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Job Title:  Epidemiologist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CDC-OM-13-850586

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$99,628.00 to $129,517.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 08, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE Two (2) Year
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Ethiopia EthiopiaView Map
China ChinaView Map
Angola AngolaView Map
Temp Promotion, Temp Reassignment, Term


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

This position is located in the DHHS, CDC, Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Country Operations Branch.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-OD-13-850649 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.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Overseas Assignments: Overseas assignments are for two years and a rotational agreement must be signed. The assignment may be extended based on the needs of the agency.  Upon completion of the overseas assignment, CDC employees on temporary promotion/assignment will be placed in accordance with CDC placement procedures.  Subsequent employment for all others for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities.

·         This position is eligible for special pay allowances (e.g.,
post differential, housing, relocation, etc.).

·         Immunizations are required and will be administered by the CDC
before relocating overseas.

·         Security clearances are required for the selectee only and medical clearances are required for selectee and all family members before being posted overseas.  Inability of the selectee to secure the clearances within six (6) months of appointment to position for overseas duty will result in termination of 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 employees CDC.  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 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.

·         All other selectees (e.g., reinstatement
eligible, veterans, persons with disabilities, etc.) will be hired
through a term-appointment.  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


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Backgound Investigation is required.
  • Security and Medical Clearances are required


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If selected you will:

This position serves as Program Country Director in one of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS Program (DGHA) countries. Utilizing a professional knowledge of public health sciences, incumbent develops and directs the implementation of all PEPFAR-funded CDC-supported HIV/AIDS activities in assigned country. This involves any or all of the technical areas of special interest to the Division of Global HIV/AIDS Program (DGHA), including HIV prevention; care and treatment of persons living with HIV; strategic information and epidemiologic surveillance; and health economics, systems and capacity development in the host country. The incumbent will oversee all DGHA staff assigned to the country, which may include professional and non-professional U.S. civilian employees and/or commissioned corps officers; locally employed staff; and, contract employees. An additional important dimension of responsibility includes oversight and accountability for the utilization of U.S. Government resources allocated to the CDC office in question, typically through informed, active supervision of CDC administrative staff.  The incumbent will represent DGHA to the CDC Country leadership and the US Embassy in country, and may be assigned by CDC Center for Global Health to serve as CDC Country Director.  The incumbent will represent DGHA in the USG PEPFAR interagency team.  In addition the incumbent will direct DGHA’s provision of strategic technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and other PEFPAR-funded DGHA partners.   The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining productive technical collaborations with all institutions engaged in DGHA activities, including: the Ministry of Health, non-governmental organizations, universities, medical institutions, and other DGHA partners. 


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Basic Qualifications:Applicants must possess a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor`s or higher degree with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


Minimum Qualifications for Epidemiologist, GS-601-15: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the duties of the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience planning, designing, implementing and evaluating epidemiologic studies, surveys and investigations of HIV/AIDS or other related 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.

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

 1. 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.

 2. 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.

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Moving expenses: May be authorized.

8. Bargaining Unit Position: No

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Travel required with position: Yes; as required by the position

11. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized

12.  Relocation incentive may be authorized.

13. Research position: No

14. Promotion potential: No

15. Supervisory position: No

16.  Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Special Notes:

Term Appointments may be extended up to a maximum of four years based on the needs of the agency without further competition.

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.

Supervisory Position: This position may be used to fill supervisory positions.


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 epidemiological methodology, theories, principles, and methods.

2.  Skill in providing technical guidance and advice.

3.  Written communication.

4.  Oral communication.

5.  Interpersonal skills.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 850586.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.  Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.  Other supporting documents:

     - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

     - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

     - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

     - 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.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013


CDC HelpDesk
Phone: (770)488-1725
TDD: 770-488-1228
Agency Information:
HHS CDC Center
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA


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.
You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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