New Job Vacancy at American Embassy

Job title: Public Health Spec. (Health Systems Strengthening) Team Lead; FP-03; FSN-12

U. S. Mission, Uganda

Number: 099/2010 Date: 10/04/2010

OPEN TO: All Qualified Candidates
POSITION: Public Health Spec. (Health Systems Strengthening) Team Lead; FP-03; FSN-12
OPENING DATE: October 04, 2010
CLOSING DATE: October 17, 2010
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an international public health agency engaged in HIV prevention and care programs and research activities in Uganda. CDC offers excellent career opportunities for professional growth, training, and collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC offices are located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC is an agency of the United States Mission in Uganda."

The Centers for Diseases Control is seeking an individual for the position of Public Health Specialist (Health Systems Strengthening) Team Lead.

The incumbent is a key public health advisor on health systems strengthening to the CDC HIV/AIDS Program Branch. Position is responsible for the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of a broad range of agency-funded HIV health systems strengthening program activities and studies required to implement the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda. Job holder is a USG HIV/AIDS advisor to Ugandan ministries (including the Ministry of Health and Education), partners, including those funded by the Uganda government or the Global Fund, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of health systems strengthening program activities and studies. The incumbent represents CDC on HIV health systems strengthening issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies. Serves as the activity manager or contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) for HIV health systems strengthening grants, contracts and cooperative agreements and coordinates funding, reporting, and administration with the extramural team to assure projects are conducted and USG funds are appropriately utilized.
A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on .

NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
1. Education Required: Masters (MPH, MSHP) degree in public health, nursing, health policy, public administration, or social sciences is required.

2. Work Experience: Eight years of mid-to-senior level public health experience in developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention or other public health programs that involve coordination with an international agency or implementing partner and one additional year of experience at the managerial level with multiple staff are required.

3. Language Requirement: Must be fluent (speaking/reading/writing) Level IV in English.

4. Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS prevention counseling and interventions, health systems strengthening, behavior change, care, treatment and testing is required. A detailed knowledge of the range of prevention programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international public health prevention programs is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contract/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required. thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues, detailed knowledge of the host government health care systems and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations, detailed working knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of treatment programs, is required.

5. Skills and Abilities: The following skills and abilities are required: Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national and international health partners, the ability to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups, intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases, and numerical skills for data analysis are required.


It is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and visa status in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their appointment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174); or

2. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1-24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicants work experience attached as a separate sheet; or

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see section 3A below for more information); plus

4. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

5. Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

3A. If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

A. Position Title
B. Position Grade
C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
D. Dates Available for work
E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
F. Date and Place of Birth
G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; If yes, provide number)
I. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification No.
J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide
L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver's License Class/Type
M. Days available to work
N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
P. Education
Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
R. Language Skills
S. Work Experience
T. Reference

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