Tuesday, November 24, 2015
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATE

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Job Title: HIV Treatment Program Officer
Closing Date of the Position: December 7, 2015
Vacancy Announcement Number: 15/201

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The US Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of HIV Treatment Program Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The HIV Treatment Program Officer works under the supervision of the Care and Treatment Team Lead to provide technical assistance and oversight to Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), the National AIDS Control Program (NACP), Zanzibar AIDS Control Program (ZACP), and HIV Treatment implementing partners in the implementation and strengthening of HIV treatment activities in Tanzania. The incumbent serves as the primary CDC contact for implementing partners for all issues related to CDC-supported HIV treatment program activities. The incumbent will identify and recommend new areas of HIV/AIDS treatment interventions to improve approaches and maintain mechanisms to facilitate collaboration with stakeholders in the country. Serves as the Project Officer for HIV treatment components of multiple CDC-supported cooperative agreements in Tanzania. Serves as a primary contributor  to the planning, development, and review of the HIV treatment components of the annual Country Operational Plan (COP) for Tanzania.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Planning and Coordination

25%

•    Job holder serves as a primary advisor in the planning and development of HIV treatment program activities included in the annual COP for Tanzania. In collaboration with other USG partners, compiles and edits program activities for the COP. Participates in reviews of the plan and recommends revisions as needed. Develops funding announcements for cooperative agreements to provide assistance to external partners in developing and implementing programs to support HIV treatment program activities. Drafts technical requirements and statements of work (SOW) for cooperative agreement program announcements. Conducts technical reviews of cooperative agreement applications and makes funding recommendations based on technical merit of the proposals and consistency of budget requests with the intended use of funds. Participates with external partners in the development of work plans for implementation of activities following cooperative agreement awards. Reviews requests for supplemental financial assistance and reprogramming of funds and makes recommendations based on technical merit.
•    Job holder represents CDC Tanzania for HIV treatment issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings with collaborators. Acts as an expert national resource on matters pertaining to treatment of HIV/AIDS and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections (OIs).
•    Represents CDC Tanzania, including attending donor meetings, HIV treatment technical strategy meetings and HIV treatment policy groups. The incumbent serves as a member and advisor on the USG technical working group for coordination of HIV treatment activities on a national level. The working group assesses program needs and issues at the local level and communicates these needs/issues to the national level and ensures consistency in the implementation of best practices for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and prophylaxis of OIs on a national level and recommends revisions to policies and guidelines.

Technical Assistance and Oversight

45%

•    Provides technical assistance and oversight to the MOHSW, ZACP and other partners in the implementation of HIV treatment activities, including establishment of criteria for initiation of HIV treatment, implementation of appropriate treatment protocols, prophylaxis of OIs, management of treatment side effects, and patient follow-up protocols. Oversees cooperative agreement activities and collaborates with funding recipients providing substantial USG involvement to ensure that grantees are meeting stated objectives under the cooperative agreement. Ensures that supported activities at multiple delivery sites conform to national standards, guidelines, and CDC technical strategies. Identifies and corrects problems, barriers, and issues impeding the effective implementation of HIV treatment program activities. Serves as an expert technical resource in the specialized programmatic area to government of Tanzania and other collaborating partners.
•    Develops and maintains effective liaisons with program officer staff in implementing partner organizations to ensure that timelines and quality standards for implementation of program activities are met. Identifies staff training needs in implementing partner organizations and facilitates and participates in the planning and development of training programs, teaching modules, manuals, and educational materials to address identified needs. Builds staff capacity through mentoring. Keeps up to date with scientific developments, innovations, best practices and new approaches in area of expertise.
•    Participates in the design and development of program guidelines and activities, including protocols for HIV treatment activities, strategies for expanding and improving the quality of HIV treatment services and strategies for expanding the coverage and acceptance of USG-supported HIV treatment services. Provides expert advice and technical assistance to MOHSW and other in-country partners in the development of policy, guidelines and protocols for HIV treatment projects.
•    Conducts site visits to provide technical assistance and oversight to partners in program implementation. Ensures adherence to established work plans and CDC and PEPFAR guidelines, policies and priorities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

30%

•    Provides technical assistance to the MOHSW and other partners in the design and implementation of tools, reporting instruments, and systems to effectively monitor and evaluate HIV treatment program activities. Serves as a programmatic resource in the design and development of information systems and databases to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of HIV treatment programs.
•    Maintains effective liaisons with program officer partner staff to ensure that partners meet monitoring requirements for supported cooperative agreement activities (e.g., quarterly reports, continuation applications, and supplemental applications). Reviews cooperative agreement narrative and financial reports to assess progress in meeting stated objectives and the status of expenditures in relation to planned budgets.
•    Conducts site visits to assess progress of partner organizations in meeting program objectives. Analyzes and evaluates program activities and writes reports on findings for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings. Provides guidance and technical assistance to partners in analyzing and evaluating program activities and developing reports and presentations for conferences and meetings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

    Education:
   
•    Completion of Secondary School (form VI) is required.
   
Experience:
•    Three years’ experience in communications media, photography, radio or TV broadcasting, information and communication technology (ICT), audio-visual programming, or other related field is required.
  
 Language:
   
•    Level IV (fluent) in English and Kiswahili (writing, reading and speaking) is required. (This will be tested)
   
Skills and Abilities:

•    Ability to operate and utilize electronic A/V equipment; use information technologies and Internet media to advance Embassy outreach goals; obtain quality photograph for a variety of purposes; and to oversee the setup and breakdown of A/V equipment for public events. IT software skills required. (This will be tested)
  
 Job Knowledge:

•    Strong knowledge of photography, information and communication technology and audio/visual equipment is required.

SELECTION PROCESS: When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specially address the required applications above in their application.

HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:

1. USEFM who is ALSO a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
2. USEFM OR a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran
3. FS on LWOP

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:

•    Management will consider when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
•    Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
•    Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Employment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


HOW TO APPLY: applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

•    Universal Application for Employment (UAE)(Form Ds-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human resources, (see “For Further Information” above); and
•    Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)
•    Copy of Passport, or, National ID, Resident/Work Permit.


IMPORTANT: Applicants claiming a U.S. Veteran’s preference must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g., Member Copy 4 of Form DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process. Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in HR/OE’s Family Member Employment Policy (FMEP).

WHERE TO APPLY:

American Embassy
Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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(below compulsory retirement age), disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

Appendix a – DEFINITIONS

Eligible Family Member (EFM): An EFM for employment purposes is defined an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

•    U.S. Citizen or not a U.S. Citizen; and
•    Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610); or
•    Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support. The term “child” shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchild, adopted child, and a child under legal guardianship of employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such child is expected to be under legal guardianship until 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian; or
•    Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support; or
•    Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support; and
•    Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
•    Is under chief of mission authority.


U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): A USEFM is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

•    U.S. Citizen; and
•    Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or
•    Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
•    Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and resides at the sponsoring employee’s post of assignment abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and is under chief of mission authority; or resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2; or
•    Currently receives a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.

Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): An AEFM is an individual who meets all of the following criteria:

•    U.S. Citizen; and

•    Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee; or
•    Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
•    Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); and
•    Is under chief of mission authority; and
•    Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
•    Does NOT currently receive a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.

Member of Household (MOH) : A MOH is an individual who meets all of the following criteria.

•    A MOH is someone who accompanies or joins a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
•    A MOH must be officially declared to the COM by the sponsoring employee as part of his/her household; and
•    A MOH is under COM authority;
•    A MOH may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative, or adult child;
•    A MOH may or may not be a U.S. Citizen;
•    A MOH is not an EFM;
•    A MOH is not listed on the travel orders or approved Form F-126 of a sponsoring employee.

Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:
•    An EFM, USEFM or AEFM of a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed abroad, or as appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
•    Has diplomatic privileges and immunities; and
•    Is eligible for compensation under the FS or GS salary schedule; and
•    Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN); and
•    Is not a citizen of the host country; and
•    Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and
•    is not subject to host country employment and tax laws.

Ordinarily Resident (OR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:
•    A citizen of the host country; or
•    A non-citizen of the host country (including a U.S. citizen or a third-country national) who is locally resident and has legal and/or permanent resident status within the host country and/or who is a holder of a non-diplomatic visa/work and/or residency permit; and/or
•    Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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