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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT233
Title: Advisor, Adolescent Health
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 9 May 2014
Application Deadline: 7 June 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
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 / Healthy Life Course (FGL/HL)
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, enabling countries to pursue evidence-based strategies to reduce health risks, morbidity and mortality along the life course and promotes health and development creating the mechanisms to measure the impact of the strategies. Emphasizes 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 Director, Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL), in coordination with FGL Units Gender and Ethnicity, Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical advise and cooperation to Member Governments in the development of national health policies, plans, programs and services in the area of adolescent health, using the healthy life approach as an operational and strategic framework to address the health needs of the population;
b) Advise and support Member States to develop, revise, adapt and evaluate public national policies and legislation to enhance adolescent health and development using an intersectorial approach;
c) Develop policy and program guidance and tools to build capacity of health-service providers in meeting the special needs of adolescents;
d) Lead FGL/HL work to tailor health-service practices to meet the special needs of adolescents, with emphasis in an integrated approach, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and in primary health care settings;
e) Develop evidenced-based norms, standards, methods and tools to tailor health-service provider practices to meet the special needs of adolescents, their families and communities;
f) Advise and participate in the identification of human resources for health needs, promoting training, and developing national institutions, using innovative approaches and new technologies for this purpose in the area of adolescent health;
g) Advise and support Member States in the use of social media y the new technologies of information and communication and other innovative approach to reach adolescents, their families and communities;
h) Develop proposals to obtain financial resources towards accelerating action plans in the Region and in countries on adolescent health and their main interrelated behaviors and problems, prioritizing sexual and reproductive health;
i) Support strategic alliances and networks maintaining an up-to-date inventory and functional networks of international resources that can be made available to the Organization and its Member Governments for the promotion and support of research, training, and service activities in the field of adolescent health; collaborate closely with key partners and other international organizations (especially UNFPA, UNICEF) with a view to strengthening coordination of joint activities and building consensus and strategic partnerships with selected organizations;
j) Identify research needs, stimulate and develop research capacity and activities related to adolescent health, prioritizing sexual and reproductive health;
k) Collaborate with experts within the Department as well as with other relevant departments and units to ensure that issues related to improving adolescent health and health-service provider practices are addressed in key areas to achieve effective coordination of program activities and appropriate utilization of resources;
l) Prepare in cooperation with other technical units, the annual program of work, budget, and respective reports and evaluations of the FGL/HL, and in particular of Adolescent Health;
m) Serve as a focal point for the following adolescent health activities:
i. Provide support and participating in the process of planning and monitoring Unit and Department publications;
ii. Provide support and participate in monitoring all FGL/HL activities;
iii. Promote joint research activities with all the units in the Department;
iv. Provide technical and managerial support to regional and country projects;
v. Provide support in database information activities within FGL and other units for monitoring and evaluating adolescent health situation and trends.
n) Represent the Organization at technical meetings in the field of adolescent health and related fields, as required;
o) Provide technical orientation to personnel in country based projects and within the adolescent health group;
p) Publish papers and technical documents in peer reviewed journals
q) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession with specialization in pediatrics, obstetric and gynecology, family medicine or internal medicine and a master's degree in public health from a recognized institution
Desirable: A diploma in adolescent health and development or a Ph.D. degree in discipline related to adolescent health would be an asset.
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
- Expert knowledge in public health, adolescent and family health and health services organization, with focus on sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender, diversity, ethnicity, and a life course approach.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the health and development of adolescents, within a life course approach, as well as basic knowledge of health settings and strategies conducive to improvement of social determinants of health.
- Extensive knowledge of growth and development of young people, human sexuality and reproduction processes and in the main problems of this age group, with expertise in planning, administration and evaluation of adolescent public health programs.
- Ability to identify and provide expertise on issues related to improving health-service provider practices.
- Expert level of knowledge of clinical aspects of adolescent health using a bio-psychosocial framework and to provide expert advice on public health responses to adolescent health, prioritizing sexual and reproductive health and mental health.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of concepts and methods applicable to development and management of the intercultural aspects of adolescent health; epidemiology management, clinical, research and teaching skills; policy and legislation development; advocacy and policy evaluation.
- Extensive knowledge of family, schools and community evidenced-based interventions and social media and its implementation at the country level.
- Expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating adolescent, health strategies and interventions.
- Expertise in strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, and health system performance.
- 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, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Project management would be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in applying knowledge at the national, municipal or local level in formulating, conducting, implementing, and researching adolescent health programs. Of these, five years of experience participating in technical cooperation projects and activities concerning adolescent health, including obtaining and managing externally funded projects.
Desirable: Experience in human resources training and working experiences with multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial approach in adolescent health and/or experience working in different cultural contexts, particularly related with indigenous, social determinants and mainstreaming for health settings health would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Working knowledge of French 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$ 67,611.00 at single rate
US$ 72,605.00 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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