Papua New Guinea: Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET)

Organization: FHI 360
Country: Papua New Guinea
Closing date: 08 Mar 2017

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET)


The Senior Advisor for Field Epidemiology Training (FET) will independently provide technical support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the CDC Program in PNG to build the epidemiological and surveillance capacity of health care professionals to conduct surveillance for HIV and other diseases; and to detect disease outbreaks and protect the country against emerging infections. The contractor will serve as the principle expert, resource, mentor, advisor and consultant for Field Epidemiology Training in PNG and work in partnership with WHO-PNG, CDC, and other FET Papua New Guinea (FETPNG) stakeholders in developing on-going strategic planning, and providing program development, implementation, and evaluation support for the FETPNG. Additionally the contractor will provide technical support and training to the CDC, the host country government and partners in PNG for HIV surveillance, epidemiology and related public health topics. The position will be based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with CDC, the WHO-PNG and other CDC partners to assess the training needs in PNG with the purpose of developing, implementing, and evaluating the FET training program.
  • Provide program expertise and technical assistance such as work plan development and implementation plans with FET participants and CDC partners.
  • Provide training and mentorship on HIV and other epidemiology and related surveillance and public health activities to FET participants.
  • Conduct site visits for the FET trainees during their fieldwork as necessary and prepare/forward directives, instructional, procedural or other materials to ensure effective implementation of FET goals and participant projects.
  • Establish indicators by which to monitor and evaluate project goals and accomplishments.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative public health research and interpret findings for implementation via FET program evaluations and other special studies as needed.
  • Provide support to the CDC and the host country government to strengthen surveillance of HIV (especially in key populations – KP), TB and other diseases, utilizing the PNG FET program participants in KP sentinel surveillance, NCD clinic HIV reporting and the KP integrated bio-behavioral survey (IBBS).
  • Implements training for various target audiences, to incorporate local expertise such as faculty trainings, physicians, health care workers, as well as implementing partners. Example of topics to be incorporated into trainings include: HIV surveillance, HIV epidemiology, bio statistics, health information systems, data quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the host country government, WHO, international donors and other CDC partners.
  • Provide input and assistance to the surveillance sections of the annual and semi-annual reports submitted by the in-country PEPFAR team to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Washington, DC.
  • Other duties may include coordinating and facilitating meetings sponsored by PEPFAR and assisting in providing input for the development of the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan submitted by the in-country USG PEPFAR team to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Washington DC.
  • Respond within one business day to emails and phone calls from CDC-PNG and their partners.
  • Travel to Madang, Rabaul, and Unea, New Guinea to conduct site visits for the FET trainees during their fieldwork.


  • The contractor must possess a Medical Degree from an Accredited Institution.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience in developing and implementing Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP)
  • 5 years international public health experience working with and providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in English on a daily basis with various groups (Speaking, Reading and Writing). Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in the native language of Tok Pisin or Hiri Motu is desirable.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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