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Public Health Specialist (Treatment) 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.

While the term “Public Health Specialist (Treatment)” may not be a standard title in the field, individuals specializing in public health treatment often work in areas related to healthcare services, disease treatment, and clinical interventions within the broader field of public health. Below, I outline the roles and responsibilities one might expect from a professional focusing on public health treatment:

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Clinical Program Management:
    • Treatment Programs: Oversee and manage public health treatment programs, especially those targeting specific diseases or health conditions.
    • Coordination: Collaborate with healthcare providers, government agencies, and community organizations to ensure effective treatment strategies.
  2. Disease Management and Control:
    • Treatment Guidelines: Develop and implement treatment guidelines for specific diseases or health issues.
    • Monitoring and Evaluation: Establish mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness of treatment interventions and evaluating outcomes.
  3. Treatment Policy Development:
    • Evidence-Based Practices: Advocate for and contribute to the development of evidence-based treatment policies.
    • Policy Implementation: Work with policymakers to translate treatment strategies into actionable policies.
  4. Healthcare Access and Equity:
    • Accessibility: Address barriers to healthcare access, ensuring that treatment services are available to all segments of the population.
    • Equity: Work towards reducing health disparities and ensuring equitable distribution of treatment resources.
  5. Patient Education and Empowerment:
    • Education Programs: Develop and implement education programs to inform patients about treatment options and promote adherence.
    • Empowerment: Empower patients to actively participate in their treatment plans and make informed health decisions.
  6. Clinical Research and Innovation:
    • Research Initiatives: Engage in or support clinical research to advance treatment methodologies.
    • Innovation: Explore and implement innovative approaches to improve treatment outcomes.
  7. Collaboration with Healthcare Providers:
    • Healthcare Network: Establish and maintain collaborations with healthcare institutions and professionals.
    • Capacity Building: Contribute to the training and capacity building of healthcare providers in effective treatment practices.
  8. Public Health Emergency Response:
    • Pandemic Preparedness: Contribute to public health emergency response plans, particularly those related to treatment during pandemics.
    • Resource Allocation: Assist in the allocation of resources for treatment facilities and medical supplies during emergencies.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Clinical Expertise: In-depth knowledge of clinical practices and treatment modalities.
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze health data related to treatment outcomes.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication with healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public.
  • Project Management: Skills in managing and coordinating treatment programs.
  • Crisis Response: Ability to respond to public health crises, ensuring effective and timely treatment interventions.
  • Advocacy: Advocacy for policies that enhance treatment accessibility and quality.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Public Health Specialist (Treatment) – Employees of Mission – All/or USEFMs, EFMs or MOHs (Senior Program Specialist, HIV/AIDS Treatment)

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Announcement Number: Abuja-2023-077
Location: Abuja, NI
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-12
Series/Grade: LE – 0550 12

Overview

  • 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.

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: Yes
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Duties

  • The incumbent of this position is a senior specialist and the key public health advisor on clinical care and treatment to the Continuum of Care and Treatment (CoCT) Branch Chief.
  • Job holder provides comprehensive public health technical, administrative and managerial advice and assistance in support of treatment activities provided under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Responsibilities include day-to-day program management and development, monitoring, reporting and close collaboration with PEPFAR  partners to ensure implementation is carried out in accordance with program strategic objectives and internationally recognized best practices in treatment.  Partners include other PEPFAR agencies, host government ministries, Global Fund, International Organizations (10) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) involved in treatment of HIV/AIDS in country.
  • Jobholder represents Nigeria on AIDS treatment issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.
  • Incumbent is the Clinical Care & Treatment Team Lead and supervises two senior level program specialists.
  • Position is an LE Direct Hire appointed position, will serve as Project Officer and will have signatory authority for CDC awards and Cooperative Agreements.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • MBBS or MD is required. In addition, a post-graduate degree in public health (MPH) or MSc, or post-graduate Medical Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics or Public Health is required.
  • Note: NYSC Certificate or Exemption document is required.

Experience:

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  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional level experience developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS adult and pediatric treatment programs or other relevant public health programs that involve coordination with an international agency or implementing partner is required. Two (2) additional years of supervisory experience at the managerial level is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS treatment is required. Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues is required. Strong skills in the clinical management of HIV/AIDS.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques use to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of treatment programs 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.

Evaluations:

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

Language:

  • Fluent speaking/writing/reading of English is required

Skills And Abilities:

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  • Strong oral and written communications skills are required.  Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
  • This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
  • Ability to lead project teams and work groups and to develop effective working relationships with international working partners is required.
  • The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings. Intermediate user level of work processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.
  • Strong skills with interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation of data are required.
  • Experience with conducting research including study design, implementation, data analysis and report writing is required evidenced by at least two publications related to HIV Care and Treatment in peer review journals.
  • Incumbent should possess standard computer skills with experience/training for word processing and spreadsheets, and ability to produce documents with graphical representation.

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 23,082,629 /Per Year
  • USD $77,160 /Per Year

Application Closing Date
2nd August, 2023.

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

Important Information

  • 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.

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
  • Certificate or License

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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