Advisor, Cancer Prevention and Control, 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: Thursday, 11 February 2021

Advisor, Cancer Prevention and Control

( 2100315 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : Two years, first year probationary period.

Job Posting: Jan 21, 2021, 11:45:22 PM

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 Department (NMH) 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, promotion of optimal nutrition, road safety and violence prevention, 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:

Provide strategic, technical and programmatic advice to Member States on the implementation of the PAHO Plan of Action on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control, as well as the cancer related activities contained in the Regional Plan of Action on Noncommunicable Diseases, at regional, sub-regional and national levels;
Coordinate an interprogrammatic group on cervical cancer prevention and control, to ensure the successful implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the cervical cancer plan of action, across all relevant areas of the organization and in collaboration with WHO’s global cervical cancer elimination strategy;
Collaborate with global, regional and national partners on the regional implementation of the Global Childhood Cancer Initiative;
Contribute to the regional implementation of the global palliative care resolution, to increase availability and access to palliative care services;
Provide technical cooperation to Member States in the development and improvement of cancer registries in the region, in collaboration with the Global Cancer Registry Initiative;
Advise and lead public health interventions to improve cancer control, with emphasis on primary and secondary care interventions and health systems strengthening, working in close collaboration and cooperation with other PAHO advisors working on NCD prevention and control, as well as on Health Systems and Services at regional, subregional and Country Office levels;
Collaborate with WHO, Member States and external partner organizations to develop and promote the implementation of evidence- based guidelines, norms and protocols for the main cancer types;
Develop and lead initiatives that will increase capacities and skills of health providers on evidence-based interventions for cancer screening and treatment;
Analyze, promote and improve the situation of access to essential medicines and technologies for cancer and for palliative care in the region, in collaboration with other PAHO advisors working in medicines and technology;
Collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate scientific and technical information related to cancer, and facilitate the use of the information in planning and evaluation of national cancer programs;
Analyze data, develop and disseminate reports on the impact of social determinants of health and impact of health system policies on cancer and outcomes;
Collaborate and cooperate with PAHO advisors working in the area of NCD prevention and control at regional, subregional and Country Office levels, as well as relevant PAHO advisors in other departments, to promote and ensure coordination and synergies for NCDs and risk factors, and to ensure greater effectiveness and utilization of organizational resources;
Promote and raise the visibility of the work of the Organization on cancer prevention and control as part of the unit’s communication plan;
Mobilize international and national technical and financial resources in support of national and regional cancer programs; obtain extra budgetary resources to extend the scope of technical cooperation for cancer prevention and control, by preparing project proposals for the appropriate national, bilateral and international financial agencies; collaborate in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of those projects;
Collaborate in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Organization’s Strategic Plan, emphasizing activities under the program area for NCD management;
Represent the Organization at national, regional and international technical meetings and in inter-agency collaborations on cancer prevention and control;
Contribute to organization-wide policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the mandates related to cancer; report to Governing Bodies, through executive presentations and reports, on the status or results of the activities;
Participate in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Unit’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget and technical evaluation reports;
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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;
Perform other related duties, as assigned.


Education :

Essential: A university degree in a health-related discipline and a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health or a field related to cancer control from a recognized institution.

Desirable: A PhD or post-graduate studies in an area relevant to the functions of the post 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: . 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.

Experience :

Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience working in the area of cancer prevention and control, of which at least 2 years of this work experience is directly in country project/program implementation.


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: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Listen/Write effectively/Share knowledge

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: Provide direction

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: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality 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.

Ensuring effective use of resources: Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well

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.

Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond: Develop networks and partnerships and encourage collaboration

Builds and negotiates strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure Organizational results and success. Creates innovative opportunities for promoting synergies inside and outside the Organization to improve Organizational success

Technical Expertise:

Theoretical knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience on public health strategies for cancer prevention and control, including strategies specific to cervical cancer prevention and control.

Practical experience in implementing cancer projects/programs in low- and/or middle-income country settings.

Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and synthesize information on cancer to prepare scientific, educational and advocacy materials to disseminate information.

Ability to develop collaborative working relationships, mobilize resources and coordinate activities among various internal and external partners.

Ability to negotiate, influence, and impact positively the generation and implementation of projects with national and international institutions.

Technical expertise in the development of policies and programs, and the ability to negotiate and coordinate with all relevant sectors of government, international agencies and organized community groups.

Demonstrated ability to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work in cancer control.

Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, interpersonal and communication skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive issues.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds.

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. Data analysis programs such as EpiInfo, Stata and SAS would be an asset.


Annual Salary : (Net of taxes)

US$ 74,913.00 + post adjustment

Post Adjustment : 47.6% 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.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.

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PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

PAHO/WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance). Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include home leave, travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, education grant for dependent children, assignment grant and rental subsidy.

Candidates appointed to an international post with PAHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile 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 organization purposes.