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Advisor, Disabilities & Rehabilitation

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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 Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Department promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities, directed at the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and related risk factors, mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders and disabilities, and promotion of optimal nutrition and road safety, that are evidence-based and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented. It raises political and public awareness and understanding of the burden of the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental disorders, related risk factors and conditions and leads multi-sector and multi-stakeholder strategic and collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening Member States' capacity to promote and protect health through public policies, programs, and services. This will reduce risks and disease burden and contribute to improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of the population.


Under the general supervision of the Director, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Noncommunicable Diseases, Violence and Injury Prevention (NMH/NV), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

1. Provide technical, strategic advice and programmatic direction for the implementation of the Organization's Plan of Action on Disabilities and Rehabilitation; provide technical cooperation to Member States in the prevention and management of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities), and the development and implementation of comprehensive social and health policies for promoting health care and social protection practices to address the needs of persons with disabilities in the Region;
2. Coordinate the development of technical and management guidelines and best practice standards for the strengthening and the development of prevention and management of disabilities and rehabilitation services within the framework of health system strengthening and Health Sector Reform;
3. Develop and recommend norms and procedures concerning the technical, administrative and social aspects of disabilities and rehabilitation services;
4. Develop and promote policies for the comprehensive care of persons with disabilities; promote the participation of communities in improving access to disability care and prevention through the development of manuals, policies, handbooks, etc;
5. Collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate scientific and technical information related to disabilities and rehabilitation, and facilitate the use of the information in planning and evaluation of country programs and services;
6. Collaborate and cooperate with staff in the department and other relevant PAHO departments to promote and ensure coordination and synergies for disabilities and rehabilitation, to ensure integration of cross cutting topics such as equity, gender, and ethnicity; as well as to ensure greater effectiveness and utilization of organizational resources;
7. Provide technical input, contribute to, and ensure regional considerations are provided to WHO's initiatives on disabilities and rehabilitation;
8. Promote and raise the visibility of the work of the Organization on disabilities and rehabilitation, including hosting regional webinars, training, and advocacy;
9. Establish and foster partnerships and alliances with international organizations, academia and civil society groups to collaborate on disabilities and rehabilitation programs and services;
10. Collaborate and promote training programs for health personnel to contribute to implementing comprehensive, quality care and protection of persons with disabilities, including rehabilitation programs; collaborate with national and international health personnel working in the development of psychosocial and vocational aspects of rehabilitation;
11. Promote and collaborate in mobilizing national and international resources to facilitate the implementation of disability and rehabilitation programs and plans at the national, sub-regional and local level;
12. Promote research activities and capacity building in the areas of rehabilitation programs;
13. Support the development of grant proposals related to disabilities and rehabilitation at the regional and national level and supervise technically the regional and country-based projects;
14. Represent the Organization in technical meetings, seminars, congresses and academic events in the area of disabilities and rehabilitation programs;
15. 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 assessment;
16. 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;
17. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master's degree in public health, or any other field related to the functions of the post, from a recognized university.

Desirable: A doctoral degree 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 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 national and international experience in prevention and management of disabilities and rehabilitation, conducting public health care programs with emphasis on disabilities and rehabilitation, as well as the development of policies and programs for the implementation of disability and rehabilitation services.

Desirable: Public health work experience in Latin America and the Caribbean region.


PAHO Competencies:

* 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 counterparts.
* Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity - 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: Collaborate and cooperate with others - 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: Write effectively/Share knowledge - 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.
* Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality results - Monitors own…