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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT417
Title: Director, Family, Gender and Life Course
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 1 August 2014
Application Deadline: 8 May 2015 Vacancy Filled
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 (FGL)
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 in order to reduce health risks, morbidity and mortality along the life course and promotes health and development creating the mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies. It 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; visual health; oral health; gender, and cultural diversity approaches. It raises political and public awareness and understanding of the family, gender and life course programs and leads multi-sector and multi-stakeholder strategic and collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening Member States' capacities to promote and protect health through public policies, programs, and services. This will promote health, prevent diseases, and contribute to improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of the individuals through the life course.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of Director (D) and 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, political and strategic leadership and advocacy through health diplomacy to enhance the Organization's regional and national profiles in the composite areas of Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL);
b) Provide expert, technical, policy, strategic and programmatic advice for the implementation of the Organization's technical cooperation program of work related to 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; visual health; oral health; gender, and cultural diversity approaches;
c) Advise Member States in identifying and implementing effective interventions aimed at improving the health status of the population groups through the life course, while promoting the use of relevant global, regional and national health policies, strategies and programs across the spectrum of promotion, prevention, integrated care, rehabilitation and palliation with special attention given to vulnerable groups and reaching the unreached.
d) Mobilize financial and technical resources and actively promote networking and the building of synergistic partnerships in support of the work of the Department in collaboration with other Departments of the Organization;
e) Advocate, both internally and externally, for Family, Gender and Life Course programs to be maintained as a key priority on the regional and national political and development agenda;
f) Collaborate and coordinate with different constituencies to extend the reach and impact of "A Promise Renewed" for the Americas to reduce inequities in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and children health, within the values and principles of the Organization;
g) Stimulate pertinent research and disseminate appropriate and relevant scientific, technical, and policy information, sharing experiences of successful practices from other countries in integrated prevention, promotion and health care on Family, Gender and Life Course programs for both internal and external publics;
h) Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Governing Bodies' mandates related to the work of the Department; develop and establish guidelines, norms, practices and procedures to improve the Organization's technical cooperation program of work with a focus on improving effectiveness and efficiency; report to Governing Bodies, through executives presentations and reports, on the status or results of the program of work;
i) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Department; ensure that the strategies and objectives are aligned with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results; ensure that results and products delivered are aligned with the Organizational Strategy and make significant contributions with the Expected Results and Strategic Objectives;
j) Determine the viability of, and recommend projects and activities for the Department, as well as determine strategies for implementation, including suitable financing, financial resources mobilization, and executing arrangements. Assure the timely monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of results and accomplishments for the benefit of the Member States and the Organization;
k) Guide the development and implementation of cross-functional themes among the Units in the FGL Department, and guide the process of consensus building on the Department's cross-functional themes at the country, regional, and global levels;
l) Identify, promote, establish, maintain, and coordinate inter-programmatic work across the Organization, within WHO, with other United Nations organizations, the Inter-American System and with other partners in order to maximize programmatic integration, efficiency and effectiveness;
m) Inform governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other agencies on the implementation of the Organization's policies and objectives, and the status of the technical cooperation projects;
n) Administer, allocate and monitor the Department's financial, logistical and human resources; prepare, and justify the program and budget proposals; define the personnel component including the organizational structure, competencies and terms of reference; initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions for all of the Department's staff and other personnel;
o) Provide intellectual leadership to guide staff and motivate teams in a multicultural environment in order to ensure maximal responsiveness, high productivity and effective results;
p) Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring of supervised staff. Define the department's personnel component including the organizational structure, competencies and terms of reference. Initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions for all of the department's staff and assure guidance and monitoring of staff through setting of clear work objectives, use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts. Monitor the competencies of the staff to ensure optimal performance and staff development; monitor workloads to ensure equitable distribution of work and maintain job satisfaction, efficiency and output; and follow up on any deviation of work results from objectives;
q) Assure integration and coherence of the Department Units' projects and activities with closely related programs in other Departments and Organizational components; promoting team work and the establishment of an environment which encourages participation, stimulates each staff member's creativity and interest and fostering a multidisciplinary approach to the solution of specific problems;
r) Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance;
s) Provide a stable managerial framework that demonstrates credibility, trust and value to Member States, clients, humanitarian organizations and other donors, while optimizing staff performance; provide advice, when called upon, to institutions of Member States in the area of expertise;
t) Support the Organization's response to emergency situations within the Region under the responsibilities of the FGL Department by identifying resource needs and seeking and providing technical expertise and human and material resources in order to facilitate timely intervention and control;
u) Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential: A Medical Degree (MD) and a master's degree in public health (with a focus on maternal child health or life course or gender), epidemiology or related discipline from a recognized university.
Desirable: Additional advance degrees in the social sciences (particularly economics, administration, sociology, political science) would be an asset.
Key Behavioral Competencies
Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through leadership and decisions, understanding of the political systems and underlying drivers. Plans and evaluates both unit and individual results to achieve the PAHO's mission. Requires that projects be grounded in scientific evidence and that they be consistent with PAHO's vision, mission and values, and appropriate for the setting in which they will be carried out. Demonstrates a full commitment to the mission and values of the Organization by aligning the area of work with the strategic direction of the Organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
Communication: Instills a culture that encourages effective communication in multicultural environments. Models effective dialogue that seeks all opportunities of conversation with key players by displaying or underlying drivers. Seeks to align the area of work with a strategic direction of the organization by displaying underlying values.
Analysis, Synthesis and Forecasting: Leads one's area toward a culture of decision-making that is based upon objective analysis of situational evidence and application of previously acquired knowledge. Provides oversight in the verification process that targets how area of work takes action in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Presents solutions evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation for two years or more.
Performance Management: Evaluates the performance of subordinates in terms of the organizational strategy, provides feedback offering measurable suggestions and promotes their professional development. Develops and implements realistic and achievable work plans--including tasks, priorities, resources and schedules. Adjusts goals and courses of action to meet changing needs. In a systematic way develops people through demanding and challenging projects utilizing each employee's competencies. Effectively uses the Organization's official performance evaluation processes and systems. Uses a regular evaluation system. Provides constant and positive feedback to focus development efforts.
Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization. Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal and external work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside and outside the Organization.
Accountability: Develops a culture that utilizes accountability strategies at all levels and activities, processes, and functions in one's area. Oversees the development and required dissemination of appropriate reports on the monitoring of interventions in terms of partial and final results, as well as all the activities of one's area.
Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates the ideas for interventions in terms of their potential for change and transformation before deciding to execute them. Follows the Organization's strategy in executing technical cooperation interventions in order to generate expected results.
Resource Mobilization: Establishment of an internal Culture that supports the Organization's strategic direction program of work and the organizational results to enable effective resource mobilization. Supports and makes all efforts to increase the level of resources that are considered necessary for operations. Is capable of negotiating with different types of organizations. Uses the financial and non-financial resources with objectivity.

Technical Expertise
Technical: Extensive expertise at a senior decision-making level in public health, including epidemiology, prevention and control of diseases, and considerable familiarity with other fields relevant to the Department's responsibilities in particular in managing complex health programs/health systems at both national and international levels. Wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and health management processes, including monitoring and performance assessment in the health or social sector, and disciplines related to strategic planning. Must have expert scientific and technical knowledge in one of the Department's specialties and sound familiarity with other fields relevant to the Department's responsibilities.
Managerial: Extensive expertise in senior, progressively responsible positions in the management of a large public or private administration of administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation, and high level intervention. Demonstrated ability to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work in health; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas. Must further possess a recognized capacity to lead, strategize, and supervise by persuasion and through consensus building. Courtesy, tact, sensitivity to manage confidential information, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background.
Administrative: Skills in resource mobilization (including fundraising and partner collaboration) and financial management for the delivery of expected results.

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 Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Essential: Fifteen years of combined national and international experience in progressively challenging managerial positions in family, gender and life course programs, including the development and evaluation of policies and programs for public health, including the application of epidemiological methods to disease surveillance and public health program planning and evaluation.
Very good knowledge of English and Spanish. 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$ 96,540.00 at single rate
US$ 104,444.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 48.8 % 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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