Clinical Management of Infectious Hazards Consultant

  • Anywhere
Organization: Pan American Health Organization
Closing date: 22 Nov 2021

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 inprevention, 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 reliefand 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

The incumbent is a member of PHE’s Infectious Hazards Management Unit. He/She will support the Advisor, ClinicalManagement of Infectious Hazards, in supporting the activities related to clinical management of infections hazards at thenational and facility levels, as well as support development of evidence-based documents on various aspects of clinical management of infectious hazards.


Under the general supervision of the Unit Chief, Infectious Hazards Management, and under the direct supervision of the Advisor, Clinical Management of Infectious Hazards, the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide technical advice and guidance to Member States related to the health care system’s response during epidemics and pandemics with particular focus on clinical management of infectious hazards.
  2. Develop and update technical guidelines and provide guidance on clinical management of patients with pandemic and epidemic diseases for use of national health authorities, medical personnel, and pertinent stakeholders.
  3. Collaborate with other expert groups to foster research on innovative clinical aspects of infectious hazards, and organize clinical technical working groups, identifying experts, establishing objectives, composition, leadership, and timeliness; support the work of these groups.
  4. Provide technical assistance to Member States remotely, as requested, for revision of their national policies of clinical management.
  5. Review current scientific evidence on aspects related to clinical management of emerging and re-emerging pathogens, including the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Due to travel restrictions, all activities will be performed remotely, in the country of origin of the selected candidate.

Education requirements (Qualifications)

Essential: A university degree in medicine, postgraduate degree at a master’s level in public health, or a related field from a recognized institution.

Desirable: A post-doctoral degree in health-related field.

Experience requirements

Essential: Seven or more years of combined national and/or international work experience in activities related to public health, evidence-informed policy and health system development, management of primary health care programs, research (clinical,epidemiological, systematic reviews, health technology assessment, health system research, priority settings exercises,monitoring and evaluation of programs), and health situation analysis.

Desirable: Experience in conducting qualitative reviews of policies implementation.


Expert knowledge of official UN languages, including English and Spanish. Knowledge of Portuguese or French would be an asset.

Additional skills

Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, SharePoint, etc. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Workday, Visio and Project would be an asset.

Expected contract duration

Contract of short duration (6 months), with renewal subject to availability of funds. Duration: 01 January 2022 to 31 June 2022.

How to apply:

The Application must include

  • Cover Letter and updated CV.
  • Academic training detailing university and undergraduate graduation year, academic centers, and years of completion of postgraduate studies if required. *Copy of Certified Certificate will be required at the time of hire.
  • Work experience related to the subject of this contract.

How to Apply

Above required documentation must be submitted by 22 November 2021 to, with email subject title containing: “Application – Clinical Management of Infectious Hazards”.