Project Management Specialist (Public Health)


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Philippines) has an immediate need for a Project Management Specialist (Public Health), assigned under the Office of Health (OH).  The successful candidate will serve as advisor on the infectious disease portfolio, including Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) of pandemic threats.  The Specialist will provide research, analysis, advisory and related consultative services of broad scope and complexity in the field of TB surveillance and control, HIV/AIDS, NTDs and EIDs.  S/He will be responsible for designing, managing and evaluating major project initiatives that focus on demand for, supply of and supportive policy environment for TB, HIV/AIDS, NTD and EID services.  The work involves the full range of consultative, advisory, management and evaluation services.

The Specialist will make independent assessments and projections of likely trends and scenarios in the areas of TB, HIV/AIDS, NTDs, infectious diseases, and reports on related/significant policies, legislation, and programs undertaken by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the private sector.  S/He will conceptualize, present and defend strategies for policy advocacy and obtain the cooperation and support of senior public and private sector representatives at the national, regional and local levels of the Government of the Philippines for implementing key sector policy reforms.  The Specialist will interact with official visitors and will occasionally brief them and draft speeches or portions thereof dealing with complex multi-sectoral issues.

The candidate must meet the following Evaluation Criteria:

  • Education (15 %) A degree in Medicine is required. Formal training of at least one year in infectious disease is required. Training in tuberculosis will be given preference. In addition to an M.D. and formal training in infectious disease, a master’s degree in public health or a related field is required.
  • Work Experience (20 %) Must have a minimum of seven years of professional work experience in public health, particularly in TB, HIV/AIDS, NTDs, and infectious disease with demonstrated ability to manage, coordinate and guide significant analytical and project management efforts.  At least five years of this experience should have been in development assistance or related work for USAID, other donor agencies, host government organizations, or private sector institutions.
  • Job Knowledge (25 %) A thorough knowledge of the country's TB, HIV/AIDS, NTDs, and EID situation with strong technical knowledge on these areas is required.  Must have a good knowledge, or the ability to quickly  acquire such knowledge, of U.S. Government (USG) legislation relating to development assistance; AID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation; and of the objectives, methodology, and status of the programs and projects to which assigned.
  • Skills and Abilities (25 %) Must have expertise and actual experience in TB, HIV/AIDS, NTDs, and EID program design, management and assessment or evaluation.  Must be able to independently establish/maintain contacts with senior level officials of the host government, other donor representatives, and with influential persons in the private sector.  The Specialist must have the ability to analyze and evaluate a variety of technical and economic data and to organize/present them in a concise written/oral form.  Also important, is the ability to independently plan, develop, manage and evaluate important and complex programs; and the ability to furnish information/advice in assigned areas with detachment and objectivity.  S/He must have problem solving skills and must be able to orient, train and supervise lower level local personnel when appropriate.
  • Communication and Computer Skills (15 %) Excellent command of English (both in written and oral form). Ability to develop and deliver professional quality reports and presentations. Writing skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers. Computer literacy is essential, including competency in word processing and the use of spreadsheet programs.

The compensation package includes mid-year and year-end bonuses, health and life insurance, and a supplementary retirement plan. The salary will be negotiated based on a combination of the candidate's salary history and of the organization's pay plan.

Note: USAID reserves the right to reject any and all applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Application letter and comprehensive resume must be received via email at no later than February 28, 2014.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:00am

Last updated: April 01, 2014