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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT355
Title: Specialist, Medicines and Health Technologies
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period. POST OF LIMITED DURATION.
Date: 9 July 2014
Application Deadline: 30 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brasilia, Brazil
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Health Systems & Services (HSS)/Medicines, Health Technology and Research (HSS/MT)/Deptuty Representative (PAHO/BRA)
To ensure the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization - PAHO/WHO - country program of technical cooperation on strengthening the national health care system by expanding access to primary health care and its country presence provide adequate support to the national health development process and, at the same time, enable the country of assignment to shape the subregional, regional, and global health agendas. The PAHO/WHO Country Office is the basic organizational unit for technical cooperation with the country, drawing on PAHO/WHO resources of all levels and parts of the Organization.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Advisor, Medicines, Health Technologies and Research and the general supervision of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent will be responsible, but not necessarily limited, to the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical support and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to medicines, health technologies and research, which includes: promoting access to and rational use of quality, safe, and effective health technologies; national health research systems, innovation and promoting the integration of scientific knowledge into health care, health policies, and technical cooperation within a national policies framework; review and consolidate work plans for the different States and Municipalities in the Country to improve the efficiency of implementation, performance assessment and reporting;
b) Provide technical support in the development and the implementation of programs related to the National Pharmaceutical Policy, Health Industrial Complex; National Blood Policy, Regulation of Health Technologies, Research and Development and Innovation, Technology Transfer, Patents and Intellectual Property and Production of Health Technologies;
c) Support national authorities from different sectors in the definition and in the implementation of programs aimed at increasing access to and rational use of quality, safe, effective and affordable health technologies within the national policies framework;
d) Provide technical cooperation to the Ministry of Health, ANVISA and HEMOBRAS in the analysis of the principal health problems related to limited access to health technologies or related to quality) and to define effective control strategies linked to the promotion of research and development, innovation and production of health technologies in order to strengthen the National Industrial Health Complex and mitigating inequities and risk factors within the framework of the Sistema ┌nico de Sa˙de (SUS)
e) Identify technical assistance issues (needs, options and resources); supervise/coordinate the technical assistance for the Projects and Terms of Cooperation under areas of responsibilities, and with implementing partners at country level;
f) Support the introduction of the principles and methods in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health technologies, research and innovation programs;
g) Provide technical assistance on knowledge management for areas of work assigned, using all the available means for the dissemination of relevant scientific information;
h) Participate in the development and/or strengthening of sound and sustainable policies related to health technologies, research and innovation that contribute to reducing the deficit of access to quality and affordable health technologies;
i) Participate in inter-programmatic work in order to achieve the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness;
j) Serve as communication link between the Organization and the intersectoral teams on matters of technical and strategic project implementation and evaluation;
k) Collaborate with national technical teams in the preparation of technical cooperation requests and on-site support for the submission of documentation to the Organization, as per agreed upon operating procedures;
l) Prepare and maintain all documents and progress reports pertaining to the projects being implemented at the country level;
m) Coordinate the collection of baseline data for monitoring of project implementation and ongoing data collection, as per agreed monitoring and evaluation framework;
n) Provide support in the implementation and evaluation of the overall performance of the Projects/Programs/Terms of Cooperation; act on behalf of the Project Advisor, as needed;
o) Collaborate in the preparation of the Representation's Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of national technical cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
p) Perform other related duties as assigned;
A bachelor's degree in health-related science, public health or related field from a recognized university.
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Operates in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Ensures that the mission and the values of the Organization as well as the setting in which projects will be carried out are the drivers in one's technical work. Understands the results required and performs to that standard. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Takes or organizes individual and collective action after analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge. Continuously analyzes the evolution of situations in an area of work and makes suggestions to adjust or confirm the decisions necessary to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation between six months to one year ahead.
-- Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration the multicultural differences within the organization.
-- Information Management: Takes initiative to improve systems for the presentation and dissemination of information. Supports, through competent use of the available systems and technologies, the development of data presentations.
-- Teamwork: Encourages team members, adds significant contribution when participating in internal and external work teams, and leads through personal example the virtues of team success--collaboration, trust, transparency and joint responsibilities. Builds and maintains mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relations based on trust, inside and outside the Organization. Keeps every team member informed as well as shares relevant and useful information.
-- Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Identifies the risks and benefits of options for future health initiatives based on the analysis of institutional and political trends. Applies a broad approach to work in the health field.
-- Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.

Technical Expertise

- Technical expertise in the areas of medicines and health technologies, including technical cooperation in projects in developing countries.
- Knowledge of planning, monitoring, evaluation and control of the technical cooperation programs.
- Ability to plan, monitor and evaluate technical cooperation processes.
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions.
- Knowledge and skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
- Ability to integrate managerial and administrative inputs into recommendation for decision-making process; ability to work independently and to manage multiple assignments simultaneously in a complex organizational environment;
- 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 and Outlook, and electronic sources in research activities. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Five years of professional experience in the area of health systems, including technical cooperation in institutions concerned with public health management or evaluation of health systems and services.
Very good knowledge of Portuguese with a working knowledge of English or Spanish.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
R $143,079.00 at single rate

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