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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT315
Title: Public Health Policy & Program Advisor
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 22 June 2014
Application Deadline: 21 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Assistant Director (AD)
The Office of the Assistant Director (AD) supports the PAHO Director with fulfillment of the Organizations mission, as well as the achievement of the PAHO Strategic Plan. The Office also provides leadership and good governance for public health in the Americas and in the other regions of World Health Organization (WHO). The Office of the Assistant Director is comprised by five Departments and one Special Program: Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), Health Systems and Services (HSS), Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL), Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research (KBR) and the Special Program for Sustainable Development and Health Equity (SDE).
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director (AD), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical and policy analysis to advice and develop strategic recommendations for the Assistant Director (AD) on the oversight function of the five technical departments including Centers and the Special Program; ensure that the program of work is aligned with the Organization's strategic plans;
b) Develop and identify mechanisms that facilitate the implementation of efficient and innovative modalities of work of the technical departments; promote inter-programmatic collaboration, and mainstreaming of cross-functional themes within the departments; monitor and analyze policy; analyze and follow up inter-programmatic and operational coherence between country, regional and the global initiatives;
c) Collaborate in the development and establishment of Technical Advisory and Expert Groups to facilitate the work of the Departments; ensure effective coordination, setting of targets, mainstreaming of work, and bridging with Organization's policy, programmatic and administrative aspects;
d) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate liaison across PAHO, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations, Organization of Americas States (OAS) or with other partners in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness; promote, establish and support strong partnerships with intergovernmental bodies within the region, as well as with stakeholders and donors, collaborating centers or other institutions invested in public health in the Americas.
e) Coordinate with the Office of Country and Subregional Coordination (CSC) in mainstreaming the country focus approach within the work of the Departments with particular attention to the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) approach;
f) Review technical project proposals and agreements ensuring that these are aligned with the Organization's program of work and priorities; develop procedures and make recommendations for efficient and effective project review and monitoring within Areas; provide feedback on resource mobilization strategies to identify additional extra-budgetary funding to support the BWP;
g) Review the technical documents for Governing Bodies meetings; provide guidance to technical areas in relationship with the preparation and follow-up of Governing Bodies meetings, resolutions and activities; collaborate in the preparation and follow-up of high level ministerial summits, and meetings related with health and development in the Region;
h) Elaborate recommendations for the development, implementation, monitoring and dissemination of operational procedures, guidelines and standards within the AD's Office to ensure alignment with new modalities of work at Headquarters, Country Offices and Centers;
i) Promote team work across the organization and establish an environment which encourages participation, stimulates each staff member's creativity and interest and fosters a multidisciplinary approach; participate in identifying staff development needs and collaborate in planning and executing programs to address managerial development needs;
j) Represent the Assistant Director, upon request;
k) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
A university degree in one of the health, social or management sciences with a master's degree in public health, public policy, international relations, public administration or a related field from a recognized university.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- External Action: Promotes the values of the Organization through mutually relationships with external institutions. Monitors one's work using transparency in the execution of all tasks.
-- Interinstitutional and Intersectoral Action: Demonstrates, through measurable results, effective participation in decision-making spheres where policy priorities are set. Oversees activities/interventions designed to meet the needs of users and interinstitutional and intersectoral partners, while promoting the consolidation of productive partnerships in terms of the Organization's mission.

Technical Expertise:
- Sound knowledge in public health for the development, implementation, and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget/project programming and control.
- Sound knowledge and skills in policy analysis and project formulation and management of technical cooperation programs.
- Ability in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions.
- 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 and key partners and stakeholders.

IT Skills:
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize 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 would be an asset.
Nine years of combined national and international experience working in international development programs involving multiple stakeholders; experience should include development of strategy and programmatic analysis, planning and evaluation of health programs including resource mobilization.
Advanced knowledge of English or Spanish with excellent working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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