Advisor (Environmental Public Health)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Bridgetown, Barbados 🇧🇧

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Two years, first year probationary period.
Job Posting: Feb 9, 2023, 10:01:24 PM
Closing Date: Mar 3, 2023, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Barbados-Bridgetown
Organization: Country and Sub-regional Coordination
Schedule: Full-time

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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 PAHO Subregional Program for the Caribbean (CRB) is responsible for the strategic positioning of health within the highest political organs of the Subregional Integration Mechanisms; for providing subregional technical cooperation to advance the public health agenda within the Caribbean Subregion; and for building synergistic partnerships with the subregional institutions. PAHO’s subregional technical cooperation specifically focuses on public health issues which would benefit from economies of scale and for which agreement on proposed collective responses and actions would produce a far greater impact rather than individual country responses.  The Subregional Program also plays a role in coordinating technical cooperation among the different PAHO country offices. 


Under the direct supervision of the Caribbean Subregional Program Coordinator (SPC-CRB) and the technical guidance of the Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE/CE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  1. Provide advice, guidance and technical cooperation expertise for the strengthening of subregional institutions involved in environmental public health, including the planning and development of institutional capacity, training curricula, human resources, the research and development of concepts and technologies, networking with peer institutions and the coordination of technical cooperation activities with other national and international agencies;
  2. Provide leadership and guide the development of strategies to strengthen the Health Sector’s role on water, sanitation and public health in the Caribbean subregion, by promoting this role through existing global, regional and subregional networks; provide technical cooperation in the design and implementation of water and sanitation safety plans, as well as relevant monitoring and evaluation of initiatives;
  3. Support the implementation of the environmental public health strategic objectives of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health Initiative and participate in the assessment and development of the environmental public health component;
  4. Maintain close relations and promote partnerships with all health emergency related subregional and international actors, such as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescents (IFRC), Ministries of Health and Agriculture, particularly veterinary administrations, national and international NGOs, UN organizations, donors and other institutions based in the Caribbean;
  5. Advise and collaborate in the planning, development and monitoring of plans, programs and projects related to the implementation of environmental public health components;
  6. Provide leadership and take initiative to mobilize resources and collaborate in the development of strategies to strengthen the Health Sector’s role in water, sanitation and public health in the Caribbean subregion, by promoting this role through existing global, regional and subregional networks, including collaboration with Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), WHO Collaborating Centers, UN Agencies, Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Global Water partnership (GWP) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA) and the Caribbean Water Operators Partnership (CariWOP);
  7. Provide leadership and take initiative to mobilize resources and collaborate in the development of strategies and programs to strengthen the environmental public health departments, including performance assessments and quality and accessibility environmental public health teaching curricula, in coordination with the PWRs in the Caribbean subregion;
  8. Provide technical leadership and support for the rapid assessment of health-related needs and the coordination of an appropriate international health response in the subregion in cases of emergencies and disasters, in close collaboration with the Regional Office. Serve as a member of the Regional Health Disaster Response Team, and support the Incident Manager in case of a graded emergency;
  9. Develop subregional strategies and approaches in support of:
    1. the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
    2. planning, development and monitoring plans, programs and projects related to water, sanitation and solid waste management;
    3. establishment of programs related to the regulation and control of toxic substances and hazardous waste that present risks to health, including those produced in hospitals and other health care facilities;
    4. planning, development and monitoring plans, programs and projects related to coastal and recreational bathing water quality;
  10. Promote and advise national authorities on the evaluation and solutions of environmental pollution problems due to urbanization, industrialization and agricultural activities with special attention to biological and chemical pollution, as well as in the formulation of plans and programs for their prevention and control in coordination with the PWRs in the Caribbean subregion;
  11. Promote, assist and coordinate programs with public and private organizations responsible for worker’s health, such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, universities and nongovernmental agencies, to determine occupational risks, including those of agricultural activities related to pesticides, and to foster the extension of occupational health services to un-served populations, in coordination with the PWRs in the Caribbean subregion;
  12. Provide technical assistance to water and sanitation related aspects in post disaster and emergency situations and emergency response, in coordination with the PWRs in the Caribbean subregion;
  13. Collaborate in the preparation of the Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation projects, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic issues and performance assessments;
  14. 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;
  15. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A university degree in an engineering or environmental science or a public health-related profession, and a master’s degree in public health, environmental health or in any other field related to the functions of the position, from an accredited 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.


Essential: Nine (9) years of combined national and international progressively more responsible experience in technical cooperation institutions concerned with public health management or evaluation of environmental public health including water and sanitation programs.


PAHO Competencies:

  • Overall attitude at workMaintains 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.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences:  Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity – Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes 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.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate and cooperate with others – Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve and build rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the team’s successes and shortcomings.
  • Communication: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Listen/Write effectively/Share knowledge – 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.
  • Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality 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. 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.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources:   Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well – Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives.  Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond:  Develop networks and partnerships and encourage collaboration – Builds and negotiates strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure Organizational results and success.  Creates innovative opportunities for promoting synergies inside and outside the Organization to improve Organizational success.

Technical Expertise:

  • Theoretical and practical expertise at the highest level in all aspects related to current and new concepts on prevention, adaptation and mitigation to climate change and health.
  • Expertise in research methodology on environmental health including those related to monitoring and surveillance methods applied for local and community interventions.
  • Managerial skills and experience in negotiations on climate change, sustainable development and health, water and sanitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the formulation of project for funding institutions.
  • Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control.
  • Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of funding proposals, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


Very good knowledge of English. A working knowledge of either Spanish or French 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 Visio and Project would be an asset.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

US $ 77,326.00 + post adjustment

Post Adjustment: 57.3% 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.



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.





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