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Vacancy for a Program Specialist at The U.S. Embassy in Abuja

Nov 2, 2014, 11:22 AM
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is seeking to employ a suitable and qualified candidate for the position of Program Specialist, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Nigeria office in Abuja.

Position Title: Program Specialist, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)


Basic Function of the Position

  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing project support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), contributing to the planning of a national program of care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) with emphasis on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). She/he will assist in the development and coordination of assessment activities and will establish the program’s guidelines, procedures and strategies.
  • She/he ensures collaboration among CDC and other USG partners involved in OVC, Care and Support (C&S) program and take the lead in promoting the use of internationally recognized best practices in care and support for OVC households among CDC sponsored programs in Nigeria.
  • This position provides the CDC office with the necessary management, psychosocial, community mobilization and social services expertise to apply to the management of CDC- sponsored supportive care activities aimed at mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and their families in an integrated and holistic manner.
Position Requirements
All applicants MUST address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each criterion or the application will not be considered.
  • A Masters degree in Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Medicine or a strongly related field is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues with emphasis on care facilities for orphans and care/treatment of vulnerable children, with some project management skill is required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Nigeria’s health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations, health disparities, techniques, principles and methods of health care policy analysis is required.
  • Good computer skills with experience in word processing and spreadsheet are required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible professional work experience in planning, coordinating, conducting community based service provision and delivering services to children and their families. A minimum of 3 of these years must be with HIV/AIDS orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) programs in the planning, developing, managing and evaluating child development or Social protection activities in the community with donor organizations, government and non-governmental organization is required.
  • Level IV (fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing in English Language is required. Language proficiency will be tested.
Selection Process
When fully qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.

Additional Selection Criteria
  • Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
  • Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
  • Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  • Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
  • Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
Or - Ordinarily Resident
–N6,446,680 p.a.(Starting basic salary) Position Grade: FSN-10
In addition to the basic salary, all allowances will be paid in accordance with the Mission Local Compensation Plan.
Nor - Non Ordinarily Resident - AEFM/EFM/MOHUS$ 48,822 (Starting Salary) p.a.
Position Grade: FP-05/05

Application Closing Date

5th December, 2014

How To Apply

Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following, or the application will not be considered:
  • A type-written and signed application letter specifically applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as advertised. Please reference the job title and announcement number on the application letter.
  • Application for U.S. Federal Employment (DS-174); or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS-174; plus.
  • Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
  • Any other documentation (e.g., certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that directly addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
  • Limit all electronic (e-mail) submissions to one entry/e-mail not larger than 5MB. Please submit attachments in PDF and Word formats, not pictures.
Submit Application To:
Embassy of the United States of America
Human Resources Office
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area

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