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Advisor, Health Operations and Data Collection

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

OBJECTIVE OF THE OFFICE/DEPARTMENT
This is a requisition for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
 
The objective of the Health Emergencies Department (PHE) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is to increase health sector resilience to emergencies and disasters. PHE assists Member States to strengthen the health sector’s capacities in prevention, risk reduction, preparedness, surveillance, response, and early recovery for emergencies and disasters related to any hazards (natural, man-made, biological, chemical, radiological and others) and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain disasters, including outbreaks, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. PHE is responsible for ensuring the implementation and updating of the PAHO/WHO Institutional Emergency and Disaster Response policy.
 
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director, PAHO Health Emergencies (PHE) and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment (PHE/HIM), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties\:
  1. Lead, manage and coordinate the Health Operations Monitoring & Data Collection Team to ensure strengthening of all aspects of health operations monitoring and data collection pertaining to emergencies; oversee the design and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in regard to monitoring and evaluation and data collection information systems;
  2. Review and update existing surveillance systems to ensure detection, verification and response to public health events in emergencies in order to develop or adapt surveillance guidelines and protocols for use at field level;
  3. Provide expertise on data management methods and storage for surveillance systems and make recommendations as appropriate;
  4. Design, advise and coordinate development of databases, data entry, validation, analysis and reporting of assessments and surveys using quantitative methods to produce communication products such as situation reports, bulletins, alerts, and other ad-hoc reports from multiple sources in emergencies;
  5. Participate proactively in outbreak and other epidemiological investigations in emergencies, carrying out epidemiological and technical analyses using appropriate quantitative methods to interpret and analyze disease or health outcome data; generate descriptive analyses of surveillance data for a variety of audiences;
  6. Participate in the design, development and training of partners within the framework of emergency public health information management in affected areas to advance health service mapping in emergencies using standardized approaches;
  7. Represent PHE/HIM at international and regional meetings to promote collaboration, negotiate and enlist cooperation, as part of promoting the work of HIM, the Department and the Organization;
  8. Develop and regularly update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for key emergency response information systems and outbreak investigation methods and emergencies;
  9. Foster a culture of collaboration to enhance the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Organization-wide tools for data collection, management and analysis of public health data in emergencies, coordinating activities with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) team and other key partners to establish strong networks of epidemiologists through which PAHO/WHO tools can be deployed and supported in emergencies;
  10. Represent the Organization in coordination fora with partners involved in epidemiology, applying quantitative methods and information management in emergencies, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) inter-agency working group on Assessment and Information Management and Incident Management structures;
  11. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts and grant proposal writing to mobilize funds at global, regional and country levels;
  12. Promote a culture of evidence-based decision making within the Organization and with key partners;
  13. Develop and provide capacity building and training to colleagues within the Organization and partners, including Ministries of Health, with focus on enhancing epidemiology and information management core competencies;
  14. Collaborate in the preparation of biennial programs and budgets, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects; participate in the annual evaluation of the Unit; 
  15. Promote collaboration with officials at the regional and national levels, to ensure a coordinated response using standardized, innovative information systems and tools;
  16. Supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;
  17. 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, quantitative methods or a related discipline 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/.  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.
 
Experience\:
Essential\: Nine years of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation with a successful track record in epidemiology, information management, quantitative methods, surveillance and/or control of outbreaks, with proven field experience in epidemics or public health emergencies in international settings. 
 
Desirable\: In-service training in field epidemiology would be an asset.
 
SKILLS\:
PAHO 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.
  • Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions\:  Evaluates criteria for the interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to technical cooperation evaluation plans, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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\:
  • Experience of routine analysis and reporting of time-sensitive public health data.
  • Theoretical and practical expertise in all aspects related to principles and recent development of Eco-systemic approach to human health; and social and environmental aspects of primary health care, health promotion and social participation.
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in technical cooperation projects, especially those related to sustainable development, management or evaluation of environmental health programs in developing countries.
  • Technical cooperation expertise in local and social development programs including those involving more than one country.
  • Managerial expertise in public health management institutions.
  • Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions, budget programming and control.
  • Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrate ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and technical issues.
  • 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.   

Languages\:

Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language.  Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
 
IT Skills\:
Computer literacy with proficiency in data management; demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize statistical software programs such as R, SPSS, SAS, STATA or others.  Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Tableau, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
 
REMUNERATION
Annual Salary\: (Net of taxes)
US $71,332.00
 
Post Adjustment\: 44.3 % 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.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
THIS VACANCY NOTICE MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER SIMILAR POSITIONS AT THE SAME GRADE LEVEL.
 
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
 
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
 
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.
 
For information on PAHO please visit\: http\://www.paho.org
 
PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
 
PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
 
PAHO/WHO 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 profile 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 organization purposes.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-21

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