World Health Organization (WHO)

Advisor (Noncommunicable Diseases, Prevention and Control)

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 Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Department promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities, directed at the prevention and control of non-Communicable Diseases and related risk factors, mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders and disabilities, and promotion of optimal nutrition and road safety, that are evidence-based and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented. It raises political and public awareness and understanding of the burden of the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental disorders, related risk factors and conditions and leads multi-sector and multi-stakeholder strategic and collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening Member States' capacity to promote and protect health through public policies, programs, and services. This will reduce risks and disease burden and contribute to improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of the population.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the general supervision of the Director, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
  1. Provide technical and strategic input on the implementation of the Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Americas at the national level, with a focus on risk factor reduction, NCD management, surveillance and monitoring;
  2. Collaborate on the development of interventions to scale up the prevention, control, diagnosis and clinical management of NCDs, with emphasis on primary and secondary prevention;
  3. Provide technical input to strengthen surveillance measures to ensure country capacity to report on global and regional NCD targets and indicators;
  4. Promote inter-programmatic and intersectoral Coordination and synergies at the country level and in collaboration with the subregional level for NCD prevention and control, and to ensure greater effectiveness and utilization of organizational resources; promote and support the development of relevant networks, alliances, and multi-stakeholder partnerships needed to successfully address NCDs, risk factors and determinants including the problems of mental health;
  5. Collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate scientific and evidence-based information related to the NCD situation, and facilitate the use of this information in planning and evaluation of subregional and national NCD programs, leading to progress with tackling NCDs as well as raising the visibility of the work of the Organization;
  6. Provide technical cooperation in Nutrition to prevent obesity in children and adolescents in line with the Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents, as well as reduce stunting and undernutrition in infants and young children, and maternal anemia in coordination with the NMH Department nutrition advisors;
  7. Provide technical cooperation in Mental Health and Substance Use disorders, including alcohol use, to reduce related morbidity and mortality, promote the integration of MH into primary health care settings and support the development of interventions to reduce the treatment gap, as well the public health approach to substance use as outlined in the Plan of Action on Psychoactive Substance Use and Public Health;
  8. Provide technical cooperation in the program areas of road safety, and prevention of violence and injuries, in line with the Strategy and Plan of Action on Strengthening the Health System to Address Violence against Women, the Plan of Action on Road Safety and the mandates set out in the Sustainable Development Goals;
  9. Contribute to resource mobilization to extend the scope of technical cooperation for NCDs, by preparing project proposals for the appropriate national, bilateral and international funding agencies; collaborating in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of such projects;
  10. Develop and lead initiatives that will increase capacities and skills of primary level care providers on evidence-based interventions for NCD management, including interventions to address mental health and substance use, road safety and violence prevention;
  11. Collaborate in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Organization’s Strategic plan, emphasizing activities under the program area for NCDs, with focus on prevention and control;
  12. Represent the Organization at national technical meetings and in inter-agency consultations on areas of NCD prevention and control;
  13. Contribute to the development, definition and establishment of the objectives, strategy, plan and budget for NCDs. Ensure an Organization-wide approach and strategies and objectives that are aligned with the Organization’s mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities, in order to maximize results;
  14. Participate in the preparation of the Unit’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget and technical evaluation and progress reports;
  15. 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;
  16. 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 any other field related to the functions of the post, from a recognized institution.

Desirable: A PhD in a relevant area 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.

Experience: Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience working in noncommunicable Disease Prevention and control, including surveillance and monitoring. Practical experience in the provision of technical cooperation to authorities in Ministries of Health for noncommunicable disease prevention and control.

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:
  • Technical expertise in international public health for NCD prevention and control.
  • Technical knowledge of evidence-based interventions for NCD risk factor reduction, NCD management.
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise in methods and systems for NCD and risk factor surveillance.
  • Knowledge of NCD policy development and strategies for multi-sector actions for NCDs.
  • Managerial skills for the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects, including resource mobilization, budget planning and management.
  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to negotiate, influence, and impact positively on the creation and sustainability of partnerships with national and international institutions as well as with private and public sector organizations.
  • Results oriented and ability to work well under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • 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 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 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 for data Analysis programs such as EpiInfo would be an asset.

REMUNERATION Annual Salary: (Net of taxes) US$ 74,913.00 post adjustment Post Adjustment: 26.3% 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.

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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.

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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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