Earn over 137m annually as Epidemiologist at United States US Embassy / Mission

Job Title:          Epidemiologist
Organisation: United States
US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ugshs
137,483,245 p.a. p.a. inclusive of allowances)
Vacancy Announcement Number:
About US Embassy:
The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic
relations with Uganda for over 30 years. 
Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S Mission to
Uganda.  The Mission is composed of
several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy
and at the direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Peace Corps
Job Summary: The
Epidemiologist 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, implementation
science and targeted evaluation projects in Uganda.  The jobholder 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.  The incumbent 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.  The individual serves as a primary
contributor to the planning, development, and review of implementation science
components of the annual Country Operational Plan (COP) for Uganda. The incumbent
ensures collaboration among PEPFAR Uganda partners involved in HIV/AIDS
implementation science 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.  The incumbent further identifies training
needs, coordinates training and conducts formal training sessions for partners
involved in implementation science studies.
Key Duties and
As a recognized expert in the epidemiology of HIV infection, the incumbent
provides scientific and technical advice and consultation in the planning,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV epidemiologic studies,
implementation science studies and targeted evaluations (40%)
  • The incumbent collaborates with other PEPFAR
    agencies and assists the Ugandan government and implementing partners in
    the development of research protocols, implementing studies, and
    evaluating the impact of study findings. 
  • The incumbent represents CDC to the
    Ugandan government on HIV implementation science issues and serves as a
    CDC representative on USG technical working groups including sometimes
    chairing the working group.  In
    collaboration with other USG partners, compiles and edits implementation
    science activities for the COP.
  • Actively participates in reviews of the
    plan and recommends revisions as needed. 
    Ensures that proposed activities are within the scope of the PEPFAR
    Strategy and provides technical assistance to ensure that the partner will
    reach overall goals and objectives of PEPFAR.  
The incumbent conducts site assessments of progress in implementing CDC
HIV implementation science projects carried out by implementing partners of the
USG (25%)
  • Provides guidance and technical assistance
    to partner staff leading research projects and implementing staff to
    enhance staff skills and maintain quality standards for research studies
    and projects.
  • Regularly monitors and evaluates progress
    of projects, identifying scientific, personnel, logistical, and financial
    problems and makes revisions or takes remedial action as necessary to
    overcome obstacles and constraints to progress.
  • Identifies training needs, coordinates
    training and conducts formal training sessions and workshops for
    implementing partner staff participating in epidemiologic studies and
    implementation science projects. 
  • Leads meetings and roundtable discussions
    related to epidemiologic studies and implementation science projects.
The incumbent conceives and develops research evaluation strategies and
  • Provides assistance to Informatics
    staff  in developing appropriate
    data management systems to capture research data and findings and provides
    assistance to the implementing partners in analyzing and interpreting data
    and measuring the impact of research findings and results.  Oversees the management of multiple
    large research data files, including ensuring the confidentiality of data
    maintained in the files. 
  • Prepares regular and frequent oral and
    written reports to the CDC DGHT Country Director and Strategic Information
    Branch Chief, and the USG PEPFAR interagency management team on the
    progress of PEPFAR HIV/AIDS implementation science projects. 
  • Writes reports on research results and
    findings for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings. 
  • Supports the Ugandan government and
    partners and other donors with the planning and coordination of national
    and regional conferences, meetings, and workshops on HIV implementation
    science projects.  Responds to requests
    from NGOs, health care organizations, and medical professionals for
    information and technical assistance on HIV implementation science
    projects and issues.
The incumbent prepares advanced statistical reports, graphs, charts,
tables and narrative material to be used in publishing the results of studies
and in giving oral presentations (1o%)
  • Independently defines input and output
    requirements, editing procedures and maintenance routines to insure data
  • Critiques/reviews scientific reports,
    papers, and presentations for the purpose of improving their quality as
    related to their statistical and epidemiologic content.    
Qualifications, Skills and
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection
criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting
each item.
  • The applicants for the United US Embassy
    Epidemiologist career opportunity should a master’s level degree in
    epidemiology, public health, medicine, behavioral or social science,
    statistics, health science, or strongly related discipline from accredited
  • At least five years of progressively
    responsible work experience in epidemiology and/or public health programs,
    including a minimum of three 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 agency. 
  • Requires knowledge of the capabilities of
    SAS, EPIINFO, STATA or spreadsheet and database software
  • 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
  • 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 Uganda.
  • 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 implementation science
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective
    working relationships with national and international working
  • The incumbent will be expected to exercise
    considerable ingenuity in applying guidelines to unique and different
    settings.  As a representative for
    CDC DGHT 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.
  • The incumbent must have computer skills
    and the ability to use office software packages, including word
    processing, spreadsheets, and basic statistical software packages. 
  • Language Proficiency:  Level IV English (fluency in both
    written and oral) is required. 
    Incumbent must be able to compose complex and highly complex
    written documents.
How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should
send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
Download a completed and signed Universal
Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff, Download it Here.
Any additional documentation that supports or
addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov
NB: Your application will
be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of
standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a
single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should
not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position number and title you are
applying for on the DS-174 form.
Deadline: 7th October
The US Mission in Kampala 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.  The
Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all
personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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