Advisor (Climate and Environmental Determinants of Health)

World Health Organization (WHO)
Mexico City, Mexico
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and Spanish


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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, elimination and/or reduction of communicable diseases, zoonosis and environmental threats to health 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, fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improving the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitating policy and decision-making processes.


Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, and the technical guidance of the Unit Chief, Climate and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE/CE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties: 

  1. Provide technical, policy and strategic advice and programmatic direction for the development and implementation of technical cooperation strategies in environmental public health;
  2. Provide, in coordination with all technical areas of the Country Office, technical cooperation that contributes to the overall development, implementation and monitoring of strategies that contribute to positioning health in all policies;
  3. Provide technical cooperation for the planning, development and monitoring of health promotion programs and projects for healthy settings, including healthy cities and urban health, applying health promotion and local development strategies, concepts and techniques;
  4. Provide technical advice, follow-up and support to technical cooperation related to health determinants, including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the PAHO’s Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-30, the PAHO’s HiAP and Universal Health Strategy and other related strategies;
  5. Advise and collaborate in the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to air pollution, chemical safety, climate change, environmental epidemiology, water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  6. Advise, promote, and coordinate workers’ health programs with public and private organizations to determine occupational risk, and foster the extension of occupational health services to un-served populations;
  7. Provide technical support in the program of work related to assessment of the impact of public health emergencies in the field of water, sanitation and other environmental hazards;
  8. Mobilize national and international resources to support the implementation of programs under areas of responsibility; represent the Organization in technical meetings, seminars, congresses and academic events in the area of sustainable development and environmental health;
  9. Support the development of tools and methodologies to help promote health in all policies and mainstreaming of sustainable development in health throughout governmental institutions;
  10. Analyze, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge to support the development of public policies and regulations;
  11. Collaborate in the preparation and implementation of the Representation’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and other planning instruments such as CCS, UNDAF and others, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
  12. When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;
  13. Perform any other duties, as assigned.



A university degree in a health, social or environmental science and a master’s degree in public health, environmental health, or engineering or a related field from a recognized institution.

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.


Nine years of combined national and international experience in technical cooperation in institutions concerned with public health management, including health promotion, environmental public health and related activities.


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: Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the teams’ successes and shortcomings. Identifies conflicts in a timely manner and addresses them as necessary; understands issues from the perspective of others; does not interpret/ attribute conflicts to cultural, geographical or gender issues.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: 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: 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.
  • Knowing and managing yourself: Remains objective and focused even in a “changing and moving” environment; continues to display positive behavior when facing some constraints; keeps challenges in perspective. Seeks all relevant information for decision making from a wide range of sources; quickly learns new competencies and skills that expand role capability; shows rapid understanding of new and/or complex information relevant to job.
  • Producing Results: Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.  
  • Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively as needed. Challenges self and team to deliver high quality results, in line with Organizational goals. Proactively engages in projects and initiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategies and Program of Work. Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets an example, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’s benefit.
  • Setting an example: Works ethically to achieve individual work objectives under 'PAHO Regulations and Rules and the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.  Maintains confidentiality and treats sensitive information with discretion; ensures that policies and procedures are followed in accordance with the Organization's professional, ethical and legal standards. When others behave in an unprofessional or unethical way, promotes appropriate standards and provides feedback in order to remedy the situation; escalates as necessary. Stands by own decisions and actions and accepts responsibility for them.

Technical Expertise:

  • Technical expertise in public health and theoretical and practical knowledge of the social and environmental aspects of health systems based on primary health care, health promotion and social participation.
  • Technical cooperation expertise in the area of environmental health, including technical cooperation in projects related to air quality, chemical safety, climate change, environmental epidemiology, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Technical cooperation expertise in local and national development programs including those involving more than one country on areas of social and environmental determinants of health.
  • Knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria for evaluating program interventions.
  • Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


Very good knowledge of Spanish or English 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 and Outlook, and electronic sources in research activities.  Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)
US$72,637 + post adjustment

Post Adjustment: 39.9US% of the above figure(s).  This percentage 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 fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

PAHO/WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance).  Other benefits include:  30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme.  Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include home leave, travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, education grant for dependent children, assignment grant and rental subsidy.

Candidates appointed to an international post with PAHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.

Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this post.  The post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.