Public Health Specialist (Field Epidemiology Training Program)


Announcement Number: HANOI-2022-15

Hiring Agency: Embassy Hanoi

Position Title: Public Health Specialist (Field Epidemiology Training Program)

Open Period: 04/21/2022 - 05/05/2022Format MM/DD/YYYY

Vacancy Time Zone: GMT+7

Series/Grade: LE - 0550 11

Salary: USD $32,908

Work Schedule: Full-time - Definite (two-year fixed-term) subject to successful completion of probationary period .

Promotion Potential: LE-11

Duty Location(s): 1    in      Hanoi, VM

Telework Eligible: No

For More Info:  HR Section

84-24-38505000 Ext:5126


Hiring Path: • Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: Open to:  All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For USEFM - FP-04.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.

Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation

Appointment Type: Term appt, NTE 2 yrs

Appointment Type Details: Definite (two-year fixed-term) subject to successful completion of probationary period .

Marketing Statement: We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

Summary: The work schedule for this position is:

    • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of 45 days of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No

Travel Required: Not Required


Incumbent of this position will serve as the Public Health Specialist for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. Under the supervision and management of the Workforce Development (WFD) Team Lead, the incumbent will be a key advisor to the Vietnam Ministry of Health (MOH) for the administrative, fiscal, and technical oversight of FETP program activities. In addition, s/he will play an essential role in training and mentoring surveillance staff of the Government of Vietnam in epidemiology, biostatistics, program reporting, outbreak investigation and other areas related to the FETP program. The incumbent will also represent CDC on FETP issues in meetings with the Government of Vietnam and with international experts and provide implementation guidance and technical support and evaluation to Vietnam counterparts funded by CDC. S/he will be responsible for developing and operationalizing strategies for the CDC FETP agenda and will coordinate closely with all involved U.S. and international stakeholders. The incumbent's primary responsibilities will be focused on the management and oversight of all aspects of developing FETP activities, as related to information systems, and other operational responsibilities, including site visits, data collection, coordination of training and study materials, monitoring, and quality assurance. The incumbent will play an important technical advisory role to the MOH and implementing partners for day-to-day program and administrative management, coordination and collaboration activities with other in-country U.S. agencies to ensure that during FETP project implementation, all parties fully participate in and agree on the mechanisms and procedures established to address program strategic objectives, and U.S. and host government national and international public health standards and best practices. The administrative, technical advisory and managerial roles will require public health leadership, evidence-based and results-oriented analysis, advocacy and capacity-building, and constant and clear communication with the Ministry of Health, other host government ministries, implementing partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). S/he will also represent CDC Vietnam on FETP issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, as well as in meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  At least five years’ experience working in epidemiology and disease surveillance, with the MOH or other public health programs and a familiarity with U.S. Government agencies or international organizations, including World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), OIE, or international NGOs is required. Also, experience in developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs and coordination with international agencies or implementing partners is required.


  • Must have a professional knowledge foundation in public health including a thorough understanding of current infectious disease issues, disease surveillance and reporting, laboratory systems and information systems, clinical care and treatment.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities.

Education Requirements: An MD, PhD in epidemiology, public health, biological sciences degree, or international equivalent is required.



Fluent in Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This will be tested.)

Fluent in Speaking/Reading/Writing Vietnamese is required.


  • A good program management and systems analytical skills and ability to communicate issues and developments between the CDC country office team and implementing partners within MOH both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to accomplish reporting requirements.
  • Good managerial skills to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.
  • Ability to analyze, understand and discuss data, program and systems design and revision, and management and implementation approaches.
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheets and databases at Intermediate user-level.
  • Strong skills in the interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation data including the ability to understand and synthesize numerical data.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  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, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Qualifications: All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.


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