Technical Officer, Immunization 197 views

Technical Officer, Immunization  (1903166)  
Grade: P2
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 9 months (renewable up to 24 months, subject to availability of funds & satisfactory performance.

Job Posting

: Jun 28, 2019, 8:09:14 PM

Closing Date

: Jul 14, 2019, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: United States-Washington, D.C.


: Family, Health Promotion and Life Course


: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 


requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Department of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) of the Pan
American Health Organization promotes, coordinates and implements technical
cooperation at the regional, sub regional and country levels, emphasizing the
central role of the family and community to foster a culture of health
promotion and protection in which health is a social value and a human right.
FPL focuses on the development and implementation of programs for women and
men’s health; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and neonatal health; the
integrated health and development of children and adolescents; the health of
aging populations; food and nutrition; comprehensive family immunization and
leads innovative, inter-sectoral and strategic efforts to address the social
determinants of health.


the general supervision of the Director, Family, Health Promotion and Life
Course (FPL), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Comprehensive
Family Immunization (FPL/IM), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily
limited to, the following assigned duties:

Provide support for the implementation of activities related to the Global
Polio Endgame Plan 2019-2023, as defined by the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative in the context of the Americas Region;

Collaborate and support the adaptation of the Global Polio Surveillance Action
Plan, 2018-2020 to the context in the Region of the Americas;

Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Regional Polio
Endgame Plan 2019-2020 and the Regional Polio Surveillance Action Plan

Review and analyze the surveillance information of acute flaccid paralysis
(AFP) submitted on a weekly basis by Member States through the Integrated
Surveillance Information System;

Conduct the annual risk assessment for polio importation or emergence of
vaccine derived polio virus in the Region.

Support planning, budgeting and monitoring activities related to the polio
eradication certification process in the Americas;

Support resource mobilization for polio vaccination and surveillance activities
to be conducted in high and medium risk countries;

Prepare technical reports for the Regional Polio Certification Committee (RCC)
on the status of the polio eradication in the Region;

Provide support to develop and document good practices and lessons learned in
the Region for sustaining polio elimination and certification process;

Support the planning and organization of the annual Vaccination Week in the

Perform other related duties, as assigned.


Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health or social
science or in any of the areas related to the functions of the position, from a
recognized university.

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 up
dated 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.


Essential: Five years of combined national and
international experience in the field of health planning, project management,
epidemiology, disease prevention and control programs or in the administration
of health services related to communicable diseases.

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

– Respecting and promoting individual and cultural
differences: 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: 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: Quality and quantity of communication
targeted at audience.  Listens
attentively and does not interrupt other speakers. Adapts communication style
and written content to ensure they are appropriately and accurately understood
by the audience (e.g., power-point presentations, communication strategies,
implementation plans).  Shares
information openly with colleagues and transfers knowledge, as needed.

– Creating an empowering and motivating environment:
Manages individual and team’s projects and ensures that roles, responsibilities
and reporting lines are clearly defined, understood and accepted. Focuses on
carrying out own managerial responsibilities, applying situational management
style appropriate to the circumstances; provides staff with regular feedback,
recognizes good performance and addresses performance issues. Encourages and
motivates colleagues/staff to achieve individual and team’s objectives; shows
confidence in staff where necessary and encourages initiative.

– Knowing and managing yourself: Remains productive even
in an environment where information or direction is not available, and when
facing challenges; recovers quickly from setbacks, where necessary.  Manages stress positively; remains positive
and productive even under pressure; does not transfer stress to others. Seeks
informal and/or formal learning opportunities for personal and professional
development; systematically learns new competencies and skills useful for job;
takes advantage of learning opportunities to fill competencies and skill gaps.

– Producing results: 
Prioritizes work, monitors own progress against objectives and adapts
plans as required; communicates adjustments as necessary. Acts proactively and
stimulates action as needed; handles problems effectively and constructively.
Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs.
Works independently to produce new results and sets own time lines effectively
and efficiently. Shows awareness of own role and clarifies roles of team
members in relation to project’s expected results. Makes proposals for
improving processes as required and takes responsibility for own work and/or
actions, as necessary.

Technical Expertise:

– Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health
policy, financing, program planning and evaluation, and disciplines related to
results-based management, policy analysis and planning.

– Practical knowledge and skills in planning,
implementation, and monitoring of program activities; demonstrated ability to
organize meetings, workshops or events.

– Strong research and problem-solving skills; ability to
manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work collaboratively on
multi-disciplinary teams with tight schedules.

– Strong skills in assessment and analysis of data.

– Ability to create and advocate innovative approaches to
facilitate and enhance project management capacity, as well as monitoring of
these processes.

– 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 such as Project, SPSS and Epi-Info would be an asset.

Monthly Salary: (Net of taxes)

Post Adjustment:

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.
  • For
    information on PAHO please visit: 
    is committed to workforce diversity.
    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.

More Information

Apply for this job Apply via Facebook
Share this job
Organisation Information
Connect with us
Contact Us

All the world’s best Global Health opportunities. Register now.