Public Health Specialist-Laboratory

Public Health Specialist-Laboratory

Addis Ababa Embassy of the United States, Addis Ababa
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OPENING DATE: January 25, 2019
POSITION: Public Health Specialist-Laboratory
CLOSING DATE: February 7, 2019
WORK HOURS: Full-time (40 hours/week)
SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): Position Grade: FSN-11, — 22,927.00 USD per year.
Not Ordinarily Resident FP -04*
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
Duration of Appointment: Definite — One year with probability of extension based on fund availability.
NOTE: For ordinarily resident employees, salary will be paid in local currency using the established exchange rate.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION: The Public Health Specialist is responsible for managing the collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and host government ministries, especially the Ministry of Health, and other organizations that support zoonotic disease and other Global Health Security laboratory activities. As the primary agency contact with implementing partners for all issues related to agency-supported zoonotic disease program activities, the position provides laboratory expertise and program management directed toward surveillance among human populations, improved prevention and control activities, and the enhancement of laboratory diagnostic capabilities. The position closely monitors and evaluates progress of activities, alerts senior staff of potential problems and challenges, and provides recommendations on overcoming these obstacles. This position reports directly to the Laboratory Branch Chief.
  1. Required Education: Master’s level (MPH, MSHP, MSW) Degree or host country equivalent in public health, medicine or nursing and a Bachelor level Degree in nursing or public health is required.
  2. Required Experience: Five years of mid-to-senior level public health experience in a field related directly to laboratory diagnostics among human populations, and prevention and control that involves coordination with an international agency or implementing partner is required.
  3. Language Requirement Level IV (fluency-speaking/reading/ writing) in English and Amharic is required. (English Language proficiency may be tested)
  4. Skills and Abilities: Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international health partners are required. Strong management skills are required to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results- driven project teams and workgroups. The ability to lead results- driven project teams and workgroups is required. The incumbent exercises tact in applying agency guidelines to unique and different laboratory activities. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Advanced user level of word processing, specialized spreadsheets and PowerPoint is required. Intermediate user level of databases is required. Must be conversant with survey design and questionnaire development and with data management programs, such as Epi Into, SPSS, and SAS. Strong skills in interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation data are required. A facility for manipulating numbers is required.
  5. Diagnostic procedures and methodologies used in testing for zoonotic and other diseases; b) detailed knowledge of disease surveillance principles; C) detailed knowledge of prevention and control measures. An in-depth knowledge of zoonotic disease programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to the development and administration of national/international public sentinel surveillance systems is required. Detailed knowledge of host government structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health (MOH) policies, program priorities and regulations is required. In- depth specialist knowledge of U.S. Government infectious disease public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of prevention programs is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multidisciplinary project teams and activities is required. Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management is required.

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