Technical Officer, Gender and Health for Communicable Diseases

World Health Organization


Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 11 months, with the possibility of extension up to 24 months, subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance
Job Posting: Mar 8, 2023, 11:46:17 AM
Closing Date: Mar 29, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: United States-Washington, D.C.
Organization: Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health
Schedule: Full-time

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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 and zoonosis that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and socio-cultural 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 direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Neglected, Tropical and Vector Vector-borne Diseases (CDE/VT) and the technical guidance of the Chief, Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

Provide technical support to strengthen the capacity of Member States to implement WHO and PAHO policies, plans and technical recommendations for elimination of diseases including the Neglected Tropical Diseases Roadmap 2021–2030 and PAHO´s “Disease Elimination Initiative”; ensure the mainstreaming of the lines of action and strategies of the PAHO’s “Gender Equality Policy” in implementation processes;
Provide technical support for the development and dissemination of best practices on gender mainstreaming strategies to develop gender-responsive plans, programs, initiatives, and policies for the elimination of trachoma, Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID), and other communicable diseases;
Collaborate with the Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity office in the integration of gender equality approaches in the design and analysis of regional, national, and subnational projects, plans programs, and policies to eliminate trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Provide technical support to national and subnational health authorities for the implementation of gender-responsive approaches for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases.
Coordinate the collection, analysis, and dissemination of technical and scientific knowledge related to gender equity issues at the regional, national, and subnational levels for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Provide technical support to Member States to complete gender equality analysis for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases to better understand specific and contextual gender dynamics and barriers to access to and demand for health services;
Provide technical support to Member States to monitor and evaluate changes in gender equality issues along with the implementation of actions to eliminate trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases at the national and sub-national levels;
Provide technical support to Member States to strengthen health information systems to allow collection, analysis, and utilization of disaggregated data by sex and qualitative data on gender equality issues to monitor changes and support decision-making on the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Provide technical support to Member States to strengthen the capacity of local health workers and women’s groups to provide integrated services offered with a gender equality focus for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Collaborate and coordinate with PAHO’s interprogrammatic teams and Member States in the production and adaptation of gender-responsive communication and messages to eliminate trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Provide technical support to Member States to mainstream gender equality strategies within integrated packages of interventions such as SAFE (surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, environmental improvement), WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), and MMDP (morbidity management, and disability prevention), among others.
Participate in the annual planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of grants supporting PAHO in the elimination of trachoma, actively involving PAHO country offices and Member States ensuring that the gender equality approaches are included. Includes preparing annual implementation plans by country, follow-up and monitoring the implementation of activities and funding, preparing and completing reports;
Coordinate with the Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health Department (CDE) and Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity communications team’s activities to produce communication materials (country profiles, website content, social media content, fact sheets, videos, audio messages, and documents, among others) on the gender equality approaches;
Plan, organize, and assist in the implementation of training workshops, and seminars, among others, held in-person or through virtual platforms on gender equality approaches to eliminate trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases. Organize and implement regional forums (meetings) for trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases. Includes participating in international and regional meetings and forums on trachoma and other NID as needed representing the Organization;
Work with WHO’s Collaborating Centers, US CDC, USAID, DFATD, and other bilateral agencies, foundations, NGOs, and other partners and collaborators to support regional efforts on gender equality approaches to eliminate trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases;
Prepare annual and periodic progress reports, situation analyses on gender equality approaches for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and communicable diseases, and other documents with strategic information for dissemination to document the progress of countries towards global and regional diseases elimination and gender equality targets;
Participate and provide technical content for the writing of public health protocols and research proposals on gender equality approaches for the elimination of trachoma, NID, and other communicable diseases; coordinate and ensure their submittal to bioethics committees;
Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health or gender-related discipline, social science, or public policy (gender, women’s health, community development, diversity, etc.) from a recognized institution.

Desirable: A master’s degree in public health or a related field with gender studies, masculinities, gender identities, etc., would be an asset.

If your candidacy is retained for an interview, you will need 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 accredited/recognized institution 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 following link: PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.


Essential: Seven years of combined national and international experience working in management, research, teaching or capacity building, planning, and evaluation in areas related to health and development; at least four years of the experience should include health-related gender equality and equity issues.

Desirable: Experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of projects, plans, or programs on gender equality strategies for the prevention, control, and elimination of communicable diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean would be an asset.


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 / Deal effectively with conflict. Creates team spirit; promotes collaboration and open communication in the team; proactively supports others; welcomes team responsibilities and drives team results; promotes knowledge sharing in the team. Proactively identifies conflicts and facilitates their resolution in a respectful manner; tactfully resolves conflicts between or with others and takes action to reduce any possible tension; effectively builds a rapport with individuals and teams, establishing good personal and professional relationships, as well as minimizing risk of potential conflict.
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/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.
Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality results/Take responsibility – Prioritizes work, monitors own progress against objectives and adapts plans as required; communicates adjustments as necessary. Acts proactively and stimulates action as needed; handles problems effectively and constructively. 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 a 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. Actively supports Organizational change initiatives and demonstrates personal commitment to them, including when faced with new demands; proposes workable solutions to challenging situations. Engages in positive responses to a changing environment and promotes workable solutions to achieve own and team’s results. Welcomes, and actively seeks to apply, new ideas, approaches and working methods and technologies in order to improve own and/or team’s work processes and results; demonstrates commitment to Organizational change initiatives.

Technical Expertise:

Theoretical knowledge and technical expertise in all aspects related to gender, equality, and health.
Proven technical expertise in formulating and developing tools for monitoring and evaluating gender, equality, and health strategies.
Knowledge and skills in project planning, management, and evaluation, including resource mobilization and grant management.
Expertise and skills to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize, and provide recommendations on key political and technical issues.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and tact to effectively communicate with senior-level officials, multiple stakeholders, and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
Strong professional oral and writing skills; ability to prepare reports, 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 current technology and software, spreadsheets, and presentations. IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Teams, and SharePoint are considered essential. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as SAS, SPSS, Epidat, Epinfo, Stata, or Tableau, as well as computational tools and software for the analysis of qualitative data would be an asset.


Monthly Salary: (Net of taxes)

US$5,343.42 (Salary is non-negotiable)

Post Adjustment:

US$3,393.07 This amount 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 identify candidates to fill other similar short-term professional positions, at the same grade level.
Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this position as a form of screening.
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PAHO 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 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 has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are encouraged.
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