United States of America: Lead Epidemiologist – Impact Assessments

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 May 2014


Reporting to the Project Director, the Lead Epidemiologist will provide high-level technical direction in the planning and implementation of population-based HIV Impact Assessments in 15-20 countries with generalized or mixed HIV epidemics. The goal of the Project is to strengthen the monitoring of impact and outcomes to more comprehensively inform national responses to HIV.

The position requires a high level of technical, analytical, and managerial abilities, as well as demonstrated experience and sound judgment.

This position is contingent upon project award and funding.


· Under the guidance of the Project Director, perform a broad and complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities related to surveillance and the detection of HIV incidence, prevalence, and mortality at the national and sub-national level

· Collect, analyze, and interpret public health-related data, policies, and reports

· Apply principles of evidence-based public health, disease surveillance, medical terminology, and biostatistics to datasets

· Translate data analysis results from large datasets into actionable information and develop comprehensive and population-based approaches to healthcare delivery and health improvement for country beneficiaries

· Work as an experienced team or project member and provide analytical expertise for specific assessments or more complex individual epidemiologic analyses

· Develop and design methods of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data and apply knowledge of program processes and methods for prevention, intervention, and control of HIV

· Provide technical leadership, direction and support to all country-based project teams implementing the impact assessments

· Serve as the technical link with/liaison to CDC and other collaborating partners to generate work plans, corresponding budgets, training programs, evaluation plans, and content for meetings, workshops and conferences

· Support activities to build local technical capacity in the design and implementation of population-based surveys

· Lead and/or assist the Project Director, CDC staff, and local collaborators in the generation and presentation of project reports, publications and presentations


· Requires an advanced degree in public health, with a specialization in epidemiology


· Minimum of eight (8) years of experience working on international public health projects either in the headquarters of an international organization or in resource-limited settings in the field

· Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of programs for population-based impact assessments

· Knowledge of research design, demonstration, and evaluation concepts and methodologies; of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of standard and appropriate research sources and texts; and of measurement, testing and evaluation procedures

· Knowledge of computer software programs, including SAS, MS Access, Excel, and Power Point

· Strong knowledge of SAS and MS Access preferred

· Knowledge of current social, economic, and public health issues related to STD and HIV/AIDS

· Ability to analyze issues, draw valid conclusions, and make recommendations; to prepare and present comprehensive statistical and narrative reports; to conduct effective presentations; to interpret departmental policies and procedures, grants, legislation, and regulations relating to research activities; to prepare concise reports; and to supervise the work of others

· Excellent communication, writing and quantitative skills, including the development of measurable objectives, operational plans, and measurable indicators/targets for public health programs and projects

· Proven ability to effectively train and build capacity of local/country partners

· Demonstrated experience establishing, growing and maintaining effective working relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders

· Fluent English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English

· Previous experience in sub-Saharan Africa

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and CV by email with a subject title “Impact Assessment – Lead Epidemiologist” to icap-jobs@columbia.edu.

Please do not attach any certificates when submitting on-line. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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