United States Embassy Career Jobs - Public Health Specialist (Laboratory Systems Team Lead)



Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Vacancy Number: 077/2013
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

About CDC:
"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."
Job Summary: The Public Health Specialist (Laboratory Systems Team Lead) works under the leadership of the Laboratory Branch Chief as a senior laboratory advisor to programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The incumbent provides comprehensive technical, administrative, policy and managerial advice and assistance in support of laboratory systems and capacity strengthening that includes laboratory diagnostic, surveillance and research activities of host government ministries, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and host Ministry of Health partners involved in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in-country.  Specifically, this position will support the Ministry of Health to  a) implement the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Policy: 2009 (UNHLSP) through the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Strategic Plan: 2010-2015 (UNHLSSP) to include necessary revisions that become apparent during the Policy and Plan implementation and  b) operationalize the proposed National Health Laboratories. The incumbent provides technical assistance to the inclusion of the laboratory requirements into the Health Sector Strategic Investment Plan (NHSIP).

For a full job description, please visit the link below with all duties and responsibilities on http://kampala.usembassy.gov/job_opportunites.html

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage the Public Health Specialists Information Management Systems Officer and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Officer
  • Serves as a senior advisor to the host country Ministry of Health, partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the implementation of the National Health Laboratory Services Policy and Strategic Plan
  • Offers technical Assistance in the review of the  UNHLSP
  • Works with MoH to monitor and evaluate progress in the implementation of the UNHLSSP; identify  organizational, personnel, logistical and financial problems and recommends revisions as necessary to overcome obstacles and constraints to progress,
  • Assists MoH Develop a detailed plan to operationalize the National Health Laboratories
  • Monitors and evaluates progress in the operationalization of the National Health Laboratories; identifies organizational, personnel, logistical and financial problems and recommends revisions as necessary to overcome obstacles and constraints to progress.
  • Provide input to the CDC Health Systems Strengthening Team
  •  Participate as a member of the PEPFAR Health Systems Strengthening Technical Working Group

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The candidate should possess a Master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Biomedical Laboratory Technology is required.  Completion of post-graduate hands-on clinical laboratory experience (minimum 6 months) is required. 
  • Registration with the Allied Health Professional Council of the Ministry of Health is required.
    He / She should also possess five years working in a clinical laboratory setting, either HIV/AIDS health care, a national reference laboratory, or research-oriented facility is required.
  • Five years of which should be at a supervisory/managerial experience is required.
    Language required:  Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing in English) is required.
    Detailed knowledge and experience in advanced laboratory techniques is required including detailed knowledge of procedures for laboratory diagnostics and associated technologies is required. 
  • Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS, as well as opportunistic infections issues is required. 
  • Good working knowledge of the principles of laboratory management including strategic planning, personnel, forecasting and management of procurement, supplies and equipment is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the host government laboratory facilities, health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results 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 contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the host government laboratory facilities, health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Policy and the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Strategic Plan is required.  Intimate knowledge of the local and national culture, practices, rules, environment, officials, business environment and laws is required.
    Strong oral and written communications skills are required. 
  • Ability to analyze, understand and discuss 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.
  • Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required. 
  • The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders. 
  • Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in laboratory programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities and to work with partners on national strategic planning for laboratory programs.
  • Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.  
  • Advanced knowledge of statistics and data analysis is required.

How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) Download it Here.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 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.
  • Any other documentation (e.g. essays, transcripts/certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. 
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov

NB: Only electronic submissions will be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject area of the email submission.
Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.
Telephone:  0414-306001/259-791/5

Deadline: 19th September 2013

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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