SPECIALIST, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH (PAHO/14/FT473)

28 September 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/14/FT473
 
Title: Specialist, Family and Community Health
 
Grade: NO-B
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period. POST OF LIMITED DURATION.
 
Date: 3 September 2014
 
Application Deadline: 25 September 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Paramaribo, Suriname
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR/SUR)/Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To ensure that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) country program of technical cooperation and the Organization's country presence provide relevant and adequate support to the national health development process. To enable the country to shape the subregional, regional and global health agenda. To support management of the PAHO/WHO Country Office as the basic organizational unit for technical cooperation with the country, drawing on the PAHO/WHO resources from all levels and parts of the Organization to better serve the country.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Director, Family Gender and Life Course (FGL), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical support to national authorities in the development of strategic actions to improve women, maternal, perinatal, neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, youth, men and elderly health and their access to health care taking into consideration the multi-ethnic diversity, inequities in health, determinants and level of development of the country;
b) Provide technical support for the preparation and revision of national and local level plans of actions; provide technical assistance to promote integrated child, adolescent, mother (maternal health and mortality reduction) and women's health strategies and activities within national programs and with intercultural adaptation of the care services; support the Ministry of Health to introduce and strengthen child, adolescent and women's health policies for preventive care to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
c) Coordinate all Comprehensive Family Immunization related technical cooperation activities and support the management and execution efforts of the national program.
D) ) Collaborate in the design, implementation and evaluation of integrated health care models based on Primary Health Care (PHC) strategies, prevention and promotion of health, development of evidence-based, inter-sectoral polices and plans, especially those related to maternal child health and sexual-reproductive health, in close collaboration with other technical advisors in the Organization;
e) Promote the development of technical and management guidelines and best practice standards for the strengthening of neonatal, perinatal, child health programs, and services delivery, including the incorporation of risk approach and appropriate technology for improving program efficiency and effectiveness;
f) Participate in the identification and mobilization of financial and human resources, including the development of appropriate project proposals; coordinate and strengthen activities with other United Nations (UN) organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, universities, other international organizations and private sector;
g) Coordinate and support the implementation of activities promoted both by the Organization's specialized centers, mainly the Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP) and other Caribbean institutions, to strengthen training in the areas of perinatology, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, child health, nutrition, and elderly health;
h) Promote and undertake key actions that favor the implementation of community family health policies, taking into consideration existing legislation;
i) Promote and support research including the compilation of various questionnaires/surveys that will contribute to addressing prevailing diseases affecting mothers, newborns, children, adolescents, women, men, and elderly people, such as mental health, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV, among others; develop inter-sectoral actions and promote institutional and community alliances;
j) Cooperate with the Country Office Staff in supporting and developing health policies, action plans and projects aimed at increasing equitable access to health care for mothers, newborns, children, adolescent, women; identify inequities in care and causes of exclusion in health care services in order to identify best options for the achievement of the objectives and goals of the family and community health area;
k) Support the development and adaptation of tools and modules for maternal, neonatal, and child health care during emergency situations and disasters; planning, organizing and providing technical inputs for sub regional meetings, workshops, courses, etc., on family and community health related subjects;
l) Collaborate with the Country Office in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual work plans, and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
m) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A specialization in pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics or family medicine would be an asset
Skills:
-- 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.
-- Teamwork: Promotes team work and leads one's area to finish tasks and accept responsibility. Creates a positive environment within the area of work. Makes everyone feel like they are part of the team as well as welcomes and appreciates everyone's ideas and suggestions. Able to see the positive aspects of working as a team, shares the team's enthusiasm for achieving mutual goals.
-- Accountability: Identifies, in conjunction with management, specific activities, processes jobs that require defined accountability, linking them to accountability strategies and objectives. Revises periodically progress made in the established work plan with his/her supervisor. Constantly reaches their objectives.
-- 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.
-- Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes criteria for evaluating interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to plans for evaluating technical cooperation, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
-- 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
- Theoretical and practical knowledge in public health, family health programs, and the organization of country health systems with focus on primary/sexual/reproductive health, gender, ethnicity, and life course approach.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the health growth and development of all members of a family with a life course approach, as well as basic knowledge of health settings and strategies conducive to improvement of social determinants related to health inequities and preventable disparities
- Theoretical and practical familiarity with concepts and methods applicable to development and management of the intercultural aspects of child and maternal health.
- Knowledge and skills in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating family and reproductive health strategies.
- Knowledge n strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, intra- and intersectorial coordination and health system performance.
- 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:
Five years of professional experience in managing inter-sectoral health or social projects and programs in the area of family health with emphasis in sexual and reproductive health.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Dutch. Working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Additional Information:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION IS FOR A NATIONAL OFFICER, THEREFORE ONLY NATIONALS OF SURINAME AND LEGAL RESIDENTS OF SURINAME MAY APPLY.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 28,931.00 at single rate

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