The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.

  • Job Position: Public Health Specialist, Surveillance – All Interested Candidates (Team Lead, Epidemiology & Surveillance)
  • Announcement Number: Abuja-2020-057RA
  • Job Location: Abuja
  • Open Period: 03 / 11 / 2021 – 03 / 24 / 2021 Format MM/DD/YYYY
  • Series / Grade: LE – 0550 12
  • Work Schedule: Full-time – 40 hours per week
  • Promotion Potential: LE-12
  • Telework Eligible: No


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Appointment Type: Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to the successful completion of a probationary period.
  • Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
  • Supervisory Position: Yes
  • Relocation Expenses: No
  • Reimbursed: 50% or less
  • Travel Required:  25-30% of the time will be spent on local and international travel for site visits, workshops, training, conferences, etc.

Who May Apply / Clarification From the Agency:

  • For USEFM – FP is FP-3.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
  • All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Summary -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 (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Job Responsibilities

  • The incumbent will lead and direct HIV / AIDS surveys, surveillance, and implementation science activities that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Nigeria is implementing in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), implementing Partners (IP), and other stakeholders.
  • The position serves as CDC Nigeria’s lead in supporting the Government of Nigeria (GoN) to develop and/or improve data collection systems relating to surveillance activities.
  • The incumbent will apply both theoretical and practical knowledge to support Strategic Information activities including epidemiology and surveillance.
  • The incumbent will manage and support CDC implementing partners. Carrying out these functions requires public health technical knowledge, results-oriented data analysis, advocacy, and the ability to facilitate communication and maintain collaborative working relationships with partner organizations. plays an active leadership role in the Mission’s PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) Technical Working Group (TWG) and/or the Multi-sectored Technical Group.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in public health surveys and disease surveillance and experience in the management of HIV/AIDS, STD, TB intervention programs at the local, state, or international levels that entailed responsibility for the evaluation of program activities.
  • The incumbent should also have experience in the use of measurement methods required for M&E, surveys/surveillance, or strategic information of populations and health programs, including quantitative and qualitative research.  Inclusive of at least two years of management experience.

Job Knowledge:

  • Detailed knowledge of research methods and the collection, analysis, and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data in order to plan, design, direct the implementation of and strengthen 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.
  • Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with the Ministry of Health policies, program priorities, and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required.
  • Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in the development and support of grants, contracts, memoranda of understanding, and cooperative agreements is required.

Education Requirements:

  • MBBS (MD), or a terminal degree in one of the following disciplines: Public Health, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences, demography.

Evaluations – This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed:

  • Fluency in speaking / Writing / Reading English is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong analytical skills to readily understand and discuss new surveillance program design, management, and implementation approaches are required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, the use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis, and reports.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to prepare substantive and analytical reporting.
  • Strong management skills are required to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
  • Excellent overall computer skills (keyboarding with both speed and accuracy) and advanced skill levels in the use of at least one of the more common epidemiologic data analysis software (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, or SPSS) 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.

Agency Benefits

  • Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria 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
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.

Hiring Preference Order:

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • 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”), 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.


  • N17,733,456
  • USD $72,526

Closing Date
24th March 2021.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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 the requested information or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.
    • Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
    • Degree (not transcript)
    • NYSC Certificate
    • Certificate or License
  • For EFMs, in addition to the above:
    • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
    • 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 Abuja, Nigeria.


  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
  • For More Info: HR Section 09-461-4000 HRNigeria@state.gov

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