Research ethics position at PAHO


PAHO’s Ethics Review Committee (PAHOERC) conducts ethics reviews of research with human subjects. As specified by its standard operating procedures, PAHOERC’s duties also include building capacity in research ethics and advocating for ethical research. Housed by the Regional Program on Bioethics at the Unit of Science and Knowledge for Impact (SK) in the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH), PAHOERC consists of an interdisciplinary group of professionals from different areas of the Organization, selected observer entities and a Secretariat. PAHOERC activities are often done in tandem with the Regional Program on Bioethics, which provides technical cooperation on research ethics and other areas of bioethics.

The incumbent for this position will work directly with the Secretary responsible for the management of PAHOERC. He/she will be a member of the Secretariat and as such actively support the Secretary in ethics review processes, which involves reviewing documents critically on the basis of ethics guidelines and regulations, facilitating and moderating the exchanges among the members of the Committee, serving as liaison between the members of the Committee and research teams in headquarters and Member States, communicating directly with research teams about ethics review processes and modifications in submitted protocols as agreed by the Committee, providing training and assistance on ethics of research with human subjects and ethics review processes, and devising and implementing strategies aimed at ensuring that PAHOERC’s Standard Operating Procedures are being followed.


Job Title: Specialist, Ethics Review, PAHOERC
Grade: P2
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One year, First year probationary period. Post of limited duration
Closing Date: Apr 24, 2024, 10:59:00 PM. Apply here
Primary Location: United States-Washington, D.C.
Organization: Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health
Schedule: Full-time


Essential: A bachelor’s degree in humanities, a social or health science, law or in any other discipline related to the functions of the post, plus training on research ethics from a recognized university.
Desirable: Training on bioethics, research management, research methodology, and biostatistics would be an asset.

Essential: Five years of combined national and international work experience in ethics review of research with human participants. Management of a research ethics committee using an online system for the review process.
Desirable: Experience conducting research ethics training, software use training, and implementing online systems for ethics review would be an asset. Experience in user experience development support and website management is highly desirable.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)
USD $50,377.00 + post adjustment
Post Adjustment: 70.2% 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.

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