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Epidemiologist Job at US Embassy - Employment Opportunity in Uganda

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Vacancy title: Epidemiologist

Deadline of this Job: 03/07/2013
Job details: Job Title: Epidemiologist; FP- 4; FSN-11

Number: 058/2013 Date: 06/19/2013

OPEN TO: All Qualified Candidates

POSITION: Epidemiologist; FP- 4; FSN-11

WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week



"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an international public

health agency engaged in HIV prevention and care programs and research

activities in Uganda. CDC offers excellent career opportunities for professional

growth, training, and collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC

offices are located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC

is an agency of the United States Mission in Uganda."

The Centers for Diseases Control is seeking an individual for the position of



The incumbent, under the supervision of the respective Team Lead in the

Strategic Information Branch, CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) Uganda, provides

support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), contributing

technical advice and guidance in the planning, implementation and monitoring of

HIV/AIDS epidemiologic studies, operational research and targeted evaluation

projects in Uganda. The incumbent serves as CDC technical and scientific advisor

to the Ugandan Government, providing leadership, technical guidance and

scientific quality enhancement for CDC-supported HIV/AIDS epidemiologic,

surveillance and related research operational studies in Uganda. Assists in

developing research study protocols, provides guidance in implementation of

studies, monitors progress of research projects and provides oversight and

technical assistance in analyzing study results. Serves as a primary contributor to

the planning, development, and review of operational research components of the

annual Country Operational Plan (COP) for Uganda. The incumbent ensures

collaboration among PEPFAR Uganda partners involved in HIV/AIDS operational

research projects and activities and takes the lead in promoting use of

internationally recognized best practices in support of research components of

PEPFAR sponsored programs in Uganda. Identifies training needs, coordinates

training and conducts formal training sessions for partners involved in operational

research studies.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is

available on


NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with

specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

1. Education required: Completion of a university degree in epidemiology, public

health, medicine, behavioral or social science, statistics or health science is


2. Work Experience required: Five years of progressively responsible work

experience in epidemiology and/or public health programs, including a minimum of

3 years experience in HIV/AIDS which includes analysis of epidemiologic data

and/or research studies. Past experience will demonstrate the incumbent’s ability

to consult and collaborate effectively with all levels both within and outside the


3. Language required: Level IV English ability (fluent written, spoken and


4. Knowledge required: The incumbent serves as a recognized regional expert on

the epidemiology of HIV infection with a comprehensive knowledge of the methods,

principles and techniques used in developing, implementing and analyzing results

of epidemiological studies and projects. The incumbent must have an in-depth

understanding of the structure and functions of CDC GAP Uganda, including

detailed knowledge of CDC’s role and function in support of the President’s

Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and intra-agency procedures for

coordination with CDC Atlanta and the American Mission in Uganda. The job

holder must have a detailed and broad knowledge of the host country operational

environment, including a working knowledge of the structure and operations of the

MOH, the environment for health care delivery at the national, and district level in


5. Skills and Abilities required: Skill in providing technical expertise and guidance

in the development, implementation and evaluation of epidemiological studies and

projects and the analysis of epidemiologic data and data collected from program

results and operational studies. Ability 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 a representative for CDC GAP Uganda, the incumbent will also be

expected to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to influence

other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and

treatment programs to adopt appropriate strategies for conducting epidemiological

projects and studies. Incumbent must have computer skills and the ability to use

office software packages, including word processing, spreadsheets, and basic

statistical software packages.


When equally qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S.

Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate

specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and visa status

in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of

Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance

Report are not eligible to apply.

4. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment

(FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar

days of their appointment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA)

are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of

their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually

Employed (WAE) work schedule.

Job application procedure
Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration

of the application:

1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family

Member (DS-174).

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae.

3. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their

Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional US

Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a

conditional preference in hiring with their application.

4. Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the

qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


Human Resources Office

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Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat

(.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.

Telephone: 0414-306001/259-791/5

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