Senior Epidemiologist

  • Executive-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 25 June 2020
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Job Description

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72061520R00007
  • 2. ISSUANCE DATE: 06/22/2020
  • 3. CLOSING DATE/TIME: 07/21/2020 at 04:30 p.m. (Nairobi Time)
  • 4. POINT OF CONTACT: Executive Office/Human Resources, Patrick Bii, HR Assistant, email at pbii@usaid.gov
  • 5. POSITION TITLE: Offshore Hire U.S. Personal Service Contractor (U.S. PSC) Senior Epidemiologist
  • 6. MARKET VALUE: $92,977 to $120,868 equivalent to GS-14. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.
  • 7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years with three one-year options subject to funding and contractor performance of satisfactory or better.
  • 8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.
  • 9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: U.S Citizens. Citizenship, if dual, must be clearly stated.
  • 10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: HSPD-12 (Facility/USAID Computer Access Only)
  • 11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The primary location of work will be on the U.S.
    Embassy/USAID compound in Nairobi, Kenya. No special demands are required to perform the work.

BACKGROUND:
USAID/Kenya and East Africa invests in population and health programs at national and county levels that aim to improve the survival, well-being and productivity of the Kenyan population by reducing the burden of major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and addressing the main causes of maternal and child illness and deaths. This includes cross-cutting work to strengthen healthcare systems and build capacity, and to support the national government to formulate key policies and guidelines while assisting counties to better plan, manage and finance quality health services to meet local needs. The Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) office is USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s (KEA) largest office, managing a portfolio valued at over $400 million annually. The office receives funding from a number of U.S. Presidential Initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), Feed the Future (FtF) as well as other USAID health funds for family planning, maternal newborn and child health, nutrition, emerging pandemic threats, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

The position will serve as USAID’s lead HPN Senior Epidemiologist responsible for providing strategic planning, leadership, management, and technical expertise to ensure the well-coordinated and effective program implementation of the health and disease-based surveillance for USAID KEA and the HPN Office. This will require establishing effective collaboration within the Analytics Team as well as with Malaria, Family Health and HIV/AIDS/TB teams and with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) interagency team, other technical and support offices within USAID/KEA. The Senior Epidemiologist will provide evidence-based technical advice to the Mission and PEPFAR interagency team, develop strategic approaches to national, county, facility and community disease-based surveillance systems across the HPN portfolio, and design and oversee projects and programs related to health surveillance systems.
This position is an essential technical leadership position within HPN. Serving as a senior strategic and technical advisor, the senior epidemiologist will lead the conducting health surveillance aimed at monitoring health status and its correlates to identify trends or outbreaks of diseases or other adverse health events, regularly and in a systematic way provide data and information about corrective actions or programs to alleviate adverse health effects, and propose practices or policies based on such data and information that will promote and protect public health. The senior epidemiologist will lead the planning, assignments, scheduling, prioritization, directions and coordination of the work assigned to epidemiologists, research analysts in all studies that HPN sanctions, and ensuring the accuracy and quality of work and overall work performance. Work requires considerable independent judgment and advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology for public health practice.

The incumbent is a key player in the U.S. Mission’s interagency health surveillance efforts. This position requires highly specialized technical skills, expert subject matter knowledge, political and diplomatic tact, complex problem-solving skills and significant experience related to the respective field of health surveillance systems strengthening. The senior epidemiologist works closely with technical and management staff throughout the HPN Office and is often called upon to brief PEPFAR and Mission leadership. The incumbent represents USAID at official national government events, donor forums and technical working groups including that for National HIV/AIDS Spectrum Technical Working Group, as well as coordination among implementing partners and other USG agencies as it relates to the health surveys and surveillances partners and PEPFAR, PMI, and other HPN portfolios. S/he will ensure that planning and responses by USAID/KEA are carried out in accordance with Agency and State Department directions. The position is supervised by the Health Analytics Team Leader, who will provide general guidance related to policy and program objectives.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Education: A Master’s Degree in public health with specialization in epidemiology (MSPH) or an MPH with a concentration (or strong background) in epidemiology.
  • Prior Work Experience: Minimum of fifteen years of experience in providing technical assistance, as the subject matter expert on public health disease epidemiology (HIV/AIDS, maternal child health and nutrition, malaria or other health programs) in East African countries or other similar developing countries. Minimum of eight years of management experience related to public health disease surveillance programs in developing countries that involve significant partnership and collaboration across multiple partners including host country national programs. Minimum of five years of demonstrated, successful experience coordinating complex public health surveillance programs with multiple partners (especially those involving two or more US Government agencies) in resource-poor settings. Experience with PEPFAR, PMI or other health programs in East Africa or other developing countries.
  • Proficiency: Fluent (level 4) English language proficiency, written and oral capability is required. The individual must possess strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in STATA, SAS; Epi Info, Microsoft Access or other relational database management systems; and other Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Job Knowledge: Demonstrated ability to understand the strategic purpose and goals of multiple organizations working in public health disease surveillance for PEPFAR, maternal child health and nutrition and malaria, and other health programs. Demonstrated ability to work in a multisectoral environment with several multi-lateral agencies to identify and solve problems, and coordinate and support activities that lead to mutual success in national and county public health disease surveillance systems including use of tools for estimating maternal and newborn mortality rates. Grasp of management, supervision and mentoring principles. Understanding of monitoring and evaluation methodologies including frameworks, development of indicator and performance monitoring plans, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination in international/resource poor settings. Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of local institutions to take on increased responsibility for public health disease surveillance functions. Serves as the Mission’s subject matter expert providing technical advice on public health disease surveillance and the burden disease estimates at national and county in order to maximize the process efficiency and for demonstrating impact of USAID investments in the health sector.
  • Skills and Abilities: The incumbent is expected to have proficiency with numerical analysis software such as STATA or SAS; proficiency with data visualization, Tableau experience is preferred; dedicated to continual personal, team and organizational improvement; willingness to guide and advise HPN and GOK staff and community partners on data sources, data analysis, and statistical and evaluation proc procedures. Knowledge of public health disease surveillance, factors that affect health and the socioeconomic determinants of health, expertise understanding of statistical, medical, and biological concepts; expertise in data analysis, data sources, evaluation and research methods; critical thinking skills; must have attention to detail and independently highlevel work quality. Alternatively, an equivalent combination of education, experience and professional certification may be qualifying provided the individual’s background demonstrates the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The incumbent will be expected to exercise ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex. The candidate must be capable of working independently, prioritizing and managing several activities simultaneously. The ability to work collaboratively in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is necessary.

APPLYING/SUBMITTING AN OFFER

  • 1. Interested applicants are required to submit the following:
    • Offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with individuals,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-309-2
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (no more than five pages), cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, copies of all relevant certificates and include three (3) references, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts. The references will be asked to provide a general assessment of the applicant’s suitability for the position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure submitted references are available to provide a written or verbal reference in a timely manner.
  • 2. Applications must be submitted electronically via email to nairobipscjobs@usaid.gov by the closing date and time indicated above.
  • 3. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission/cover letter.

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