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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Program Specialist, TB-HIV Care and Support
Announcement Number: Abuja-2020-030
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abuja
Series/Grade: LE - 0550 12
Work Schedule: Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential: LE-12
Appointment Type: Permanent
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.
All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation
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.
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
Travel Required: 50% or less
Job holder will spend 25-30% of time on travel status to treatment sites and facilities, Implementing Partners offices, for training etc.
Job holder is a senior TB/HIV program manager and key public health technical advisor to the official in charge of the organizational unit that is responsible for programs conducted in the area of HIV-Tuberculosis (TB/HIV) co-infection services.
TB/HIV is a cross-cutting intervention that is integral to all HIV/AIDS activities. Job holder’s responsibilities include an active technical advisory role to the Ministry of Health and implementing partners, day-to-day program and administrative management, and coordination and collaboration with other President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) agencies to ensure project implementation addresses program strategic objectives and U.S. and host government national and international public health standards and best practices.
This position provides the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) office with the necessary public health leadership and medical expertise to manage of CDC sponsored care and treatment activities. The incumbent ensures collaboration among PEPFAR Nigeria partners involved in TB-HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Minimum of five years experience in the management of HIV/AIDS, STD, TB prevention programs at the local, state or international levels that entails responsibility for the evaluation of program activities.
At least three years of these should be on TB/HIV or TB Program.
The incumbent should also have experience in use of measurement methods required for M&E of international populations and health programs, including quantitative and qualitative research. Additional one (1) year experience at the managerial level is required.
In order to support the host government and implementing partners in the development and strengthening of effective services for those who are co-infected, a cross-cutting professional knowledge foundation in both TB and TB/HIV activities is required. This would include detailed knowledge of current TB/HIV infectious disease issues, behavior change, counselling, care, testing and clinical interventions related to Tuberculosis and HIV treatment for co-infection.
Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
Detailed specialist knowledge of agency TB/HIV public health programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to the development and administration of national/international public health programs funded by PEPFAR is required.
Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required.
Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in support of memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements is required.
MBBS 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.
This may be tested. Please specify in your application your level of proficiency in the language listed.
Fluency in English Language is required.
Skills And Abilities:
Skill in providing leadership, direction, and technical expertise in the management and evaluation of public health programs. 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 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; as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.
Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to accomplish reporting requirements.
As the program TB-HIV representative for CDC Nigeria, the incumbent will also be expected to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention programs to adopt appropriate strategies for improving the programs for patients with TB/HIV co-infection, and appropriate M&E strategies for their program activities.
Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required. Strong skills in interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation data are required. This would include the ability to understand and synthesize numerical data.
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
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.
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 **
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
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.
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.
Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)
Degree (not transcript)
Certificate or License
For EFMs, in addition to the above:
Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
SF-50 (if applicable)
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.