US Embassy in Kenya – Public Health Specialist (TB/HIV).

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Announcement Number: Nairobi-2019-38

Hiring Agency: Embassy Nairobi

Position Title: Public Health Specialist (TB/HIV)

Open Period: 09/13/2019 – 09/27/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+3

Series/Grade: LE – 0550 12

Salary: Not Specified

Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week

Promotion Potential: LE-12

Duty Location(s): 1 Vacancy

Nairobi, KE

Telework Eligible: No

For More Info: HR Section


Hiring Path: • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM – FS is FP.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.
Only one Open-to category should remain:
•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation Appointment Type Permanent

Appointment Type Details: •    Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply. Summary:

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end. Supervisory Position: Yes Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No Travel Required: Not Required.


Basic Function of the Position 

As the DoD-PEPFAR Deputy Director will provide oversight of all of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program areas under the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya (USAMRD-K). The incumbent will directly oversee all matters relating to long-term strategic planning for DoD-PEPFAR programming, including HIV prevention, treatment, care and TB, and viral load; clinical and prevention management of HIV; administration and supervision of select staff of PEPFAR DoD Programs; management of cooperative agreements; planning and implementing Public Health Evaluations, operational research, routine program monitoring and evaluation and partner performance; and provision of technical assistance and guidance to the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH), the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), and other national and international partners and collaborators. The Incumbent will be under the USAMRD-K PEPFAR Liaison Officer, a Uniformed US Military Officer.

Qualifications and Evaluations



At least 5 years’ experience which includes the following components:

(1)Public Health – At least five years of mid-to-senior level of public health experience in the management of HIV/AIDS in Africa or other developing countries is required, including program management and working with ministries of health.
(2)Clinical Experience – At least three (3) years of experience of the clinical management of HIV/AIDS including experience with use of highly active antiretroviral therapy and OI prophylaxis, diagnosis and management. This experience may have been concurrent with public health experience.
(3)Research and Policy – Must have demonstrated experience working with development of national level health policy, preferably in HIV/AIDS related areas. Must also have at least one (1) year experience conducting public health research as a principal or a co-investigator. This experience may be concurrent with the public health and/or clinical experience.

At least one year of supervisory or managerial experience is required in addition to the five years.


• Must have excellent knowledge of the agency/Mission/Section, host country/region and branch related subject matter.
• Must have technical knowledge of medicine, epidemiology and public health relevant to the East African region.
Education Requirements:

  • Medical qualification (United States MD or local equivalent) is required.
  • A Master’s degree in Public Health, or equivalent qualification relevant to health and HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention, is also required.



Level 4 English (speaking, reading and writing) and level 3 Kiswahili (speaking, reading and writing) are required. (This may be tested)


• Must be able to lead, guide, motivate a large, technically and culturally diverse staff at assigned program sites in conducting complex programs; plan, coordinate, and prioritize complex interventions in HIV AIDS care and prevention; manage analyze and report on the substantial program resources allocated for relevant activities at their assigned study sites.
• Must have strong computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Must be able to write, review, and edit process written reports and policies.
• Must have computer skills, including mastery of the use of spreadsheets, database software packages, and basic budgeting and financial operations.
• Must have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a team member and to lead teams both on operational and research levels.
• Must possess excellent communication and coordination skill.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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. Qualifications:

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits: Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office. Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  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*
  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.


1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.
2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.
3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.
4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the positon for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a local security clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site. Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) ( If applicable)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • List of references
  • Medical qualification (United States MD or local equivalent)
  • A Master’s degree in Public Health, or equivalent qualification relevant to health and HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention.

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

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