Public Health Specialist, Spécialiste de la santé publique, Yaoundé, U.S. Embassy Cameroon

Public Health Specialist, Spécialiste de la santé publique, Yaoundé, U.S. Embassy Cameroon

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Announcement Number:


Hiring Agency:

Embassy Yaounde

Position Title:

Public Health Specialist (Care & Treatment Branch Chief) – All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Open Period:

01/14/2022 – 01/31/2022


Vacancy Time Zone:



LE – 0550 13


XAF FCFA43,209,528

Work Schedule:

Full-time –

Promotion Potential:


Duty Location(s):

1 Vacancy in

Yaounde, CM

Telework Eligible:


For More Info:

HR Section



Hiring Path:

  • Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

For USEFM, actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

  • 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 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 upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:


Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


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This position serves as the Care and Treatment Branch Chief for CDC Cameroon. The incumbent is part of CDC Cameroon leadership and provides recommendations to the CDC Cameroon Country Director on matters relating to HIV prevention, care and treatment in Cameroon. The incumbent also provides expert technical support to leadership of the Ministry of Health and implementing partners for the development of national public health laboratory systems, including national reference, regional reference, hospital, and health center laboratories; networking and referral linkages; operational research; and all aspects of national laboratory quality assurance programs in support of HHS/CDC, PEPFAR activities and host government priorities. The incumbent also provides strategic vision and oversight for CDC Cameroon activities. As the Branch Chief, this position supervises six technical staff. The position reports to the CDC Country Director.

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Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: At least 5 years post-doctoral experience is required. This experience should be in the areas of diagnosis and clinical management of HIV infection, STIs, and related opportunistic infections. An additional 1-year managerial experience is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge and skill to manage scientific and support staff engaged in activities which impact directly on laboratory guidelines, research, directives, etc.

Knowledge of organizational and operational concepts and practices applied by public, private, or non-profit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or health related endeavors, especially as it relates to laboratory practice; specifically that which is related to policies and systems supported by the USG and utilized in Cameroon.

Thorough knowledge of HIV clinical and laboratory practices and their scientific basis. Ability to perform and understand molecular biology, diagnostic serology, and applied immunological techniques for the diagnosis and monitoring of HIV infection.

Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.

In-depth knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of treatment programs is required.

Knowledge of safety procedures for working with biohazardous materials.  Knowledge of computer data management.

Knowledge of accreditation, and regulatory requirements and statutes governing laboratory testing procedures sufficient to use in evaluating their impact on the quality of diagnostic services delivered by laboratories.

Education Requirements:

M.D. or Ph.D. in microbiology, virology, immunology, or required.


LANGUAGE: Fluency in English and Good Working Knowledge in French (speaking/reading/writing) are required. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to readily analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management, and implementation approaches. Demonstrated ability to identify priority actions, generate and complete work plans within short time frames.

Ability to provide consultation and implement quality assurance to HIV laboratories within Cameroon and across Central Africa. Ability to communicate effectively in English and French in scientific settings.

Demonstrated persistence, flexibility and professionalism in the face of unexpected challenges.

Good keyboard skills with speed and accuracy is required.

Ability to lead different teams and work groups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international partners is required.

These may be tested.

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 U.S. Embassy issued medical and security certifications.

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Benefits and Other Info


Agency Benefits:

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


AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


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.

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How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Embassy Security clearance.

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

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 requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

CNI or Passport copy (as applicable)

M.D. or Ph.D. (as applicable)

Attestation of work

DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

ONLY 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 Cameroon.

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