Call for Candidates for Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences (BIREME)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is committed to strengthening regional and national information systems in health sciences as another bastion in its mission to promote equity in health, combat disease, and improve the quality and duration of life in the Americas.

BIREME, based in São Paulo, Brazil since 1967, is a fundamental part of the Pan American and World Health Organization’s technical cooperation efforts to achieve this mission. As one of the most important international organizations in management of technical and scientific information in health sciences, BIREME contributes to health development in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through the democratization of access, publication, and use of information, knowledge, and scientific evidence.

Over 40 years in existence, BIREME now faces new opportunities and challenges, not only in access to scientific information, but also in providing tools for the evidence-based development of such concepts as eHealth, a strategy adopted by the governments in 2011 at the PAHO Directing Council. BIREME is perfectly positioned to take its place on the stage.

PAHO seeks a leader with ability, experience, and dedication to Public Health Service, with a strategic vision to ensure BIREME remains for the countries an essential reference in the sciences, in higher education, and in the development of public health policies. The new director will face the challenge of steering BIREME towards a more proactive and innovative relationship with countries and institutions, to ensure the democratization of knowledge and access to health information for all populations.

Below you will find the link to the call for candidates, and instructions on how to apply formally using the World Health Organization’s recruiting system.

Vacancy notice:  PAHO/11/FT397
Title:  Center Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information
Grade:  P5
Duration of contract: Two years, first year probationary period
Duty station:   São Paulo, Brazil
Organizational location / Area: KMC/BIREME
Closing date: 3 January 2012
Call for candidates (More information):
http://bit.ly/sWq79Z

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