Employment: Public Health Specialist (Treatment) – All Interested Applicants (Senior Program Specialist – Adult Treatment) at the U.S. Embassy


  • Recruitment process: open to the public
  • Who Can Apply/Agency Clarification:
    • For USEFM – FP is 04. Actual FP salary determined by Washington DC
    • All Interested Candidates / All Sources
  • Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Type of appointment: Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Indeterminate subject to successful completion of probationary period.


  • The work schedule for this position is as follows: Full time (40 hours per week)
  • Start Date: Candidate must be able to begin work within a reasonable time (6 weeks) of receipt of agency clearance and/or clearances/certifications or else their candidacy may be terminated.
  • Supervisory position: No
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
  • Travel required:
    • 25% or less
    • The incumbent is expected to visit the DOD project site in Nigeria to ensure the quality of care and treatment aspects of the HIV/AIDS team project.

Basic function:

  • The incumbent is a senior adviser and provides technical expertise for the management of the adult HIV treatment program for the Walter Reed Army Research Institute (WRAIR) branch in Nigeria, the Medical Research Directorate of US Army-Africa/Nigeria (USAMRD-A/N).
  • The Senior Program Specialist – Adult Treatment will provide technical and programmatic expertise to the HIV team and the Care and Support Technical Working Group to ensure implementation and scale-up of adult HIV interventions.
  • S/he will interact with the Nigerian Ministry of Defense (NMOD) and Implementing Partner (IP), The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF), managing day-to-day activities related to HIV treatment, monitoring and evaluating progress , and provide technical advice to relevant stakeholders.
  • He/she coordinates and monitors quality HIV activities to facilitate USAMRD-A/N strategy implementation through site visits, reporting and trend analysis, and works closely collaboration with others to ensure the implementation of effective treatment activities.
  • He/she ensures that high-quality HIV services are provided in accordance with national and international standards, in all US President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) sites.
  • S/he works with the USG Treatment team to strengthen the implementation of PEPFAR’s strategic and programmatic directions.
  • He/she keeps abreast of current publications and information on the program, HIV issues and concerns, and their impact on programming in developing countries, in order to advise USAMRD-A/ N and PEPFAR on all issues related to the HIV treatment program/project activities.
  • The incumbent is expected to work in secondary locations approximately 25% of the time.

Qualifications and assessments
Education Requirements:

  • A professional medical degree (MBBS or equivalent, or MD) and Master of Public Health – MPH or Fellowship in Public Health or Internal Medicine from the Nigerian National Postgraduate Medical College or the West African College of Physicians is required.
  • Note: NYSC certificate or exemption document is required.


  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in areas related to HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support is required.
  • Two (2) years of this experience should be in managing the quality of HIV treatment care and monitoring with good data analysis skills.
  • Experience related to the delivery of HIV/AIDS treatment and mitigation programs, and previous experience in coordinating HIV quality improvement initiatives, etc. are required.

Business knowledge:

  • Knowledge of major issues affecting people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in all geographical regions of Nigeria is required, including technical, social and cultural aspects.
  • Advanced and specialized knowledge of the public health aspects of HIV/AIDS treatment program management, as well as evidence-based treatment practices and policies are required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of GoN policies and programs in the sector is required.
  • A thorough knowledge of Nigerian economic, political, social and cultural characteristics and the history of development assistance, particularly as it relates to health in Nigeria, including current trends and directions is required.
  • The incumbent should have an excellent understanding of the public health system in Nigeria and a good working knowledge of US government public health programs and strategies, particularly those related to PEPFAR.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of GoN policies and programs in the sector is required.



  • Fluency in read/spoken/written English is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to work effectively with mid and senior level officials from the public and private sectors of the GoN and PAs.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment and coordinate well with others.
  • The job requires excellent writing and computer skills to develop presentations, reports, etc.
  • Diplomacy, tact, cultural sensitivity, and team involvement are required to establish and maintain effective working relationships within USAMRD-A/N and with NMOD.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and stay organized in a complex and constantly changing environment is a must.
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to deal effectively with stress and conflict are required.
  • Intermediate numeracy skills; data measurement and analysis; understand trends; and the interpretation of the relationship between the numbers is necessary.
  • Keyboarding/typing skills are required, with speed and accuracy of work. Ability to travel within Nigeria up to 25% of the time is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):

  • The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status or sexual orientation.


Benefits and other information

Benefits of the agency:

  • Locally employed personnel, including Members of Household (MOH) and Third Country Nationals (TCN), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria, may receive compensation packages that may include health, separation and others.
  • For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Office of Human Resources.
  • The compensation plan is awarded at the time of the conditional letter of offer by the HR Office.

Other information:

  • For current COVID-19 requirements, please visit the following link.
  • Hiring Preference Selection Process: Candidates in the following hiring preference categories are granted 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 the candidate being determined not eligible for a hiring preference.

Order of hiring preference:

  • AEFM/USEFM who is a US Veteran eligible for preference*
  • FS in CNP and CS with re-employment rights **

* Important

  • Applicants claiming preference-eligible U.S. veteran status 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 that the service member is to be discharged or discharged from active service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days of the certification being submitted by the applicant. The certification letter must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the dates of military service, including the date of discharge or expected discharge; and (2) the character of the service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted for preference to be granted.
  • ** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights in their agency or office.
  • For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

Marketing statement:

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5,890,203 NGN (60,061 USD) per year.

Important Information

  • All applicants must be able to obtain and hold public trust clearance.
  • To apply for this position, click on the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button at the top of the page. Click the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process. For more information on how to apply, visit the Mission’s website.

Required documents
To qualify on the basis of education, you MUST submit the requested degree and/or transcripts as verification of education requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or insufficient information to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All applicants:

  • Residence and/or work permit
  • Diploma (no transcript)
  • NYSC certificate or exception document
  • Certificate or license

Eligible family member applicants:

  • Copy of sponsor orders/assignment notification (or equivalent)
  • DD-214 – Copy of Member 4, letter from Veterans Affairs or other supporting document (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next steps and notices

  • Candidates who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted by email.
  • For more information – the full job description listing all duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. can be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resources.
  • Thank you for your application and interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria.

Interested and qualified? Visit the U.S. Embassy at erajobs.state.gov to apply

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