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Public Health Specialist (Care & Support)



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Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Nairobi Updated on: 2019-07-12 02:10:02
Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: ASAP
Category: Health and Population Offer: Not Specified



The U.S. Mission in Nairobi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Health Specialist(Care & Support) will be available immediately. Closing date for this position is 11th July 2019.

Minimum Requirements



Must have a total of 3 years of experience in public health and clinical care of HIV/AIDS, and one additional year of experience at the managerial level with multiple staff is required. Public health and clinical care of HIV/AIDS must include the following components:


1) Public Health - At least 3 years of public health experience in the management of HIV/AIDS in Africa or other developing countries is required with an emphasis of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Care and Treatment and Tuberculosis. Must also have 3 years’ experience of working with ministries of health in developing countries.
(2) Clinical Experience – At least 3 years of experience in the clinical management of HIV/AIDS including experience with the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy and OI prophylaxis, diagnosis and management. 
(3) Research and Policy – Must have demonstrated experience working with the development of national-level health policy, preferably in HIV/AIDS-related areas. Must also have at least 1-year experience conducting public health research as a principal or a co-investigator.



Technical knowledge of clinical medicine, epidemiology, and public health relevant to the African setting, is required. Job holder must have a very high level of understanding of the structure and functions of the program including the agency's role and function in support of the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); s/he must have a developed understanding of intra-agency procedures for coordination with agency headquarters and embassy management. S/he is a senior public health specialist in the section and as such explains agency and USG PEPFAR policies, guidelines and procedures for the administration of grants, contracts and/or cooperative agreements. The job holder is the "front person" for explaining to implementing and collaborating partners HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR policies, procedures, and technical matters and the importance of achieving strategic objectives and keeping accurate records to reflect that achievement.


Job holder is required to have a high level of detailed knowledge of the host country public health environment, including a detailed knowledge of the structure and operations of the host government ministries that deal with public health issues, the environment for health care delivery for both tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, strengths and weaknesses at the national, regional, district and community level. 


Education Requirements:

           NOTE: Applications without the required documents will not be considered.



Level 4 (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing of English is required. (This may be tested)
Level 3 (Good Working Knowledge) speaking/reading/writing of Kiswahili is required.


(1) The incumbent must have demonstrated the ability to provide technical guidance in a large, technically and culturally diverse staff at assigned program sites in conducting complex programs;plan, coordinate, and prioritize complex interventions in HIV AIDS treatment, care and prevention; manage analyze and report on the substantial program resources allocated for relevant  activities at their assigned study sites. 
(2) Must have strong computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
(3) Must be able to process written reports and use spreadsheets and database software packages.
(4) Must have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a team member and to lead teams both on operational and research levels. Excellent communication and coordination skills are a           must. 
(5) The incumbent must ensure that the clinical, care, TB and PMTCT strategic objectives of OGAC, PEPFAR, and WRAIR are met.



The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, colour, 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.


Job Specification

Basic Function of the Position 


The incumbent is the senior program specialist on DoD’s HIV/AIDS adult and pediatric treatment and TB portfolio under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for DoD civilian and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) activities. The incumbent will oversee the PEPFAR DoD adult, pediatric, and adolescent treatment, care, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), and tuberculosis (TB). Key responsibilities are two-fold: implementing and supporting treatment and care interventions and working with implementing partners to monitor performance and maintain delivery of high-quality HIV services. The Incumbent will report to the Deputy Director, DoD PEPFAR, under the US Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya (USAMRD-K).


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