Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Dar Es Salaam
Position Title:
Public Health Specialist - Laboratory Advisor (Lab Branch Chief)- CDC (All Interested Candidates)
Open Period:
11/05/2019 - 11/19/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0550 12
TZS TSh118,719,632
Work Schedule:
Full-time - 40 Hours a week work schedule.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Dar Es Salaam, TZ
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
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Health Specialist - Laboratory Advisor at Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

Occasional Travel


Under the supervision of the Associate director of programs, the incumbent serves as principal assistant and key advisor to the CDC Country Director in the designing Implementation coordination and evaluation of a broad range of CDC-funded laboratory services in Tanzania. The Laboratory Services Program is part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiatives as well as other USG funded initiatives in Tanzania. Job holder is responsible for planning and implementation of laboratory services and strategies; incumbent provides leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of laboratory services programs in Tanzania; incumbent provides technical oversight of the project planning and implementation. Job holder is the key liaison with senior government officials at the highest level and provides advice to the Country Director on Tanzania’s policy environment and the best positioning of CDC in the country’s national laboratory program strategies. Key government contacts include the Minister of Health and Social Welfare senior-level officials in the ministry. Incumbent works closely with the supervisor to ensure that all program activities contribute to measurable results that are in accordance with agency regulations, PEPFAR strategic objectives, international ethical guidelines and standards for public laboratory services. Job holder supervises 4 public health specialists and oversees all technical, administrative and management functions that support the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Major duties are attached separately on the Vacancy Announcement. 

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years’ experience working in a laboratory clinical setting is required. As well as two years’ experience at the supervisory level with multiple staff is required.


Education Requirements:

Masters in Applied Biology (Microbiology) or Medical Laboratory Technology from an accredited institution is required.


LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English is required and Level IV speaking/ reading/writing Kiswahili is required. (this will be tested)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong oral and written communications skills are 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:

The U.S. Mission in Dar es Salaam offers compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

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:

To apply for this position, applicants MUST apply electronically via ERA.

For more information, visit this link https://tz.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Master's Degree

  • Transcript

  • Proof of Citizenship

  • Work permit (if not a citizen)

  • Other (if any)

  • Other 2 (additional)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted only via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tanzania.