World Health Organization (WHO)

Advisor (Immunization)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

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 Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) 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 leads innovative, inter-sectoral and strategic efforts to address the social determinants of health.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the general supervision of the Director, Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Comprehensive Family Immunization (FPL/IM), and the administrative supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
  1. Provide technical advice and support in programming and evaluating national plans and strategies for National Immunization Programs in the countries of the Caribbean, with respect to:
    1. immunization strategies;
    2. Cold Chain and safety equipment and procedures;
    3. delivery of vaccines and related supplies;
    4. training of personnel in all aspects of program implementation;
    5. monitoring systems for reporting immunizations administered and integration into general reporting systems of mother and Child Health;
    6. the organization of epidemiological surveillance systems to detect, investigate, and control cases of paralytic poliomyelitis and other vaccine‑preventable diseases in the assigned countries;
    7. intra and extra‑sectoral coordination, coordination at institutional level and within the United Nations (UN) system, as well as regional level;
    8. mobilization of resources from national, and international sources through Inter-Agency Coordination Committee (ICC) partnership; social mobilization for immunization programs;
  2. Advise and promote sound immunization practices within extended primary health care systems in close coordination with all related national programs in the countries;
  3. Promote the implementation of the Plan of Action of the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI);
  4. Develop and update national plans for comprehensive immunization programs, including the planning of objectives, strategies and operational methodologies, as well as budgeting, and linkages to the Revolving Fund mechanism for the procurement of vaccines within the context of the primary health care systems, at regional and national levels;
  5. Prepare and coordinate Training Programs for the operational and administrative aspects of immunization programs, and surveillance activities for vaccine-preventable diseases;
  6. Provide technical advice to Member States in all aspects of program evaluation, including the development of methodologies for process and impact evaluation;
  7. Develop and promote research programs related to different operational and epidemiological components of immunization programs and related activities at the country level;
  8. Provide Technical Support to other national institutions, technical or operational officials attached to the program in assigned countries for the development of national immunization programs in the Region;
  9. Advise and coordinate with national and international organizations in making optimal use of technical, administrative and economic resources available in the Region for the achievement of the overall goals of IM Program and, in particular, the maintenance of polio-free status and the eradication of measles in the Americas;
  10. Collaborate with other Units to achieve effective coordination of program activities and appropriate utilization and mobilization of resources;
  11. Collaborate in the preparation of the biennial work plan (BWP), programs and budgets, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects; participate in the annual evaluation of the Unit;
  12. Collaborate in the introduction of new vaccines, including against rotavirus, pneumococcus and influenza;
  13. When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;
  14. Perform other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Essential: A university degree in a health-related discipline and a master's degree in epidemiology, public health or in any of the fields related to the functions of the position, 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: 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.

Experience: Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in disease control programs, with emphasis on the design, implementation and evaluation of immunization programs. Experience should include participation in technical cooperation programs and activities in disease control or in immunization programs in a health-related program or institution.

SKILLS: 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: 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: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Listen/Write effectively/Share knowledge - Foresees communication needs of audience and targets message accordingly. Facilitates open communication; encourages others to share their views openly and takes time to understand and consider their views. Writes down ideas in a clear, structured, logical and credible way; drafts and supports the development of guidelines, policies and procedures. 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.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Provide direction - Manages individual and group projects and ensures that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clearly defined, understood and accepted; delegates work appropriately to achieve best results.
  • 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.
Technical Expertise:
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the epidemiology of Communicable Diseases, especially vaccine-preventable diseases; use of epidemiological principles and methods to solve problems related to vaccine-preventable diseases combined with the ability to respond objectively to unforeseen problems and exercise sound judgment in finding technical solutions within the framework of organizational policy. Excellent knowledge of the principles and recent developments in epidemiology, surveillance and Biostatistics.
  • Demonstrated ability in the application of epidemiological techniques and procedures for analyzing the impact of vaccine preventable diseases or conditions affecting the health of the population, determining factors which influence the magnitude of these diseases or conditions; applying and evaluating selected interventions designed to reduce the magnitude of these diseases.
  • Broad knowledge of organization and implementation of public Health Programs and public health Administration.
  • Broad knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating program intervention.
  • Knowledge and skills in project planning and management, including resource mobilization and grant management.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and coordinate activities with all relevant sectors of government, international agencies, the private sector and organized community groups.
  • 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, with a working knowledge of French. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

IT Skills: Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.

REMUNERATION Annual Salary: (Net of taxes) US $ 74,913.00 post adjustment Post Adjustment: 56.6% 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.

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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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