Job Vacancies Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Position: Advisor Social Protection and Health Insurance
Location: United States of America ( The ), Washington
Closing Date: Monday, 23 July 2012
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME:
Develop sound technical cooperation programs that develop and strengthen primary health care based health systems, health policies, health services and programs, technologies and medicines, health investment and financing, health research and development of human resources for health. Support country and territory capacities, facilitate inter-country networks and cooperation, and implement and evaluate inter-sectorial approaches.
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Manager, Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (HSS), and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Health Governance, Policy and Planning, Public Policies and Research for Health (HSS/PR), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical advice to countries in the development of their national health policies, health sector strategic plans and budgets, with emphasis on the integration of various forms of insurance, primary health care and the extension of social protection in health;
b) Provide technical advice to countries to build their capacity for policy dialogue, efficient management of interactions between the social security, public and private sector and different social protection in health schemes, and quality assurance of technical support in the field of health systems;
c) Develop forums and partnerships with stakeholders, international and multilateral agencies, and civil society groups to advance the objectives of the program of work at the national and regional level;
d) Establish effective collaboration with sub-regional and regional agencies through joint planning and missions in countries, with special focus on the development and implementation of health systems strengthening work streams funded by various actors, especially by the Organization of American States (OAS);
e) Provide advice to countries and technical support mechanisms for developing project proposals using the principles of renewal of primary health care and extension of social protection in health;
f) Develop and coordinate collaborative networks with social safety institutions of the countries in order to advance in their networks, policies and finance integration with those developed by the National Health Authority (ASN).
g) Develop and coordinate an action strategy for the integration of private insurance to effective regulation and participation with social networks;
h) Analyze trends in the national political, socioeconomic and cultural environments to determine their implications for the development of social health policies and programs;
i) Mobilize national and international resources to support the implementation of programs and activities under areas of responsibility;
j) Compile, analyze and disseminate evidence-based information on development and advances made in the area of social protection and social health insurance schemes;
k) Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
l) 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;
m) Perform other duties as assigned.
A university degree in one of the health, social or management sciences and a master’s degree in public health, health administration, health policies and planning, public policies, health economy or related field from a recognized university.
Key Behavioral Competencies
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.
Interinstitutional and intersectoral action:
Demonstrates, through measurable results, effective participation in decision-making spheres where policy priorities are set. Oversees activities/interventions designed to meet the needs of users and interinstitutional and intersectoral partners, while promoting the consolidation of productive partnerships in terms of the Organization’s mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization:
Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extra-budgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in interventions plans.
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.
Knowledge and skills in primary health care, health care services to underserved populations and areas, equity in access to health care services, and strategies to overcome barriers to accessing basic health care services.
Knowledge in Health Economics and financing mechanisms applied to PHC based Systems and social protection in health. Expertise in policy formulation, regulation, financing (especially in social security insurance), public health functions and public, private and social insurance.
Possess knowledge and skills in the areas of organization, management (including planning, organization, staffing, directing and controlling) and provision of health case services (including primary, secondary, and tertiary care and public health services), specially those related to operation or management of primary health attention and family health, design and evaluation of health-care services based on evidence and effective costs, monitoring and evaluation of hospital performance.
Strong skills and expertise in health technologies assessment and management, including design and implementation of essential technologies and services according to epidemiological needs, financial capacity and peoples preferences.
Theoretical and practical familiarity of concepts and methods applicable to health services and systems management, including human resources development, health systems research and social security.
Ability to identify and recommend best approaches in matters related to social health insurance activities, proposals and or mix of resources that meet the specific needs of countries.
Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deals with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
Strong professional writing skills including development of reports, oral presentations and technical documents for consideration at the highest level of the Organization.
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Share Point and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in public or social insurance health systems, with a minimum of four years experience in operational work for the delivery or regulation of health services.
Desirable: Experience in first level management of social insurance agencies would be an asset.
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.
PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy, and home leave. ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POST. CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES.
(Net of tax)
US$ 67,483.00 at single rate
US$ 72,467.00 with primary dependants
48.4 % of the above figure (s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO’s e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
PAHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
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