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Public Health Specialist-Surveillance (All Interested Applicants/All sources) (Surveillance Technical Advisor)

Embassy Abidjan

Côte d'Ivoire

Announcement Number: Abidjan-2021-013
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abidjan
Position Title: Public Health Specialist-Surveillance (All Interested Applicants/All sources) (Surveillance Technical Advisor)
Open Period:  - 05/16/2021
                          Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone: GMT
Series/Grade: LE - 0550 10
Salary: XOF CFA20,897,598
Work Schedule: Full-time -
Promotion Potential: LE-10
Duty Location(s): 1 in Abidjan, IV
Telework Eligible: No

For More Info:
 Recruitment Section

Hiring Path: • Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM - FP is FP-05 (step 5 through 14).  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
Open-to :    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
Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

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 (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Under the supervision of the Strategic Information Deputy Branch Chief, the incumbent serves in the CDC Cote d'Ivoire Strategic Information (SI) Branch and supports the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for accelerated progress to achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control through innovative and effective HIV surveillance and information gathering systems. As public health technical advisor, incumbent provides technical expertise in surveillance to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs that CDC Cote d'Ivoire and the Ministry of Health collaborate throughout the country. Incumbent supports evaluating the progress of the HIV response towards 95-95-95 goals.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EXPERIENCE: At least three years of experience in HIV/AIDS surveillance; field experience in surveillance of communicable diseases, with special focus on HIV/AIDS/STI; and experience in program management, training, and production of training materials, manuals, guidelines, reports, and supervision is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of research protocol development, implementation, analysis is required. Knowledge of related scientific literature review is also required.

Education Requirements:
Minimum of Medical Doctorate (M.D) with certificate in public health.


Level III (Good Working Knowledge) speaking/writing of English is required. This may be tested.
Level IV (Fluent) speaking/writing/reading of French is required. This may be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to conduct research including conducting literature searches is required.  Ability to work collaboratively with project staff and other organizations is required. Ability to write project proposals, work plans, reports and organize meetings is required.  Use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or any proprietary software to be used on regular basis, data driven decisions, attention to detail, clerical skills, ability to be flexible and compliant required.  

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

Agency Benefits:
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 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.

AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


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”), 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:
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.

Proof of Ivoirian citizenship (CNI, Attestation d'identité) (if applicable, required)

Doctorate degree (required)

Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable, required)

Public Health Certificate or equivalent (required)

For EFMs, in addition to the above:
Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent is required)

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. Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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