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