: Apr 24, 2020, 7:36:53 PM
: May 9, 2020, 10:59:00 PM
: United States-Washington, D.C.
: HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections
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:
- 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
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Participate in and contribute to the preparation,
coordination and development of the activities of the regional grant;
- Coordinate and contribute to the reporting on the
technical activities in the regional grant;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- 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
- Promote, plan and coordinate the development and/or
adaptation of on-line training materials on the latest laboratory guidelines
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- 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;
- 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
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: http://www.whed.net/. PAHO will also use the databases of the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp and
College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational
Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
written test may be used as a form of screening.
appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations,
Staff Rules and e-Manual.
information on PAHO please visit: http://www.paho.org
is committed to workforce diversity.
has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form
from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are
applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for
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