Trinidad and Tobago

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Port of Spain
Position Title:
Public Health Specialist (Prevention)
Open Period:
02/10/2020 - 02/24/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0550 12
TTD $482,610 - TTD $675,644
Work Schedule:
Full-time - • Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Port of Spain, TD
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

•    All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
• Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
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The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 of hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (8 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel will be required within the region and in some cases internationally.


Basic Function of the Position – Job holder, under the supervision of the CDC CRO Prevention, Care, and Treatment (PCT) Team Lead serves as Senior Public Health Specialist and Technical Advisor and focal point in Trinidad and Tobago for implementation and coordination of CDC and The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs in country in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MOH) and Government of Trinidad and Tobago and leads coordination with implementing partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the planning and strengthening of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) prevention, care and treatment programs and activities. Responsibilities include program development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting and close collaboration with partners to ensure that all research, analysis, clinical guidelines and procedures and policies are carried out in accordance with program objectives and internationally recognized best practices and standards. Works closely with MOHs in the region where CDC provides support to sustain and/or improve the quality and coordination of HIV and STI services in the region, including adoption and implementation of the WHO-recommended “Treat All” strategy, HIV screening and confirmatory testing, CD4 and viral load testing. Incumbent is also responsible for research design, including protocol development and spearheading CDC site audits and visits.
As a Senior Program Specialist, the incumbent serves as the on the ground Lead for CDC and PEPFAR programs implementation and representative within the US Mission in Port of Spain, and key technical advisor to the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago and The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Also, to assist with CDC’s broader public health mission in Trinidad and the coordination of CDC’s Headquarters support to CARPHA for other disease areas (non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A terminal degree (doctoral level) or higher in one of the following disciplines: Medicine; Public Health; Epidemiology; Behavioral Sciences or strongly related discipline required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge and understanding of the principles of HIV/AIDS, STI and TB program implementation and evaluation strategies and techniques. organizational management. Additionally, the incumbent should possess expert knowledge of the application of program management and the translation of evaluation data as it pertains to the improvement of program operations, guidelines, and policies. Incumbent should be familiar with the health care system of Trinidad with comprehensive knowledge of the host government health facilities, as well as attitudes and cultural practices, health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required. Good working knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, guidelines, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results are required. Familiarity with CDC mission, organizational structures at CDC, US Embassies and other sufficient to collaborate with other agency staff. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams, administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts, cooperative agreements, grants and purchase requisitions is required.

Education Requirements:

  • A terminal degree (doctoral level) or higher in one of the following disciplines: Medicine, Public Health; Epidemiology; Behavioral Sciences or strongly related discipline.


LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluency - speaking, reading, and writing) in English 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. As the HIV program surveillance representative for CDC CRO/TMOH, the incumbent will also be expected to exercise considerable innovation during his/her attempts to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS PCT programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities. Incumbent should possess at least intermediate computer skills with experience/training for word processing, power point, statistical software, analytical programs and spreadsheets.

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 Trinidad and Tobago 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:

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.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. 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 

How to Apply

How to Apply:

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.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport copy

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Degree with transcript

  • Certificate or License

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited  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 Trinidad and Tobago.