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- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
PAHO Country Offices are responsible for ensuring that the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) country program of technical cooperation and its country presence provides adequate support to the national health development process and, at the same time, enables countries to shape the sub regional, regional, and global health agendas. The PAHO/WHO Country Office is the basic organizational unit for technical cooperation with the country/ies, drawing on PAHO/WHO resources from all levels and all parts of the Organization.
This is undertaken in close coordination with the PAHO/WHO Department of Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL) and corresponding technical units. The primary objective of the Department of Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL) is to promote, coordinate and implement technical cooperation at the regional, sub regional and country levels, emphasizing the central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right. FGL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and men's health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of aging populations; food and nutrition; and comprehensive family immunization.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative and the general technical guidance of the Director of Family, Gender and Life Course (FGL), in coordination with FGL Unit Chiefs, and the Center Director, Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:
a) Provide strategic, technical and programmatic advice to national authorities for the development, update and implementation of evidence-based policies, plans and strategies to improve adolescent and youth health, their access to quality health care with emphasis on reproductive health services to prevent early pregnancy and to reduce maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity, taking into consideration gender and ethnic equality commitments, inequities in health, and the level of development of the countries;
b) Provide advice and support for the development of good managerial practices for adolescent and youth centered quality health services, aiming at the improvement of access to health services, including access to modern reproductive health methods and community based interventions;
c) Provide technical cooperation to strengthen the evidence-based approach in the preparation of key norms, guidelines and strategies to guide the creation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to foster a culture of health quality among adolescents, reproductive health services and community based interventions, to prevent first and second pregnancy among adolescents and young girls, including interventions for adolescent and young males; as well as the reduction of maternal mortality among this age group and overall a healthy development during the life course;
d) Advise on the preparation and revision of national and local level plans of action; provide technical assistance to promote maternal health, reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity; promote women's health strategies and activities within national programs and with gender sensitive and intercultural adaptation of the care services; advise Ministries of Health, public, and private sector organizations to introduce and strengthen women's health policies for preventive care to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
e) Promote the development of technical and management guidelines and best practice standards for the strengthening of maternal health programs and quality services delivery, including the incorporation of risk approach and appropriate technology for improving program efficiency and effectiveness and expanding access to life-saving obstetric care for women who need it;
f) Provide support in the development of adolescent core data (including the use of Information Communication Technologies), their integration with broader health information systems, the production of analysis and policy briefs and the identification of knowledge gaps, amenable to organizational and evaluative research; produce on a periodic basis an analysis of the situation and trends;
g) Support the capacity of academic institutions and other national agencies in the development of human resources with competencies pertinent to adolescent health within the course of life and reproductive health regulations, using several learning strategies, including distance learning;
h) 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), WHO collaborating Centers and other national institutions, to strengthen training in the areas of adolescent health, reproductive health, and community health in related fields;
i) Promote and undertake key actions that favor the implementation of community family health policies, taking into consideration existing legislation;
j) Disseminate appropriate and relevant technical information and good practices related to adolescent health, reproductive health and community health intervention;
k) Promote and support the implementation of PAHO's Gender Equality Policy and cultural diversity incorporation in health documents and programs of work;
l) Participate in the identification and mobilization of financial and human resources, including the development of appropriate project proposals; promote training and development of national institutions for this purpose; coordinate and strengthen activities with other United Nations (UN) organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, universities, other international organizations and the private sector;
m) Support south-south and triangular cooperation for the exchange of experiences, as well as other cooperation for development;
n) Collaborate in the preparation of the Representation´s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
o) Supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities, when required;
p) Perform other related duties, as assigned;
Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health, family health or a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: A university degree related to adolescent health, family medicine and/or health promotion would be an asset.
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/. In addition, PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to support the validation process.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
-- 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.
-- Theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescent health, reproductive health and community - based approach to health interventions.
-- Expert knowledge of 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.
-- Professional expertise in health promotion, public health, Sexual Reproductive Health and Adolescent Health.
-- Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program interventions.
-- Knowledge of community health and the approach of determinants of health.
-- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the health growth and development of women and mothers, as well as basic knowledge of health settings and strategies conducive to improvement of social determinants related to maternal mortality reduction.
-- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical and conceptual skills, demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key technical issue.
-- 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.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in managing inter-sectoral health or social projects and programs in the area of adolescent health, reproductive health and quality of care applying the life course approach, with a strong background in community health.
Desirable: Experience of work in different cultural contexts, managing community projects related to adolescent health, especially with respect to indigenous and afro descendants' health, would be an asset.
Essential: Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
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.
NOTE: CHANGES IN SALARY SCALE. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVED A REVISED NET BASE SALARY SCALE STRUCTURE, WHICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF 1 JANUARY 2017. AS A RESULT, THE PRESENT DUAL (SINGLE AND DEPENDENCY) RATE SCALE WILL BE REPLACED WITH A UNIFIED SALARY SCALE WHICH WILL HAVE 13 STEPS AT GRADES P1 TO D1 AND 10 STEPS AT THE D2 LEVEL.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US $70,647 at single rate
US $70,647 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 27.4 % 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.