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Public Health Specialist (Behavioral Scientist)




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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2017-06-23 08:54:42
Contract Permanent
Location: Nyanza Available: Immediately
Category: Medical / Healthcare Offer: FP-4; FSN-11





The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Kisumu has an opening for the position of Public Health Specialist (Behavioral Scientist). Closing date for this position is June 22, 2017.


Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Other Criteria


Job Specification


Public Health Specialist (PHS) supports HIV program development, implementation and quality improvement for comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services for the Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT), CDC Kenya and its Implementing Partners at selected HIV service delivery (prevention, care and treatment) and study sites in Kenya.  Responsibilities are in two broad areas: Supporting program development, implementation and quality improvement for behavioral aspects of HIV prevention, care and treatment activities; and working with Implementing Partners to manage programmatic elements of cooperative agreements for HIV/AIDS services in Kenya. Technical duties include serving as a behavioral scientist in ensuring that HIV/AIDS services are based on current relevant scientific evidence; following current national/global guidance; and translating research into efficient implementation practice. General responsibilities are to ensure that all activities contribute to the achievement of CDC and DGHT-Kenya goals.


The Public Health Specialist will be responsible for all of the following duties and responsibilities:

Technical and Program Management Responsibilities    (60% of time)                                   

  1. Ensure behavioral aspects of CDC/DGHT Kenya supported programs for HIV service delivery are in line with current national and other relevant guidelines and are consistent with CDC and PEPFAR technical strategies relating to a comprehensive approach to increasing access to high-quality HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services.
  2. Serve as a technical expert for behavioral science activities, including time-limited special initiatives within the Western Kenya Branch. Advice and support partners to develop efficient and effective behavioral interventions and provide technical assistance on implementation. Develop and implement strategies and programs to strengthen behavioral elements for optimal achievement in the HIV prevention and treatment cascade.
  3. Participate substantially in programmatic and technical management of assigned HIV prevention, care and treatment Cooperative Agreements for CDC/DGHT Kenya, ensuring that appropriate interventions and approaches are adopted to enhance efficient implementation of comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services. This includes technical review of applications and quarterly, semiannual and annual progress reports, site visits, quarterly progress review meetings, and support for abstracts, manuscripts, protocols.  Liaise with CDC technical colleagues across DGHT as needed.
  4. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders, participate in the development and review of policies, guidelines, operational procedures, manuals, informational, education and communication materials for respective behavioral interventions, training curricula and other relevant material required to guide implementation of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.
  5. Continually review program and scientific literature on behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS programming and support translation of evidence-informed practice to improvement of HIV prevention, care and treatment service delivery.
  6. Implement an operational research/implementation science agenda, including planning, design and implementation and leading of qualitative and quantitative behavioral studies on structural, community and individual level interventions of specific HIV/AIDS priority areas.
  7. Provide support for monitoring and evaluation and ensure use of program data for continuous program improvement of HIV/AIDS service delivery activities. Evaluation duties include assessment of barriers to enrolment in prevention and treatment programs, assessment of factors that influence adherence to treatment, and evaluation of the impact of treatment on attitudes and behavior.
  8. Liaise with the Western Kenya Branch and other CDC/DGHT team members, other US government agencies, Government of Kenya and multilateral partner organizations, for the implementation and evaluation of HIV/AIDS of relevant prevention, care and treatment services.
  9. Liaise closely with all CDC DGHT and other Divisions working in Kenya to provide analysis and reports as required, including scientific and programmatic presentations at national, regional, and international meetings and conferences.

Technical Assistance and Guidance     (25% of time)                    

Provide technical assistance and guidance to MOH, PEPFAR Interagency teams and other national and international partners and collaborators on behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, including related special initiatives as may emerge.

Represent CDC/DGHT Kenya at technical, policy, and strategic meetings, including those with other collaborators and donor agencies.

Act as a national, regional and international resource in matters pertaining to behavioral aspects of HIV/ AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

Undertake program evaluation, implementation monitoring and improvement visits nationally and regionally to enhance program delivery for CDC/DGHT Kenya activities.

Other Duties as Assigned     (15% of time)

The PHS will participate in other tasks related to program development planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of CDC DGHT-Kenya activities in support of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in Kenya as advised by the Branch Chief, Deputy Branch Chief, and/or the DGHT Director.

The PHS will deliver reports, summaries, publications, oral and written presentations, as requested.

The PHS will conform to operational practices and procedures established by CDC/DGHT Kenya, and participate in program improvement initiatives as need be.

The PHS will work with and support other USG agencies involved with HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment initiatives in Kenya, including preparation of appropriate reports.

Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.  

(1)   AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(2)   AEFM / USEFM
(3)   FS on LWOP** 

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.    

 Additional Selection Criteria: 

à        Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. 
à       Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
à       Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not    eligible to apply.
à      Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their

à       Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless
         currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule. 

      Applicants must be available for an interview and for proficiency testing as required by the selecting official.  

To Apply:

1.  Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
The U.S. Mission in Nairobi 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.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied

Equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such

complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for

prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief. 


1.  Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways: 

 2.  U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria: 

3.  Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment: 
·         Is a U.S. citizen; and
·         Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee
       who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
·         Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and
     Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or 
      uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at
      an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and
·         Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the
      American Institute in Taiwan.
·         Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity  

4.  Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is: 

 A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen.  

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)An individual who: 

 NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP. 

6. Ordinarily  Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who: 

 EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).     



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