ADVISOR, FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE (PAHO/14/FT292)

1 October 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT292
 
Title: Advisor, Foot-and-Mouth Disease
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
 
Date: 12 June 2014
 
Application Deadline: 10 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA) / 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) Advise, coordinate and execute the Center's work plan for Foot‐and‐Mouth Disease (FMD) in support and in accordance with the Hemispheric Program for the Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (PHEFA), including sub-regional, national plans and projects for the surveillance, prevention and eradication of FMD;
b) Provide technical cooperation to support countries' FMD prevention and eradication programs and veterinary public health activities, including planning, organizing, staffing, managing and making effective use of resources;
c) Provide technical cooperation to support countries' activities for FMD prevention and eradication, including the development, implementation and coordination of field studies, and drafting of reports for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) official recognition of disease status;
d) Coordinate an expert network on biosafety/biosecurity with scientific and technical contribution of the public and private sector;
e) Collaborate in the implementation of national, sub-regional and regional initiatives to prevent, control and eradicate FMD, including evaluation of vaccines or antigens banks;
f) Collaborate in the harmonization of norms and regulations according to international standards on animals and animal products; ensure smooth communication and collaboration with stakeholders' such as International Organizations, livestock producers, others;
g) Advise and collaborate in the development and implementation of innovative training programs for national institutions to build capacities, transfer knowledge and technology to national personnel on methods and techniques in veterinary public health , including epidemiology and animals and public health administration;
h) Provide support to national institutions and universities in designing, conducting and evaluating research projects;
i) Advise and participate in field emergency animal disease preparedness and response activities; support the development of emergency plans;
j) Promote technical cooperation between countries (TCC) particularly in border areas;
k) Represent the Organization in national and international forums;
l) Provide editorial support in the technical area of specialty for the publications of the Center;
m) Identify and mobilize human, information and financial resources for the implementation of areas of work under responsibility;
n) Establish and maintain collaborative networks involving national and international organizations, governmental and non-governmental institutions, private sector, professional and scientific societies engaged in of animal and zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health;
o) 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;
p) 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;
q) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a veterinary science and a master's degree in veterinary public health, public health or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Further specialization in veterinary epidemiology, management of animal health 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.
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.
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.
Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extra budgetary 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 the overall management (coordination, administration, planning, and project evaluation) of foot-and-mouth disease surveillance, prevention and eradication programs, including planning, implementation and evaluation of veterinary public health activities such as organization of courses and seminars and research projects.
- Expertise in the coordination and implementation of technical cooperation projects, involving public and private sectors.
- Knowledge and skills in the development and coordination of emergency response field operations, including development and evaluation of preparedness plans.
- 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, and 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 on foot-and-mouth diseases, including surveillance, prevention, and control and eradication programs in countries and in the area of veterinary public health. Experience must also include management of emergency response field operations and resource mobilization for animal health programs and activities.
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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