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Technical Officer, Vector-borne Diseases Prevention and Control
World Health Organization (WHO)
Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health
P3 Mid-level Professional Temporary Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 25 Nov 2022
Posted 2 weeks ago
Job Description



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 Heath 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 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, Neglected, Tropical, and Vector-borne Diseases (CDE/VT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:


  1. Provide technical support for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases and neglected infectious diseases in the Region;
  2. Support the promotion and facilitate the consistent use of PAHO/WHO recommendations on entomology in public health and vector control, on malaria control, and the elimination of neglected diseases emanating through the PAHO Technical Advisory Group on Public Health Entomology (TAG-PHE), the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG), the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), as well as the vector control group of the WHO Prequalification Team for Vector Control Products (PQT-VC);
  3. Support PAHO's Regional Malaria and Entomology and Vector Control Programs in their mission to promote and implement Integrated Vector Management, the Plan of Action on Entomology and Vector Control 2018-2023, the Plan of Action for the Elimination of Neglected Diseases and Post-Elimination Measures 2016 - 2022, the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016 - 2030, the Framework for Malaria Elimination and the Plan of Action for the elimination of Malaria in the Americas 2021-2025;
  4. Provide technical advice and support in coordination with partners and counterparts, for the implementation of regional initiatives with the objective of the improvement and strengthening the capacities of the countries in decision-making for the prioritization of risk areas and implementation of vector control interventions based on the analysis of epidemiological and entomological information and the status of insecticide resistance;
  5. Promote and support the operation of the Americas Network for the Surveillance and Management of Insecticide Resistance and the Regional Entomology and Vector Control Information System, to support the countries in the management of resistance to insecticides used in public health;
  6. Provide technical support and advice to the Ministries of Health, scientific communities, and other partners for the evaluation and implementation of new approaches and technologies and the strengthening of their information systems on entomological surveillance and their strategies for the control of vectors of interest in public health;
  7. Provide technical support to the national malaria control and prevention programs of the Member Countries, to improve the coverage and implementation of LLIN and IRS as main strategies for Anopheles control;
  8. Provide technical support and guidance to the countries of the region in strengthening entomological surveillance strategies based on the evaluation of sentinel sites, punctual controls, and investigation of foci following the new WHO surveillance guidelines;
  9. Promote and support the countries of the region in the identification of habitat modification or manipulation solutions in selected foci through an intersectoral approach in the control of malaria vectors, which allows the implementation of habitat modification as a strategy of Anopheles control in specific contexts;
  10. Collaborate with the Regional Program of Public Health Entomology and Vector Control and the Regional Program of Malaria in the planning and coordination of meetings, conferences, and strategic national and subregional events; prepare technical content, presentations, and agendas;
  11. Promote and support intersectoral and inter-institutional collaborative actions between the Regional Program of Entomology in Public Health and Vector Control and the Regional Program on Malaria of PAHO, with different technical cooperation institutions, academic entities, WHO Collaborating Centers, in addition to regional reference laboratories for entomology and vector control, scientific communities and decision-makers of vector control programs in the countries of the region;
  12. Participate in team project development and execution of the work program and preparation of the biennial work plan (BWP) and budgets, work plans, progress reports, periodic analytical reports to donors, and related information books;
  13. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health science related to the functions of the post, from a recognized university.

Desirable: A master’s degree in public health entomology, vector management, vector-borne and/or neglected epidemiology 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: Seven years of combined national and international experience working in public health entomology, vector control and prevention, epidemiology of vector - borne diseases, disease prevention, control and elimination programs.

Desirable: Experience in integrated management, insecticide resistance monitoring and management and vector control in the Americas, 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: Share knowledge - 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 time lines 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 - 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:

  • Technical expertise and skills in entomological surveillance and epidemiology of communicable diseases, particularly Vector Borne Diseases; professional expertise in preventive public health, entomology and epidemiological research.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of international technical cooperation, with emphasis on the negotiation and management of international cooperation programs and projects.
  • Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical and conceptual skills; demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendations on key technical issues.
  • Ability to integrate managerial and technical inputs into recommendations for decision-making processes; ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment.
  • Excellent database management and reporting skills; strong writing skills and ability to collect, analyze and interpret information.
  • Knowledge and skills in providing technical support for the development of public health programs, plans and projects.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of epidemiological situation reports, 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 a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

IT Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as SPSS, Epi-Info, Tableau, and Project would be an asset.



Monthly Salary: (Net of taxes)

US$5,224.33 (Salary non-negotiable)

Post Adjustment:

US$3,338.35  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.
  • The post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.
  • 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 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 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.
  • All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.
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