World Health Organization (WHO)
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)
Contractual Agreement: Non-Staff – International PAHO Consultant
Job Posting: September 14, 2022
Closing Date: September 28, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Primary Location: Off Site
Organization: NMH Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
Schedule: Full time
PURPOSE OF CONSULTANCY
This consultancy is within a collaborative project between two PAHO departments: Family, Health Promotion, and Life Course (FPL) and Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH). The Family, Health Promotion and Life Course Department (FPL) is responsible for providing country-focused technical cooperation addressing several broad thematic areas that are included in its three units and one center: Comprehensive Family Immunization; Healthy Life Course; Women, Reproductive, Perinatal and Neonatal Health; and Health Promotion and Social Determinants. The Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department (NMH) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and its risk factors, violence and injuries, disabilities, and mental, alcohol and substance abuse disorders. The purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical support in developing a mapping of policies and interventions on NCD’s risk factors that address social determinants of health and two workshops on the theme, one in Colombia and one in Suriname.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
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The Pan American Health Organization promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), related risk factors, disabilities, and mental health, neurological and substance abuse disorders that are sound and appropriate for the culture and society. NCDs are the number one cause of death and disability in the world.
The term NCDs refers to a group of conditions that result in long-term health consequences and often create a need for long-term treatment and care. These conditions include cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung illnesses.
Many NCDs can be prevented by reducing common risk factors such as tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, physical inactivity and eating unhealthy diets. However, most of the strategies implemented by governments are focused mainly on behavioral health-promotion strategies. The exposure to the common risk factors is conditioned by the community environments and underlying social conditions, and takes place at population-level, more than individual level. Therefore, the approach on the social determinants of health defined as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life” is essential. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms and policies, and political systems. These conditions can be very different for diverse population subgroups and can lead to inequality in health outcomes.
In this sense, behavioral health-promotion strategies usually tend to assume that people are completely able to be receptive to health promotion messages and subsequent adoption of healthier behaviors. The reality is that people’s lives reflect a range of the social determinants, which means that peoples’ abilities and opportunities both to respond to health promotion messages and improve their health and risk factor status vary significantly, and the overall impact to be greater in social and economically advantaged groups, increasing health inequities related to NCDs.
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical support to develop comprehensive mapping in the two countries involved (Colombia and Suriname) to address NCD’s risk factors and social determinants of health and organize the workshops with the countries.
To strengthen the understanding of the linkages between NCD’s risk factors and social determinants of health To map policies and interventions on NCD’s risk factors that address social determinants of health, equity in access and health outcomes, specifically on populations in situations of vulnerability, and the role of SDH in the barriers to access and adherence to the interventions. To hold workshops in Colombia and Suriname in which to propose and discuss:
- National context-appropriate policy interventions to reduce populational exposure to NCD’s risk factors and how to improve access to the population in situation of vulnerability
- Interventions that combined with an emphasis on social determinants and equity can have an impact at the community level
To elaborate methodology to map policies and interventions. The proposal of methodology can include documental review of publications and resources related to NCDs risk factors and social determinants of health To give technical support to apply the methodology of mapping in Colombia and Suriname. To elaborate proposal of methodology for the workshop and to conduct preparatory work such as developing tools, content for the workshops and working group guide in collaboration with Colombia and Suriname. To facilitate a workshop / training title: “Capacity building on how underlying social conditions that influence NCDs risk factors and limit access to health services and interventions, specifically on population on situation of vulnerability”. To support and follow up of the countries to develop the mapping and the workshop preparations, facilitation, conduction, and reports.
Deliveries and outputs:
Methodology for the mapping that will be applied in Colombia and Suriname and validate with each country. Methodology for the workshop, with tools and contents. Workshop final report that includes conclusions and learning from Suriname and Colombia
Delivery and timelines: The consultancy will start as soon as possible following the selection process (ideally early October 2022). Specific deadlines for all deliverables will be agreed before signature of the contract.
Technical supervision: The consultancy is supervised by the PAHO Head of the Risk Factors and Nutrition Unit of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. The consultant will work remotely and is expected to be available during working hours of PAHO HQ based in Washington DC.
Travel: It may be necessary to travel, if so, the expenses will be borne by PAHO according to the per-country allowances. The consultant is expected to work remotely from their home base with regular exchanged over email, phone, teams and other online platforms.
Essential: A master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, or related health field from a recognized university.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Years of relevant experience:
Essential: Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in public health, social determinants of health, NCDs risk factors, primary health care healthy lifestyle counseling, development of strategies, policies and plans related to service delivery for NCDs, participatory methods for meetings, and workshops facilitation.
Strong interpersonal skills to be able to coordinate with multiple offices, partners and counterparts
Strong communication skills, including writing, presenting, researching etc. and using relevant IT applications.
Desirable: Past work experiences with PAHO/WHO in relevant field is an advantage.
Past work experiences in the Latin America in relevant field is an advantage.
Strong knowledge of relevant PAHO/WHO guidance and criteria for healthy lifestyle counseling and social determinants of health of NCD risk factors is desirable.
01 October 2022 – 28 February 2023
Minimum: US$ 258 daily rate
Maximum: US$ 314 daily rate
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