The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. It works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people's health. PAHO engages in technical cooperation with its member countries to fight communicable and noncommunicable diseases and their causes, to strengthen health systems, and to respond to emergencies and disasters. To advance these goals, PAHO promotes technical cooperation between countries and works in partnership with ministries of health and other government agencies, civil society organizations, other international agencies, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and other partners. PAHO promotes the inclusion of health in all public policies and the engagement of all sectors in efforts to ensure that people live longer, healthier lives, with good health as their most valuable resource.
Under the leadership of its 51 member countries and territories, PAHO sets regional health priorities and mobilizes action to address health problems that respect no borders and that, in many cases, jeopardize the sustainability of health systems. From its Washington, D.C. headquarters, 27 country offices and three specialized centers in the region, PAHO promotes evidence-based decision-making to improve and promote health as a driver of sustainable development.
PAHO is searching for a senior public health expert to serve as:
Chief, AMR Special Program
The incumbent provides leadership on the principles and implementation of PAHO’s technical cooperation on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He/she is responsible for managing and coordinating the Antimicrobial Resistance Special Program (CDE/AMR) of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE). The Special Program addresses the emergence and spread of AMR which leaves devastating health and economic outcomes in its wake and jeopardizes the control of communicable diseases. The incumbent’s mission is to support and guide Member States’ efforts to take all necessary action possible in accordance with their context, needs, and priorities, to decrease the negative impact of AMR. This requires the chief of the program to oversee, lead and provide high level strategic direction and supervise a team engaged in strengthening public health responses to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate interventions aimed at prevention, mitigation, and control of AMR. He/she provides technical cooperation to PAHO’s technical areas, country offices, and Member States to promote and implement best practices and evidence-based policies related to AMR, working in collaboration with national counterparts and inter-programmatically within the Organization. The specific Plan of Action and other mandates of the Organization that are to be implemented all fit within the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Health Frameworks and are in line with the WHO Global Plan for AMR and PAHO’ Strategic Plan. The definition and implementation of AMR policies, strategies and interventions will require extensive health diplomacy efforts, pursuit of organizational synergies through robust inter departmental work as well as close coordination with UN and partner agencies specially WHO, FAO, OIE and UNEP under the quadripartite Collaboration on AMR. The incumbent interprets the political, financial and economic impact of major administrative decisions and defines and proposes levels and allocations of resources required to meet the Organization's responsibilities in the area under delegation.
The successful candidate will have:
A university degree in a health-related profession, and a master’s degree in a health science, from a recognized university.
Thirteen years of combined national and international experience in leading and managing public health programs and projects aimed at the prevention, management, and containment of resistant infectious diseases. Experience in strategic thinking, managing negotiations with large institutions and donors; demonstrated resource mobilization skills and partnership development ideally in the field of international public health is essential.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language.
Salary range: US$136,633.34 to US$148,382.26, net of income taxes. Conditions of employment in the Organization conform to those established by the International Civil Service Commission for employment in the United Nations and its specialized agencies. Benefits include 30 working days paid annual leave, comprehensive health insurance coverage and participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The conditions of employment, while not governed by national laws, promote gender equality, flexible work schedules (for many positions) and a supportive work environment.
Qualified candidates are invited to complete a profile online at www.paho.org (Select: Employment/Access to vacancy list for external candidates), look for Chief, AMR Special Program - (2204208) by 28 June 2022.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), is an international public health agency with over 100 years of experience in working to improve health and live standards of the countries of the Americas.