Advisor, HIV/STI Prevention, Washington, United States

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 22 January 2021

Advisor, HIV/STI Prevention

( 2004066 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : One year, first year probationary period. Post of limited duration.

Job Posting: Jan 8, 2021, 2:36:24 PM

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

The Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health Department (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control, elimination and/or reduction of communicable diseases, zoonosis and environmental threats to health that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented. It strives to achieve a sustainable impact on health by providing normative guidance, furthering the implementation of evidence-based interventions, fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improving the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitating policy and decision-making processes.


Under the general guidance of the Director, Communicable Diseases & Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections (CDE/HT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

Provide technical guidance and support the strengthening of prevention aspects of a public health, evidence based, data driven, and human rights compliant response to the HIV and STI epidemics towards the end of AIDS and Elimination of STIs as public health problems by 2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean, in line with the WHO Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV and STI and the Regional Plan for HIV and STIs 2016-2021, and PAHO’s Initiative for the Elimination of Communicable Diseases and Related Conditions;
Provide technical advice, reference and expertise in the domain of HIV/STI Prevention for the achievement of the Regional HIV and STI Prevention targets, with priority given to key populations at higher risk of acquiring HIV and STI (especially syphilis) such as Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Transgender Populations (TG), Sex Workers (SW), People who use drugs, Prisoners, Migrants and Indigenous Populations;
Provide technical guidance and support to Member States for the implementation and expansion of interventions included in the WHO/UNAIDS HIV Combination Prevention framework, with focus on high impact activities directly linked to the health sector and prioritized for the specific context of the Region such as PrEP and PEP;
Assist National HIV Programmes and Strategies to fully integrate Combination Prevention interventions within National Plans and health services with involvement and participation of representatives of vulnerable communities and key populations;
Guide and support the adoption, implementation and monitoring of the Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, and Chagas Disease (EMTCT+) initiative with great emphasis on integration of EMTCT+ interventions within Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), New-born Child and Adolescent Health services, Immunization, and Non Communicable Disease services;
Collaborate with Gender, Human Rights and Ethnicity to ensure that all approaches and interventions promoted through the Combination Prevention agenda are complying with recommended principles and best practice standards;
Liaise with other agencies and institutions, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), other UN Agencies, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Regional partners, Civil Society Organizations and NGO’s, especially those representing women and key populations and funding mechanisms to ensure that Combination Prevention unfolds through a truly multisectoral approach, with all enablers properly addressed and coherently supported, including through broad partnerships;
Review, analyse and disseminate evidence-based information on behavioural and biomedical approaches to prevent HIV and STI transmission amongst key populations;
Contribute to the development of an implementation science and research agenda for HIV and STI prevention which is supportive of the orientations and priorities promoted by PAHO/WHO;
Contribute to the development, review and update of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and budgets, semi-annual work plans (PTS) and periodic evaluations for assigned projects;
Contribute to the efforts of the Organization in resource mobilization through the development and submission of innovative proposals to funding agencies;
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;
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Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master’s degree in public health, or in any of the fields related to the functions of the position from a recognized institution.

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: 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: Nine years of combined national and international experience in policy formulation, organization of service delivery systems for HIV/STI, including at least five years‘ experience in designing and implementing programs at national level and in providing HIV and STI prevention services with emphasis on key populations, including people living with HIV, incorporating gender and human rights approaches to health care delivery for HIV.


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: 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: Foresees communication needs of audience and targets message accordingly. Facilitates open communication; encourages others to share their views openly and takes time to understand and consider their views. 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.

Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Manages individual and group projects and ensures that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clearly defined, understood and accepted; delegates work appropriately to achieve best results.

Producing Results: Monitors own and others‘ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs. Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively as needed. Proactively engages in projects and initiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategies and Program of Work. Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets an example, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’s benefit.

Moving forward in a changing environment: Actively supports Organizational change initiatives and demonstrates personal commitment to them, including when faced with new demands; proposes workable solutions to challenging situations. Engages in positive responses to a changing environment and promotes workable solutions to achieve own and team’s results. Welcomes, and actively seeks to apply, new ideas, approaches and working methods and technologies in order to improve own and/or team’s work processes and results; demonstrates commitment to Organizational change initiatives.

Ensuring effective use of resources: Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives. Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.

Technical Expertise:

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the epidemiology and the determinants of HIV/AIDS/STI, of health service development and delivery, and the impact/effects of HIV/AIDS and other STIs on individuals, communities and institutions.

Expertise in combination prevention of HIV and STI transmission, with emphasis on key populations and organization of health systems and services.

In-depth understanding of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, of HIV related stigma and discrimination and how these impact access to health services, including service providers and stakeholders in the health sector environment.

Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendations on key political and technical issues.

Knowledge and skills in project planning, management, and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.

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 Visio and Project will be an asset.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

US$ 73,516.00 + post adjustment

Post Adjustment: 50.4% 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.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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