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Senior Advisor, Prevention and Response to Sexual Misconduct

Washington D.C.

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: Closed


This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The role of the Ethics Office is to nurture and strengthen a culture of ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability, thereby enhancing the trust and credibility of PAHO. Its core functions include providing guidance, advice, and training to help staff make the right ethical decisions in their professional work and personal conduct, assuring compliance with PAHO’s Code of Ethical Conduct and the International Civil Service Commission’s Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service, preventing sexual misconduct and all forms of harassment, engaging in anti-fraud and anti-corruption activities, and protecting personnel from retaliation.


Under the direct supervision of the Ethics Program Manager, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

Strategic Direction and Compliance

  1. Develop and oversee the implementation of PAHO’s plan of action and all PRSEAH activities in the region of the Americas to strengthen prevention, detection, reporting and response capabilities;
  2. Identify and address systemic issues, risks, trends, and concerns related to SEAH, with particular focus on community facing programs and activities that inherently carry a high risk of SEAH;
  3. Ensure that personnel are aware of and adhere to PAHO’s zero tolerance policy on SEAH and zero tolerance for inaction, their reporting responsibilities, and have knowledge of and easy access to reporting mechanisms;
  4. Develop new and update existing policies to ensure that PAHO remains at the forefront of best practice regarding PRSEAH;
  5. Ensure that SEAH risk reduction measures are systematically conducted, such as regular background screening of personnel, contractual partners are assessed for PRSEAH, and an environment that supports the safe reporting of SEAH concerns is created;
  6. Proactively engage technical and administrative departments and units to ensure that they are assessing SEAH risks in all programs and activities and integrating risk mitigation measures in their day-to-day work;
  7. Assess the impact of the Organization’s efforts in preventing and responding to SEAH and refine strategies and approaches to ensure continued relevancy in a dynamic environment;

Country Operations Support

  1. Develop the PRSEAH country action plans in consultation with the country focal points;
  2. Coordinate the work of the country focal points and provide guidance and support to PAHO/WHO country representatives and focal points to deliver on PRSEAH activities and related capacity building;
  3. Provide advice on the implementation of a victims first approach and support mechanisms;
  4. Support SEAH risk assessments in countries to identify risks and develop mitigation plans;
  5. Participate in field missions and emergency operations to monitor and assess the situation on the ground, interact with the civilian population to raise awareness, ensure the proper operation of community-based reporting systems and provide training, guidance and support;

Global PRSEAH Task Team

  1. Serve as a member of the WHO Task team on PRSEAH;
  2. Contribute to organization-wide knowledge and best practices in PRSEAH management and actively participate in the WHO global network for PRSEAH, including for UN-wide efforts;

Reporting Mechanisms and Protection from Retaliation

  1. Ensure that PAHO has an easily accessible feedback and reporting mechanism for personnel, whistleblowers, and communities with reliable follow-up and transparent reporting;
  2. Adopt a key and proactive role, and recommend measures, as appropriate, to protect people from retaliation who have reported sexual misconduct or cooperated in an SEAH investigation;

Training and Outreach

  1. Develop awareness material, including posters, brochures and videos, to increase the knowledge of PAHO personnel on the standards of conduct expected of them as international civil servants;
  2. Organize and provide PRSEAH training and online courses for personnel throughout the Organization, as well as to people in the communities served by PAHO;
  3. Undertake outreach activities so that PAHO contractors, service providers and partners are aware of PAHO’s zero tolerance policy on SEAH and can manage their activities accordingly;


  1. Prepare briefing documents for Member States, Executive Management, PAHO’s Audit Committee, donors and stakeholders;
  2. Compile statistics and data on PRSEAH issues, including on training and outreach;

Other Activities

  1. Engage in resource mobilization to obtain funds from Member States, donors and partners to expand the Organization’s capacity to prevent and respond to SEAH;
  2. 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;
  3. Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization’s Code of Ethical Conduct to help ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability and compliance;
  4. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a social science, international development, public health, human rights law, humanitarian affairs, law or management, and a master’s degree in any discipline related to the functions of the post from a recognized university.

Desirable: Post graduate studies or specialized training in strategy development, human rights, social anthropology, community engagement, or behavior change management 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: PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.


Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international professional experience, including in one or a combination of the following:

  • Working with children and/or adults who have witnessed or experienced exploitation, abuse or harassment.
  • Experience conducting awareness raising and training on sensitive issues, such as sexual exploitation and abuse and/or child abuse; experience in providing safeguarding guidance and advice.
  • Experience in the delivery of programs in complex humanitarian or development contexts.
  • Experience in institutional capacity building or change management.

Desirable: Experience managing health interventions in complex humanitarian or development contexts and experience in leading large teams would be assets.


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 teamwork 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: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Share knowledge - Articulates the Organization’s strategic objectives when formulating and delivering information and presentations and adapts presentation methodology to address the needs of different audiences. 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 appropriate, communicate with external stakeholders so that they understand PAHO’s zero tolerance policy and work on PRSEAH.
  • 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 analyzes 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 measurable 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.
  • Setting an example: Act professionally and ethically/ Be trustworthy - Works ethically to achieve individual work objectives under 'PAHO Regulations and Rules and the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Maintains confidentiality and treats sensitive information with discretion; ensures that policies and procedures are followed in accordance with the Organization's professional, ethical and legal standards. When others behave in an unprofessional or unethical way, promotes appropriate standards and provides feedback in order to remedy the situation; escalates as necessary. Stands by own decisions and actions and accepts responsibility for them. Acts in an open and transparent manner when dealing with others; stands by own and/ team’s decisions or actions and accepts responsibility for them. Acts to promote the Organization’s success.

Technical Expertise:

  • Good knowledge of safeguarding strategies, approaches, and interventions.
  • Strong analytical skills and solid understanding of risks, constraints, and obstacles to safeguarding interventions and knowledge on how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Excellent knowledge of safeguarding actors and their comparative strength and weaknesses in the inter-agency effort of prevention and response to SEA.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in conducting risk assessments, joint planning and consultation processes with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary teams and multinational staff; and ensure confidentiality.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in consultation processes and priority identification.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate change among PAHO, WHO, UN, NGOs, national health authorities, donors and other actors.


Very good knowledge of Spanish or English 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, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint, and Word are considered essential.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

US $92,731.00 post adjustment

Post Adjustment: 63.5% 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.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.

For information on PAHO please visit:

PAHO/WHO 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/WHO personnel interact frequently with people in the communities we serve. To protect these people, 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 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.

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