Job Overview


About the Agency

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking for dynamic, committed Population/Health/Nutrition professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of millions across the globe. We are an independent federal agency with a long history of extending a helping hand to people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster, or striving to live in a free and democratic country.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all the requirements for this position before applying. This is a Foreign Service announcement. Worldwide availability is a requirement of the position.



PHN officers perform the following duties:

Design, implement and evaluate population/health/nutrition (PHN) programs in any of the following relevant areas: Primary health care, maternal/child health, population/family planning, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, and health system strengthening.

Cooperate with other US Government (USG) agencies in country, under the leadership of the US Ambassador, to ensure integrated US government strategies and programs to improve the health of the country’s citizens and to support achievement of USG foreign policy objectives.

Identify priority assistance needs in the PHN public health sector and decide how to invest USAID resources to address the public health sector needs identified.

Design projects and programs, with appropriate budgets, to meet the needs identified in the PHN public health sector.

Ensure the successful implementation of PHN projects, including managing procurement and human resources.

Monitor, evaluate, and report on the extent to which projects are achieving the purpose intended and results.

Advise senior Agency leaders on technical health policy and approaches.

Work with host country health officials in project design and implementation and negotiate with senior host country officials to improve outcomes.

Coordinate with international agencies, other donors, and NGOs to provide health sector assistance to the country.

Work in a developing country with a variety of challenges (civil war, political unrest, lack of modern conveniences).