ADVISOR, EPIDEMIC ALERT AND RESPONSE (PAHO/14/FT332)

31 August 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT332
 
Title: Advisor, Epidemic Alert and Response
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
 
Date: 30 June 2014
 
Application Deadline: 30 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis / IHR, Epidemic Alert and Response and Waterborne Diseases (CHA/IR)
 
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 that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented. 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, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of Unit Chief, IHR, Epidemic Alert and Response and Waterborne Diseases (CHA/IR), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Advise and contribute to the implementation of the Organization's Alert and Response Operations (ARO), including event detection, verification, risk assessment, and initial information dissemination activities for public health events of international concern in the context of the International Health Regulations (IHR), in coordination with WHO Headquarters, Country Offices and other technical entities, in accordance with WHO Operation Manual;
b) Provide advice in detecting, assessing and verifying complex technical and political issues related to public health events of international concern; serve as duty officer of the 24/7 system to ensure coverage of urgent communications from Member States and Country Offices related to event detection, verification and risk assessment, ensuring that the information from such communications flows rapidly to appropriate offices/officers and that necessary action is taken in a timely manner within the Organization, including during non-working hours;
c) Act as liaison among technical entities, Country Offices and WHO HQ for the internal joint risk assessment and rapid response.
d) Provide technical advice and participate in the organizational epidemic intelligence, embracing and leading consensual decision-making to recommend risk assessment and intervention to contain public health events in the framework of the WHO global outbreak alert and response network (GOARN).
e) Promote the multisectoral approach for the detection, assessment and response to public health events (i.e., epidemics, animal health, food safety, environmental, radio nuclear, chemical);
f) Prepare project proposals to mobilize voluntary contributions from national, bilateral, and international partners agencies for capacity building in epidemic alert and response;
g) Prepare and disseminate information on the occurrence of international public health events, as well as recommendations issued by the Organization for distribution to PAHO/WHO Representatives, national counterparts and the general public, these include internal dissemination of information via the publication of the Summary of Event, and alert to the international community via the Epidemiological Alert and posting at the WHO Event Information Site.
h) Ensure the quality and accuracy of the information reported in the Event Management System; perform statistical analysis of Event Management system (EMS); analyze diseases risk profiles and coordinate the routine epidemiological reporting.
i) Provide technical advice to IHR National Focal Point in Members States for strengthening the functions and operational requirements for rapid response.
j) Develop and maintain up-to-date the Standard Operation Procedures for alert, verification, risk assessment and response.
k) Train Country Office surveillance officers on internet-based Global EMS application in accordance with the WHO Manual;
l) Advise and support technical collaboration and operational coordination with partner institutions and agencies in event alert and response.
m) Cooperate and collaborate with other projects to achieve efficient coordination of activities, systematic utilization of resources and comprehensive development of study, research and analytical capacities required for epidemic alert and response operations;
n) Contribute to the preparation of biennial work plan and budgets (BWP), semiannual workplans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects; participate in the performance evaluation of the Unit;
o) 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;
p) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health or infectious diseases from a recognized institution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at the highest level in aspects related to public health practice of communicable diseases epidemiology and surveillance, with emphasis on outbreak response
- Knowledge and practical expertise in the application of the International Health Regulations, outbreak control at national and international level.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills and mature judgment to accurately conduct risk assessment on epidemic intelligence to recommend interventions to contain public health emergencies of international concern.
- Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
- Ability to analyze current surveillance systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement.
- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key technical and political issues.
- Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
- 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 Visio and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience working in epidemiology and public health, including participation in international technical cooperation programs and activities involving development of epidemic diseases prevention and control programs. Experience should also include analyzing and conducting risk assessment for public health threats.
Desirable: Experience in developing all-hazards public health intelligence networks would be an asset.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a 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.

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: 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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