Technical Officer, Malaria and Vector-borne Diseases
San Jose, Costa Rica
hace 15 días

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

The Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinantsof Health Department (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technicalcooperation activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control,and elimination of communicable diseases and zoonosis that are technicallysound and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which theyare implemented.

It strives to achieve asustainable impact on health by providing normative guidance, furthering theimplementation of evidence-

based interventions, and fostering alliances thatstrengthen country capacity, improve the effectiveness of inter-countrycollaboration, and facilitate policy and decision-

making processes throughimproved health information coverage, analysis and quality at all levels.


Under the direct supervision of the PAHO / WHORepresentative (PWR), and the general supervision of the Unit Chief, Neglected,Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases (CDE / VT), the incumbent is responsible for,but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties :

Provide technical support for the provision of technicalcooperation to the Ministry of Health and other institutions of the nationalhealth system for the implementation of the National Plan for Elimination andPrevention of Re-

  • establishment of malaria;
  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health andother institutions of the national health system on treatment schemes,diagnosis, patient management, identification of risk factors, entomologicalsurveillance and vector control activities towards the elimination of malaria;
  • Coordinate the execution of the technical cooperationagreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Costa Rica and thePan American Health Organization / World Health Organization for thedevelopment and strengthening of capacities for the implementation of thenational elimination plan of malaria to 2021 and prevention of thereestablishment of transmission;
  • Support follow-up efforts and ensure implementation ofactivities within the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI) withspecial emphasis on PAHO responsibilities within that initiative;
  • Support the Ministry of Health on the development of anoperational approach for establishing a continued monitoring of vulnerabilityand receptivity for malaria and to elaborate and implement a national plan forPrevention of the Reestablishment of Malaria based on that approach;
  • Provide support to local levels, in coordination withnational authorities, in implementing key interventions for malaria eliminationand prevention of malaria reestablishment;
  • Engage in developing the monitoring and evaluationframework for malaria elimination in the country and implementing it with focuson tracking the achievement of milestones and indicators of success;
  • Provide technical support to health authorities on thecountry preparation for malaria elimination certification processes;
  • Support the Regional Malaria Program to facilitate theongoing dialogue and cross border interventions between neighboring countries;
  • Provide technical cooperation, in coordination withnational authorities, in implementing The Vector Borne Diseases ControlNational Plan and The Resistance Pesticides Control National Plan;
  • Collaborate in the implementation of the national EGI toprevent and control arboviruses;
  • Collaborate in the development of standards, guidelines,and procedures for the organization, operation, and evaluation of programactivities;
  • Prepare, compile and present mid-term and annualtechnical performance progress reports which include the following informationamong others summary of technical support, key accomplishments and indicatorsachieved, description of capacity-

  • building strengthening activities and keychallenges;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.


    Essential : A university degree in a health science from arecognized institution.

    Desirable : A master’s degree in public health entomology,vector management, vector-borne and / or neglected epidemiology, would be anasset.

    In the event that your candidature is retained for aninterview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of thedegree(s) / diploma(s) / certificate(s) required for this position.

    WHO, only considers higher educationalqualifications obtained from an institution accredited / recognized in the WorldHigher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the InternationalAssociation of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific andCultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The listcan be accessed through the link :


    Essential : Seven years of combined national andinternational experience in disease control programs, with emphasis on thedesign, implementation or evaluation of control or elimination plans for vectorborne diseases

    Desirable : Experience working on malaria elimination orcontrol projects and programs would be an asset.

    PAHO Competencies :

  • Overall attitude at work - Maintains integrity and takesa clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to theOrganization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in dailywork and behavior;
  • is accountable for work carried out in line with own roleand responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues andcounterparts.

  • Respecting and promoting individual and culturaldifferences - Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well topeople with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and / orpositions;
  • examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considersissues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.

  • Teamwork - Creates team spirit; promotes collaborationand open communication in the team; proactively supports others; welcomes teamresponsibilities and drives team results;
  • promotes knowledge sharing in theteam. Proactively identifies conflictsand facilitates their resolution in a respectful manner;
  • tactfully resolvesconflicts between or with others and takes action to reduce any possibletension; effectively builds a rapport with individuals and teams, establishinggood personal and professional relationships, as well as minimizing risk ofpotential conflict.

  • Communication - Foresees communication needs of audienceand targets message accordingly. Facilitates open communication;
  • encouragesothers to share their views openly and takes time to understand and considertheir views. Writes down ideas in a clear, structured, logical and credibleway;
  • drafts and supports the development of guidelines, policies andprocedures. Shares relevant information openly and ensures that the sharedinformation is understood;
  • considers knowledge sharing as a constructive workingmethod and demonstrates awareness of the Organization.

  • Knowing and Managing Yourself - Remains objective andfocused even in a changing and moving environment; continues to displaypositive behavior when facing some constraints;
  • keeps challenges inperspective. Effectively controls ownemotions, avoiding displaying them inappropriately; continues to show positiveattitude when producing individual results, as well as supporting team’s work;
  • continues to be collaborative with others, even in stressful and challengingcircumstances. Sees feedback as a key element in personal and professionaldevelopment;
  • displays a high level of self-awareness in response to positiveand negative feedback, accepts negative feedback positively, moving forwardquickly and constructively.

  • Seeks all relevant information for decision makingfrom a wide range of sources; quickly learns new competencies and skills thatexpand role capability;
  • shows rapid understanding of new and / or complexinformation relevant to job.

    Producing Results - Monitors own and others’ work in asystematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.

    Aligns projects with Organization’s missionand objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively asneeded.

    Challenges self and team todeliver high quality results, in line with Organizational goals. Welcomes challenges to produce newresults.

    Shows awareness of own role andclarifies roles of team members in relation to project’s expected results.Shows awareness of own role and clarifies roles of team members in relation toproject’s expected results.

    Consultscounterparts as required and takes responsibility for work of own team.Demonstrates a good understanding of the impact of team’s and own work onexternal and internal counterparts.

    Proactively engages in projects andinitiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategiesand Program of Work.

    Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets anexample, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’sbenefit.

    Technical Expertise :

    Technical and professional expertise and skills inepidemiology of communicable diseases, especially of Malaria epidemiology,prevention, control, elimination and patient management and care.

    Theoretical and practical knowledge of internationaltechnical cooperation on planning, assessment and evaluation of public healthprograms with emphasis on Malaria and on the implementation of Malariaprevention strategies at, national, subnational and local level.

    Excellent data base management and reporting skills

  • Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical andconceptual skills; demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize andprovide recommendations on key technical issue;
  • Ability to integrate managerial and technical inputs intorecommendations for decision-making processes; ability to manage multipleissues and tasks in a complex organizational environment;
  • Ability to apply principles of epidemiologic surveillanceand operational research, mainly on infectious diseases aiming vector-bornediseases.

    Strong professional oral and writing skills, includingthe development of reports, funding reports, oral presentations, andtechnical / persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of theOrganization.

    Languages :

    Very good knowledge of Spanish and working knowledge inEnglish. Knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an asset.

    IT Skills :

    Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer andutilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint,SharePoint and Outlook.

    Other IT skills and knowledge of other softwareprograms such as Access, Epi-Info, Tableau and Project would be an asset.

    Post Adjustment

    US$1,395.40 This amount is to be considered as indicativesince variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due tocurrency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.


    Thisvacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same gradelevel

    Onlycandidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

    Awritten test may be used as a form of screening.

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

    Forinformation on PAHO please visit :

    PAHO / WHOis committed to workforce diversity.

    PAHO / WHOhas a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any formof tobacco.

    Applicationsfrom women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States areparticularly encouraged.

    All applicants are requiredto complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.

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