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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT415
Title: Advisor, Health Systems and Services
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period
Date: 1 August 2014
Application Deadline: 29 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Bridgetown, Barbados
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Caribbean Program Coordination (CPC)/Health Systems and Services (HSS)
The primary objective of the Department of Health Systems and Services is to strengthen health systems based on Primary Health Care, supporting universal health coverage. Its work encompasses the following areas: strengthening of health systems governance for social protection in health; strengthening of regulatory frameworks and financial protection for progressive realization of the right to health; organizing people-centered, integrated health service delivery; promoting access to and rational use of quality, safe and effective health technologies; strengthening national health research systems, and promoting the integration of scientific knowledge into health care, health policies, and technical cooperation; and developing human resources for health.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Subregional Program Coordinator, Caribbean, and the technical guidance of the Director, Health Systems and Services (HSS), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical advice and support for the implementation of in-country and inter-country cooperation strategies to strengthen national capacities in the areas of health systems and policy development, health services organization, financing, delivery and management;
b) Provide technical advice and support the implementation and updating of national policies and plans for the development of quality health services; including standards, objectives, strategies, and operational methodologies based on the strategy for the renewal of Primary Health Care (PHC) and the development of PHC-Based health systems;
c) Identify and update a dynamic mapping of governmental and non-governmental organizations, agencies, specialized institutions, associations, professional colleges, centers of excellence and experts at national and sub-regional levels relevant to the field of health systems and policy development, health services organization, delivery and management;
d) Collaborate with the focal points of health systems and services in the countries in the organization and management of health systems and services; and their units with emphasis on the reorganization and reorientation of the health sector and central and local health sytems, including the following activities:
- provide support for capacity building for strategic planing;
- provide support and tools for the monitoring, and evaluation of projects aimed at achieving efficiency, effectiveness, improved quality and sustainability of national heatlh systems;
- provide support for decision-making processes regarding collective options for, as well as the implementaition of, programs that will promote universal access to quality care and improve the efficient allocation of health resources; and ensure Universal Coverage and Social Protection in Health;
- collaborate in the implementation of plans to strengthen national health information systems and promote health systems and services research to inform policy and decision-making, while facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information;
- collaborate in the development of improved programs designed to strengthen the steering role of the ministries of health in all of its dimensions;
- provide support for the identification and targeting of health inequities and inclusion of vulnerable groups to ensure equitable access to quality health services;
e) Support countries in the sub-region to optimize resources including financing and capacities and find similar ones to promote economies of scale and define shared-services; promote connectivity through e-health.
f) Disseminate up-to-date knowledge and findings in the various areas of specialization; provide advice on ways to introduce and transfer experiences and technologies through capacity-building processes and inter-country collaboration.
g) Lead and coordinate, in close relation with PAHO/WHO Representatives (PWRs), and the focal point of health systems and services in the countries under responsibility, the formulation, execution and evaluation of program and budget plan for the biennium; collaborate actively with staff in country offices to develop common strategies on all aspects related to health systems and services; manage with transparency and effectiveness, the financial resources under his/her responsibility, including extra-budgetary resources;
h) Participate actively in the development of team efforts with international consultants, national personnel, other PWRs and OCPC technical staff;
i) Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of politicial, technical and socioeconomic realities;
j) 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;
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, health systems/services administration or management 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.
-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extra budgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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:
- Possess knowledge and skills in the areas of organization, management (including planning, financing, organization, staffing, directing and controlling) and provision of health care services (including primary, secondary, and tertiary care and public health services), and in strengthening the PHC-based health systems. Competencies in regulation, financing and public health functions, extension of health care services to underserved populations/areas, equity in access to health care services, quality of health services, and strategies to overcome barriers to accessing health care services.
- Knowledge and ability in management of health systems/services research, as well as competencies development in the area of public health.
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program interventions
- Knowledge and skills in policy analysis and project formulation, leadership and regulatory functions, financing and extension of social protection in health, public health functions and services, purchasing of services, educational development, human resources management, and operations research in primary health care services.
- 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. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.
Nine years of combined national and international experience in areas related to health systems development, financing, health services delivery, extension of health care services to underserved populations/areas, and developing strategies to overcome barriers to accessing health care services. Experience should also include management of health care services at either the facility or systems levels.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with 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 at single rate
US$72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 60.5 % 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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