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Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention)




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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2018-02-21 02:10:01
Contract Permanent
Location: Nyanza Available: Immediately
Category: Medical / Healthcare Offer: FP-4; FSN-501-11





The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Kisumu has an opening for the position of Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention).The position will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is February 20, 2018


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


The Public Health Specialist (PHS) supports HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention for the Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT) Western Kenya Branch and its Implementing Partners at selected service delivery sites.  The PHS will contribute to local, provincial and national levels regarding adult and pediatric treatment and prevention activities, curriculum development and trainings.  Responsibilities are in two broad areas: Implementing/supporting treatment and prevention activities; and working with Implementing Partners throughout Kenya.  Technical duties include leading efforts to ensure that treatment and prevention activities are based on the most recent relevant and science-based data, and that scientific knowledge is translated into program guidelines and practices for both opportunistic infection (OI) prophylaxis and ARV use.  General responsibilities of the position are to ensure that all activities contribute to the achievement of CDC Kenya goals.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                               

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

Technical and Program Management Responsibilities       (60% of time)

  1. Ensure that CDC-DGHA Kenya supported activities at multiple delivery sites fully conform to national guidelines and CDC technical strategies concerning all aspects of HIV/AIDS treatment, including counseling and testing of persons with HIV, provisions of ARVs and OI prophylaxis as recommended, and symptomatic and palliative treatment.
  2. Provide guidance and advice about HIV/AIDS treatment,  ARVs, OI prophylaxis, symptomatic and palliative treatment and support for HIV-infected persons.
  3. Keep abreast of scientific and medical literature concerning HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and of all relevant public information relevant to CDC Kenya and activities.
  4. Participate in the development of guidelines, operational procedures and manuals, educational materials, teaching modules, etc., for implementing HIV/AIDS treatment, OI prophylaxis, ARV initiatives.
  5. Lead the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention activities supported by CDC Kenya, and PEPFAR in selected service delivery sites.
  6. Liaise with the Branch Team; all other technical advisors throughout CDC Kenya; the technical and administrative personnel at other US government agencies; and partner organizations, for the implementation and evaluation of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention activities.
  7. Liaise closely with all CDC and other Division working in Kenya to provide analyses and reports as required, including for presentation at national, regional, and international meetings and conferences.
  8. Implements an operational research/implementation science agenda, within the operational and fiscal limits of DGHT

Technical Assistance and Guidance       (25 % of time)

Provide technical assistance and guidance to MOH and other national and international partners and collaborators on all aspects of HIV/AIDS treatment, including OI prophylaxis and ARV use.

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

Acts as a national, regional and international resource in all matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, including ARV use and OI prophylaxis.

Undertakes program evaluation visits nationally and regionally to further influence and benefit CDC – Kenya activities.

Other Duties As Assigned     (15 % of time)

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

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

The PHS will conform to operational practices and procedures already implemented by CDC Kenya, and to be implemented in the future.

The PHS will work with and support other USG agencies involved with HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiative in Kenya, including for the 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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