US Embassy – The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Public Health Specialist (Prevention) – Employees of Mission-All/or USEFMs, EFMs or MOHs (Community and Gender Services Lead)
Announcement Number: Abuja-2022-010
Series/Grade: LE – 0550 12
Promotion Potential: LE-12
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
- Hiring Path: Open to the public
- Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
- For USEFM – FP is 03. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
- Current Employees of the Mission – This includes U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs); Eligible Family Members (EFMs); Declared Members of Household (MOHs), dependents of U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) who are assigned under COM – All Agencies.
- Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
- Appointment Type: Permanent
- Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
- 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 (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
- Supervisory Position: Yes
- Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
- Travel Required:
- Occasional Travel
- Job holder routinely travels to CDC project sites and facilities to monitor prevention activities. 30-35 % of time will be spent on local and international travel for site visits, workshops, trainings, conferences etc.
- The incumbent serves as a Senior HIV Program Manager across the spectrum of HIV prevention, treatment, and care, including but not limited to community and gender services for general and key populations for the CDC Nigeria Office (Abuja).
- (S)he is primarily responsible for leading and providing project guidance to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); contributing to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs aimed at achieving HIV epidemic control among key and priority populations as well as for the integration of gender equity / equality and gender based violence mitigation services into CDC/PEPFAR Nigeria HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
- Incumbent’s responsibilities include an active technical advisory role to the Ministry of Health (MoH), National Agency for the Control of AIDs (NACA), Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD), and CDC/PEPFAR implementing partners; day-to-day program and administrative management; and coordination and collaboration with other PEPFAR agencies to ensure project implementation addresses program strategic objectives and U.S. and host government national and international public health standards and best practices.
- This position provides the CDC office with the necessary public health leadership and medical expertise to manage CDC funded HIV prevention, care and treatment activities across affected communities and gender divides.
- The incumbent also plays a major role in the management and oversight of CDC’s and PEPFAR / Nigeria implementing partners, and the training of health care workers, lay counselors, and social workers with respect to national and globally accepted standards in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and gender services for better patient outcomes and epidemic control at population level.
Qualifications and Evaluations
- Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Health Policy, or Behavioral Sciences is required.
- Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the management of Gender and HIV/AIDS, STD, TB prevention programs at the local, state, or international levels that entails responsibility for the evaluation of program activities is required.
- At least three years of these should be on Gender and / or services / programs targeted at key and priority populations such as female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM), persons who inject drugs (PWID), transgender persons (TG) and adolescents and young persons (AYP).
- The incumbent must also have experience in use of measurement methods required for M&E of international populations and health programs, including quantitative and qualitative research. Additionally, one year of supervisory experience and one year of experience at the managerial level is required.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience in / with methods, processes, and techniques used to plan, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate results of gender sensitive and community centered HIV prevention, care and treatment services and other public health programs are required.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with host government policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
- Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting, and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
- Good working knowledge of epidemiology, statistics and data analysis is required.
- Good working knowledge of CDC and USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of HIV programs is required.
- This may be tested. Applicants must specify level of proficiency in the language(s) listed.
- Fluent speaking / reading / writing English is required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Skill in providing leadership, direction, and technical expertise in the management and evaluation of public health programs. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis, and reporting.
- Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners.
- The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity in applying guidelines to unique and different settings as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.
- Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to accomplish reporting requirements. In addition, computer keyboard / typing skills at a good working speed & accuracy is required.
- Ability to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV / AIDS prevention programs to adopt appropriate strategies for improving the program outcomes, including the design and adoption appropriate M&E strategies/framework for program activities.
- Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases such as National Data Repository (NDR), PEPFAR Panorama, and Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Impact Monitoring (DATIM) is required.
- In addition, the incumbent needs to be familiar with the Nigeria Medical records System (NMRS) and PEPFAR Surge Dashboards.
- Strong skills in interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation data are required. This would include the ability to understand and synthesize numerical data.
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
- Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria 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.
- 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.
Hiring Preference Order:
- AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
- AEFM / USEFM
- FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
- 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.
- We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
COVID-19 Requirements for Eligible Family Members
- As required by Executive Order 14043, Eligible Family Members who will be employed on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Temporary Appointment (TEMP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
- If selected for the position, the agency will provide you additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a medical or religious accommodation.
- Eligible Family Members who will be employed on a Personal Services Agreement and compensated under the USG pay plan will be required to attest to their vaccination status using the Vaccine Attestation Form.
- If you are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide this information, you will be required to demonstrate proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours of entry to a Mission facility and comply with enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
- If selected for the position, the agency will provide you additional information regarding these requirements.
COVID-19 Requirements for Local Candidates
- Candidates who will be employed on either a Personal Services Agreement or a direct hire appointment and compensated under the Mission’s Local Compensation Plan will be required to follow all Mission COVID-19 policies applicable to Locally Employed Staff.
- If selected for the position, the agency will provide you additional information regarding these requirements.
NGN 17,733,456 (USD 74,122) / Year
Application Closing Date
16th February, 2022.
How to Apply
Interestes and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
- All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
- To apply for this position click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button at the top of the page. Click on the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.
In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.
- Residency and / or Work Permit
- Degree (not transcript)
- NYSC Certificate or Exemption
For EFMs, in addition to the above:
- Copy of Orders / Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
- DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
- SF-50 (if applicable)
- 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 Abuja, Nigeria.