U.S. Embassy Vacancy | Public Health Specialist

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U.S. Embassy Vacancy | Public Health Specialist

Position Title: Public Health Specialist (Data Quality & Program Improvement Specialist

Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

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The U.S. Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Health Specialist (Data Quality and Program Improvement Specialist) at CDC.

Supervisory Position: No

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Travel Required: Occasional Travel



The Data Quality and Program Improvement Specialist is an integral member of the Strategic Information Branch. Under the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team lead’s supervision, the Specialist will support the integration of data-driven activities across CDC/PEPFAR and related Government of Tanzania programs through data quality improvement, analyses, and use of data for evidence-based programmatic decision-making. The job holder will provide technical oversight on monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities and ensure accountability and efficient use of resources to help drive program improvement. The incumbent will provide highly specialized technical assistance to PEPFAR-funded implementing partners and the Ministry of Health. S/he will provide a full range of cooperative agreement oversight that includes program management, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation to projects conducted by implementing partners under awarded CDC cooperative agreements with total budgets of >$100 million USD.

Qualifications and Evaluations



A Minimum 5 years of experience working with public health programs. The incumbent must possess theoretical and practical knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methods with large-scale database management and manipulation, and experience performing routine data analysis. The incumbent must possess experience working with HIV/AIDS programs or related health service programs. Experience working with one or more implementing partners, funded by USG or United Nations agencies. This must include at least two years’ experience in development or data work for international organizations, Government of Tanzania organizations, or private sector institutions, including technical expertise, support, and project management and oversight. Experience working with one or more implementing partners. Experience with the PEPFAR’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting systems is required.


A comprehensive understanding and utilization of data-driven (i.e., manipulation, analyses, use, reporting and dissemination) technical skills is required, and knowledge of development policies, principles, concepts, and practices and how they relate to public health programs in Tanzania and the region. Knowledge and understanding of Tanzania’s economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics and development challenges and resource constraints. Knowledge and understanding of the respective roles of the organization structure of the Government of Tanzania, to enhance effective communication and to develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans. Knowledge of both the public and private sectors, including faith-based organizations, and their potential in providing HIV/AIDS prevention and clinical cascade services. Candidate should have advanced knowledge of MER practice and methods through training and job experience. Knowledge of the Tanzanian HIV/AIDS context. General knowledge of Tanzanian public sector health system and its affiliate agencies, donors and related private sector program would be an asset.

Education Requirements:

Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: public health, epidemiology, statistics, mathematics, or monitoring and evaluation is required.



Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing, including medical terminology) of English language is required. Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing, including medical terminology) of Kiswahili language is required. This may be tested.


Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation, and team building skills/experience will be required. Excellent communication skills in English, written/verbal and diplomacy. Excellent leadership, management, coordination, interpersonal and teamwork skills. Strong quantitative and analytical skills, verbal skills and ability to communicate technical information (both formally through presentations and informally through discussion) clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues. Must have the ability to obtain, analyze, organize and interpret data and present findings in both oral and written form. Must be able to prepare precise and accurate reports and to develop and present briefings. Proficiency in MS-Office applications is required. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a good mix of contacts at government, district and community level. Sound judgment combined with a mature and professional demeanor is a necessary trait. Ability to work under pressure to meet project deadlines or date for special events. Ability to work within other crosscutting issues guiding development work in Tanzania. Advanced numerical skills for aggregate and individual level data is required as well as standard keyboarding skills.


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.

Diversity Equality and Inclusion Statement:

The US Mission to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania values a workforce of different backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints. We strive to create a welcoming environment for all, and we invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name) 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:


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 **


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”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, 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:

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

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Required Documents:

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

• Masters Degree
• Masters Degree Transcript
• Proof of Citizenship
• Work Permit
• Other Document

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

• Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
• Passport copy
• 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 Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania.


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