US Embassy Nairobi – Public Health Specialist (Prevention).

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Basic Function of the Position 

The incumbent of this position is the senior program specialist on DoD’s HIV comprehensive prevention portfolio under the resident’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for DoD’s civilian and Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) interventions. The incumbent will be responsible to oversee the following technical HIV prevention components: optimization of HIV testing services (HTS), orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), prevention strategies for key populations (KP) and priority populations to include adolescent girls and young women, and cross-cutting gender issues, particularly gender-based violence (GBV). Responsibilities are two-fold: Supporting program development, implementation, and scale up and quality improvement for comprehensive prevention program as part of the clinical cascade; and working with implementing partners to manage programmatic elements and performance for HIV and AIDS services in Kenya. The Incumbent will report to the Deputy Director, DoD PEPFAR, under the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa (USAMRD-AFRICA).



1) Public Health – At least 3 years of specialist experience in public health program implementation and management of HIV/AIDS is required. Emphasis on prevention strategies, comprehensive HIV prevention, behavioral interventions, behavioral communication, working with Key and Priority population programs.

(2) Program Management Experience: At least 3 years of medical and/or public health experience in Kenya including managing donor-supported programs, capacity development and collaboration partnerships with GoK and partners is required. The 3 years managerial experience can be part of the 3 year prior work experience.

Education Requirements:

  • Medical degree and/or a Master’s degree in Public Health or Behavioral Science is required.




Fluent English (speaking /writing) is required. (This may be tested).

Good (Reading/speaking /writing) is required.


Must have demonstrated experience in leading large diverse teams in management of strategic information. Must possess the ability the solve problems surrounding logical sequencing of activities, e.g., developing HIS strategies, excellent analytical skills, and M&E logical frameworks, develop evaluation protocols, create quality improvement plans, report flow charts, etc. Must have computer skills, including mastery of the use of spreadsheets, database software packages, and basic budgeting and financial operations, as well as the ability to use relevant software for the management of large databases (E.g., R, STATA, SAS, or equivalent).

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.


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


Benefits and Other Info


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.

How to Apply:

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Open Period:12/07/2020 – 12/18/2020

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)
  • Degree certificates
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • List of references

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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