Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Nairobi
Position Title:
Public Health Specialist (Influenza/emerging infectious diseases) - In-house Applicants Only (Influenza Program Director)
Open Period:
03/15/2021 - 03/26/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0550 12
(KES) KSh0
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Nairobi, KE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


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.
Only one Open-to category should remain:

•    Current Employees of the Mission - This includes U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs); Eligible Family Members (EFMs); Declared Members of Household (MOHs), dependents of U.S. Personal Services Contract (USPSC) who are assigned under COM - All Agencies

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
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.


The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 of hours per week)


Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


The job holder will serve as the Influenza Program Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Kenya office. The job holder will serve as the primary agency contact to support CDC’s seasonal, avian, and pandemic influenza preparedness and prevention, control, and response activities within Kenya and the region. The job holder will be responsible for managing the collaboration between the agency and host government ministries and other organizations that support influenza disease detection, surveillance and response activities. The job holder reports to the CDC Kenya Country Director with technical guidance from the Field Site Support Unit Lead in the Influenza Division’s Epidemiology and Prevention Branch within the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases to ensure that all influenza program activities contribute to measurable results that are in accordance with the agency’s regulations, strategic objectives, international ethical guidelines, and standards for public health.

Qualifications and Evaluations



5 years of mid-to-senior level public health experience in a field related directly to respiratory infectious disease surveillance in developing countries is required. Including working with the Government of Kenya and U.S. Government agencies. Must have demonstrated experience working with development of national level health policy, including large-scale initiatives involving substantial budgets and diverse stakeholders. The five years’ experience must include 1 year of experience conducting public health research, as principal or co-investigator and one year of experience at the manager level with multiple staff.


The position requires: a) expert knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts of epidemiology and infectious diseases that enables employee to serve as a national and international expert in the field is required, b) knowledge of the design, development and implementation of infectious disease detection, prevention and response programs, c) working knowledge of host government and international public health systems is required, in addition to a technical working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management systems in support of funding mechanisms such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, and purchase requisitions. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required. In depth knowledge of the government of Kenya, local context and culture to perform position’s duties.

Education Requirements:

Doctoral level (DrPH, MD or PhD) degree or host country equivalent in medicine, public health, or epidemiology is required



Level IV English (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing) is required. (This may be tested) and Level IV Kiswahili (Fluent, Reading/Speaking/Writing is required.


Outstanding ability to communicate medical, scientific and epidemiological principles in infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infectious diseases, is required. Job holder must have the ability to provide strong and sensitive leadership and guidance in operational research and implementation of influenza detection, prevention and control activities in Kenya. Exceptional skills in working with MOH senior leaders, public health professionals, universities, and collaborating partners to establish and conduct influenza detection, prevention and control programs is required. In addition, the job holder will regularly provide public health advice and consultation as a national and internationally recognized expert.

The core competencies required by the job holder include demonstrated leadership and management skills including strategic analysis and planning, decision making, problem solving, budgetary analysis and projection, multitasking, managing sensitive diplomatic needs and conflict management, communication and reporting skills, and building trust with host country collaborators.

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 Nairobi, Kenya 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 link.


1. Current employees who used a hiring preference to gain employment who are within their first 90 calendar days of employment are not eligible to apply.
2. Candidates with a hiring preference who have already accepted a conditional offer of employment may NOT be extended a second conditional offer of employment unless and until they withdraw their candidacy for the first position in writing.
3. The following may also be considered when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, etc.
4. ** If selected, EFMs are expected to serve in the position for at least one year from the date of hire, and their sponsor’s tour of duty must allow sufficient time for this.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a [enter clearance level here] 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:

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.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Doctoral level (DrPH, MD or PhD) degree or host country equivalent in medicine, public health, or epidemiology

  • 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 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 Nairobi, Kenya.