Advisor, Healthy Aging

Washington D.C | Washington D.C | Washington D.C

Description of duties: Under the general supervision of the Director, Family Gender and Life Course (FGL), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course (FGL/HL), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties: a) Provide technical advice to Member States in the development, review, implementation and evaluation with inter- sectorial approach, public national policies and legislation to enhance the health of older populations; promote healthy and active aging and sustainable age-friendly environments; b) Provide technical advice to Member States in the development and/or alignment of national health policies, plans, programs, guidelines, norms, and services in the area of older persons' health and a long term care system, using the healthy life course approach as an operational and strategic framework to address the health needs of this population; c) Develop policy, programs, guidelines and tools to ensure the access to health care and social protection of the older population and build the capacity of health and social service and community providers to meet the older persons' needs;d) Develop evidence-based norms, standards, methods and tools to tailor health services, communities, families and older persons' participation to meet the special needs of older persons and their families;e) Advise and participate in the identification of human resources for health needs, promotion of training, and the development of national institutions, using innovative approaches and new technologies in the area of older persons' health; f) Collaborate in the development and continued education of human resources involved in the care of older people at all levels of health services; expand and manage the networks of collaborating centers and inter-country cooperation strategies, to develop and implement interdisciplinary research, training and programs on older persons' health, active aging, and public health;g) Develop and promote policies and programs on age-friendly environments that ensure healthy aging; h) Develop proposals to obtain financial resources towards accelerating action plans in the Region, for older persons' health and social protection; i) Support strategic alliances and networks, maintaining an up-to-date inventory and functional networks of international resources that can be made available to the Organization and its Member States for the promotion and support of research, training, and service activities in the field of older persons' health; collaborate closely with key partners and other international organizations with a view to strengthening coordination of joint activities and building consensus and strategic partnerships with selected organizations;j) Support database information activities within the Department and other technical units for monitoring and evaluating older persons' health situation and trends;k) Promote and coordinate research programs aimed at understanding the factors associated with healthy aging;l) Collaborate within FGL, as well as with other relevant Departments and Technical Units to ensure that issues related to improving aging and older persons' health, and health service community practices are addressed in key areas to achieve effective coordination of program activities and appropriate utilization of resources;m) Collaborate in the preparation of the Unit's Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget, semiannual work plans and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;n) 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;o) Provide technical advice in the development and implementation of programs and training in the areas of elderly health;p) Perform other related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health, and/or gerontology and geriatrics or a related field, from a recognized institution.Desirable: Specialization in geriatrics and / or gerontology 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: Skills: Key Behavioral Competencies 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.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.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. 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. 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. 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 workResource 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 - Expert knowledge of and expertise in public health aging, geriatrics and/or gerontology, health and social care, age-friendly environments, long term care, health and health services organizations.- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical aspects and essential interventions to support the healthy growth and development of older persons, within a life course approach, - Ability to identify and provide expertise on issues related to improving health- service community practices.- Expert level of knowledge of clinical aspects of older persons using a bio- psychosocial framework and to provide expert advice on public health responses to older person's health. - Theoretical and practical knowledge of concepts and methods applicable to development and management of the intercultural aspects of older persons; epidemiology management, clinical, research and teaching skills; policy and legislation development; advocacy and policy evaluation.- Extensive knowledge of older population and community evidences-based interventions and its implementation at the country level. - Expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating older person's health, health strategies, and interventions.- Expertise in strategic thinking, planning of human resources for health, information and information systems, political and stakeholder analysis, communication, negotiation methods, leadership development, and health system performance.- 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.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 Project management would be an asset. Experience: Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in managing inter-sectorial health or social projects and programs in the area of family health with emphasis on older persons' health. Of these, at least five years of experience should involve participating in technical cooperation projects and activities concerning older person's health. Languages: Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Additional Information: PAHO 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 PERSONAL HISTORY FORM 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 ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES. Post Adjustment: 47.2 % 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. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Washington D.C | Washington D.C | Washington D.C
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-07-07

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