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Chief, AMR Special Program

Washington D.C.

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-27

This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
The Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health Department (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control, and elimination of communicable diseases, zoonosis and environmental determinants of health 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.
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director (AD) and the direct supervision of the Director, Communicable Disease and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide leadership, strategic direction, policy advice, technical, and programmatic cooperation to define, advance, promote and monitor comprehensive policies and strategies that prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overall impact of AMR based on the Global and Regional Action Plans on antimicrobial resistance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Engage in high level health diplomacy and advocacy dialogue with Member States, PAHO Executive Management, PAHO/WHO Representatives, and Regional and National Partners on the development, implementation, and monitoring of One Health National Action Plans for Member States; facilitate the mainstreaming of effective strategies and actions including on the prevention and control of infection, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance, awareness creation and communication, research and development in their health and development agendas
  3. Lead the development and implementation of the regional response to antimicrobial resistance in coordination with the regional offices of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Organization of Animal Health (OIE), WHO, and other UN and international agencies
  4. Facilitate the creation of common goals and vision through innovative partnerships, political engagement and promoting multi-sectoral engagement and synergy across the One Health spectrum in humans, animals, plants, food, feed and the environment
  5. Identify, in consultation with all relevant Organizational entities, special areas of interest, options and opportunities for partnerships and alliances and promote, establish, and maintain liaisons with a broad spectrum of partners, including, technical agencies, academic institutions, civil society organizations, foundations, international financial institutions, regional and subregional integration mechanisms
  6. Facilitate and coordinate interdepartmental and interprogrammatic collaboration, including the establishment and coordination of internal functional teams and technical working groups, such as the AMR Technical Working Group, as well as external technical and strategic advisory groups
  7. Provide technical and policy advice and oversee the definition and establishment of the objectives, strategies, plans and budgets of each area of work within the AMR Special Program; ensure that the strategies and objectives are aligned with the Organization’s mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results; ensure that results and products delivered are aligned with the Organizational Work Plan and make significant contributions for the achievement of the expected results and strategic objectives;
  8. Facilitate the development of a regional agenda for implementation research on AMR addressing and prioritizing knowledge gaps and programmatic bottlenecks and promote the participation of Member States in global and regional research and development AMR initiatives
  9. Promote the collection and use of data and information for technical and strategic analysis, interpretation, reporting, and strategic dissemination, including activities aimed towards monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects
  10. Identify and mobilize financial resources, in collaboration with other Departments and Units of the Organization; maintain and increase the level of voluntary contributions with special focus on priority countries through intensifying advocacy with donors, drafting proposals, working plans, and ensuring the adequate implementation of resources
  11. Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Governing Bodies’ mandates related to the work of the Department and the Unit; report to Governing Bodies, through executive presentations and reports, on the status or results of the Unit
  12. Administer, allocate and monitor the Unit’s financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the Unit’s program and budget proposals; plan and organize the formulation, development, implementation and control of systems to monitor performance in accordance with the results-based management approach
  13. Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff by setting clear work objectives, ensuring timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, engaging in regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment, to include staff development in the Organization’s fundamentals, managerial competencies and technical expertise
  14. Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization’s Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance; provide a stable managerial framework that demonstrates credibility, trust and value to Member States, technical partners, civil society organizations and donors, while optimizing staff performance; provide advice, when called upon, to institutions of Member States in the area of expertise
  15. Represent the Organization in high level events, meetings, negotiations, policy discussions with partners and stakeholders interested andor supporting the public health efforts promoted by PAHO/WHO for the prevention, and containment of AMR and its drivers
  16. Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession, and a master’s degree in a health science, from a recognized university.
Desirable: A PhD in epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance or a related field, would be an asset.
WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED) link: Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator
Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international experience in leading and managing public health programs and projects aimed at the prevention, management, and containment of resistant infectious diseases. Experience in strategic thinking, managing negotiations with large institutions and donors; demonstrated resource mobilization skills and partnership development ideally in the field of international public health is essential.
Desirable: Proven experience in bilateral, multilateral and south-south collaboration, finances and integrated public health initiatives would be an asset.
PAHO Competencies:

  • Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes on such diversity Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.
  • Teamwork: Advocates for collaboration across the Organization Creates and encourages a climate of team- working and collaboration across the Organization; sees cooperation as a key Organizational priority and creates collaborative systems and processes to achieve Organizational goals. Actively identifies and tackles disagreements between internal and external counterparts that compromise the Organization’s goals and mandate; diplomatically facilitates the resolution of conflicts between others and ensures strategic partnerships with a range of key stakeholders; maintains and extends an effective collaborative network of individuals inside and outside the Organization.
  • Communication: Share knowledge Shares decisions and directives of senior management and communicates them in a manner that ensures both understanding and acceptance; shares knowledge and best practice at the three Organizational levels (country, regional and global), as necessary.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Provide direction/Support, motivate and empower others Oversees and provides teams and departments with clear managerial directions which are translated from Organizational strategy. Builds a performance culture in the Organization; contributes to setting Organizational performance goals and standards; monitors Organizational performance against milestones and strategic goals; identifies and nurtures talent as appropriate. Promotes autonomy and empowerment throughout the Organization; inspires enthusiasm and a positive attitude in people towards their work and contribution to the Organization’s success.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources: Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well - Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives. Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.
  • Driving the Organization to a successful future: Constructive leadership style/ Set the vision and build commitment - Leads and develops a road map for successfully achieving real progress in the Organization’s mandate, including consultation with key stakeholders; demonstrates respectful, trustworthy, transparent and accountable behavior in order to develop a reliable and coherent identity for the Organization. Creates a coherent Organizational vision of shared and successful goals; fosters a culture of vision and long- term goals, recognizing and rewarding efforts to maximize the Organization’s value.

Technical Expertise:
Technical: Extensive and progressive expertise at decision-making level in prevention, control and management of resistant infectious diseases, including the management of public health programs at regional, subregional and country level. Extensive experience in management of communicable diseases during the occurrence of natural disasters and outbreaks to prevent the interruption of essential periodic activities aimed towards the prevention and control of resistant infectious diseases. Wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and the management of projects and programs recommended by PAHO/WHO to effectively prevent andor eliminate selected infectious diseases. Demonstrated skills and experience in building partnerships, managing integrated approaches in public health, resource mobilization, and management in monitoring and evaluation.
Managerial: Expertise in progressively responsible positions in the management of infectious disease programs, projects andor initiatives; expertise in administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation with public health and government officials and other national and international bodies. Demonstrated ability in managing human resources, in providing professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work; courtesy, tact, sensitivity to manage confidential information, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people at different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
Administrative: Skills in the creation and integration of administrative procedures for the delivery of highest quality results from the teams, as well as experience in program management.
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.
IT Skills:
Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, in particular spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.
Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)
USD $90,664 post adjustment. Post Adjustment: 54.1% of the above figure(s).
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual. For information on PAHO please visit: is an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities. PAHO/WHO also promotes a work environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other types of abusive behavior. PAHO conducts background checks and will not hire anyone who has a substantiated history of abusive conduct. PAHO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. People who commit serious wrongdoing will be terminated and may also face criminal prosecution. PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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.Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. The post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.

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