Back Advisor, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Prevention and Control - (1901145)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 11 months (renewable up to 24 months, subject to availability of funds & satisfactory performance


Job Posting

: Mar 4, 2019, 9:59:35 PM

Closing Date

: Mar 19, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: United States-Washington, D.C.


: Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health


: Full-time

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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, and elimination of communicable diseases and zoonosis 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 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 cooperation related to all forms of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) as part of the implementation of the End TB Strategy and Plan of Action for Tuberculosis Control 2016-2019;
  2. Provide technical advice and capacity building opportunities to Member States for the introduction and implementation of new TB drugs and treatment regimens with emphasis on DR-TB, in line with the latest WHO recommendations;
  3. Provide technical support, in collaboration with the Medicine and Health Technologies (HSS/MT) Team, for the implementation and monitoring of pharmacovigilance of anti-TB drugs in Member States;
  4. Collaborate with the HSS-MT, the Strategic Fund and the Global Drug Facility (GDF) for technical cooperation to member states in the procurement of first and second line TB drugs, as well as monitoring on drug management to prevent stock outs using the software QuanTB;
  5. Provide Secretariat support to the Regional Green Light Committee (rGLC) for technical assistance to countries with an DR-TB component of their Global Fund grant;
  6. Develop, implement and monitor, jointly with National TB Programs (NTPs) and the rGLC, innovative approaches for DR-TB prevention and control in vulnerable populations for TB (children, indigenous people, prisoners, drug addicts and migrants, among others);
  7. Coordinate periodic monitoring visits to the NTPs on the DR-TB; develop and/or review reports for submission to WHO and the Global Fund;
  8. Document progress, achievements and technical assistance needed on DR-TB in countries; and follow-up on the implementation of mission recommendations and implementation of WHO DR-TB guidelines in Member States;
  9. Coordinate and review the annual TB data collection from Member States in the Americas, contribute to the analysis of the data and monitor and advice NTPs on the DR-TB indicators in countries;
  10. Contribute to the development, review and update of biennial programs and budgets (BWP), semi-annual work plans (PTS) and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
  11. Contribute to the efforts of the Organization in resource mobilization through the development and submission of innovative proposals to funding agencies;
  12. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



A university degree in a health-related profession and a master’s degree in public health or a related field from a recognized institution.

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.


Nine years of combined national and international experience working in tuberculosis control, including program management, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and/or research. Of these, at least five years of experience in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.


PAHO 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.
  • 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.
  • Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.
  • 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.
  • Leadership: Uses complex strategies to promote team morale and productivity. Obtains needed personnel resources and information for the team. Makes sure the practical needs of the team are met.
  • Knowledge Management: Supports and develops networked and community working. Identifies, develops and nurtures networks and communities. Identifies and builds on working networks that enable knowledge and information flow. Designs and implements knowledge and information services. Enables utilization of knowledge and information sources. Delivers relevant knowledge and information in most appropriate form. Participates in and learns from networked and community approaches.
  • 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:

  • Theoretical and practical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to prevention and control of communicable diseases with emphasis on tuberculosis.
  • Technical expertise and skills the area of tuberculosis prevention and control within the framework of the End TB Strategy, including the implementation and expansion of programmatic management for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).
  • Theoretical and practical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to clinical management of tuberculosis, as well as a thorough knowledge of its epidemiology.
  • Technical knowledge and expertise on TB information systems, TB data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of health service policies and administration in the framework of the local health system development and primary health care.
  • Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deals with difficult situations and sensitive areas; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and technical issues.
  • 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 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, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs would be an asset.


Monthly Salary: (Net of taxes)


Post Adjustment:

US$2,881.27 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.

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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.

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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