Specialist, Tobacco Surveillance

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

Description of duties: Under the general supervision of the Director, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), and the Unit Chief, Risk Factors and Nutrition (NMH/RF), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties: a) Provide technical expertise in the areas of tobacco surveillance, epidemiology, data collection, analysis, and dissemination efforts to support the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use;b) Serve as a coordinating officer for all components of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) activities in the Region related to budget, workshops, survey implementation and evaluation plans;c) Support countries in any national, sub-regional and/or regional initiative related to tobacco surveillance and build in-country capacity to monitor and evaluate tobacco control policies and programs and to use the data to support other initiatives;d) Collaborate with the national, regional and international agencies (governments, ministries of health and education, national statistic offices, non-government agencies, public health institutes and academic institutions) to facilitate the implementation of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) components;e) Prepare, review, and monitor collaborative agreements, contracts, and/or memoranda of understanding in close consultation with the Regional Advisors and the Unit Chief. Provide and coordinate overall administrative and program activities to ensure successful program execution. Draft briefing reports for the donor, partners and other representations;f) Provide technical support for the compilation and analysis of data from national tobacco use prevalence surveys for the preparation of country and subregional policy briefs and reports on tobacco control initiatives; g) Collaborate with researchers, public health analysts and statisticians in national, regional and international settings to develop joint analyses and publications. Prepare presentations on regional survey findings and methodological and statistical approaches to working with large data sets at national, regional and international conferences;h) Prepare advanced statistical reports, graphs, charts, tables, and narrative material to be used in publishing the results of studies and in giving oral and poster presentations;i) Support and collaborate with GTSS country officers in all GTSS related issues;j) Collaborate in the planning and organization of major meetings, conferences and strategic events pertaining to the program; prepare technical contents and agendas; prepare meetings final reports consolidating various partners' contribution, etc; k) Perform any other surveillance, capacity building or other tobacco control related duties as and when required;l) Perform other related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: A bachelor's degree in a health or social science, statistics, or in a related field from a recognized university.Desirable: Master's degree in health science, public health or epidemiology, with a specialization in health surveillance, biostatistics and survey methodology, 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/ Skills: Key Behavioral Competencies Intrainstitutional Action: Operates in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Ensures that the mission and the values of the Organization as well as the setting in which projects will be carried out are the drivers in one's technical work. Understands the results required and performs to that standard. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Takes or organizes individual and collective action after analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge. Continuously analyzes the evolution of situations in an area of work and makes suggestions to adjust or confirm the decisions necessary to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation between six months to one year ahead.Teamwork: Promotes team work and leads one's area to finish tasks and accept responsibility. Creates a positive environment within the area of work. Makes everyone feel like they are part of the team as well as welcomes and appreciates everyone's ideas and suggestions. Able to see the positive aspects of working as a team, shares the team's enthusiasm for achieving mutual goals. Accountability: Identifies, in conjunction with management, specific activities, processes jobs that require defined accountability, linking them to accountability strategies and objectives. Revises periodically progress made in the established work plan with his/her supervisor. Constantly reaches their objectives.Knowledge Management: Shares knowledge and information appropriately and participates in activities to facilitate sharing. Develops tools and protocols for creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge. Researches opportunities, methods and approaches for delivering value through improved knowledge. Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes priority ideas for executing interventions after anticipating their critical points, eventual risks and solutions. Evaluates proposals for interventions before making decisions to execute them. Lays the technical foundations for executing technical cooperation interventions following the Organization's strategy in order to generate the expected results.Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.Technical Expertise - Advanced knowledge and skills in surveillance, research, capacity building, coordination, project management, program planning and development.- Knowledge and technical expertise in tobacco surveillance, evidence-based public health approaches to prevent and control tobacco use.- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrate ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key technical and administrative issues.- Ability to integrate political, technical and managerial inputs into recommendations for decision-making.- Ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment and to re-prioritize actions on short notice.- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.- 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. IT skills and knowledge on statistical packages such as Epinfo, STATA and/or SPSS and other software programs such as Tableau would be an asset. Experience: Essential: Seven years of combined national and international experience in capacity building, program planning/development design and implementation of health programs and activities including at least two years of specific work on tobacco control.Desirable: Established track record in tobacco control surveillance, research, program management and knowledge of surveys and data collection systems would be an asset. 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. 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: www.who.int/employment. 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-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-07-11

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