Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Job Vacancy at US Embassy - PHS – Laboratory Advisor

  Ajira Yako       Wednesday, 4 April 2018


U.S. MISSION DAR ES SALAAM

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 18/070
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates/ All Sources

POSITION: PHS – Laboratory Advisor

OPENING DATE: March 29, 2018
CLOSING DATE: April 10, 2018
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN- 12; (Step 1- TZS 97,423,331 through Step 14-
TZS 151,006,159 per annum)
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP- 3*
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for
this position. The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference”
which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.

ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT (OR) APPLICANTS (See Appendix A for definition) MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDE

Incumbent serves as principal coordinator for laboratory systems and services within Tanzania and
is responsible for planning and implementation of capacity building of all laboratories to ensure
consistency of results. In general, reviews individual laboratory procedures, weighing against
accepted protocols and develops programs to ensure consistency. Participates in developing
major initiatives including the country program plan and planning of all cooperative agreements
that require research and diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, STD, AI, TB, malaria and emerging diseases in
laboratories throughout Tanzania.
Jobholder provides technical evaluation of all proposals for laboratory capacity building projects of
partners, ensuring that protocols are being followed appropriately and recommends
amendments/approval to supervisor. The annual budget for external laboratory programs in
Tanzania in fiscal year FY 2013 is $2 million. Incumbent is responsible for planning and drafting
the laboratory portion of the Country Operational Plan (COP) each year and working with
Counseling & Testing, Care and Treatment, Prevention and Strategic Information colleagues to
ensure that programs are working together to complement support and capacity building.
Incumbent provides guidance and direction to grantees, program collaborators and contractors on
management and implementation of activities to be consistent with USG and international policies
and guidance.
Jobholder collaborates with Tanzanian government Ministry of Health, TPDF, international
organizations and non-governmental organizations on their activities to make sure programs are
being carried out as designed. In building laboratory capacity, collaborates with Tanzanian senior
scientists on the design of new public health laboratory diagnostic approaches that are based on
latest research findings. Works closely with staff of Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Ministry of
Defense and cooperating partners to ensure that tasks are carried out correctly and in a timely
manner. Recommends procedural modifications as warranted to align with investigative protocols.
Assesses national referral and regional laboratory capacity to support surveillance and diagnostics
for HIV/AIDS and HIV-related risk behaviors, STI, TB, malaria and other opportunistic infections
(OIs) as well as international emerging infections. Develops strategies to strengthen capacities and
capabilities based on assessment findings. Introduces new diagnostic technology as it becomes
available. Develops training plans and arranges for competent instructors to provide training for
personnel at laboratories for which responsible.
Plans, oversees and coordinates contracts, grants, cooperative agreements with the Tanzanian
government for activities in areas of laboratory diagnostics, including the establishment and
maintenance of a national quality assurance system. Institutes Quality Assurance (QA) programs,
including internal and external quality control standards. Works with Tanzanian government to
support accreditation process of laboratories that have been targeted for that process.
Develops standards to enhance capacities of regional and referral hospital laboratories and to
support surveillance for HIV/AIDS, STD, AI, TB, malaria and emerging diseases. Standardizes
testing protocols for diagnostics and surveillance. Develops and updates national guidelines for
laboratory systems at all levels of operation. Designs safety and anti-contamination strategies
according to international standards.
Prepares technical papers that report on laboratory assessments and operational research studies
for presentations at national and international meetings on improving laboratory capacity
throughout the country.

II. Management
25%

Promotes the standardization of lab equipment and maintenance assistance and provides
technical specifications for procurement of essential laboratory equipment and supplies.
Provides technical assistance on the architectural, structural, security and biohazard design
aspects of on-going work related to laboratory renovation and establishment of new laboratories.
Ensures proper budgeting of all national referral and regional laboratory activities supported by
grants, partnerships and cooperative agreements. Ensures validity of data and authorizes entry in
appropriate database.
Facilitates procurement of equipment and supplies through agency channels to enhance
laboratories operating within the country. Provides guidance to laboratories requisitioning
equipment and supplies on the international market. Works within Tanzania to develop forecasting
capacity for laboratory commodities.
Serves as project officer and main point of contact for Laboratory branch cooperative agreements
and contracts. Once contracts, grants or cooperative agreement is in place, oversees performance
of cooperating partners/contractors, carries out technical reviews, reviews progress, identifies
potential issues and informs supervisor, recommending actions for amelioration. Cooperative
agreements under the purview of jobholder total approximately $30 million per year.

III. Interagency Coordination
15%

As a regional and international expert on matters pertaining to testing and operations of a variety of
laboratories located within Tanzania, job holder represents (WRAIR/Tanzania) at technical, policy
and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies. Briefs
agency officials on the results of such meetings and prepares written reports for submission to
other interested parties.
Represents the agency in discussing and developing financial commitment proposals for
laboratory programs at administrative and strategic planning meetings. This includes all USG
implementing agencies (Departments of State, Defense, and including Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, USAID, and Peace Corps).
Participates in internal and interagency technical working groups to ensure adherence to
internationally accepted/directed standards for laboratories within Tanzania.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

All applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and
comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination
that the applicant is not qualified.
a. Education:
 Master's degree in Health Laboratory Sciences is required.
b. Experience:
 A minimum of five years of experience in public health laboratory procedures and
 systems with additional two years of managerial experience is required.
c. Language:
Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing) in English and Kiswahili is required.
(This will be tested)
d. Skills and Abilities
Strong oral and written communications skills are required. Ability to analyze,
understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation
approaches is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of
reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, and statistical software such as SPSS, STATA
and Epi Info is required; typing with speed and accuracy is required.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties
and responsibilities can be obtained on our website and/or by contacting the Human
Resources Office DarRecruitment@state.gov.

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:
1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
2. AEFM / USEFM
3. FS on LWOP**
* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit
a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or
Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit
proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in
the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference
will not be considered in the application process. Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S.
Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.
ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Management will consider when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts
of interest, budget, and residency status.
2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current
OR employees with an Overall Summary rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory
on their most recent Employee Performance report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Employment (FMA) or a Personal
Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of
their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
HOW TO APPLY: Please ensure documents are in Microsoft Word, JPEG, TIFF and/or
Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
SkyDrive, Zip files or Cloud files other than in above specified above will NOT be accepted and
your application will be determined invalid.
Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may result
in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.
1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our
website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above);
2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above
(e.g. resume, transcripts, degrees, etc.)
3. Copy of Master’s Degree.
4. For Tanzanian Nationals: Copy of Passport, or National ID, or Voter ID
5. For Other Nationals: please attach current Resident/Work Permit and copy of valid
Passport.
WHERE TO APPLY: Effective immediately only online applications will be accepted via
DarRecruitment@state.gov
Applicants MUST follow instructions in the notice on the website.
When sending an online application, please indicate the position title in the subject line.
Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.
Please note: The US Mission is not responsible for any reimbursement of transportation
or relocation costs during the recruitment process and/or at any time.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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(below compulsory retirement age), disability, political affiliation, marital
status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment
opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The
EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied
equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such
complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for
prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.
Appendix A - DEFINITIONS
Eligible Family Member (EFM): An EFM for employment purposes is an individual who meets
all of the following criteria:
 U.S. Citizen or not a U.S. Citizen; and
 Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610); of the sponsoring
employee (i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member);
or
 Child, of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or,
regardless of age, is unmarried and incapable of self-support; or
 Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of employee, spouse, or
same-sex domestic partner, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the
employee for support; or
 Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers)
of the employee, spouse, or same-sex domestic partner when such sibling is at least 51
percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age,
or regardless of age, incapable of self-support; and
 Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a
direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is
permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the
American Institute in Taiwan; and is under chief of mission authority.
U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): An individual who meets all of the following
criteria is considered to be a USEFM for employment purposes:
 U.S. citizen;
 The spouse or domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring employee
(i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member); or a child
of the sponsoring employee who is under 21 and unmarried, or (regardless of age)
unmarried and incapable of self-support;
 Is listed on one of the following:
a) Travel orders of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY) to a U.S.
mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the American
Institute in Taiwan; or
b) Approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report (or
other agency equivalent), of a sponsoring employee who is assigned (not TDY)
to a U.S. mission abroad under Chief of Mission authority, or at an office of the
American Institute in Taiwan, and is residing at the sponsoring employee's post
of assignment abroad.
 The following categories of employees are also considered to be USEFMs for
employment purposes if they meet the definition above:
a) Foreign Service Generalists or Specialists on approved LWOP;
b) Civil Service employees with re-employment rights to their agency/bureau;
c) Foreign Service or Civil Service annuitants.
Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): An AEFM for employment purposes is
an individual who meets all of the following criteria:
 U.S. Citizen; and
 Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) of the sponsoring
employee; or
 Child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
 Listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126 of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a
direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is
permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as appropriate, at an office of the
American Institute in Taiwan (AIT); and
 Is under chief of mission authority; and
 Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, at
an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
 Does NOT currently receive a U.S. Government retirement annuity or pension from a
career in the U.S. Foreign Service or Civil Service.
Member of Household (MOH): A MOH is an individual who meets all of the following
criteria.
 A MOH is someone who accompanies or joins a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service,
or uniformed service member permanently assigned to or stationed abroad or, as
appropriate, at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and
 A MOH must be officially declared to the COM by the sponsoring employee as part of
his/her household; and
 A MOH is under COM authority;
 A MOH may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative, or adult child;
 A MOH may or may not be a U.S. Citizen;
 A MOH is not an EFM;
 A MOH is not listed on the travel orders or approved Form F-126 of a sponsoring
employee.
Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:
 An EFM, USEFM or AEFM of a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed
service member permanently assigned or stationed abroad, or as appropriate, at an office
of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
 Has diplomatic privileges and immunities; and
 Is eligible for compensation under the FS or GS salary schedule; and
 Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN); and
 Is not a citizen of the host country; and
 Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and
 Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws.
Ordinarily Resident (OR) – An individual who meets the following criteria:
 A citizen of the host country; or
 A non-citizen of the host country (including a U.S. citizen or a third-country national) who
is locally resident and has legal and/or permanent resident status within the host country
and/or who is a holder of a non-diplomatic visa/work and/or residency permit; and/or
 Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.


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