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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT409
Title: Advisor, Content Development and Publication Services
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 30 July 2014
Application Deadline: 27 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Deputy Director (DD)/Communications Unit (CMU)
The objective of the Communications Unit (CMU) of the Pan American Health Organization is to develop and implement PAHO's corporate communication strategy in support of the achievement of the organization's mission and strategic priorities, to advance the principles and practice of communication as fundamental to public health and a key component of technical cooperation and capacity building; and to strengthen and modernize the organization's communication capacities, using "best in class" communication approaches, tools and technologies to facilitate and position the organization as a leading authority on health in the Americas.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director (DD) and the direct supervision of the Chief, Communications Unit (CMU), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical advice and guidance to the Organization on editorial and publishing matters; represent the Organization in the WHO Publishing Policy Coordination Group (PPCG) and related inter-institutional activities;
b) Develop policies, strategies, and plans to improve scientific and technical publishing in the Organization; coordinate the development, update, and maintenance of the PAHO publishing policy; advocate for the policy to be implemented throughout the Organization, Country Offices; and Specialized Centers;
c) Coordinate and provide input for the development and implementation of style guidelines; prepare, update, and maintain directives and guidelines governing editorial and publishing work; analyze proposed publications submitted by technical programs and recommend the most cost-effective and efficient format, treatment, and end product; provide editorial support during times of public health emergencies.
d) Identify, prepare, and coordinate training activities to improve the quality of the Organization's scientific and technical publications and related information products;
e) Coordinate the development and maintenance of the Organization's publications portal, integrating all publications produced at Headquarters and in the country offices;
f) Research, advise and introduce new publishing practices and technologies to improve editorial and publishing processes, streamline workflows, and increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness;
g) Develop and foster alliances and partnerships with other organizations for publishing ventures and exchanges;
h) Manage production and dissemination of PAHO publications and other information products to and through academic institutions, scholarly journals, scientific and technical meetings, international book fairs, the media, and electronic forums;
i) Identify publishers, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions who will translate PAHO publications into other languages, thereby increasing PAHO's global reach; manage licensing permissions for translation and reproduction rights of PAHO publications and proprietary information, which will generate income while at the same time raising PAHO's profile and increasing its prestige as a knowledgeable, credible information source in the international public health community;
j) Supervise the work of the Content Development and Publications Services team; prepare, communicate, and oversee work plans;
k) Monitor changes in workload, redistributing as necessary, in order to maintain optimal quality and efficiency;
l) Provide leadership, guidance, and support to team through setting of clear work objectives, timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, regular communications, and resolution of interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment.
m) Represent the Organization in meetings and congresses, particularly those in the areas of scientific and technical publishing;
n) Collaborate with Unit Chief in the preparation of biennial work plan, programs and budgets, semiannual work plans, and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
o) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
A bachelor's and master's degree in communications, journalism, a health-related science, international studies, or 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.
-- 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.
-- Communication: Leads the development of an environment that actively establishes and proactively engages in productive dialogues that involve multicultural environments. Encourages the skills and behaviors that facilitate productive dialogues. Expresses points of view effectively.
-- Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
-- 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.
-- 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.

Technical Expertise
- Theoretical knowledge and expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to scientific publishing processes, and in the definition of criteria to select and evaluate scientific communication production, including journalistic abilities and resourcefulness to evaluate and guide the quality of editorial products.
- Broad understanding of public health, scientific and corporate communication best practices and innovations; knowledge of information policy issues, methodologies for electronic publications, and public health terminology and concepts.
- Expertise in techniques to develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate publishing policies, processes, operational procedures, and training methodologies; and in project design, writing, coordination, and evaluation.
- Strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize, and provide recommendations on key technical and administrative issues.
- Diplomacy, tact, and ability to effectively communicate with senior-level officials, multiple stakeholders, and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; ability to develop and coordinate networks with relevant players in the field of international health and communication
- Strong professional oral and writing/editing skills, including the ability to develop 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 will be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in publications management, scientific communication, and other related publishing activities.
Desirable: Publishing management experience with an international organization or an international nongovernmental organization, preferably in the field of public health, would be an asset.

Very good knowledge of English and Spanish. Knowledge of Portuguese or 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.


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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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