Program Specialist (Surveillance) at the U.S. Mission

Program Specialist (Surveillance) needed at U.S. Mission. The position role includes, but is not limited to, coordinating and managing assigned survey and disease surveillance activities in the country.. The ideal candidate should possess Medical Degree (MBBS/BMBch) or Master’s Degree in public health, medicine, epidemiology, demography area.

Program Specialist (Surveillance) Job at U.S. Mission

Job Title: Program Specialist (Surveillance).

Job Location: Abuja.

Series/Grade: 0550/ FSN-10 / FS-5/5
Duration Appointment: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
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 of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.


  • Under the supervision of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Team Lead, the incumbent coordinates and manages assigned survey and disease surveillance activities in the country.
  • These include the design of routine disease surveillance systems with the Ministry of Health (MOH), and the conduct of large, complex surveys designed to measure HIV prevalence and other indicators of importance to evaluating the impact of HIV control programs.
  • S/he will provide technical or managerial oversight of the MOH, National Universities, International NGOs and private sector partners; participates in the PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) Technical Working Group (TWG) to ensure that surveillance systems are meeting the needs of the national HIV/AIDS Program in Nigeria and that PEPFAR Nigeria program priorities are developed.
  • The incumbent provides technical expertise and assistance to the MOH and other participating partners in the design, implementation and strengthening of routine disease surveillance systems and the conduct of large, complex surveys designed to measure HIV prevalence and other indicator of importance to evaluating the impact of HIV control programs.
  • Additionally, s/he works in cooperation with GoN staff at all levels of government to apply casereporting, procedures, sentinel surveillance, and population-based surveillance methodologies to ensure that PEPFAR’s program’s objective are met; and also plays an active leadership role in the Mission’s PEPFAR TWG and/or the Multisector Technical Groups.

Qualifications and Evaluations

  • Education: Medical Degree (MBBS/BMBch) or Master’s Degree in public health, medicine, epidemiology, demography area is required.


  • Five (5) years of public health experience in the management and development of epidemiological surveillance and/or large scale surveys of HIV/AIDS or other disease programs, inclusive of one (1) year of experience at the managerial level is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Must have 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 Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multidisciplinary project teams and activities, as well as good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in development and support of grants, contracts, memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements is required.


  • Level IV (fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English is required. Language proficiency will be tested.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong analytical skills to readily understand and discuss new surveillance program design, management, and implementation approaches are required. This include the development of evaluation designs, 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 use of at least one of the more common epidemiologic data analysis software (EPINFO, STATA, SAS, OR SPSS), as well as excellent numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is required.


  • All applicants under consideration will be required to pass security certifications.

Marketing Statement:

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.

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:
    • The military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and
    • 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 reemployment 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:

NGN 11,335,349 / USD 51,007.

Application Deadline:

How to Apply: Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should submit their Applications with the required documentation listed below:

  • Universal Application for US Federal Employment (DS – 174)
  • Application Letter addressing the Qualifications and Evaluations for the position
  • Degree (not transcript)
  • Certificate or License
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • Residency and/or Work Permit (if applicable)

Submit Applications to:

Click here to download the Position Descriptions (PDF)

Click here to download Application Form for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) (PDF 1.78 MB)

Click here to download the Instructions for Completing DS-174 (PDF 2.40 MB)


  • Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Please provide a valid email address and be sure to check your email regularly during this recruitment process.
  • Who May Apply: All Interested / All Sources. FS-5/5 is USD 51,007 / LE is NGN 11,335,349. Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

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