Technical Officer, Environmental Health and Worker's Health

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This is a NO-B contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education.


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

PAHO Country Offices are responsible for ensuring that the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) country program of technical cooperation and its country presence provides adequate support to the national health development process and, at the same time, enables countries to shape the subregional, regional, and global health agendas. The PAHO/WHO Country Office is the basic organizational unit for technical cooperation with the country/ies, drawing on PAHO/WHO resources from all levels and all parts of the Organization.


Under the direct supervision of the Advisor, Health Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control, and the general supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide support and collaborate in the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to environmental health (drinking water, air quality and health, chemical safety, childhood environmental health and climate change) and workers’ health with the Unified Health System (SUS), in conjunction with strategic actors, observing the approaches of the social determinants of health, human rights, equity, gender and ethnicity;
  2. Serve as Focal Point for the Cooperation Agreement between PAHO/WHO and Ministry of Health, State and Municipal Health Secretariats; provide support for the implementation and strengthening of policies, plans, programs and projects related to environmental health (drinking water, air quality and health, chemical safety, childhood environmental health and climate change) and workers’ health;
  3. Support the preparation of PAHO/WHO documents on environmental health (drinking water, air quality and health, chemical safety, childhood environmental health and climate change) and workers’ health;
  4. Support national authorities from different sectors in the implementation, evaluation and expansion of capacity related to health surveillance, including strengthening institutional capacity in environmental health agendas (drinking water, air quality and health, chemical safety, childhood environmental health and climate change) and workers’ health, especially considering vulnerable areas and population groups;
  5. Support the preparation, implementation and monitoring of research and projects in partnership with research institutions on environmental health and workers' health, in line with PAHO's strategic plan and national institutions;
  6. Support the survey and facilitate access to relevant policies, technical documents and other publications on environmental health and workers’ health, and provide technical support on knowledge management, using all available means for the dissemination of relevant technical and scientific information;
  7. Participate in national and regional technical working groups and meetings on environmental health and workers’ health, as well as promote the participation of the competent departments of the Ministry of Health in the corresponding regional events;
  8. Collaborate in the preparation of the Representation's Biennial Work Plan (PTB) and in the execution of technical co-operation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities related to environmental health and workers’ health;
  9. Advise and support national technical teams related to their scope of work regarding requests for technical cooperation, preparation and submission of documentation to PAHO, in accordance with operational procedures;
  10. Support the development and updating of documents and progress reports related to the implementation of the project at the national level, including data collection and monitoring of baseline indicators, assessing risks at each stage of its implementation;
  11. Support the Unit Coordinator in the implementation and evaluation of the overall performance of the Projects/Programs/Terms of Cooperation under his responsibility, and participate in the interprogrammatic work to achieve the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness;
  12. Support technical organization and participate in relevant workshops, consultations and expert meetings and training of national stakeholders, including, but not limited to, document development or editing, research and planning (guidelines, technologies, national policies, and technical guidance);
  13. Mobilize financial and non-financial resources, by assisting national authorities in preparing proposals and project plans and by facilitating cooperation;
  14. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor´s degree in a health science from a recognized university. Desirable: Specialization in environmental health surveillance would be an asset. A master’s degree in public health 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.


Essential: Five years of professional experience in public health focused on environmental health, and experience in project management and programs in the areas of environmental health and worker’s health.

Desirable: Working experience in multilateral organizations oriented to health cooperation in the fields of environmental health and worker’s health and working experience in human health risk assessment studies for chemical exposure and development of health care protocols for population exposed to chemical substances.


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.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate and cooperate with others. - Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the teams’ successes and shortcomings. Identifies conflicts in a timely manner and addresses them as necessary; understands issues from the perspective of others; does not interpret/ attribute conflicts to cultural, geographical or gender issues.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize 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.
  • Communication: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Write effectively/Listen/Shares knowledge - Quality and quantity of communication targeted at audience. Listens attentively and does not interrupt other speakers. Adapts communication style and written content to ensure they are appropriately and accurately understood by the audience (e.g., power-point presentations, communication strategies, implementation plans). Shares information openly with colleagues and transfers knowledge, as needed.
  • Knowing and managing yourself: Manages stress/Invite feedback/Continuously learn - Remains productive even in an environment where information or direction is not available, and when facing challenges; recovers quickly from setbacks, where necessary. Manages stress positively; remains positive and productive even under pressure; does not transfer stress to others. Seeks feedback to improve knowledge and performance; shows self- awareness when seeking and receiving feedback; uses feedback to improve own performance. Seeks informal and/or formal learning opportunities for personal and professional development; systematically learns new competencies and skills useful for job; takes advantage of learning opportunities to fill competencies and skill gaps.
  • Producing Results: Deliver quality results/Take responsibility - Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs. Works independently to produce new results and sets own timelines effectively and efficiently. Shows awareness of own role and clarifies roles of team members in relation to project’s expected results. Makes proposals for improving processes as required and takes responsibility for own work and/or actions, as necessary. Demonstrates positive attitude in working on new projects and initiatives. Demonstrates accountability for own success, as well as for errors; learns from experience.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment: Propose change/Adapt to change - Suggests and articulates effective and efficient proposals for change as needed when new circumstances arise. Quickly and effectively adapts own work approach in response to new demands and changing priorities. Is open to new ideas, approaches and working methods; adjusts own approach to embrace change initiatives.

Technical Expertise:

  • Technical expertise in environmental health surveillance, including knowledge and skills in the areas of drinking water quality surveillance, chemical exposure, air quality and health and climate change.
  • Knowledge of chemical safety and strategies and skills to support its implementation at the national level, including therapeutic guidelines and protocols for chemical substance exposure and human biomonitoring of environmental chemicals.
  • Knowledge and expertise in the implementation of technical cooperation strategies for strengthening institutional capacities related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), climate change, and air quality and health.
  • Knowledge and competence to develop technical cooperation strategies for strengthening the health sector in the implementation of integral health care actions for workers, promoting workers' health and improving work environments.
  • Knowledge and experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of technical cooperation actions at the national level in the areas of environmental health and workers’ health.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders, Voce and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Strong oral and written professional 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 Portuguese with working knowledge of English and Spanish. Knowledge of French would be an asset.

IT Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint, and Word are considered essential.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

R$ 265,671.00


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 an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities.

PAHO/WHO also promotes a work environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other types of abusive behavior. PAHO conducts background checks and will not hire anyone who has a substantiated history of abusive conduct.

PAHO/WHO personnel interact frequently with people in the communities we serve. To protect these people, PAHO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. People who commit serious wrongdoing will be terminated and may also face criminal prosecution.

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 offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (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.

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

Candidates must hold a permanent local working visa (citizenship or permanent resident card) of Brazil.

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.

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