Earn Over 117m Annually as Epidemiologist at United States US Embassy



Job Title:    Epidemiologist
Organisation: United States
Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Grade: Grade 11 (Ugshs. 117,730,581 to
172,487,987 p.a. inclusive of allowances)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda              
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.
Among the
offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
·        
United States Agency for International Development
(USAID)
·        
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
·        
Peace Corps (PC)
Job Summary:  The Epidemiologist provides support to the US President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), contributing technical advice and
guidance in the planning, implementation and monitoring of HIV/AIDS epidemiologic
studies, operational research implementation science and targeted evaluation
projects in Uganda. The incumbent serves as CDC technical and scientific
advisor to the Ugandan Government, providing leadership, technical guidance and
scientific quality enhancement for CDC-supported HIV/AIDS epidemiologic, surveillance
and related research operational studies in Uganda. The job holder supports in
developing research study protocols, provides guidance in implementation of
studies, monitors progress of research projects and provides oversight and
technical assistance in analyzing study results. The individual serves as a
primary contributor to the planning, development, and review of implementation
science components of the annual Country Operational Plan (COP) for Uganda. The
incumbent ensures collaboration among PEPFAR Uganda partners involved in
HIV/AIDS implementation science 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. The incumbent further
identifies training needs, coordinates training and conducts formal training
sessions for partners involved in implementation science studies.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
As a recognized expert in the epidemiology of HIV
infection, the incumbent provides scientific and technical advice and consultation
in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV epidemiologic
studies, implementation science studies and targeted evaluations.
·        
The incumbent collaborates with other PEPFAR agencies
and assists the Ugandan government and implementing partners in the development
of research protocols, implementing studies, and evaluating the impact of study
findings. The incumbent represents CDC to the Ugandan government on HIV
implementation science issues and serves as a CDC representative on USG
technical working groups including sometimes chairing the working group. In
collaboration with other USG partners, compiles and edits implementation science
activities for the COP.
·        
Actively participates in reviews of the plan and
recommends revisions as needed.
·        
Ensures that proposed activities are within the scope
of the PEPFAR Strategy and provides technical assistance to ensure that the
partner will reach overall goals and objectives of PEPFAR.
·        
The incumbent conducts site assessments of progress
in implementing CDC HIV implementation science 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.
·        
Actively monitors and evaluates progress of
projects, identifying scientific, personnel, logistical, and financial problems
and makes revisions or takes remedial action as necessary to overcome obstacles
and constraints to progress.
·        
Identifies training needs, coordinates training and
conducts formal training sessions and workshops for implementing partner staff
participating in epidemiologic studies and operational research projects.
·        
Organizes meetings and roundtable discussions
related to epidemiologic studies and implementation science projects.
·        
The incumbent conceives and develops research
evaluation strategies and methodologies. Provides technical support to Informatics
staff in developing appropriate data management systems to capture research
data and findings and provides assistance to the implementing partners in
analyzing and interpreting data and measuring the impact of research findings and
results.
·        
Oversees the management of multiple large research
data files, including ensuring the confidentiality of data maintained in the
files.
·        
Prepares and sends 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 implementation science projects.
·        
Writes reports on research results and findings for
presentation at national and international conferences and meetings.
·        
Supports the Ugandan government and partners and
other donors with the planning and coordination of national and regional
conferences, meetings, and workshops on HIV implementation science projects.
·        
Frequently responds to requests from NGOs, health care
organizations, and medical professionals for information and technical assistance
on HIV implementation science projects and issues.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All
applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific
and comprehensive information supporting each item.
·        
The ideal candidate for the US Embassy CDC Epidemiologist
should have graduated from an accredited university with a master’s level
degree in epidemiology, public health, medicine, behavioral or social science,
statistics, health science, or strongly related discipline.
·        
At least five years of progressively responsible
work experience in epidemiology and/or public health programs, including three
years’ experience in HIV/AIDS which includes analysis of epidemiologic data
and/or research studies.
·        
Prior experience will demonstrate the incumbent’s
ability to consult and collaborate effectively with all levels both within and
outside the agency.
·        
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 projects.
·        
The job holder must have 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.
·        
Skill in providing technical expertise and guidance
in the development, implementation and evaluation of epidemiological studies
and projects and the analysis of epidemiologic data and data collected from
program results and implementation science studies.
·        
Ability to develop and strengthen 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 projects and studies.
·        
Computer literacy skills and the ability to use
office software packages, including word processing, spreadsheets, and basic
statistical software packages.
·  Language
Proficiency:
List both English and host country language(s) by
level and specialization. Level IV English (fluency in both written and oral)
is required. Incumbent must be able to compose complex and highly complex
written documents.
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: 13th September,
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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