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Public Health Specialist (CHAMPS)




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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2017-07-05 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Medical / Healthcare Offer: FP-3; FSN-12





The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Kisumu has an opening for the position of Public Health Specialist (Child Health & Mortality Prevention & Surveillance) (CHAMPS). The position will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is July 4, 2017.


Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

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

◊     Education: (1) Medical qualification (United States MD or equivalent) is required.

                         (2) A Master’s degree in Public Health or equivalent qualification is also required.

◊     Prior Work Experience:  (1) Public Health - At least 5 years public health experience in the management of diseases relevant to child health is required.  3 years’ experience of working with   ministries of health in developing countries is also required.  (2) Clinical Experience:  At least 3 years of the clinical management of children is also required. (3) Research and Policy – Demonstrated experience working with development of national level health policy, preferably in child health related areas is required. At least 1 year experience conducting public health research as a principal or a co-investigator is also required.

       ◊     Level IV English ability is required. Level III Kiswahili ability also required.


Other Criteria


Job Specification



This position will serve as the Kenya CHAMPS Program Coordinator. In this role, the incumbent will directly support the CHAMPS Director(s) on all matters relating to strategic planning for the CHAMPS program; clinical assessment of causes of death; administration and supervision of select staff in the program; management of financial mechanisms; planning and implementing sub-studies, operational research, routine program evaluation; provision of technical assistance and guidance to the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) and other county, national and international partners and collaborators; and regular communication to the CHAMPS program office in CDC Atlanta and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation if and when needed.


Job holder shares oversight responsibilities for the development and implementation of public health-related technical program activities and has supervisory responsibility for day-to-day coordination of the program’s technical and administrative management activities to implement the CHAMPS program in Kenya.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                                 _100% OF TIME


Technical and Program Management Responsibilities -   60%

  • Directly advises the CHAMPS Director(s) on all matters relating to long-term strategic planning for the CHAMPS Project, administrative infrastructure and staffing for the Project, management of financial mechanisms, planning and implementing research projects under CHAMPS, Operational Research, routine program evaluation; and provision of technical assistance and guidance to the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) and other county, national and international partners and collaborators.
  • Directly supervises the CHAMPS-related activities of at least two to three senior technical staff within CDC Kenya who are engaged in the CHAMPS program to ensure that activities are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Serve as assistant to the CHAMPS Director(s) in planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating the programmatic/scientific activities and goals in the Program.  Coordinates and prepares documents and resources, and prepares special reports and documents for CHAMPS management concerning the program’s activities.
  • Supports the CHAMPS director(s) to oversee the progress of program areas including population-based surveillance, social and behavioral science work, mortality surveillance, tissue collection and testing, and results dissemination.  Incumbent will be the main point of contact for cross cutting activities throughout the program.
  • Serves as investigator on projects and assists in the development of the supporting documents which may include protocols, institutional reviews. Reviews CHAMPS funded contractors’ work plans and performance to ensure that they meet program objectives. Monitors partner performance and quality of all CHAMPS funded activities.
  • Provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and CHAMPS partners about child health and key causes of death, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, diarrhea, and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Keeps abreast of scientific and medical literature concerning child health and key causes of death, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, diarrhea, and emerging infectious diseases and of all relevant public information relevant to CDC Kenya and CHAMPS activities, and identify opportunities to apply new scientific findings to activity implementation.
  • Participates in the development of guidelines, operational procedures and manuals, educational materials, teaching modules, etc., for implementing measures to improve child health.
  • Lead the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for CHAMPS activities supported by CDC Kenya and the Kenya Ministry of Health.
  • Liaise with other CDC Kenya staff; the technical and administrative personnel at other US government agencies; and partner organizations, for the implementation and evaluation of child health and mortality surveillance activities.
  • Liaise closely with all CDC divisions working in Kenya to provide analyses and reports as required, including for presentation at national, regional, and international meetings and conferences.
  • Conduct operational research/implementation science agenda to evaluate different strategies to; improve child health and improve mortality surveillance.
  • Communicate regularly with the CHAMPS program office to ensure that site activities are in line with multi-center activities, and that site progress is communicated regularly.


Technical Assistance and Guidance – 25%


  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to MOH and other national and international partners and collaborators on all aspects of child health and mortality surveillance.
  • Coordinates with MOH and other multi-lateral and global partners (e.g., Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,), on national child health policy issues and the development of child health guidelines and training materials.
  • Provides direct technical support for all CHAMPS activities to ensure implementation of high quality programs, and ensure that program activities are based on the latest available evidence and guidance from the CHAMPS program office in Atlanta.
  • Presents information related to program implementation and evaluation in local, national and international settings.
  • Advises and collaborates with other CDC programs in different areas of child health to promote child health focused program expansion and innovative approaches to mortality surveillance.
  • Represents CDC Kenya in CHAMP fora within the mission, counties and with the Ministry of Health in technical teams focusing on child health and mortality surveillance.
  • Acts as a national, regional and international resource in all matters pertaining to child health and mortality surveillance.
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of organizations receiving CHAMPS funds (through contracts and other mechanisms) to support CHAMPS activities.


Interagency Coordination / Other Duties As Assigned – 15%

  • Incumbent represents CDC at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with government officials, partners and donor agencies; sits on numerous national and CHAMPS working groups to oversee development of guidelines, work plan, strategies, and evaluations, and communicates to supervisor and colleagues, both orally and in writing, the results of meetings.

The Program Coordinator will deliver reports, summaries, papers, oral and written presentations, as requested.                                                       


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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