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:
Unit Chief, Comprehensive Family Immunization
The position will be responsible for planning and managing PAHO’s region-wide vaccine preventable disease control programs, in collaboration with other programs and units of the Organization. Lead the Comprehensive Immunization Strategy in the Region; provide strategic, political, technical and programmatic direction to strengthen initiatives for the elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD), in alignment with regional and global mandates; develop and implement action plans to strengthen national immunization programs and integrate them into the health systems; manage the Unit of Comprehensive Family Immunization; coordinate and guide the implementation of the Regional strategic plan towards achieving universal access to prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD), including the development of innovative methodologies for program execution, taking into account the needs of countries and the policies of the Organization; provide regular evaluations of program performance; provide technical, policy, strategic and programmatic advice to enhance and position the Organization’s technical leadership for the eradication, elimination, and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the Region; lead and support the development and implementation of efficient national immunization programs; lead the adoption of innovative approaches on surveillance, vaccination coverage analyses, identification of barriers to immunization access, integration with Primary Health Care, communication and community engagement.
The successful candidate will have:
A bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a health science, public health, epidemiology, international health development or in any other field related to the functions of the post, from a recognized institution.
Fifteen years of combined national and international experience in leading and managing immunization programs. Experience in managing negotiations with large institutions and resource mobilization and partnership programs, ideally in the field of international public health. Experience should include progressively responsible demonstrated skills in management, diplomacy, and negotiations at high level.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language.
Salary range: US$153,662.00 to US$168,514.00, 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 Unit Chief, Comprehensive Family Immunization- 2102345 by 22 June 2021.