US CDC Embassy Careers – Public Health Specialist – Senior Advisor for Public Health Workforce Development

Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Vacancy Number: 034/2014
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 incumbent is the senior technical advisor for
public health workforce development, working with the host government and other
technical partners (WHO, academia, etc.) to implement strategic programs for
strengthening the public health workforce to cope with the health threats to
the Ugandan population during the 21st Century and beyond.
Key Duties and
  • The incumbent will
    steer the day-to- day implementation of CDC’s support for the Public
    Health Fellowship Program, a collaboration between Ministry of Health
    (MOH) and Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH);
  • Offer expert technical
    guidance and direction to Fellows in the aforementioned program with
    mentorship on assignments and classroom instruction;
  • Take lead in the
    day-to-day support for undergraduate and Masters’ level programs that CDC
  • Monitor performance of
    all CDC-supported public health workforce development programming;
  • Ensures that MOH and
    districts have adequate staffing for a competent public health workforce
    by leading advocacy support to the Ministry of Health as it works with
    line ministries to develop career paths, schemes of service, and expansion
    of absorptive capacity for public health workforce.
  • The incumbent is also
    the lead for CDC-Uganda on HRH issues at technical, policy and strategic
    planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor
    agencies. The position ensures that HRH investments are supportive of
    district-led programming for an AIDS-free generation and are appropriately
    reinforcing districts’ core capabilities. Additionally, the Job holder
    will support the HSS Team in the establishment of new, and reinforcement
    of existing, workforce capacity-building initiatives, both in-service and
For a full job description, please visit the link below with all duties
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Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All
applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific
and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The applicant must
    hold a PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, microbiology, virology,
    pathology, parasitology, immunology or general laboratory science; with a
    bachelor’s degree in medicine, microbiology, virology, or general
    laboratory science is required.
  • At least five years’
    progressively responsible professional experience in public health
    practice, with at least two years’ experience in training and/or
    mentorship of junior scientists, is required.
  • The applicant must
    have proven expertise in one or more of the following fields; applied
    epidemiology, public health informatics, and/or public health laboratory
  • Possess a thorough
    knowledge of health care service delivery, extension of health care
    services to underserved populations/areas and management of health care
    services is required.
  • The job holder must
    have a detailed and broad knowledge of the host country public health
    operational environment, including expert knowledge of the structure and
    operations of the entire health sector, of threats to the health of the
    population and constraints to execution of essential public health
  • The incumbent must
    also have detailed knowledge of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social
    Welfare, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and other host
    government ministries and offices, human resources for health availability
    for health care delivery at the national, regional, district and community
    level. In-depth knowledge of U.S. government operations, rules,
    regulations, procedures, policies, and programs is required. An in-depth
    knowledge of the range of programs, policies, regulations and precedents
    applicable to development and administration of national/international
    public health program is required.
  • Detailed working
    knowledge of the host government health care system and structures
    including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and
    regulations is required.
  • In-depth specialist
    knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods,
    processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate
    results of programs is required.
  • Good working knowledge
    of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct
    multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required. Working
    knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal
    management in support of contracts/ cooperative agreements/grants/
    purchase requisitions is required.
  • Excellent oral and
    written communications skills are required to develop and maintain
    effective, sustainable working relationships with national and
    international working partners. Mentorship and instructional skills are
    required for providing technical assistance. Leadership skills are
    required to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
  • 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.
  • Strong skills in
    interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation are 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 programs that increase the number of health care workers and
    improve the quality and effectiveness of care to adopt appropriate
    strategies for their program activities.
  •  Intermediate user level of word
    processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.
  • Keyboarding skills
    that include good speed and accuracy are required.
  • Numerical skills that
    include the manipulation of detailed calculations are required. The
    incumbent must not only be a skilled scientist, but also an excellent
    instructor and mentor, capable of supporting others to realize these
Language required: Level IV English ability (fluent written,
spoken and reading) 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
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at
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: 10th June 2014
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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