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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2017-11-23 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Medical / Healthcare Offer: FP-4; FSN-501-11





The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Nairobi has an opening for the position of Statistician.  The position will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is November 22, 2017.


Minimum Requirements

Qualifications Required:

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

◊    PhD in statistics/biostatics or a related field is required. 

◊    One (1) year’s working experience in public health or related field is required.

◊    Level IV (Fluent) English ability and Level III Kiswahili ability is required.

   Other Criteria

◊    Must have in-depth, comprehensive, and evolving knowledge of statistical and mathematical analysis techniques integrated with computer applications.

◊    Must have knowledge of parametric and non-parametric techniques along with categorical data analysis.

◊    Must have advanced level of statistical software: SAS, SPSS, STATA; and training in biostatistics, computers, and data management.





Job Specification


The statistician is responsible for all statistical tasks of assigned projects or programs. Under general direction, independently participates in planning, designing, and implementing of research projects; analyses, interests statistical data and advises the CDC DGHP personnel and DGHP implementing partner on statistical interpretation and implications of the results for program planning an decision making. The incumbent serves as an expert of advanced methods of statistical analysis, advanced programming consultation, planning and conducting analyses of complex study design, and supervising junior statisticians.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                 % OF TIME

 Objective 1: Dataflow, statistical Design and analysis (60%)                                                       

  • Provide advice/technical support to DGHP technical staff and DGHP implementing partner staff (i.e., physicians, epidemiologist, behavioral scientists and health service researchers) in regard to the statistical aspects of research and program evaluation such as study design, sample size determination, power analysis, data management, analysis of data, presentation of statistical information and other related issues.
  • Interpret and analyze data for DGHP technical staff and assist them in the interpretation of the statistical implications of the data for public health policy and program activities; assist in defining data to gather for surveillance, program evaluation and research; gather and review current statistical literature; assist in defining population of interest and sample sizes for specific groups for surveillance, program evaluation and research activities; and develop statistical summary reports based on those activities.
  • Assist in selection of 1) statistical methods for data analysis; 2) authoring and reviewing the corresponding sections of the surveillance, program evaluation and research protocols, and methods section of reports, abstracts and manuscripts; and 3) conducting the analysis once datasets are created.
  • Provide statistical technical assistance to data management staff required to provide cleaned and verified datasets for analysis, including efficient scoring, processing and extraction of datasets.
  • Maintain learning of new analysis techniques and show understanding of the rationale for the methods selected.
  • Carry out any other task that would reasonably be expected of a statistician to enhance the proper and efficient functioning of the statistics and data management group in relation to CDC, as required by supervisor or branch chief.  This may include responding to statistical queries from other functional areas.

Objective 2: Communicating Results (20%)

  • Collaborate with team members to write protocols, reports, abstracts and manuscripts and to communicate statistical results in meetings and conferences.
  • Show high level of attention to detail during the compilation of large amounts of statistical output to ensure accurate presentation of and reporting of results.
  • Communicate statistical information to non-statisticians both in written and oral form.
  • Prepare manuscripts related to statistical methods.

Objective 3: Training and Capacity building (20%)

  • Provide statistical education and training to CDC DGHP technical staff and DGHP implementing partner staff.
  • Guide/supervise junior statisticians in all statistical matters, including statistical methods, sample size planning, data entry, and development of data analysis plans, data analysis, presentation of the results and review of protocols, reports and manuscripts.
  • Provide statistical expertise for seminars and strategy discussions.

Objective 4: General

  • Apply and promote statistical work based on “best practices” and evidence-based principles.
  • Ensure that data including confidential records in areas of responsibility are maintained appropriately.
  • Actively pursue and participate in self development activities in consultation with the supervisor e.g. attending advanced courses and seminars.
  • Work effectively as a member of team.


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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