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Public Health Specialist (Deputy Laboratory Director - Diagnostics)
REF: VA-53-13
Recruiter: U.S. Embassy Updated on: 2013-05-28 02:10:01
AA/EE: Not Applicable Contract Permanent
Location: Nairobi Available: Immediately
Category: Medical / Healthcare Offer: FSN-11;FP-4


Location: Kisumu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)in Kisumu has an opening for the position of Public Health Specialist (Deputy Laboratory Director - Diagnostics).

The closing date for this position is May 27, 2013.

Note: You will be notified when the decision is made.

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Microbiology or equivalent is required.

à        A minimum of five (5) years of work in public health laboratory testing procedures and systems with three (3) additional years of managerial experience is required.  

à         Level IV (fluent) English ability is required.   

Other Criteria

à        Comprehensive knowledge and experience in advanced laboratory techniques is required including comprehensive knowledge of procedures for laboratory diagnostics and associated technologies.  Thorough public health knowledge of current emerging infectious issues is required.  Comprehensive knowledge of the host government laboratory facilities, health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required. 

à        Must have intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases. 

Other Criteria

à        Expert knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts of epidemiology, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS and TB that enables employee to serve as national or international expert in the field is required.

à        Knowledge of the design, development and implementation of complex prevention programs in HIV/AIDS, TB or other infectious diseases is required.

    Must be able to provide strong and sensitive leadership and guidance in operational research and HIV/TB  prevention, care and treatment implementation activities in Kenya.  Must have exceptional skills in working with MOH senior leaders, clinic professionals, universities, and collaborating partners.

Job Specification

Basic Function:

Serves as the Deputy Laboratory Director/Technical Advisor for Diagnostics under the Diagnostics & Laboratory Systems Program (DLSP) of CDC’s Global Disease Detection Division (GDDD).  The incumbent will provide technical expertise and guidance on matters pertaining to introduction of new testing regimens, laboratory diagnostics evaluation, and laboratory research.  Responsibilities also include research development, monitoring, reporting and close collaboration with partners to ensure that all research and analysis in laboratories are carried out in accordance with program objectives and internationally recognized best practices.  Partners include host government ministries, international organizations and non-governmental organizations involved in emerging infectious diseases.   

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                                        % OF TIME               

Research                                                                                                                         60%  

·        Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training manuals for training of staff on testing procedures, including reporting of lab results and quality control.   Develops, prepares and reviews SOPs used in the laboratory.  Develops standards to enhance capacities of regional and referral laboratories and to support surveillance of emerging infectious diseases. 

·         Standardizes testing protocols for diagnostics and surveillance.  Reviews individual laboratory procedures, weighing against accepted protocols and develops programs to ensure consistency.  

·         Seeks funding for laboratory-based research projects.  Prepares technical papers that report on laboratory assessments and operational research studies for presentation at national and international scientific meetings.  Provides technical evaluation of all proposals for laboratory capacity building projects of partners, ensuring that protocols are being followed appropriately and recommends amendments/approval to supervisor.  Advises on appropriate laboratory protocols and related research projects supported by GDD-Kenya. 

·         Designs, carries out, and oversees the implementation of research projects and provides technical support for research projects carried out by GDD-Kenya as required.  Oversees and carries out laboratory-based research for pathogens that are of importance to the region and/or CDC.  

·         Carries out data analysis for laboratory data and liaises with epidemiologists and statisticians for additional analysis.  Uses the laboratory data to enhance research in CDC-Kenya and the region. 

·         Writes manuscripts and other publications on research carried out by the laboratory.  Participates in disseminating research findings to decision makers and other stakeholders for public policy and action.   

Program Management & Technical Assistance                                                                           40%  

·         Serves as principal coordinator for laboratory diagnostics and services within GDD and is responsible for planning and implementation of all procedures for testing of specimens, reporting of results and associated research.  Participates in developing major initiatives including planning of all cooperative agreements and collaborations that require research and diagnostics of emerging infectious diseases. 

·         Liaises with CDC-Atlanta Subject Matter Experts (SME), local, and regional collaborating partners on laboratory issues of concern to the DLSP.  The incumbent works closely with FELTP Residents assigned to the DLSP laboratory in Nairobi and other graduate students working in the laboratory.  

·         Provides technical assistance and monitoring and evaluation cooperative agreement staff working in the DLSP. Assists in recruitment and training of DLSP laboratory personnel.  Assists in the management, training and mentoring of Research Officers, Assistant Research officers, Laboratory Technologists, and Technicians working in the DLSP laboratories. 

·         Directs specimen archiving and data liaison for the DLSP laboratories in Kenya and assists with specimen and data management for DLSP.  

·         Provides guidance and direction to grantees, program collaborators and contractors on management and implementation of activities to be consistent with USG and international policies and guidance. 

·         Provides regional outbreak investigation support as required.  Designs testing procedures for specimens received as part of routine infectious disease surveillance and/or infectious disease outbreaks. 

Selection Process


Additional Selection Criteria

Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy. 
à         Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
à         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.
à         Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for
       advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
à         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.
à        Applicants must be available for an interview and for proficiency testing as required by the selecting official. 


1.  Eligible Family Member (EFM):  An individual related to a U.S. Government employee in one of the following ways:
  • Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);
  • Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support.  The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;
  • Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;
  • Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.
   2.  U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM):  For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria: 
  • U.S. Citizen; and,
  • EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,
  • Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:
    1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
    2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.
 3.  Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM):  EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment: 

                        ·         Is a U.S. citizen; and

·         Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and

·         Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and

·         Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the American Institute in Taiwan.

·         Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity

 4.  Member of Household (MOH):  An individual who accompanies a  direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan.  An MOH is: 
  • Not an EFM; and,
  • Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,
  • Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.
 A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member.  A MOH does not have to be a U.S. Citizen. 

5. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)An individual who: 
  • Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
  • Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
  • Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
  • Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN). 
 NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP. 

6. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who:
  • Is locally resident; and,
  • Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
  • Is subject to host country employment and tax laws. 
 EFMs without U.S. Social Security Numbers are also OR.  All OR employees, including U.S. citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).  



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