ADVISOR, HIV/STI PREVENTION (PAHO/16/FT496)

27 June 2017
 
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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/16/FT496
 
Title: Advisor, HIV/STI Prevention
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, first probationary period. Post of Limited Duration
 
Date: 8 August 2016
 
Application Deadline: 5 September 2016 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 (CHA)
 
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 general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (CHA/HT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

a) Support the strengthening of a public health, evidence based, data driven, and human rights compliant response to the HIV and STI epidemics towards the end of AIDS and Elimination of STIs as a public health problem by 2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean, in line with the WHO Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV and STI and the Regional Plan for HIV and STIs 2016-2021;
b) Provide technical advice, reference and expertise in the domain of HIV/STI Prevention for the achievement of the Regional HIV and STI Prevention targets set for 2020, with priority given to key populations at higher risk of acquiring HIV and STI (especially syphilis) such as Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Transgender Populations (TG), Sex Workers (SW), People who use drugs, Prisoners, Migrants and Indigenous Populations;
c) Support Member States in implementing and expanding interventions included in the WHO/UNAIDS HIV Combination Prevention framework, with focus on high impact activities directly linked to the health sector and prioritized for the specific context of the Region such as PrEP and PEP;
d) Assist National HIV Programmes and Strategies to fully integrate Combination Prevention interventions within National Plans and health services with involvement and participation of representatives of vulnerable communities and key populations;
e) Support implementation/continuation of the Dual Elimination Initiative for Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) and syphilis; promote inclusion of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, with great emphasis on integration of EMTCT interventions within packages of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), New-born Child and Adolescent Health services and Immunization;
f) Collaborate with Gender, Human Rights and Ethnicity to ensure that all approaches and interventions promoted through the Combination Prevention agenda are complying with recommended principles and best practice standards;
g) Liaise with other agencies and institutions, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), other UN Agencies, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Regional partners, Civil Society Organizations and NGO's, especially those representing key populations and funding mechanisms to ensure that Combination Prevention unfolds through a truly multisectoral approach, with all enablers properly addressed and coherently supported, including through broad partnerships ;
h) Review, analyse and disseminate evidence based information on behavioural and biomedical approaches to prevent HIV and STI transmission amongst key populations;
i) Contribute to the development of an implementation science and research agenda for HIV and STI prevention which is supportive of the orientations and priorities promoted by PAHO/WHO;
j) Contribute in the development, review and update of biennial programmes and budgets (BWP), semiannual work plans (PTS) and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
k) Contribute to the efforts of the Organization in resource mobilization through the development and submission of innovative proposals to funding agencies;
l) 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;
m) Perform other duties as necessary.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health or a related field 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:
-- 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 extrabudgetary 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.
-- Leadership: Uses complex strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
-- 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 Skills
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology and the determinants of HIV/AIDS/STI, of health service development and delivery, and the impact/effects of HIV/AIDS and other STIs on individuals, communities and institutions.
- Expertise in combination prevention of HIV and STI transmission, with emphasis on key populations and organization of health systems and services.
- In-depth understanding of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, of HIV related stigma and discrimination and how these impact access to health services, including service providers and stakeholders in the health sector environment.
- 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 political and technical issues
- Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
- 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 will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in policy formulation, organization of service delivery systems for HIV/STI, including at least five years' experience in designing and implementing programs at national level and in providing HIV and STI prevention services with emphasis on key populations, including people living with HIV, incorporating gender and human rights approaches to health care delivery for HIV.


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 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 $ 69,032.00 at single rate
US $ 74,130.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 47.2 % 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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