[ES_JOBS_NET] Advisor, Air Quality, World Health Organization, Washington DC
christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Fri Nov 9 16:53:18 MST 2018
Advisor, Air Quality - (1805606)
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: Two years, first year probationary period.
: Nov 9, 2018, 9:46:28 AM
: Nov 30, 2018, 3:59:00 PM
: United States-Washington, D.C.
: Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health
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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 Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health
Department (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation
activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control,
elimination and/or reduction of communicable diseases, zoonosis and
environmental threats to 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,
fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improving the
effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitating policy and
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and
Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), and the direct supervision of
the Unit Chief, Climate and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE/CE),
the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the
following assigned duties:
1. Provide technical, strategic advice and programmatic direction for
the the planning and implementation of regional strategies, norms, standards
and guidelines to reduce health vulnerability to the effects of air
pollution; develop the Organization's conceptual and cooperation framework
to address the impact of air pollution on health in the Region;
2. Provide technical and policy advice, and collaborate with other
Departments, Sub-Regional Offices, and Country Offices in the development of
policies and implementation of technical cooperation strategies to respond
to the adverse health effects of air pollution in the Region;
3. Provide technical guidance and proactively support Member States by
providing up-to-date information concerning mitigation and adaptation
measures to cope with the implications of air quality on health-related
strategies and policies; guide the formulation of projects to respond to the
adverse health effects of air pollution; provide guidance on the development
of innovative responses to support Member States in efforts to prevent
diseases related to air pollution;
4. Establish, promote and maintain collaborative relationships with
centers of excellence devoted to the study and research of health impacts of
air pollution in the Region; promote the active participation of other
disciplines and sectors to foster a holistic approach in responding to the
adverse health effects of air pollution;
5. Generate, encourage and maintain a network of institutions,
collaborating centers, non-governmental organizations and specialists who
participate and promote strategies to respond to the adverse health effects
of air pollution;
6. Promote specialized human resources development initiatives with
regard to air quality and health through interested academic and other
educational institutions, using computer technology; participate in the
identification of national capacity gaps to improve existing procedures and
introduce new practices and/or ideas among partners and key stakeholders;
and support the planning and management of workshops, seminars and training
to strengthen health staff and skill-sets of national authorities;
7. Analyze, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based
technical information and knowledge to support the development of public
policies and regulations for improvement of air quality;
8. Develop standards, guidelines, and procedures for the organization,
operation, and evaluation of program activities; optimize the use of the
country's health systems and related socioeconomic infrastructure;
9. Provide overall guidance and leadership in the development of
innovative responses that support member States in their efforts to prevent
diseases associated with the environment, such as on estimating costs of
inaction for the monitoring and reporting of Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and related indicators of air pollution indoors and outdoors;
10. Provide collaboration in the development of surveillance, monitoring
and research of priority health problems related to poor air quality,
including the adaptation and application of methodological guidelines;
11. Facilitate the collection of data, provide statistical analysis and
document the results for the Region; consolidate and disseminate scientific
and evidence-based technical information, guidelines and policies for areas
of responsibility; ensure technical excellence in all relevant documents
produced by the program;
12. Mobilize resources, financial and non-financial, to support the
implementation of programs under areas of responsibility; develop strategic
partnerships including drafting proposals, to increase advocacy and ensure
that air pollution and its effects are properly represented in the climate
change agenda; and facilitate and coordinate technical collaboration;
13. Collaborate in the preparation of the Program's Biennial Work Plan
(BWP), budget, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned
14. 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;
15. Perform other related duties, as assigned.
Essential: A bachelor's degree in a discipline related to air quality, an
environmental science or other health science, or chemical/environmental
engineering, and a master's degree in public health or a related field from
a recognized university.
Desirable: A doctoral degree in environmental sciences, environmental
health, or chemical/environmental engineering, 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: <http://www.whed.net/>
http://www.whed.net/. PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for
Higher Education Accreditation <http://www.chea.org/> http://www.chea.org
and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for
Educational Statistics, <https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator>
https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to support the validation process.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in
technical cooperation programs or institutions concerned with public health
management or evaluation of environmental determinants of health and
sustainable development programs.
Desirable: Proven experience in managing complex international technical
cooperation programs in the field of international public health, and/or on
programs pertinent to environmental health protection, policies and /or
monitoring, at international level, would be an asset.
* Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full
understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well
as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads
employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and
equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves
consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
* Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on
the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of
responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the
importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken
in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing
analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is
capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one
and two years ahead.
* Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is,
leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully
coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult
team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for
the team's successes and failures.
* Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key
players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the
organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside
PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration
the multicultural differences within the organization.
* Information Management: Processes and analyzes the data
objectively, presenting it clearly and equitably. Leads the effort to
acquire relevant and selected information that facilitates the achievement
of organizational results. Evaluates/leads the evaluation of information
systems on the basis of its advantages/disadvantages for processing
information relevant to the area of work.
* Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates
criteria for the interventions at the process, management, and outcome
level, in addition to technical cooperation evaluation plans, in keeping
with the PAHO's strategic direction.
* Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical
cooperation interventions: Selects priority ideas for executing the
interventions after anticipating their potential problems and solutions.
Participates in the preparation of strategic plans, providing input about
their impact, quality, critical points, and risks.
* Resource Mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and
apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need.
Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources are
aligned with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in
a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well
under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the
organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired.
* Technical expertise in environmental health and public health,
including in-depth knowledge in respect of air quality and urban health.
* Capacity to innovate, integrate and create new public health
strategies, initiatives and projects.
* Demonstrated expertise in supporting the planning, development and
implementation of environmental health protection programs, including local
and social development programs involving more than one country.
* Managerial expertise in environmental public health programs and
projects in developing countries.
* Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation
projects, interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating
program interventions, budget programming and control.
* Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual,
interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to identify,
assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and
* 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 a computer and utilize software
programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio,
Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.
Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)
Post Adjustment: 47.1% 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
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same
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.
For information on PAHO please visit: <http://www.paho.org/>
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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