ADVISOR, VIRAL DISEASES (PAHO/14/FT439)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT439
 
Title: Advisor, Viral Diseases
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
 
Date: 13 August 2014
 
Application Deadline: 10 September 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 / 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) Provide technical advice for the implementation of the activities on prevention and control of viral diseases, specifically on surveillance, and strengthening national response to facilitate implementation of the Organization's program of work;
b) Provide technical collaboration and advice to Member States on effective and feasible prevention and control interventions and strategies to detect and respond to viral outbreaks;
c) Coordinate the preparation and implementation of work plans on viral control interventions, as required by the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR-2005);
d) Lead the technical cooperation for strengthening of the National Influenza Centers (NICs) of the Region within the context of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response Network;
e) Advise and support the reinforcement of surveillance systems in hospitals and health care facilities, including laboratory strengthening to support timely and accurate information on severe acute respiratory diseases;
f) Collaborate in the improvement of national and regional disease surveillance and response, specifically the detection and reporting of viral pathogens at hospitals; and development of procedures and guidelines for implementation, operation and evaluation of the hospital surveillance;
g) Advise, plan, develop, implement, coordinate and monitor the work plan on diagnostic, laboratory surveillance, prevention and control of epidemic and emerging virus, including viral zoonotic diseases, investigation of disease outbreaks and interventions for disease prevention, control and eradication; and delivering technical cooperation to strengthen Member States capacities for participating in the conduction of epidemiological surveys;
h) Foster technology transference and collaboration between laboratories through the strengthening of regional laboratory networks for the diagnosis and laboratory surveillance of epidemic and emerging virus, including viral zoonotic diseases and dangerous pathogens;
i) Liaise with WHO in Headquarters for the development and implementation of guidelines for prevention and control of viral diseases, specifically in the context of country capacity building;
j) Collaborate with other key internal and external stakeholders, for a comprehensive approach to the implementation of the viral diseases prevention and control recommendations;
k) Collaborate in the implementation of voluntary funded projects aimed at decreasing viral diseases-related morbidity and mortality, by the implementation of evidence-based programs; prepare project proposals to mobilize financial resources from national, bilateral, and international partners agencies;
l) 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 viral diseases surveillance and response;
m) 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;
n) 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;
o) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health or infectious diseases from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A PhD or post-graduate studies in virology would be an asset.
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.
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.
Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
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 knowledge and technical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to virology; and public health practice for viral diseases prevention and control, with emphasis on viral outbreaks and response strategies.
- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program interventions and performance;
- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation program and activities, including budget programming and control;
- Ability to analyze current surveillance systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for improvement;
- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deals 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 virology, and practical experience of implementing prevention and control programs, including surveillance at national and/or international level.
Desirable: Experience in implementing most up-to-date virology methods and techniques will 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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