Public Health Specialist Job at the US Embassy

March 10, 2022
12,772,559 / year
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Public Health Specialist Job at the US Embassy – 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.

Public Health Specialist Job

Public Health Specialist Job

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Public Health Specialist – All Interested Candidates (Gender Program Specialist)

Announcement Number: Abuja-2022-024
Location: Abuja
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abuja
Series / Grade: LE – 0550 10
Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hour per week
Promotion Potential: LE-10


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
    • For USEFM – FP is 5/1  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
    • 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


  • 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 routinely travels to CDC project sites and facilities for supportive supervisory visits to assure program quality and ensure achievement of targets and objectives. 25-35 % of time will be spent on local and international travel for site visits, workshops, trainings, conferences etc.

Basic Function:

  • Under the supervision of the Community and Gender Services Team Lead, the incumbent serves as the key public health specialist advising the CDC/PEPFAR Nigeria Program on addressing gender related disparities in HIV prevention, care, and treatment and/or gender inequities that contribute to the HIV epidemic.
  • Incumbent provides project support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), contributing to the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of gender equality and/or equity programs including post violence services to gender based violence (GBV) survivors.
  • The Job holder provides technical support to the host country ministries (including the Ministries of Health [MOH], Women Affairs & Social Development [MWASD], and Education [MOE], and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS [NACA]), partners, including those funded by the host government or the Global Fund and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of gender program activities and studies.
  • The incumbent represents CDC Nigeria on gender equity and equality matters at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Psychology, Nursing, or Sociology is required.
  • Note: NYSC Certificate or Exemption document is required.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of mid-to-senior level public health experience in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating gender and/or GBV programs for HIV/AIDS or other public health/development assistance programs that involve coordination with an international agency or implementing partner.

Job Knowledge:

  • Thorough understanding of the structure and functions of the agency, including knowledge of the agency’s role and function in support of PEPFAR, other participating agencies and USG policies, guidelines, and procedures for administration of contracts and cooperative agreements, and intra-agency procedures for coordination with agency headquarters and embassy management is required.
  • Detailed and up-to-date knowledge of the host country public health operational environment, including knowledge of the structure and operations of the MOH and other host government ministries and offices, the environment for health care delivery at the national, regional, district and community level; must stay current on the work and current projects of other collaborating and donor agencies with gender related programs.
  • Knowledge of latest technology in gender programs, HIV/AIDS health care; in-depth specialist knowledge of public health strategies, methods, processes, and techniques used to develop, implement, and evaluate results of gender programs is required. It will be critical for the incumbent to be able to apply a gender lens when analyzing, planning, and making decisions.
  • The incumbent works with partners in setting criteria for site selection for specific interventions, budget considerations, cost analysis including cost-benefit ratio, etc.
  • This requires specialized knowledge of the subject. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting, and fiscal management in support of contracts / cooperative agreements/grants/ purchase requisitions.
  • Good working knowledge of epidemiology, statistics, and data analysis.


  • This may be tested.  Applicants must address ALL language proficiency requirements to be considered.


  • Fluent speaking / reading / writing English is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills are required.
  • Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
  • 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 is required
  • The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.
  • Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.
  • Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required. Good keyboard skills with speed and accuracy are required.
  • Position will not work with propriety software; however, job holder is required to analyze program performance data from National web-based databases e.g., National Data Repository (NDR), PEPFAR Panorama, and Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Impact Monitoring (DATIM)
  • In addition, Job holder will need to be familiar with the Nigeria Medical records System (NMRS) and PEPFAR Surge Dashboards.

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. 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.

Other Information:

  • For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.
  • 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*
  • 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.

Marketing Statement:

NGN12,772,559 (USD $48,667) Annually.

Application Closing Date
17th March, 2022.

How to Apply
Interestes and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
  • To apply for this position click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button at the top of the page. Click on the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process. 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.

All Applicants:

  • Residency and / or Work Permit
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • NYSC Certificate or Exemption

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Public Health Specialist Job 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. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria.