Friday, December 22, 2017

Counseling and Testing Officer – Behavioral Prevention at The US Mission in Dar es salaam

  Kijiwe Cha Wasomi       Friday, December 22, 2017
Counseling and Testing Officer – Behavioral Prevention at The US Mission in Dar es salaam
NAFASI ZA AJIRA UBALOZI WA MAREKANI
Management Notice
U.S. MISSION DAR ES SALAAM
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 17/259
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates/ All sources

POSITION: Counseling and Testing Officer – Behavioral Prevention

OPENING DATE: December 22, 2017
CLOSING DATE: January 11, 2018
WORK HOURS: Full-time: 40 hours/week

SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN- 10; (Step 1- TZS 55,086,530 through Step 14- TZS 85,384,122 per annum)

Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 5 (steps 5 through 14)* *Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.

The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) 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 Public Health Specialist – Counseling and Testing Program Officer at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION
The Counseling and Testing Program Officer works under the supervision of the HIV Prevention
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 NGOs in the implementation and expansion of HIV counseling and testing services
in Tanzania. The incumbent serves as the primary CDC contact for external partners for all
issues related to CDC-supported counseling and testing program activities. Serves as the
Program lead for all counseling and testing components of all CDC-supported cooperative
agreements in Tanzania. Serves as a primary contributor to the planning, development, and
review of the counseling and testing components of the annual Country Operational Plan (COP)
for Tanzania. Monitors and evaluates progress of projects, identifying technical, personnel,
logistical, and financial problems and makes or recommends revisions as necessary to
overcome obstacles and constraints to progress. Identifies training needs and participates in the
development and implementation of training courses for partner organizations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Planning and Coordination
25%

1. Job holder serves as a primary advisor in the planning and development of counselling
and testing 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. Drafts
technical requirements for program announcements for cooperative agreements
supporting counselling and testing program activities. Reviews cooperative agreement
applications from partner agencies for technical soundness and appropriateness of
budget requests. Participates with partners in the development of work plans for
implementation of activities following cooperative agreement awards.

2. Job holder represents CDC Tanzania for HIV counselling and testing issues at technical,
policy and strategic planning meetings with collaborators. Acts as an expert national
resource on matters pertaining to HIV counselling and testing

3. Incumbent serves as a member and advisor on the USG technical working group for
coordination of counselling and testing issues on a national level. The sub-committee
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 HIV counselling and testing on a national level and recommends
revisions to policies and guidelines.

Technical Assistance and Oversight
45%
1. Provides technical assistance and oversight to the MOHSW, ZACP and other partners
in the implementation of HIV counselling and testing. 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 counselling and testing program activities. Serves as an expert
technical resource in the specialized programmatic area to government, NGO, and
other collaborating partners.

2. 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.

3. Participates in the design and development of program guidelines and activities,
including protocols for HIV counselling and testing, strategies for expanding and
improving the quality of counselling and testing services and strategies for expanding
high yield testing strategies targeted in priority geographic locations. Provides expert
advice and technical assistance to MOHSW and other in-country partners in the
development of policy, guidelines, SOPs and protocols for counselling and testing.

4. 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%

1. 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 counselling and testing and injection safety program activities. Serves as a
programmatic resource in the design and development of information systems and
databases to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and testing
programs.

2. 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.

3. 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 required qualification listed below with specific and
comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a
determination that the applicant is not qualified.

a. Education:
Medical degree and Masters in public health is required.

b. Experience:
A minimum of three years of working experience in HIV prevention activities (Planning,
developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS programs) is required.

c. Language:
 Level IV (fluent) in English and Kiswahili (fluent in speaking, writing and reading) is
 required. (This will be tested)

d. Skills and Abilities:
Excellent writing skills and computer skills are required.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of
the duties and responsibilities can be obtained on our website and/or by contacting
the Human Resources Office DarRecruitment@state.gov.

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:
1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
2. AEFM / USEFM
3. FS on LWOP**

* IMPORTANT:
Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must
submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of
Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’
preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written
documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of
the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the
application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after
reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.

ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Management will consider when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts
of interest, budget, and residency status.
2. 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.
3. 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: 

Please ensure documents are in Microsoft Word, JPEG, TIFF and/or
Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
SkyDrive or Cloud files other than in above specified above will NOT be accepted and your
application will be determined invalid.

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may
result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our
website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above);
2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above
(e.g. resume, transcripts, degrees, etc.)
3. Copy of Medical degree and Master’s degree in Public Health.
4. For Tanzanian Nationals: Copy of Passport, or National ID, or Voter ID
5. For Other Nationals: please attach current Resident/Work Permit and copy of valid
Passport.

WHERE TO APPLY: Effective immediately only online applications will be accepted via
DarRecruitment@state.gov

Applicants MUST follow instructions in the notice on the website.
When sending an online application, please indicate the position title in the subject
line.
Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

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.

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