Public Health Specialist (Surveillance) – US Embassy in Nairobi

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

US Embassy in Nairobi

Job Title: Senior Public Health Specialist (Surveillance) – All Interested Applicants
Company: US Embassy in Nairobi
Job Level: Senior

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Join our team as a Senior Public Health Specialist in Nairobi, Kenya. If you’re a seasoned public health professional with experience in surveillance, epidemiology, and international coordination, this is your chance to make a difference. Apply now!

Vacancy Details

Overview Are you passionate about public health and surveillance? Join us as a Senior Public Health Specialist in Nairobi, Kenya, and contribute to global health initiatives.

Duties In this role, you’ll lead Global Health Program activities, working on respiratory and other pathogen surveillance, prevention, and control. Your responsibilities include advising, researching, and assisting in the development of readiness strategies to detect, respond, and manage outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases. Collaboration with partners, improving laboratory support, and engaging with health ministries will be key aspects of your work.

Qualifications & Evaluations


  • Experience: You should have three years of mid-to-senior level public health experience with international coordination.
  • Job Knowledge: Technical knowledge of epidemiology, respiratory and non-respiratory pathogens, and infectious disease programs is crucial.
  • Education: A Doctoral level degree (DrPH, MD, PhD) in relevant fields like public health, epidemiology, or medicine is required.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in English (Level 4 – Fluent) and Kiswahili (Level 3 – Good working knowledge) is necessary.
  • Skills & Abilities: Strong communication skills, leadership abilities, and proficiency in MS Office and statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS, STATA, or R) are vital.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) At the U.S. Mission, we value diversity and provide equal opportunity to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Benefits & Other Info We offer a competitive compensation package, including health benefits, to Locally Employed Staff, Members of Household, and Third-Country Nationals working with us in Nairobi, Kenya. For detailed COVID-19 requirements, please visit our website.

Hiring Preference Selection Process We have a preference selection process that includes U.S. Veterans, Foreign Service employees, and other categories. Make sure to accurately describe your status in your application.

How to Apply To apply, you must obtain and hold a Police Clearance Certificate. Click the “Submit Application” button, and for detailed application instructions, visit our Mission internet site. Be sure to submit all required documents, including your educational qualifications, by the closing date.

Required Documents

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Doctoral level degree (DrPH, MD, PhD) or equivalent in relevant fields

Next Steps If selected for language or skills tests or an interview, you’ll be contacted via email. For the complete position description, contact our Human Resources Office.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

  1. Tailor Your Resume: Customize your resume to highlight your relevant experience in public health, international coordination, and surveillance. Be sure to mention any work with implementing partners.
  2. Show Cultural Awareness: Demonstrate your understanding of the Kenyan healthcare system and structures, including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies and program priorities.
  3. Highlight Leadership: Emphasize your leadership skills, especially your ability to lead project teams and develop effective working relationships with national and international partners.
  4. Technical Skills Matter: Showcase your proficiency in MS Office and statistical analysis software, as these tools are essential for success in this role.
  5. Prepare for Interviews: If selected for an interview, be ready to discuss how you’ve applied your skills to complex situations and your innovative approaches to data collection and analysis.






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