ADVISOR, VETERINARY EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (PAHO/14/FT229)

29 August 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT229
 
Title: Advisor, Veterinary Epidemiology and Information System
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 7 May 2014
 
Application Deadline: 5 June 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) Provide technical cooperation to member countries in the development and implementation of epidemiological approaches for prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases with high-consequences on food security and nutrition (e.g. Foot-and-Mouth Disease) and health security (e.g. animal influenza transmitted to humans and other emerging zoonoses);
b) Provide direct technical assistance in the planning, organization, execution and evaluation of national and regional programs for the prevention, control and eradication of diseases;
c) Provide technical cooperation to member countries to strengthen health surveillance and information systems, geographical information systems (GIS), risk analysis, applied statistics and related computational tools;
d) Provide technical cooperation to member countries for the planning, implementation and evaluation of emergency alert and response programs for diseases, including emergency management training and simulation exercises.
e) Provide scientific advice to and/or collaborate with national and international organizations in the development and implementation of norms and standards, and applied research projects addressing field problems;
f) Develop and conduct training programs for capacity building of human resources in the area of epidemiology, design and analysis of epidemiological/statistical studies and information surveillance systems;
g) Develop new methods and provide advice for planning, implementing and evaluating surveillance system, collaborating with the databank analysts and programmers for the development of software for information and surveillance systems;
h) Develop new or improve statistical methods, including models for risk analysis, biological assay and epidemiological analysis;
i) Develop and implement quality control and data management procedures;
j) Participate in professional team projects and collaborate with researcher and epidemiologists on the development and implementation of information project for data analysis;
k) Design and review research protocols with particular emphasis on statistical design, sample size calculations and power assessments;
l) Support the development of data collection tools, database and operating procedural manuals; participate in the development of case record forms and epidemiological database design, ensuring that the data meets the requirements for analysis and reporting;
m) Provide editorial support in the technical area of specialty for the publications of the Center;
n) Identify and mobilize human, information and financial resources for the implementation of areas of work under responsibility;
o) 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;
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 science and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health, veterinary preventive medicine, microbiology, veterinary public health or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Specialization in veterinary epidemiology, risk analysis or public health 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.
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.
Knowledge Management: Supports and develops networked and community working. Identifies, develops and nurtures networks and communities. Identifies and builds on working networks that enable knowledge and information flow. Designs and implements knowledge and information services. Enables utilization of knowledge and information sources. Delivers relevant knowledge and information in most appropriate form. Participates in and learns from networked and community approaches.
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
- Extensive technical expertise in the epidemiology of animal diseases with high-consequences on food security and nutrition (e.g. Foot-and-mouth Disease) and health security (e.g. animal influenza transmitted to humans and other emerging zoonoses).
- Extensive and up-to-date knowledge in the application of advanced epidemiological techniques to support risk analysis, modeling and management of animal health and zoonoses programs.
- Extensive expertise and in-depth knowledge on the development, implementation and evaluation of diseases prevention, surveillance, control and elimination programs.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate information and surveillance systems and capability to develop and plan innovative solutions for improvement.
- Managerial skills for the formulation, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs, including budget programming and development of criteria for evaluating interventions.
- 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 in the use of computer programs for the applications of statistical methods applied to epidemiology and biological assays, as well as information systems. Ability to effectively use and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Other IT skill and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international working experience on surveillance, epidemiology and risk analysis of animal diseases with high-consequences on food security and nutrition (e.g. Foot-and-mouth Disease) and health security (e.g. animal influenza transmitted to humans and other emerging zoonoses) applied to the management of disease programs and animal health services. Experience must also include the use of information system and computational tools for epidemiological research, including GIS.
Desirable: Working experience on surveillance, epidemiology and risk analysis of high-consequences animal or zoonotic diseases with within international organizations 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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