Advisor, Climate Change and Health

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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, and elimination of communicable diseases, zoonosis and environmental determinants of 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, and fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improve the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitate policy and decision-making processes through improved health information coverage, analysis and quality at all levels.


Under the general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE/CE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide technical, strategic advice and programmatic direction for the planning and implementation of regional strategies, norms, standards and guidelines to reduce health vulnerability to the effects of climate change;
  2. Provide technical advice, guidance and proactively support Member States by providing up-to-date information concerning mitigation and adaptation measures to address the implications of climate change on health-related strategies and policies;
  3. Collaborate with the subregional coordination office and country office Advisors on the development of policies and implementation of technical cooperation strategies to respond to the adverse health effects of climate change in the subregion;
  4. Guide the formulation of projects and provide guidance on the development of innovative responses to support Member States to respond to the adverse health effects of climate change;
  5. Prepare and present updated reports with detailed information on the status, gaps and demands of the countries of the subregion to achieve the objectives defined in the regional agenda on climate change and health;
  6. Promote and build effective partnerships on Climate Change and strengthen the role of the Organization in policy and technical guidance to manage the health implications of climate change;
  7. Establish, promote and maintain collaborative relationships with centers of excellence devoted to the study and research of health impacts of climate change in the subregion; promote the active participation of other disciplines and sectors to foster a holistic approach in responding to the adverse health effects of climate change;
  8. Mobilize human and financial resources while developing new projects and initiatives to improve the capacity of countries of the subregion to respond to the challenges posed by climate change, by increasing the resilience of health systems and by reducing vulnerabilities to climate-related impacts;
  9. Provide technical guidance on the assessment of health impacts of climate change, on effective response measures, and on health implications (e.g. on the projected and current impacts of climate change on health, on using climate projections to estimate disease burden and other health outcomes, on the development and application of technologies and methods to increase the resilience of health systems through prevention, health promotion, preparedness and response to climate-related risks, and on promoting mitigation policies that protect health);
  10. Promote, develop and coordinate new approaches to building networks and mechanisms for disseminating information to the wider community of health professionals, and the general public, leading to increased support for action on health and climate change;
  11. Promote inter-programmatic coordination with other technical entities in the development and implementation of Climate change actions, within the organization;
  12. Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation projects, including the analysis of political, technical, and socioeconomic issues and performance assessments;
  13. 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;
  14. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A university degree in a health, social or environmental science and a master’s degree in environmental science or public health or any other area with a focus on global environmental changes, 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 public health management, with a particular focus on health and climate change, risk reduction, surveillance and monitoring methods, or evaluation of environmental health programs, and sustainable development programs. Experience in environmental negotiations, development of partnerships, monitoring and evaluation of environmental performance.


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****: Write effectively/Share knowledge - 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.
  • 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 and practical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to current and new concepts on prevention, adaptation and mitigation to climate change and health.
  • Expertise in research methodology on environmental health including those related to monitoring and surveillance methods applied for local and community interventions.
  • Managerial skills and experience in negotiations on climate change, sustainable development and health.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the formulation of projects for funding institutions.
  • Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
  • Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of funding proposals, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

IT Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, in particular spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.


Annual Salary****: (Net of taxes)

$US 75,602.00 post adjustment

Post Adjustment****: 57.4% 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.

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

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PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

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.

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