Epidemiologist

Job ID 12907655 Date posted 08/13/2019 Location Dominican Republic
Department: Department of Health And Human Services
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number: HHS-CDC-OM-19-10574645
SALARY RANGE: $106595.00 to $138572.00/Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: 2019-08-13 to 2019-09-03
SERIES & GRADE: GS--15/15

JOB SUMMARY:
This position is located in the Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/TB, Overseas Strategy and Management Branch. Spanish language is desirable but not required for the position in the Dominican Republic.

DUTIES:
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"What exciting career opportunities await you at CDC? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world. PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position with the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred as (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment. This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-OD-19-10574646 under competitive procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Epidemiologist you will: Serve as Program Country Director and potentially the CDC Country Director. Develop and direct the implementation of all the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported activities in assigned overseas location. Be involved in all technical areas of interest, in the assigned overseas location, to the Division of Global HIV/AIDS and TB (DGHT) including HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment of persons living with HIV/TB, strategic information and epidemiologic surveillance and health economics, systems and capacity development. Oversee all DGHT staff assigned to the overseas location. Provide oversight and accountability for the utilization of US Government resources allocated to the assigned overseas location. Represent DGHT on the US Government PEPFAR interagency team. Direct DGHT's provision of strategic technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and other PEPFAR-funded DGHT partners. Maintain productive technical collaborations with all institutions engaged in DGHT activities, including the Ministry of Health, non-governmental organizations, universities, medical institutions and other DGHT partners." ]

REQUIREMENTS:
Background Investigation is required.
Security and Medical clearance are required. U.S. Citizenship is required. Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for two years. The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency. This position will be entitled to comparability pay once deployed to overseas location. These positions may be eligible for special pay allowances (e.g., post differential, housing, relocation, market pay, etc.). Immunizations are required and will be administered by the CDC before relocating overseas. To work overseas for the CDC, the selectee will need to obtain security and medical clearances before being cleared to report to the overseas duty station. Continued employment will be subject to submission of all documentation necessary to obtain the medical and security clearances (including documentation for any accompanying dependents), within thirty (30) business days and obtaining the security clearance within six (6) months of the initial appointment. Please note the inability to secure the clearances necessary for overseas duty will result in termination of the appointment to the position. Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered. Current permanent status CDC employees will be processed using the appropriate temporary promotion or other temporary assignment authority for permanent CDC employees. The selectee will have statutory return rights to their permanent CDC position, title, series and grade once the overseas assignment is completed. Other current permanent status HHS Federal employees will be hired on a Term appointment. There are no statutory return rights. Subsequent employment for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities. Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?ontent_id=184&menu_id=78.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have successfully completed a full four-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications, applicants must also meet the following for an Epidemiologist, GS-15. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicant must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience directing scientific, technical and programmatic epidemiological activities to originate new techniques, establish criteria, or develop new information regarding HIV/AIDS, TB, or infectious diseases. Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 1. Knowledge of scientific activities to include surveillance and epidemiology. 2. Knowledge of public health program management. 3. Ability to communicate orally. 4. Ability to communicate in writing.

BENEFITS:

OTHER INFORMATION:
CDC Financial Disclosure -OGE Form 450 Holding ourselves to a higher standard; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This Information will be required annually. Conditions of Employment: Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. One-year probationary period may be required. Bargaining Unit Position: No Drug Screening Required: Yes Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Retention incentive may be authorized. Mobility agreement may be required. Special Notes: Term appointments may be shortened or extended up to a maximum of four years based on the needs of the agency without further competition. Subsequent employment for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities. Temporary promotions may be extended up to a maximum of five years based on the needs of the agency without further competition. Temporary reassignments may be extended up to a maximum of six years based on the needs of the agency without further competition. To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:
https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10574645 If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/03/2019 of this announcement to receive consideration. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application. Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/. If you cannot apply online: You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. 2. Other supporting documents: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action College Transcripts Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/03/2019.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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