Organization: Pan American Health Organization
Objectives of the Department
The objective of the Health Emergencies Department (PHE) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is to increase health sector resilience to emergencies and disasters. PHE assists Member States to strengthen the health sector’s capacities in prevention, risk reduction, preparedness, surveillance, response, and early recovery for emergencies and disasters related to any hazards (natural, man-made, biological, chemical, radiological and others) and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain disasters, including outbreaks, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. PHE is responsible for ensuring the implementation and updating of the PAHO/WHO Institutional Emergency and Disaster Response Policy.
Organizational context (Optional)
The consultant is a member of PHE’s Emergency Operations Unit. He/she provides support for diverse technical and operational components, including revising and updating SOPs and technical documents; preparing information packages related to emergencies events; and assisting with the Emergency Operations Center daily activities during emergencies, among others.
Under the general supervision of the Unit Chief, Emergency Operations and the direct supervision of the Advisor, Emergency Operations Center, (EOC Advisor), the consultant is responsible for, but not limited to, the following assigned duties:
1) Contribute to and support PAHO’s emergency operations, including logistics and operations support services, and implementation of the Incident Management System (IMS) at the regional and country levels;
2) Directly support the EOC Advisor in the development, revision, and updating of SOPs, technical guidelines, communication materials, and capacity building products, including but not limited to:
a) Model Template for PWR Office Contingency Plan
b) Training program for PAHO/WHO Readiness focal point
c) Guidelines for establishing and operating health EOCs
d) SOPs for the establishment and/or operation of health EOCs
e) Joint operations response plan with partners
f) Guide on logistics and supply chain management in emergency
g) Inter-American health logistics networks
3) Support processes for the maintenance of the prepositioned stock of essential medical supplies and equipment for emergencies, including development of relevant specifications and guides.
Education requirements (Qualifications)
A bachelor’s degree in a health or natural science related field from a recognized university.
Training or certification in logistics management, public or business administration, or engineering
Seven years of combined national and international experience in the field of emergency/disaster management, health logistics operations and supply chain management in emergency, public health, or related field.
Experience in disaster/emergency management /humanitarian response and working with UN organizations, and other International Organizations, such as NGOs, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean would be assets.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French Portuguese would be an asset.
Expected contract duration
3 Months, with possibility of extension based on performance and funds availability.
The incumbent will be stationed at the PAHO/WHO Headquarters in Washington, D.C, USA with duty travel as required.
Interested candidates, please submit your updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, by COB 28 September 2018.