/FT220)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT220
 
Title: Advisor, Zoonotic Diseases
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 2 May 2014
 
Application Deadline: 30 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department (CHA) 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 general supervision of the Director, Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the Center Director, Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

a) Develop and implement novel approaches and procedures (e.g. sustainable technical and scientific regional networks) for the delivery of the technical cooperation on zoonotic diseases, within the framework of the policies and strategies of the Organization, including rabies elimination;
b) Act as the Advisor of the Organization on zoonotic diseases and provide technical advice to Member States on development and implementation of regional strategies in accordance with Regional and Global policies and strategies and by interpreting and adapting the existing broadly stated guidelines or, when necessary, developing new guidelines and procedures;
c) Support the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) action plans with respect to zoonotic diseases surveillance and response capacities;
d) Promote inter-programmatic coordination with other technical entities particularly neglected tropical diseases (CHA/CD) and epidemic diseases (CHA/IR); participate in zoonotic diseases risk assessment, alert and response under (IHR);
e) Coordinate the process of developing and implementing a regional strategic plan for zoonotic diseases with the Organization's Country Offices and national staff counterparts; optimize alignment with both the regional and global mandates and strategies and specificities of countries in the region;
f) Analyze the impact of the Organization's technical cooperation on zoonotic diseases on public health in the countries;
g) Promote research activities and capacity building in the areas of zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health;
h) Promote the mobilization of national and international resources in support of training, technical assistance and research activities which result in zoonotic diseases programs better structured;
i) Serve as liaison, at both national and international levels, with governmental and non governmental organizations, dealing with issues related to zoonotic diseases;
j) Coordinate the consolidation and preparation of reports on of zoonotic diseases (e.g. annual status reports) and programmatic indicators with other communicable and non-communicable diseases professionals;
k) Collaborate in the development and implementation of integrated zoonotic diseases surveillance and control systems with both neglected tropical diseases systems and epidemic diseases alert and response systems to support strategic and operational decision making related to the control of these diseases at international, national and local levels;
l) Prepare and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical reports, policy documents and position papers based on the results of epidemiological and socioeconomic studies;
m) Promote and collaborate in mobilizing national and international resources to facilitate the implementation of the regional mandates and plan at the national, sub-regional and local level;
n) Establish and maintain collaborative networks involving national and international organizations, governmental and non-governmental institutions, professional and scientific societies engaged in of zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health.
o) Collaborate in the development and strengthening of human resources for adequate planning, organizing and operating of programs specifically targeted at of zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health programs at the national, sub-national and local levels;
p) Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation projects, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic issues and performance assessment;
q) 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;
r) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, veterinary public health or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Specialization in veterinary epidemiology, risk analysis, management of animal or public health programs would be an asset.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
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.
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.
Performance Management: Plans and takes concrete steps on one's own initiative to improve job performance and required competencies. Learns from one's mistakes, adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. Conducts evaluation meetings with subordinates at the times stipulated, using the Organization's instruments and others specific to the area. Consistently motivates the staff members to improve their abilities, gives them tasks and activities that represent a challenge to them.
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.
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.
Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates criteria for the interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to technical cooperation evaluation plans, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
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
- Theoretical and practical expertise in all aspects related to principles and recent development in all aspects of zoonotic diseases, including research and training.
- Expertise and specialization in zoonotic diseases control projects, epidemiology and planning in veterinary public health, statistical methods, preventive medicine and disease control methods.
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions veterinary public health.
- Ability to analyze surveillance systems and capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for improvement.
- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political, technical and administrative issues.
- 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 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 will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in leading and managing public health, animal health or zoonoses control programs, including experience leading and managing technical cooperation programs and activities in veterinary public health.
Desirable: Experience working with international organizations and programs and/or Inter-American Systems would be an asset.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese or English, with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of 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.

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$ 67,611.00 at single rate
US$ 72,605.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 75.6 % 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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