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Advisor, Laboratory Integration  (2001941)  
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 6 months (extension is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance)

Job Posting

: Apr 24, 2020, 7:36:53 PM

Closing Date

: May 9, 2020, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: United States-Washington, D.C.


: HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections


: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 


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
and elimination of communicable diseases and zoonoses 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, and fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity,
improve the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitate policy
and decision-making processes through improved health information coverage,
analysis and quality at all levels.


Under the general supervision of the Director,
Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), and the
direct supervision of the Unit Chief, HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Sexually
Transmitted Infections (CDE/HT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not
necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:


  1. Provide technical advice and guidance for the development
    and/or update of national policies and strategies on the use of  in vitro diagnostics for TB, HIV,
    opportunistic infections, STIs, VH, and endemic arboviral diseases based on the
    WHO Essential Diagnostic List (latest edition 2019), including individual and
    combo rapid diagnostic tests as well as integrated platforms for molecular
  2. Provide technical support for the strengthening of
    laboratory capacity and expanding access to molecular biology tests for TB, HIV
    viral load and DNA PCR, as well as for HBV-HCV viral load, HPV and other STIs,
    and Arbovirus infections through integrated multiplex platforms;
  3. Provide technical support for strengthening data
    collection and analysis of information on diagnosis of the above-mentioned
    infectious diseases and in guiding interconnectivity of diagnostic information
    systems with overall programs or national information systems;
  4. Coordinate with HSS/MT, the Strategic Fund and
    Procurement Department for the inclusion of new diagnostics for the
    above-mentioned infectious diseases on the Strategic Fund list, and review and
    provide advice on purchase orders of diagnostics received from Member States;
  5. Provide technical guidance on laboratory aspects of TB
    diagnosis including coordination of technical support for TB Supranational
    laboratories and national TB laboratory networks; develop and/or review
    technical documents on TB diagnosis; provide guidance on implementation of TB
    diagnostic algorithms, new technologies and approaches;
  6. Serve as Secretariat for the Regional Group of TB
    Laboratories of the Americas and plan, coordinate and follow up on its
    activities with its coordinating committee;
  7. Lead technically in the development and initial
    implementation of a regional Global Fund grant extension on strengthening TB
    laboratory networks in the Americas, in coordination with the principal
    recipient, partners and beneficiary countries;
  8. Participate in and contribute to the preparation,
    coordination and development of the activities of the regional grant;
  9. Coordinate and contribute to the reporting on the
    technical activities in the regional grant;
  10. Liaise with the AMR team on matters related to prevention
    and surveillance of M. tuberculosis, N. gonorrhoeae resistance to antimicrobials,
    HIV resistance to antiretrovirals, HBV and HCV resistance to antivirals;
  11. Contribute to and guide the research agenda on laboratory
    issues related to infectious diseases in collaboration with PAHO’s TDR focal
    point, and provide technical support as needed;
  12. Review WHO technical guidelines and documents, literature
    and articles and coordinate their translation and review, as well as coordinate
    the review of technical laboratory documents and plans as requested by
  13. Review, analyze and assist in developing strategies and
    innovative approaches for the introduction of new technologies applicable to
    prevention, control and elimination of disease, based on successful experiences
    in countries in the Region and/or other Regions, including multiple diagnostic
  14. Promote, plan and coordinate the development and/or
    adaptation of on-line training materials on the latest laboratory guidelines
    and initiatives;
  15. Contribute to the organization and lead and/or
    participate in regional and sub regional meetings, workshops and events, as
    well as in technical assistance and monitoring country visits and in the
    development of the respective reports;
  16. Contribute to the mobilization of resources, financial
    and non-financial, to support the implementation of programs under areas of
    responsibility; develop strategic partnerships including drafting proposals, to
    increase advocacy for prevention and control of infectious diseases; and
    facilitate and coordinate technical collaboration;
  17. Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan
    (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation projects, including the
    analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic issues and performance
  18. 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;
  19. Perform other related duties, as assigned.


Essential: A university degree in a health-related
profession and a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, microbiology,
virology or any of the areas related to the functions of the position, from a
recognized university.

Desirable: Participation in international courses on TB,
HIV/STIs, VH, and arboviral diseases conducted by internationally recognized
institutions or organizations 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: Nine years of combined practical national and
international experience working in laboratory management, operations,
supervision, and training, particularly related to communicable diseases, and
at least five years of experience working with laboratories addressing TB, HIV,
STIs, or VH, and arboviral diseases.

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
  • 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: 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: 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:
    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: 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
  • Moving forward in a changing environment: Actively
    supports Organizational change initiatives and demonstrates personal commitment
    to them, including when faced with new demands; proposes workable solutions to
    challenging situations.  Engages in
    positive responses to a changing environment and promotes workable solutions to
    achieve own and team’s results. 
    Welcomes, and actively seeks to apply, new ideas, approaches and working
    methods and technologies in order to improve own and/or team’s work processes
    and results; demonstrates commitment to Organizational change initiatives.
  • Setting an example: 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:

  • Theoretical knowledge, competence and practical expertise
    at the highest level in all aspects related to development, management,
    integration, monitoring and supervision of laboratories for prevention and
    control of communicable diseases with emphasis on TB, HIV, VH, STIs, and
    arboviral diseases, among others.
  • Theoretical and practical expertise at the highest level
    in all aspects related to TB, HIV, VH, STIs, and arboviral diseases prevention
    and control, as well as knowledge of epidemiology, diagnostic aspects, program
    management and research.
  • Knowledge of health system policies and primary health
    care related to laboratories.
  • Managerial skills for the development, implementation and
    analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget
    programming control.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to
    effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and
    professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including
    the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive
    documents for consideration at highest levels of the Organization.


Very good knowledge of English or Spanish 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,
and Outlook) and at least one program for data analysis. Other IT skills and
knowledge of other software programs would be an asset.

Monthly Salary: (Net of taxes)
US$6,126.33 (Salary non-negotiable)

Post Adjustment:

US$3,087.67  This amount is to be considered as indicative
since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to
currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

  • 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: 
    is committed to workforce diversity.
    has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form
    of tobacco.
  • Applications
    from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are
    particularly encouraged.
  • All
    applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for
    this post.
  • The
    post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.

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