Earn over 7m monthly as Medical Epidemiologist Team Lead at US United States Embassy CDC



Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Entebbe, Uganda
Salary:  Grade
11 (Ugshs. 87,633,842 to 127,342,874 p.a. Inclusive of allowances) 
Vacancy No.: 07/2015
About US Embassy:
Welcome to the United States
Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United
States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads
the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission
is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices
of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.
About US Embassy 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
US CDC Medical Epidemiologist Team Lead will serve as the technical advisor and
team lead of the Implementation Science Research Team. S/he applies a
professional knowledge of epidemiology and operational research in the control
and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other HIV-related diseases, and supports the
design and implementation of operational research / public health evaluation
(PHE) activities for the Strategic Information Branch. The incumbent leads and
directs studies of the epidemiological and operational research aspects of
public health issues and problems required to implement the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda. The incumbent is a USG
advisor to Ugandan ministries (including the Ministries of Health) partners,
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of HIV
operational research activities and studies. The incumbent represents DGHA, CDC
at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with
collaborators. Job holder serves as the activity manager for HIV PHE contracts
and cooperative agreements and coordinates funding, reporting, and
administration to assure projects are conducted and USG funds are appropriately
utilized. The incumbent ensures collaboration among PEPFAR Uganda partners
involved in HIV/AIDS operational research projects and activities and takes the
lead in promoting use of internationally recognized best practices in support
of research components of PEPFAR sponsored programs in Uganda. Identifies
training needs, coordinates training and conducts formal training sessions for
partners involved in operational research studies.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 
1. Implementation Science activities 55 %
  • Initiate,
    conduct and oversee complex HIV/AIDS epidemiologic and public health
    evaluation activities concerned with reduction of HIV transmission and
    other HIV related diseases on a national scale
  • The
    incumbent provides epidemiological technical advice and consultation as a
    national and internationally recognized expert in operational research on
    HIV/AIDS and related co-infections as it applies to populations at risk
    for HIV infection in Uganda.
  • Ensure
    the principal management and oversight of the primary epidemiologic and
    operational research activities, analyzing program data through
    statistical methods and disseminating study results through scientific
    journals, periodic reports and public presentations.
  • Works
    in liaison with senior level professionals, host country governmental
    agencies, international organizations and other public and private
    organizations involved in HIV/AIDS research to ensure that CDC-Uganda
    research activities are consistent with and complimentary to all
    in-country HIV/AIDS epidemiologic and operational research activities.
  • Carries
    out site assessments of progress in implementing CDC HIV operational
    research projects carried out by implementing partners of the USG.
    Provides guidance and technical assistance to partner staff leading
    research projects and implementing staff to enhance staff skills and
    maintain quality standards for research studies and projects.
  • Prepares
    regular and frequent oral and written reports to the CDC DGHA Country
    Director and Strategic Information Branch Chief, and the USG PEPFAR
    interagency management team on the progress of PEPFAR HIV/AIDS operational
    research projects. Writes reports on research results and findings for
    presentation at national and international conferences and meetings.
  • Actively
    participates in national and regional conferences, meetings, and workshops
    on HIV operational research projects. Responds to requests from NGOs,
    health care organizations, and medical professionals for information and
    technical assistance on HIV operational research projects and issues.
2. Supervision and Leadership: 25%
  • Supervises
    the Implementation Science team composed of HIV Prevention and Care &
    Treatment Implementation Science Specialists. The job holder ensures that
    PEPFAR and DGHA, CDC’s strategic plan, mission, vision, and values are
    communicated to the implementation science team and integrated into the
    team’s strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and
    services.
  • The
    incumbent articulates and communicates to the team the assignment,
    project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or
    program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion.
    S/he coaches the team in the selection and application of appropriate
    problem solving methods and techniques, provides advice on work methods,
    practices and procedures, and assists the team and/or individual members
    in identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  • He
    / she leads the team in: identifying, distributing and balancing workload
    and tasks among employees in accordance with established work flow, skill
    level and/or occupational specialization; making adjustments to accomplish
    the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely
    accomplishment of assigned team tasks; and ensuring that each employee has
    an integral role in developing the final team product. Monitoring and
    reporting on the status and progress of work, checking on work in
    progress, reviewing completed work to see that the supervisor’s
    instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality have been
    met; and rating and signing performance appraisals based on standards
    established either by the leader or the supervisor.
  • The
    duty bearer will prepare reports and maintain records of work
    accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and
    coordinates the preparation, presentation and communication of
    work-related information to the supervisor. Estimates and reports to the
    team on progress in meeting established milestones and deadlines for
    completion of assignments, projects and tasks, and ensures that all team
    members are aware of and participate in planning for achievement of team goals
    and objectives.
  • Represents
    the team in dealings with the supervisor or manager for the purpose of
    obtaining resources (e.g., computer hardware and software, use of overtime
    or compensatory time), and securing needed information or decisions from
    the supervisor on major work problems and issues that arise. Reports to
    the supervisor periodically on team and individual work accomplishments,
    problems, progress in mastering tasks and work processes, and individual
    and team training needs.
  • Resolves
    simple, informal complaints of employees and refer others, such as formal
    grievances and appeals, to the supervisor or an appropriate management
    official. Communicates team consensus and recommendations to the
    supervisor on actions affecting team and individual awards, rewards and
    recognition. Intercedes with the supervisor on behalf of the team to
    inform the supervisor of performance management issues/problems and to
    recommend/request related actions, such as: assignments, reassignments,
    promotions, tour of duty changes, peer reviews and performance appraisals.
3. Interagency Collaboration and Coordination 20%
  • Initiates
    and maintains collaborative relationships with other partners and agencies
    working on HIV/AIDS. Interacts with and obtains cooperation for activities
    from local and international investigators and public health officials.
    Works closely with staff of CDC, the MOH and other government officials,
    NGOs, and with health care personnel, to assure that activities are in
    line with the national goals and objectives of the PEPFAR Country
    Operational Plan (COP), and that tasks are carried out correctly and in a
    timely manner. Provides support for work performed in a variety of other
    HIV-related research studies conducted by CDC.
  • As
    a regional and international expert on matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS
    prevention, JH represents CDC-Uganda at technical, policy and strategic
    planning meetings, including meeting with collaborators and donor
    agencies. Briefs agency officials on the results of such meetings and prepares
    written reports for submission to other interested parties.
  • Represents
    CDC in discussing and developing financial commitment proposals for HIV
    prevention programs at administrative and strategic planning meetings.
    This includes all USG agencies. Serves as chair or rotating chair on
    inter-agency technical working groups to ensure effective coordination of
    work plan development, implementation strategies, and evaluation plans for
    all USG agency prevention activities in Uganda. Serves on intra- and inter-branch
    PEPFAR projects. These projects are generally short-term in nature and
    most often have to do with special requirements for VIP visits, special
    PEPFAR taskings, etc.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must
address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive
information supporting each item.
  • The
    US Embassy CDC Medical Epidemiologist Team Lead should hold a Master’s
    degree or host country equivalent in public health, epidemiology,
    surveillance, program policy/management, international health, health
    education, nursing, or medicine, heath, social or behavioral sciences,
    statistics, is required.
  • A
    minimum of six years of medical practice, research or teaching in the area
    of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    is required. PhD holders with at least three years of work experience in
    similar fields may also be considered. One year of experience at the
    managerial level with multiple staff is required.
  • The
    applicant must have research skills in the area of HIV/AIDS, TB, or STIs
    as demonstrated by published, peer-reviewed articles in professional
    journals, national or international presentations.
  • The
    incumbent serves as a recognized regional expert on the epidemiology of
    HIV infection with a comprehensive knowledge of the methods, principles
    and techniques used in developing, implementing and analyzing results of
    epidemiological studies and operational research projects. The incumbent
    must have an in-depth understanding of the structure and functions of CDC
    DGHA Uganda, including detailed knowledge of CDC’s role and function in
    support of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and
    intra-agency procedures for coordination with CDC Atlanta and the American
    Mission in Uganda. The job holder must have a detailed and broad knowledge
    of the host country operational environment, including a working knowledge
    of the structure and operations of the MOH, the environment for health
    care delivery at the national, and district level in Uganda.
  • Excellent
    skills in providing technical expertise and guidance in the development,
    implementation and evaluation of epidemiological/operational research
    studies and projects and the analysis of epidemiologic/operational
    research data.
  • Possess
    the ability to develop effective working relationships with national and
    international working partners. The incumbent will be expected to exercise
    considerable ingenuity in applying guidelines to unique and different
    settings. As a representative for CDC DGHA Uganda, the incumbent will also
    be expected to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to
    influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS
    prevention, care and treatment programs to adopt appropriate strategies
    for conducting epidemiological studies and operational research projects.
  • Good
    computer skills and the ability to use office software packages, including
    word processing, spreadsheets, and basic statistical software packages
    (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS) is required.
  • Excellent
    numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is
    required.
  • Language Proficiency (level and
    specialization):
    Level
    IV English ability (fluent) 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: 21st June
2015
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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