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, 2023

Closing Date: September 29, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Primary Location: Off site

Organization: CPI Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR

Schedule: Full time


Objectives of the Department

The objective of the Emergency Department ( PHE ) of the Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO / WHO ) is to increase resilience to emergencies and disasters. PHE assists Member States in strengthening the capacities of the health sector in prevention, risk reduction, preparedness, surveillance, early response and recovery for emergencies and disasters related to any natural, human-made, biological, chemical, radiological and other ( threats. Furthermore, when national capacities are overflowing, to direct and coordinate the international health response and contain disasters, including outbreaks, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.PHE is responsible for ensuring the implementation and updating of PAHO / WHO’s institutional response policy for emergencies and disasters.

Organizational Context The holder of this position is a member of the CPI-PHE Unit. Their job is to provide technical support to the Regional Secretariat of Emergency Medical Teams ( EMT ) of the Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO / WHO ), in strengthening the implementation of the CICOM methodology at the national and regional levels for the registration and coordination of Emergency Medical Teams during disasters and pandemics, especially during the current COVID-19 response.



Under the general supervision of the CPI unit chief and the direct supervision of the EMT regional adviser, the holder of this position is responsible for the following functions, without being limited to them:

  •  Coordination of the development and implementation at national and regional level of the recommendations for the implementation of the CICOM methodology ( Medical Information and Coordination Cell ) in health COEs.
  •  Development of flexible procedures and mechanisms for the national registry of National Emergency Medical Teams in the region.
  •  Accompaniment in the planning and development of training packs for the design and integration of CICOM and Virtual CICOM in health COEs at the national level in the region.
  •  Collaboration in the planning and development of simulation exercises for the coordination of EMT emergency medical teams.
  •  Development and dissemination of a toolkit of tools for the coordination of EMTs. Maintain the updating of the databases of the digital EMT response panels to COVID-19 and the regional implementation of the initiative.
  •  Support in planning and participation in EMT Ignite webinars, forums and activities of the EMT initiative at national and regional level.
  •  Support in strengthening the comprehensive response of emergency medical services and EMTs in disaster and pandemic response, especially focused on the response to COVID-19.
  •  Other functions related to the registration and coordination of Emergency Medical Teams assigned to it in support of the EMT Regional Secretariat of the Americas.

Education ( Qualifications / Diplomas )

Essential: University degree in health sciences, or a relevant branch of the health area, awarded by a recognized University.

Work experience


  •  At least 7 years of combined experience working on the implementation of activities of the Emergency Medical Teams initiative and the CICOM methodology.


  •  Knowledge of platforms and coordination cells of disaster response teams
  •  Knowledge on planning and development of simulation exercises for disaster response teams ( especially USAR and EMT )
  •  Knowledge of classification systems and registration of disaster response teams.
  •  Previous knowledge of incident command systems.


Excellent knowledge of Spanish; The practical knowledge of English.


The holder of this position will work from your country of residence virtually through teleconferences and online work with the supervision of the EMT Regional Advisor and with occasional trips to participate in activities and events of the EMT initiative.

Compensation: USD $ 5,700

Expected duration of the contract:

October 1 – December 31, 2023, with possibilities of extension according to availability of funds.

This consultancy is expected to require a full-time commitment.


  •  This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultations 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 online 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 not accessible.
  •  A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  •  If your candidacy is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree ( s ) / diploma ( s ) s ( / certificate ) s <TAG1> 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 Center 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 / WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  •  PAHO is an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities.
  •  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 heir is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by PAHO / WHO.


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