Technical Officer, Road Safety and Prevention of Unintentional Injuries

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OBJECTIVE OF THE OFFICE/DEPARTMENT This is a requisition for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) The Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Department 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 and road safety, and prevention of violence, 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.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the direct supervision of the Advisor, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), and the general supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

1. Provide support for the design, implementation and evaluation of inter-sectoral public policies and legislation for the promotion of sustainable mobility and road safety to reduce the risk of road traffic injuries and death, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030; 2. Collaborate and support the development of action plans in Brazil and the Regional Office for the prevention of unintentional injuries, such as drownings, falls, burns, and acute care of victims of unintentional injuries and traffic injuries; 3. Provide support the mobilization of internal and external technical and financial resources to organize collaborating networks, in Brazil and at Regional Office, for the promotion of road safety and prevention and control of road traffic injuries; 4. Support, promote, or strengthen national or international partnerships, and networks directed to improve and implement unintentional injury prevention and road safety policies, plans, and programs in Brazil and at Regional Office; 5. Support the development of the country’s epidemiological surveillance on road crashes and other unintentional injuries; 6. Support technical cooperation in the Americas region, as it pertains to the UN Road Safety Initiative, UN Road Safety Trust Fund and Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030; 7. Support initiatives in Brazil and the Region according to the WHO SAVE LIVES technical package for road safety, as well as the WHO implementation guide for drowning and other unintentional injuries; 8. Support the collection, analysis and dissemination of data in Brazil and the Region on unintentional injuries and road safety, including supporting the data collection in Brazil for global/regional status reports on road safety, drowning, falls and burns; 9. Collaborate in the development and implementation of studies directed at identifying and determining the causes, costs and risk factors of injuries due to drownings, burns, falls and road crashes, as well as the formulation of injury prevention and road safety policies, plans and programs at national and municipal levels; 10. Support the compilation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of information on road safety and sustainable mobility, including on the magnitude of the problem in the Americas through case studies, and factors affecting successes and failures of road safety policies and programs; 11. Support the compilation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of information in Brazil and the Region on drownings, burns, falls and other unintentional injuries, country case studies, and factors affecting successes and failures of prevention policies and programs; 12. Prepare communications products on unintentional injuries, road safety, and sustainable mobility and contribute to the updating and promotion of injury prevention and road safety information on the PAHO unintentional injury and road safety webpage, social media and other opportunities for advocacy and raising awareness; 13. Support technical cooperation on legislative, regulatory and policy development capacity in Brazil and the Region for road safety, sustainable mobility and prevention of unintentional injuries; 14. Support the development of legislation (new or amended), regulations or other similar measures relevant to the promotion of road safety, sustainable mobility and prevention of unintentional injuries in countries, as appropriate; 15. Provide support for the mobilization of technical and financial resources to support the PAHO unintentional injury and road safety projects, including financial monitoring and management and preparing reports for donors/partner organizations, as required; 16. Participate in planning and management activities, including the preparation and reporting on the biennial work plan (BWP) and semester workplans (PTS), project budgets; prepare progress reports, and briefing notes and other related project planning and monitoring documents; 17. Contribute to organization-wide policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the mandates related to unintentional injuries prevention and road safety; 18. Perform other related duties, as assigned.


Education: Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health or social science or in any field related to the functions of the post from a recognized university. Desirable: A master’s degree in public health, epidemiology or in a related field 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: Five years of experience working in public health, with experience in sustainable mobility, road safety and injury prevention. SKILLS: 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: – Theoretical and practical expertise in public health, including managerial skills. – Practical experience in providing technical cooperation for sustainable development, road safety and unintentional injury prevention. – Strong knowledge and skills in providing technical support for the development of health programs, plans and projects, including those involving more than one country. – Analytical skills and ability to collect, analyze, interpret data and write scientific documents. – Knowledge and skills in project planning, management and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management. – Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize and multitask when required. – 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; ability to present in a clear and concise, diplomatic, tactful, and courteous manner.

Languages: Very good knowledge of Portuguese with a working knowledge of English or 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.

REMUNERATION Annual Salary: (Net of taxes) R$255,453.00

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Local Recruitment) 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. For information on PAHO please visit: 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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