ADVISOR, HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (PAHO/15/FT637)

4 December 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/15/FT637
 
Title: Advisor, Health Information Systems
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probational period.
 
Date: 17 November 2015
 
Application Deadline: 16 December 2015 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Health Information and Analysis / Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA/HA)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department 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 socio-cultural 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 the Unit Chief, Health Information and Analysis (CHA/HA), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

a) Provide technical, strategic advice and programmatic direction for the development and implementation of Regional and National Health Information Systems (HIS);
b) Develop technical cooperation programs/strategies to strengthen the development of national capacities in the Region for the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of quality and accuracy of data and information sources, including vital and health statistics;
c) Develop and coordinate sub regional technical cooperation and horizontal cooperation for the development and implementation of Health Information Systems (HIS) with focus on strengthening data quality, open dissemination and coverage;
d) Promote, advise and collaborate with inter-programmatic activities in priority areas related to health information systems and data management, including vital and health statistics;
e) Collaborate with WHO, Country Offices, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers, international cooperation agencies (i.e. UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNESCO, OIT, UNSD, and ECLAC), intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, private sector, and others, in order to develop alliances and networks that favor the implementation of the Plans of Action for health information system;
f) Mobilize resources to develop an interagency Program for Strengthening of Health Information Systems and data management including Vital and Health Statistics in the Americas;
g) Provide expert advice in international working and expert groups on Health Information Systems and Vital and Health Statistics to develop a regional perspective;
h) Provide technical advice for study designs, survey implementation and other approaches to generate additional health information management, including vital statistics and statistical data;
i) Identify and promote the use of modern methods and tools for data extractions and information dissemination on Vital and Health Statistics, and other relevant information sources;
j) Establish expert and knowledge management networks in support of vital and health statistics, including the exchange of experiences among countries and inter-country cooperation;
k) Produce, publish and disseminate appropriate and relevant scientific and evidence-based technical information for the development and strengthening of health information systems;
l) Promote the mobilization of national and international (human and financial) resources in support of the Project's programs and/or projects;
m) Participate in the preparation of the Project's Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget and technical evaluation reports;
n) 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 the control of communicable diseases and health analysis;
o) Advise, and develop tools for follow up of activities and recommendations from the Regional Advisory Committee on Health Statistics (CRAES);
p) 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;
q) Perform other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health science, and a master's degree in health information systems or epidemiology from a recognized institution.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/
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.
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.
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.
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
- Expertise in the development and evaluation of Health Information Systems (HIS) including Vital Statistics and Civil Registration systems. Practical expertise in developing and implementing strategies to improve data quality and coverage.
- Expertise in developing and evaluating different sources of data from a HIS (i.e. routine information system, censuses and surveys).
- Expertise and skills in evidence-based health situation analysis.
- Knowledge and skills for guiding information and situation analysis, including the impact, quality, critical points, and risks to consider in the preparation of strategic plans for strengthening HIS, including scenario building.
- In-depth knowledge and use of practices for training and developing standards related to the implementation of Health Information Systems, as well as births, mortality and morbidity data analysis and knowledge of the Family of the International Classifications (WHO FIC).
- Strong professional oral and writing, 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 and Statistics Package like Stata, EpiInfo and SPSS. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Social Network tools, Visio and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Nine years of combined national and international experience in health information systems and implementation of vital and health statistics systems.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish or English, with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese will be an asset.
Additional Information:
PAHO OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDING AN ANNUAL NET SALARY AND POST ADJUSTMENT, WHICH REFLECTS THE COST OF LIVING IN A PARTICULAR DUTY STATION AND EXCHANGE RATES (SUBJECT TO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH INSURANCE). OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE: 30 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE, DEPENDENCY BENEFITS, PENSION PLAN AND HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME. BENEFITS FOR INTERNATIONALLY RECRUITED STAFF MAY INCLUDE HOME LEAVE, TRAVEL AND REMOVAL EXPENSES ON APPOINTMENT AND SEPARATION, EDUCATION GRANT FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN, ASSIGNMENT GRANT AND RENTAL SUBSIDY.

CANDIDATES APPOINTED TO AN INTERNATIONAL POST WITH PAHO ARE SUBJECT TO MOBILITY AND MAY BE ASSIGNED TO ANY ACTIVITY OR DUTY STATION OF THE ORGANIZATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 68,294.00 at single rate
US$ 73,338.00 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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