Specialist, Virtual Collaboration e-Learning, Instructional Design

  • Added Date: Monday, 03 June 2024
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 24 June 2024
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This is a requisition for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The Department of Health Systems and Services (HSS) is responsible for promoting, coordinating, and implementing the Organizationโ€™s technical cooperation in health systems and services development to achieve Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage (Universal Health), based on the Primary Health Care approach. HSS promotes evidence-based policies, strategies and plans to transform national health systems to improve equity and resilience, as health systems move towards the achievement of Universal Health, strengthening governance and stewardship, increasing and improving health financing and social protection, and supporting the development of integrated networks of health services based on a highly resolutive first level of care. HSS strengthens national capacity in the organization of people-centered health services, integrating the healthy life course approach, ensuring quality of care and patient safety, and the effective deployment and management of human resources.


ย Under the general supervision of the Chief, Special Program, Virtual Campus for Public Health, and the direct supervision of the Specialist, Virtual Collaboration and e-Learning Virtual Campus for Public Health, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:

1.ย ย ย  Provide support for the implementation of the Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH); oversee and provide guidance for the instructional design of VCPH courses; provide guidance and support to coordinators and tutors to ensure that training courses are developed in accordance with the guidelines of the VCPH Educational Approach;

2.ย ย ย  Provide technical support to the teams during the different stages of the courses (planning, design, assembly, launch, development, closing, review and evaluation) to achieve quality results at each stage; hold regular follow-up and supervision meetings;

3.ย ย ย  Manage the evaluation and qualification system in all course modalities, following the VCPH Educational Approach; guide the responsible teams in the organization of the evaluation and follow up during its implementation; review final grades prior to issuance and dissemination of certificates;

4.ย ย ย  Manage the VCPH courses information systems, ensuring that all information is reviewed and updated; coordinate the call and participants selection processes, guiding the methodology to be used; provide technical assistance to teaching teams, in accordance with VCPH processes;

5.ย ย ย  Coordinate and design face-to-face and virtual activities aimed at tutor training for both regional projects and country nodes; provide guidance in the use of new resources and activities available in Moodle and/or in other systems;

6.ย ย ย  Recommend new teaching strategies to optimize the quality of the VCPH activities;

7.ย ย ย  Coordinate the drafting and development of VCPH materials and tutorials; design, edit and update orientation guides and training manuals for coordinators, tutors and participants, adapting them to the new course modalities;

8.ย ย ย  Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelorโ€™s degree in education, psychology, anthropology, social sciences, or any other area related to the functions of the post, from a recognized university.

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. PAHO, only considers official degrees 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).ย  The list can be accessed through the link:ย  http://www.whed.net/.ย  PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org/ and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to support the validation process.


Essential: Three years of national experience working in E-learning.

Desirable: Experience in design of educational materials and training of virtual tutors would be an asset.



PAHO Competencies:

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organizationโ€™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.ย 

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Teamwork: Collaborate and cooperate with others/Deal effectively with conflicts - Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the teamsโ€™ 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.ย 

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences:ย  Relate well with diversity in others and capitalize 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.ย 

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Communication: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Write effectively / Share knowledge - Quality and quantity of communication targeted at audience.ย  Listens attentively and does not interrupt other speakers.ย  Adapts communication style and written content to ensure they are appropriately and accurately understood by the audience (e.g., power-point presentations, communication strategies, implementation plans).ย  Shares information openly with colleagues and transfers knowledge, as needed.ย 

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Knowing and managing yourself:ย  Remain productive /Manage stress/Continuously learn - Remains productive even in an environment where information or direction is not available, and when facing challenges; recovers quickly from setbacks, where necessary. Manages stress positively; remains positive and productive even under pressure; does not transfer stress to others. Seeks informal and/or formal learning opportunities for personal and professional development; systematically learns new competencies and skills useful for job; takes advantage of learning opportunities to fill competencies and skill gaps.ย ย ย 

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently / Deliver quality results/Take responsibility - Prioritizes work and makes planning/Organizational adjustments as necessary; seeks clarification from supervisor on timelines, as needed. Uses feedback and inputs from supervisor to achieve results. Produces quality results and has frequent discussions with supervisor to achieve results. Is action-oriented and sees tasks through to completion. Shows understanding of own role and responsibilities in relation to expected results.ย  Solicits and accepts direction and guidance from supervisor and team members and takes responsibility for own work and actions, as appropriate.ย 

Technical Expertise:

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Knowledge and expertise in adult education and learning.

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Ability to design and create virtual courses in different formats.

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Expert management as editor of LMS platforms, especially Moodle.

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Ability to design and prepare manuals and tutorials in various formats (text, audio, video, etc.).

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Experience and ability in providing pedagogical assistance to academic teams.

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  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 related to VCPH activities.

ยทย ย ย ย ย ย  Ability to integrate managerial and administrative inputs into recommendation for decision-making process; ability to work independently and to manage multiple assignments simultaneously in a complex organizational environment.


Very good knowledge of English or Spanish 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 current technology and software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Experience as an editor in Moodle and as a user in Drupal. Ability to edit and assemble in CMS and LMS: texts with HTML, presentations, slides, images, videos, etc. Experience using educational design software such as Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise, H5P. Experience in using tools for synchronous sessions / meetings / videoconferences (Teams, WebEx, Zoom, etc.).


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

USD $55,442.00


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.

For information on PAHO please visit: http://www.paho.org

PAHO/WHO 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/WHO 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/WHO 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.

This vacancy is archived.

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