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PAHO Consultant – Development of Data Analytical Products, Off Site

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: February 20, 2024

Closing Date: March 11, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Primary Location: Off Site

Organization: HIM Health Emergencies Information and Risk Assessment

Schedule: Part time


Objective 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 in prevention, 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 relief and 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 will be a member of PHE’s Health Emergencies Information and Risk Assessment Unit (HIM) which focuses on data collection, verification, database management, data analysis and risk assessment. The information gathered through HIM helps in PHE’s response to natural disaster events and epidemic disease events of potential public health concern. Currently, the HIM Unit focuses its efforts in providing the most accurate data and analysis regarding the COVID-19 pandemic specifically focusing on the Americas.


Description of the Assignment Under the supervision of Team Leader, Data Management, Mapping & Analytics and overall guidance of the Unite Chief of HIM, the incumbent serves as GIS Analyst.

Duties require contacts with staff within the Health Emergency Information & Risk Assessment, WHO-HQ, Regional and Country Offices and with a broad range of internal partners, to brief on the specific use of color, symbols, style and other information used in cartography and infographics. Expected results also involve contacts with external partners to provide information on GIS cartography and infographics systems.

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda: 1. Administer all aspects of industry standard GIS software applications using organization-wide databases to produce epidemiological data and mapping, including but not limited to [a] global and event-based surveillance and monitoring; [b] maintaining GIS applications for HIM, PAHO, partners and clients, carrying out tune servers running industry standard GIS software applications and databases, upgrading software packages and clients’ data, managing secured services and items from ArcGIS platform in a timely manner; and [c] working with maps, layers and other visualization elements such as Web API tools, network and spatial analysis and GeoEvent processor. 2. Carry out analysis of GIS data to generate information products for IMST and key partners in order to inform on epidemiologic understanding and health emergency operations, including but not limited to [a] compiling, updating and integrating geospatial data and global geodatabase for publishing regular and ad hoc mapping and cartographic workflow automation methods and tools, with focus on documenting best practices for high quality mapping and cartography of maps products; [b] developing and testing best methods and practices to produce base maps, documenting such to help the GIS user community to create maps and mapping applications; [c] developing a repository of GIS data for use across various platforms such as mobile, web, desktop, and assisting GIS users’ throughout PAHO, with particular attention to researching, selecting and evaluating map source data for use in the preparation or revision of maps and charts at different scales; and [c] conducting geospatial statistical analysis to highlight geographical distribution of diseases or risk factor occurrence. 3. Provide information on GIS and as assigned assist stakeholders to build GIS capacity, including but not limited to [a] designing maps, graphics, illustrations and layouts together with information on the use of color, symbols, style and other infographic components as part of building up and maintaining a global map for web mapping applications adhering to WHO legal requirements; [b] carrying out analysis and evaluation of mappable information, based on collating data provided by remote sensing techniques and designing maintenance and manipulation procedures of GIS databases; [c] using desktop publishing packages, edit and formulate information, checking and verifying the content and accuracy of maps, charts, researching map source data for use in the preparation or revision of maps and charts in different scales; 4. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

Education requirements (Qualifications) Essential: A masters degree in a public health or social science related to the functions of the post, from a recognized university.

Experience requirements Essential: Five years of combined national and international experience in the fields of public health or related field. Desirable: Experience in disaster/emergency management /humanitarian response and working with UN organizations would be assets.


 Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of Spanish (or English). Working knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an asset.

Additional skills Knowledge of R, Tableau and ArcGIS will be an asset.

Location: The incumbent will be expected to perform this position’s duties and responsibilities remotely.

Compensation: $3,000 monthly.

Expected contract duration 6 months, with possibility for extension subject to performance and funding. This consultancy is expected to entail a part-time commitment.


 This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
 Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.

 Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
 All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this consultancy. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile in Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are no accessible.
 A written test may be used as a form of screening.
 If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. PAHO/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. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
 Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO/WHO Regulations, and e-Manual. 

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 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 particularly encouraged.

 Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between PAHO and the Consultant.
 PAHO/WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by PAHO/WHO.

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