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Job Title: Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET)
Job Number: 1702-ITOPSS3-SAFET-0
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 2/15/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Papua, New Guinea,     
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:


JOB TITLE: Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET)

Position Number: 1702-ITOPSS3-SAFET-01B


ANTICIPATED START DATE:  2 weeks after candidate identification


TRAVEL: As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management and administrative program support to various Centers, Institutes and Offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under several contracts.  The successful candidate will provide support for the CDC, Center for Global Health. 


The Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET) will independently provide technical support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of CDC/CGH in PNG to build the epidemiological and surveillance capacity of health care professionals to conduct surveillance for HIV and other diseases; and to detect disease outbreaks and protect the country against emerging infections. The FET will serve as the principle expert, resource, mentor, adviser and consultant for Field Epidemiology Training in PNG and work in partnership with WHO-PNG, CDC, and other FET Papua New Guinea (FETPNG) stakeholders in developing on-going strategic planning, and providing program development, implementation, and evaluation support for the FETPNG. Additionally, the FET will provide technical support and training to the CDC, the host country government and partners in PNG for HIV surveillance, epidemiology and related public health topics.


  • Coordinate with CDC, the WHO-PNG and other CDC partners to assess the training needs in PNG with the purpose of developing, implementing, and evaluating the FET training program.
  • Provide program expertise and technical assistance such as work plan development and implementation plans with FET participants and CDC partners.
  • Provide training and mentorship on HIV and other epidemiology and related surveillance and public health activities to FET participants.
  • Conduct site visits for the FET trainees during their fieldwork as necessary and prepare/forward directives, instructional, procedural or other materials to ensure effective implementation of FET goals and participant projects.
  • Establish indicators by which to monitor and evaluate project goals and accomplishments.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative public health research and interpret findings for implementation via FET program evaluations and other special studies as needed.
  • Provide support to the CDC and the host country government to strengthen surveillance of HIV (especially in key populations - KP), TB and other diseases, utilizing the PNG FET program participants in KP sentinel surveillance, NCD clinic HIV reporting and the KP integrated bio-behavioral survey (IBBS).
  • Implement training for various target audiences, to incorporate local expertise such as faculty trainings, physicians, health care workers, as well as implementing partners. Example of topics to be incorporated into trainings include: HIV surveillance, HIV epidemiology, bio statistics, health information systems, data quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the host country government, WHO, international donors and other CDC partners.
  • Provide input and assistance to the surveillance sections of the annual and semi-annual reports submitted by the in-country PEPFAR team to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Washington, DC.
  • Other duties may include coordinating and facilitating meetings sponsored by PEPFAR and assisting in providing input for the development of the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan submitted by the in-country USG PEPFAR team Respond within one business day to emails and phone calls from CDC-PNG and their partners.
  • Travel to Madang, Rabaul, and Unea, New Guinea to conduct site visits for the FET trainees during their fieldwork.



Education and Experience:

  • Must have a Medical Degree from an Accredited Institution.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in developing and implementing Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP).
  • 5 years’ international public health experience working with and providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health in developing countries.

Language Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in English on a daily basis with various groups (Speaking, Reading and Writing).
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in the native language of Tok Pisin or Hiri Motu is desirable.

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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IHRC, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.  It is the policy of IHRC, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, and veteran or disability status and to take affirmative action in accordance with applicable laws and Executive Orders.

Organization Description:

IHRC, Inc. is an international consulting and professional services corporation, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. IHRC is a minority woman-owned small business and participates in the 8(a) business development program of the U.S. Small Business Administration. We assist our clients in accomplishing their missions and objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner, and we strive exceed our clients’ expectations.

Closing Date: 5/15/2017
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Contact Name: Human Resources,  Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET)
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Drive
Suite 1200
Atlanta   GA  30346
United States
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Drive
  Suite 1200
  Atlanta   GA  30346
  United States
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