Public Health Specialist – HIV Testing Services

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The U.S. Mission Lilongwe, Malawi is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Public Health Specialist -HIV Testing Services.



The HIV Testing Services Public Health Specialist is a senior public health specialist, under direct supervision of the Clinical Management Team Lead in the Health Services Branch, and is responsible for the design, implementation, coordination and evaluation of a broad range of agency funded HIV Testing Services (HTS) program activities and studies required to implement the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Malawi; as well as other HTS program activities under the US Global Health Initiative. The jobholder is HTS program advisor to the Malawi Ministry of Health, PEPFAR Malawi, implementing partners, including those funded by government or the Global Fund and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the implementation of HTS activities and studies. The jobholder represents CDC on HTS and prevention issues at technical, policy and strategic meetings; including with collaborators and donor agencies. The jobholder’s responsibilities also include HTS program management including technical leadership as activity manager for service delivery Cooperative Agreements, Technical assistance at National level, inter-agency collaboration within USG, and administrative management including development of funding opportunity announcements; coordination and collaboration with other PEPFAR colleagues to ensure that project implementation addresses program priorities, strategic goals and internationally recognized public health standards and best practices; constant and clear communication with implementing partners, including host government ministries, non-governmental and international organizations for all issues related to the agency’s counseling and testing program activities. The jobholder serves as the Project Officer for HTS and related grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements and coordinates funding, reporting, and administration with the Grants Management Branch to assure projects are conducted and USG funds are appropriately used.

Qualifications and Evaluations



• Five years of mid-to senior level public health experience in developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS Prevention or other public health programs, including HIV testing services and the implementation of community health activities is required.
• Three of the 5 years should be at senior level public health experience in developing, implementing & evaluating HIV/AIDS programs that involve coordination with an international agency or implementing partner, including monitoring and evaluation.

Education Requirements:

Masters’ Degree (MPH, MSHP, MSW) or host country equivalent, in public health, medicine, nursing, behavioral or social sciences is required.


Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English is required.

Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in Chichewa is required.


• Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures, including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
• Detailed working knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of counseling and testing programs is required.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national and international health partners are required.
• Ability to prioritize amongst competing demands and work with minimal supervision in a strict deadline environment. Able to manage problems and situations encountered without assistance related to other cooperative agreements. Expert technical skills to amend practices and procedures that promote efficiency and quality of HTS.
• Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting, and fiscal management in support of contracts, cooperative agreements and grants is required.
• Intermediate user level of Microsoft Office is required; experience using SPSS, Stata or SAS is required. Advanced levels of numeracy skills to compile, analyze and present public health statistical information in a concise manner are required. Regular demand for keyboard with good working speed (40 WPM) and accuracy for use in preparation of reporting documentation is required. Advanced level of mathematical and computational modeling and simulation skills are required to develop an understanding of the solution characteristics of a broad class of real-world problems.


• Comprehensive high-level knowledge and experience in HTS is required.
• A detailed knowledge of the range of prevention programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international public health prevention counseling and testing programs is required.
• Good working knowledge of cooperative agreement management, and U.S. government public health programs and strategies is required.

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