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CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Regional Public Health Advisor at Pacific Island Health Advisors Organization

Monday, January 29, 2018   (0 Comments)


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JOB TITLE: Regional Public Health Advisor – Grants Management Support to Federally- Funded Public Emergency and Chronic Disease Programs in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands

JOB STATUS: 100% Full-Time, Temporary Consultant

JOB PERIOD: Immediate start to 30 June 2018, with possible extension contingent on funding agency approval

DUTY STATION: PIHOA Field Office, Hagatna, Guam

Organization Background: The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, with field offices in Guam and Palau. PIHOA was established in 1986 and is governed by the chief and deputy health officials of the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) of American Samoa (AS), Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau. PIHOA’s mission is to provide a credible voice on regional health issues in the USAPIs. Under the guidance of its governing Board members, PIHOA aims to strengthen USAPI health systems through: leadership development and regional health policy-making, laboratory systems strengthening, surveillance systems and epidemiology capacity strengthening, public health and clinical workforce development, HR management systems strengthening, public health emergency preparedness strengthening, and strategic partnerships coordination and engagement.

General Purpose: A qualified and experienced Regional Public Health Advisor (RPHA) is sought to provide programmatic grants management support to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) grantees in the USAPIs.

In summary, the RPHA is to:

  • Provide management, programmatic, and operational guidance and technical assistance (TA) to US Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) program managers managing public health programs supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP);

  • Facilitate more efficient CDC business services associated with DSLR/NCCDPHP funded programs in the USAPIs;

  • Provide guidance and TA to improve coordination of all DSLR and NCCDPHP-funded staff and programs in the USAPIs;

  • Assure NCCDPHP and DSLR technical assistance is provided as effectively as possible when requested; and

  • Ensure coordination with CDC-assigned staff to the region and the CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) based in the Pacific region, Hawaii, and Atlanta.

The RPHA will work to maximize efficiencies of various programmatic activities across chronic disease and public health preparedness and response objectives and activities. The work requires an extensive breadth of program knowledge, intensity of efforts, and managing multiple projects and programs operating concurrently, and in diverse contexts with varying degrees of available resources and existing systems capacities. The RPHA will be required to consult and work extensively with existing PIHOA staff and co- located CDC staff at the PIHOA Guam Field Office in Hagatna, Guam to ensure activities and technical support provided are timely, well-coordinated, and context appropriate.


  1. Reports to: PIHOA Executive Director and/or assigned PIHOA Technical Staff

  2. Geographic Areas of Responsibility: AS, Guam, CNMI, FSM, RMI and Palau

  3. Supervises: None

  4. Fiscal Responsibilities: No

  5. Signature Authorities: No

  6. Level of Interaction: Must be able to work independently and in collaboration with other team members and stakeholders from the local health departments, PIHOA, CDC and other regional partners.

  7. Special Requirements: Though uncommon through appropriate precautions and awareness, may be exposed to neglected tropical, vector-borne and other local infectious diseases present in the USAPIs, rough terrain, inclement weather conditions, high humidity, intense heat and sun, vicious animals, poisonous plants/sea creatures, and travel in small prop planes and/or small boats over rough seas. Must be willing to travel from duty station for long periods of time, as required. Must be able to work in resource-limited, rural environments with limited public infrastructure and communications/IT capabilities.

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The RPHA will have regular interaction with local program managers in the USAPIs via site visits, video-conferences, telephone conferences, and email to provide technical assistance in the areas of project and grants management for grant-funded programs supported by CDC DSLR and NCCDPHP. In addition, the RPHA will work to facilitate and improve communication with/between program managers and CDC staff based in Atlanta.

The priority roles and responsibilities of the RPHA shall be to:

  1. Provide support/technical assistance for the day-to-day management of cooperative agreements supported by NCCDPHP and DSLR (DP 1406, TP17-1701, FEP) to ensure successful program execution. This includes program implementation, fiscal monitoring, post-award amendments, etc.;

  2. Conduct site visits to the USAPIs to assess project and grants management needs and provide recommendations to PIHOA and CDC, including:

    a. Develop or adapt assessment tool, in conjunction with DSLR/NCCDPHP
    b. Determine 2-3 sites to “focus” on for year 1
    c. Develop and implement plan, in collaboration with CDC/Atlanta to provide targeted TA and 
    support in priority sites.

  3. Review public health activities and supporting jurisdictional public health program operations and initiatives;

  4.  Support program managers to formulate/strengthen program and project goals, objectives, operating policies, strategic program plans, guidelines, standards, and priorities;

  5.  Regularly communicate with CDC/Atlanta via email and monthly phone calls and quarterly reports;

  6.  Regularly communicate with USAPI program managers via e-mail, telephone, and site visits; 

  7.  Establish and/or enhance relationships with other local, regional, national, and/or international organizations including PIHOA, Pacific Community (SPC), and World Health Organization (WHO) to collaborate and facilitate the development and integration of public health program initiatives and activities across a broad area;

  8.  Serve as a liaison between awardees, OPHPR, NCCDPHP and the Office of Grants Services (OGS) and responding to inquiries from staff, partners/collaborators, and etc.; and

  9.  Coordinate public health activities and trainings with CDC-assigned staff in the USAPIs and Hawaii.


  1. Submission of monthly invoices and progress reports for consultancy payment to PIHOA that provides full detail and status of times and activities and deliverables at the end of each calendar month.

  2. If position travels, invoices to also include Travel/Trip Reports and other supporting documentation.

  3. Submission of allowable travel reimbursable receipts (calling/internet cards, airport tax, excess luggage, car rental fuel, etc.) as required.

  4. When completed, submission of all final and approved deliverables and reports to PIHOA and CDC.


    Education: Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public Health, or other relevant degree area in the social and health sciences, with preference for Master’s level or above. Equivalent professional experience will also be assessed in lieu of advanced degrees where appropriate.

    Job Experience: Minimum 5 year’s professional experience in positions similar to the RPHA. CDC experience a plus, specifically as a public health advisor, project officer, or grants management specialist and in implementing CDC-funded programs.

    Knowledge and Competencies:

    • Awareness of assigned public health programs and mastery of the theories, concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public health programs and administration;

    • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and regulations to manage and oversee funds and a variety of grants, cooperative agreements, and awards;

    • Expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to review, evaluate, and improve public health program operations;

    • Knowledge of agency program goals and objectives and the relationship with other key programs and key functions internal or external to the agency to define requirements, integrate program activities, assess impact, and/or make decision on use of resources;

    • Knowledge of project management tools and techniques to plan, schedule, implement, closeout, and evaluate complex projects and studies;

    Interpersonal Skills:

    • Knowledge of interpersonal relationship skills to establish and maintain effective and diplomatic working relations.

    • General knowledge and familiarity with the health problems and customs, culture, idiosyncrasies, and mannerisms of diverse and remote jurisdictions.

    • Flexibility and adaptability and ability to work across diverse cultures.

    • Experience working with public health programs in the USAPIs or other countries with similar challenges and unique needs

    Relocation and Travel: Must be able to relocate to the US territory of Guam for the duration of the contract. Must be willing and able to travel in the US and internationally, when required, with possible long durations away from home duty station.

    Citizenship and Other Requirements: Must be a US citizen, or have valid US Green Card, US Permanent Residency Card, or other relevant US visa type that allows for residency and employment in the US and its territories. Must have a valid/current US passport, Green Card, or other relevant US visa. Must have a valid US driver’s license.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS: Requires prolonged sitting and some standing, walking, kneeling, and bending, requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate computer keyboard and office equipment, and to travel in infrastructure and resource-limited and/or rural and jungle/atoll/mountainous environments. Requires normal range of hearing and vision to perform job duties. Requires occasional lifting up to 45 pounds.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Relocation travel airfare, per diem, and associated transit travel lodging from home base to duty station will be covered by PIHOA. Fringe and other benefits are not covered under PIHOA consultancy contracts.

TERM OF POSITION: Temporary Consultancy from time of hire to June 30, 2018, with possibility of renewal/extension pending funding agency approval.

APPLICATION: Submit the following electronically with attention to Emi Chutaro (, Executive Director, and cc to Andrea Whitt (, Office and Program Support Officer, and Regie Tolentino, Office Administrator (, no later than 5pm, February 9, 2018, Hawaii Standard Time:

  1. 1)  Letter of Interest that outlines your overall qualifications and professional experience in response to the Primary Qualifications;

  2. 2)  Curriculum Vitae or Resume; and

  3. 3)  Minimum of two (2) work references current to the last 5 years.

For any enquiries related to this vacancy, please direct them to Emi Chutaro at

Pacific Island Health Officers Association, 737 Bishop Street, Suite 2075, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813. Office Telephone: 808.537.3131. Office Fax: 808.537.6868. Website:

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