Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Kingston
Position Title:
Public Health Specialist (OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED APPLICANTS) (Strategic Information Team Lead)
Open Period:
01/19/2021 - 02/05/2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0550 12
JMD J$8,427,477 - JMD J$8,427,477
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Mon. - Fri. - 7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Kingston, JM
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 3.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

•    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
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 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (4 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


This position will supervise and lead the Strategic Information team and provide technical assistance to improve strategic information activities of HIV/AIDS programs supporting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Caribbean Regional Office, U.S. Government (USG) partners, and Ministries of Health (MOH) in the countries of jurisdiction.  Incumbent is responsible for monitoring program and health objectives and indicators for public health programs supported by the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other emerging priorities (e.g. COVID-19). This position is responsible for carrying out and overseeing a full range of complex epidemiological and surveillance activities to include conducting special studies across the Caribbean Region. Incumbent will lead the development and monitoring of budgets for HIV strategic information activities and program evaluations of implementing partners with a budget of $2M USD. 


Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: At least five years experience in the management of HIV/AIDS strategic information programs, or as an epidemiologist at the national or regional level that entailed responsibility for the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of strategic information for public health program activities is required. One additional year of experience at the managerial level is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Job holder is required to have detailed knowledge of research methods and the collection, analysis and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data in order to lead the Strategic Information Team and provide guidance and technical assistance to regional partners to include the Ministries of Health in the implementation and strengthening of procedures for collection, analysis and dissemination of HIV/AIDS epidemiological data. This includes knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of USG and internationally recognized standards for surveillance and survey regulations and procedures. Good working knowledge of the public health policies and principles of the U.S. Government is required.  Good working knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required.  Additionally, the incumbent should possess knowledge of program management to include program development, implementation and evaluation as it pertains to the improvement of program operations, guidelines, and policies.

Education Requirements:

A Terminal degree in public health, medicine or sciences (public health, health sciences, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, medicine, e.g. MD, DrPH, PhD or local equivalents) is required.


LANGUAGE:  Fluent English Language (Reading/Writing/Speaking) is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Excellent overall computer skills (keyboarding with both speed and accuracy) and good skill levels in use of at least one of the more common epidemiologic data analysis software (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS) is required.  Excellent numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is required.

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 Kingston, Jamaica may receive a compensation package that may include health and life insurance, pension, U.S. and Jamaica holidays, 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or 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:

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/if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

  • Degree

  • Language Scores (if applicable and available)

  • 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 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 Kingston, Jamaica.