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Public Health Specialist (Data Analysis & Visualization) at the U.S. Embassy

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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.

A Public Health Specialist is a professional who focuses on promoting and protecting the health of communities and populations. These specialists work to prevent the spread of diseases, improve healthcare access, and address various health disparities. Their work encompasses a broad range of activities, from conducting research and implementing interventions to formulating health policies and educating the public. Here is a detailed overview of the roles and responsibilities of a Public Health Specialist:

Education and Qualifications:

  1. Educational Background: Public Health Specialists typically hold a degree in public health or a related field. This could include a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in Public Health (MPH, DrPH), Epidemiology, Health Policy, or a related discipline.
  2. Specialized Training: Many Public Health Specialists pursue specialized training in areas such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, environmental health, or health policy.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Disease Prevention and Control:
    • Surveillance: Monitor and analyze health data to identify trends and patterns in disease occurrence.
    • Outbreak Investigation: Respond to and investigate disease outbreaks to prevent further spread.
  2. Health Education and Promotion:
    • Community Education: Develop and implement health education programs to inform communities about preventive measures and healthy behaviors.
    • Campaigns: Plan and execute public health campaigns on issues such as vaccination, nutrition, and exercise.
  3. Policy Development:
    • Advocacy: Advocate for health policies that address public health concerns and improve overall community well-being.
    • Legislation Support: Provide data and expertise to policymakers for evidence-based decision-making.
  4. Environmental Health:
    • Assessment: Assess and manage environmental factors that impact public health, such as air and water quality, food safety, and sanitation.
    • Intervention: Develop strategies to mitigate environmental health risks and promote a healthier living environment.
  5. Health Equity and Disparities:
    • Research: Conduct research to identify and address health disparities among different populations.
    • Intervention Programs: Implement programs to reduce health inequalities and improve access to healthcare services.
  6. Emergency Preparedness and Response:
    • Planning: Develop and implement plans for responding to public health emergencies, such as natural disasters or disease outbreaks.
    • Coordination: Collaborate with emergency services and healthcare providers to ensure an effective response.
  7. Data Analysis and Research:
    • Surveys and Studies: Conduct surveys and research studies to gather data on health-related issues.
    • Data Interpretation: Analyze data to draw conclusions and make recommendations for public health interventions.
  8. Collaboration:
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Work with healthcare professionals, government agencies, NGOs, and community organizations to address public health challenges.
    • Global Collaboration: Collaborate with international organizations to address global health issues.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze complex health data and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication with diverse audiences, including the public, policymakers, and healthcare professionals.
  • Adaptability: Flexibility to respond to changing public health priorities and emergencies.
  • Leadership: Ability to lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ethical Consideration: Adherence to ethical standards in public health research and practice.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Public Health Specialist (Data Analysis & Visualization) – All Interested Candidates (Senior Program Specialist)

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Announcement Number: Abuja-2023-078
Location: Abuja, NI
Series/Grade: LE – 0550 11
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-11

Overview

  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
    • For USEFM – FP is 04.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
    • 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

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 (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
  • Supervisory Position:: No
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Duties

  • Under the supervision of the Team Lead, Data Science, the incumbent provides technical expertise to improve CDC Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in the country.
  • The Senior Program Specialist, Data Analysis and Visualization (SPS-DAV), leads and manages CDC’s data analysis and visualization systems, playing a key role in profiling, enhancing, standardizing, transforming, and visualizing health data across programs.
  • The SPS-DAV’s essential mission is to analyze complex data sets and present selected information in a visual and graphical manner that can be easily understood by consumers and decision makers.
  • Data triangulation, translation and dissemination are essential components of CDC’s program monitoring and evaluation efforts, and the SPS-DAV will be instrumental in helping to keep the agency and its partners on track for achieving extremely ambitious goals for HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Information Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Epidemiology, Information Systems is required.
  • NYSC Certificate or Exemption document is required.

Experience:

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  • Minimum of five (5) years of work experience as a Data Analyst, Statistician or Data Scientist in a health/medical research organization, university or public health program implementing agency in HIV/AIDS, STD, TB prevention programs at the local, state, Federal or international levels.
  • The incumbent should also have experience in use of measurement and data science approach for Data Analysis and Monitoring and Evaluation of target populations and health programs including quantitative and qualitative operations research.

Job Knowledge:

  • Extensive knowledge of data management and conversion systems is required. Advanced Knowledge and understanding the principles of organizational management is required.
  • Vast knowledge of program evaluation strategies and techniques as well as public health interventions such as HIV/AIDS, TB, STI prevention, care and treatment programs are required.
  • This includes thorough knowledge of internationally recognized standards for data triangulation and translation.
  • Additionally, the incumbent should possess expert knowledge and use of program management principles and translation of evaluation of data as it pertains to the improvement of program operations, guidelines and policies.
  • Incumbent should have detailed knowledge of the health care system of Nigeria. Detailed knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of USG programs and data management systems.
  • Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in development and support of grants, contracts, memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements is required.

Evaluations:

  • This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.

Language:

  • Fluency in speaking/reading/writing English is required.

Skills And Abilities:

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  • Skill in providing leadership, direction, and technical expertise in the analysis of public health data is required.
  • This includes the ability to resolve independently problems related to supervision of personnel, program policy, and program operations. Strong oral and written communications skills are required. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
  • 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.
  • Incumbent should possess advanced computer skills with experience/training for numeracy, word processing and spreadsheets. Advanced numerical skills required include proficiency in the contextual use of data for problem solving, estimation, investigation and presentation.
  • Standard keyboarding skill is required for this position. Should have training and dexterity in applications such as Epi Info, related statistical software packages, geographic information systems (GIS), and other software used to present data visually or geospatially.
  • The incumbent should be technically proficient in database design, development and administration; conversant with all of the software packages and tools necessary for successful data analysis and visualization of health data e.g., PowerBI, Tableau, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA); Geo-spatial tools such as QGIS or ArcGIS; SQL programming, understanding of both transactional (OLTP) and analytical (OLAP) data environments related to health including spatial analysis, GIS etc.

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 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.

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.

Hiring Preference Order:

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • AEFM / USEFM
  • 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”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, 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.

Marketing Statement:

Salary

  • NGN ₦20,830,167 /Per Year
  • USD $62,523 /Per Year

Application Closing Date
7th August, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information

  • 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.

Required Documents:

  • To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • NYSC Certificate or Exemption document

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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 Abuja, Nigeria.
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