OBJECTIVE OF THE OFFICE/DEPARTMENT
This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
The Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) department of the Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation at the regional, subregional 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. FPL 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; comprehensive family immunization; and Health Promotion, equity and cultural diversity approaches.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the general supervision of the Director, Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL), in coordination with FPL Unit Chiefs, and the Center Director, Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women’s Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
- Provide technical advice to national authorities on the development of strategic actions to improve the health of women, maternal, perinatal, neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, youth, men and the elderly and their access to health care taking into consideration the multi-ethnic diversity, inequities in health and level of development of the country; develop technical cooperation programs for the creation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to foster a culture of health quality in the life course
- Provide technical advice to national authorities on the development of strategic actions to improve maternal and women’s health, their access to health care and quality of care focusing on reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity; develop strategies and work with national authorities to specifically address issues related to preeclampsia, eclampsia and sepsis
- Provide technical cooperation to national authorities and local governments to strengthen multisectoral policies and laws on mental health in accordance with PAHO/WHO policies; collaborate and support the development of strategic actions to improve the mental health of vulnerable groups in the population, taking into consideration the multi-ethnic diversity, inequities in health and level of development of the country
- Provide technical cooperation to national authorities and local governments to develop policies and action plans to address malnutrition in all its forms, monitor their implementation and achieve the global nutrition goals for 2025 and the components nutritional values of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Provide technical cooperation to national authorities and local governments to strengthen multisectoral policies and laws to reduce the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products
- Provide technical advice, guidance and support to national authorities for the integration of equity, gender, ethnicity, and human rights approaches into operational planning, monitoring, and evaluation; support to the MoH for the implementation of mechanisms and methodologies to address interculturality, in accordance with the different contexts and realities
- 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)
- Advocate for and support national authorities in the design, implementation and evaluation of healthy public policies and initiatives, strengthening social participation and inter-sectoral action at national and local levels to ensure healthy and enabling settings; advise on the preparation and revision of national and local level plans of actions
- Promote actions to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live; support the activities related with the Decade of Healthy Aging for the Americas, by ensuring the development of successful proposals, actions, interventions, and partnerships with critical and leading partners and stakeholders. Provide technical assistance for building age-friendly environments in cities and communities
- Coordinate and support the implementation of activities promoted by the Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women’s Health, and Reproductive Health (CLAP) to strengthen training in the areas of perinatology, reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition
- Strengthen the measurement and evaluation of health determinants and the causes of health inequities. Promote and support research including the compilation of various questionnaires/surveys that will contribute to addressing prevailing diseases affecting mothers, newborns, children, adolescents, women, men, and elderly persons
- Support and develop health policies, action plans and projects aimed at increasing equitable access to health care in groups in a situation of vulnerability (Afro descendants, children, adolescents and women, older adults, LGTBI, informal workers); identify inequities in care and causes of exclusion in health care services in order to identify best options for the achievement of the objectives and goals of the family and community health area
- Provide support to raise awareness of the need for action to reduce violence against children, adolescents and women in the country; identify, synthesize and disseminate data and evidence on what works to reduce violence against children and women; provide technical guidance and support to the country to develop evidence-based prevention and response capacity; strengthen partnerships across health programs, sectors and stakeholders for coordinated and comprehensive violence prevention and response efforts, including addressing the intersections between violence against children and other forms of violence in the country
- Provide technical advice, facilitate, and coordinate policy development and comprehensive program implementation in the workers’ health area with governmental and intersectoral partners
- 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 any other field related to the functions of the post from a recognized institution.
You will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s) required for this position. WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED): http://www.whed.net/. PAHO will also use the databases http://www.chea.org and https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to support the validation process
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in managing inter-sectoral health or social projects and programs in the area of family health and quality of care, nutrition, mental health. Of these, at least five years should include development of policies, negotiation and coordination with all relevant sectors of government, scientific societies, universities, international agencies and organized community groups.
Desirable: Experience of work in different cultural contexts, especially related to indigenous and afrodescendants’ health, would be an asset
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: Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity 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: Collaborate and cooperate with others. Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve and build rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the team’s successes and shortcomings
Communication: Share knowledge Shares relevant information openly and ensures that the shared information is understood; considers knowledge sharing as a constructive working method and demonstrates awareness of the Organization
Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality results Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs. Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively as needed. Proactively engages in projects and initiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategies and Program of Work. Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets an example, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’s benefit
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
Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond: Develop networks and partnerships and encourage collaboration Builds and negotiates strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure Organizational results and success. Creates innovative opportunities for promoting synergies inside and outside the Organization to improve Organizational success
- Expert knowledge in public health, family health programs, and the organization of country health systems with focus on primary/sexual/reproductive health, mental health, nutrition, gender, ethnicity, and life course approach
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the health, growth and development of all members of a family with a life course approach, as well as basic knowledge of health settings and strategies conducive to improvement of social determinants related to family well-being
- Experience working with local governments within the framework of the healthy municipality’s strategy
- Theoretical and practical familiarity with concepts and methods applicable to development and management of the intercultural aspects of family care
- Expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating family and reproductive health strategies
- Expertise in formulating and implementation of policies to reduce the consumption of tobacco, sugar-sweetened beverages and other ultra-processed food products
- Knowledge of the approach and actions needed to promote community-based mental health policies and strategies
- Expertise in strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, and health systems performance
- Extensive knowledge of health systems, primary health care and coordination of health services networks, value of the systems to ensure continuity of care during the life course and quality attention
- Expertise in developing and managing strategic alliances and networks, with special emphasis on inter-agency coordination; formulating project proposals for external financing
- 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
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.
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, and Word are considered essential. Knowledge of SPSS, STATA, Visio and Project would be an asset.
Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)
US $75,602.00 + post adjustment
Post Adjustment: 35.8% of the above figure(s). Variation May occur.
THIS VACANCY NOTICE MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER SIMILAR POSITIONS AT THE SAME GRADE LEVEL.
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