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Job Title: Specialist, Global Health (SD)
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Organization: Association of Public Health Laboratories
Posted: 2/9/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 2
Location: Silver Spring,  MD   
Position Description: Position Summary:

The Specialist, Global Health supports APHL’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Work Plan activities in Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. The incumbent of this position provides administrative assistance and coordinates with the Manager Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), other APHL global health staff, and the APHL and CDC in-country office personnel to identify technical assistance needs, plan strategies and implement country project activities. These activities strengthen the country public health laboratory network to provide disease surveillance, detect disease risks and provide timely response to suppress outbreaks. More specifically, the APHL efforts support CDC, Ministries of Health and their partners to assure the quality of diagnostic testing services; strengthen biosafety and biosecurity; implement and sustain laboratory information management systems; and strengthen specimen referral and supply chain systems.

Duties & Responsibilities:

•Provide coordination and administrative support to Manager GHSA, other global health staff, and in-country office personnel to implement APHL work plans for laboratory strengthening programs in Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. •Organizes and coordinates training, site visits and mentoring activities and associated travel related to clinical and disease surveillance testing services and methods; quality assurance for laboratory testing; laboratory quality management; laboratory design; anti-microbial resistance; and biosafety and biosecurity. •Enlists qualified APHL member and staff experts and non-member experts to support implementation of country activities, organizes project teams, monitors overall project performance and reports on project outcomes. •Writes scopes of work and requests for proposals, monitoring consultant and vendor contracts and reviews and evaluates technical and non-technical reports prepared by consultants, Ministry of Health country staffs and international agencies. •Coordinates logistical arrangements for international shipments of laboratory supplies, reagents and equipme •Writes summary reports and articles for newsletters and other publications and contributes to APHL Global Health Website and Global Health SharePoint content for activities related to assigned projects and member opportunit •Maintains communication with project sites, CDC and other partners by telephone, e-mail and direct meetings and represents APHL interests during in-country visits, assessments, meetings, trainings, and workshops. •Coordinates and communicates program activities and administrative reporting requirements with CDC Project Officers and other partners. •Tracks financial activities and reports and writes corresponding reports for assigned projects •Other duties as assigned.

Employment Standards- Education and Experience:

•This is considered a career level position. •Work at this level requires that incumbents possess knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of clinical and public health laboratory testing diagnostics, laboratory quality management systems as well as proven analytical, research and project coordination capabilities. •Incumbents typically have a bachelor’s degree in a laboratory science, public health practice or equivalent education, and a minimum of four years progressive and relevant experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for work experience. •Competency in French and languages other than English is an advantage.


GHSA issues, disease surveillance, PEPFAR, diagnosis of infectious diseases, statistical methods and project management. Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, PowerPoint, Access database software, email systems.


Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Access database software, email systems. Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.


Ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups; ability to work independently; organize work projects and complete tasks within assigned timeframes.

Special Requirements:

Demonstrated capability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines. International and domestic travel required (up to 30%).

Work Environment:

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Criteria for Evaluation:

Performance evaluation will be based on the abilities in meeting the criteria outlined herein.

Reports To:

Manager GHSA

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Position Description Status:

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Association of Public Health Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Closing Date: 5/9/2017
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Contact Name: Human Resources,  Specialist, Global Health (SD)
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