Public Health Advisor (Bilingual/French)

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Wallops Island, Virginia
Jan 21, 2023
Jan 29, 2023
Full Time

As an Public Health Advisor (Bilingual/French) you will:
  • Serves as a principal representative and provides comprehensive technical and administrative advice and assistance to an assigned international program and/or projects. Responsible for coordinated controversial, unconventional, or novel public health related matters between and among Federal, local, state, and international agencies addressing public health issues.
  • Identifies public health problems and issues. Incumbent draws on his/her judgment, experience, knowledge, in being able to interact with and obtain critical problem information from groups representing lay users, patients, health professionals, CDC partners, including grant recipients, and CDC personnel based in country offices; and integrates this information with problem knowledge gleaned from other sources such as data bases, literature, problem definition studies, surveys, etc.; integrates problem information from a variety of sources to identify the most important issues and problems that have an impact on public health. Issues and problems identified are significant; affect a sizable portion of the national population; sometimes are significant problems that have been identified for the first time which often necessitate new or revised programs to address user problems noted.
  • Establishes and or applies evaluation criteria and standards for multiple programs to measure monitor and ensure standards of adequacy, appropriate law, regulatory, and policy compliance requirements, and program effectiveness are met.
  • Independently, or as part of a team, carries out public health projects and/or programs. Designs, develops, implements, manages, and evaluates all aspects of a complex, politically sensitive, or developmental special project or program within an assigned area.
  • Provides high level advisory services to agencies and organizations in developing, extending, and/or improving public health systems, public health strategies, communications, and services. Analyzes existing or proposed activities. Identifies needs for improvement and methods and resources required to accomplish improvements.
  • Performs difficult and complex advisory and assistance functions. Provides comprehensive technical and administrative advice and assistance to the assigned international projects or programs. Resolves difficult management and administrative problems that prevent effective program application.
  • Performs difficult and complex advisory and assistance functions. Provides comprehensive technical and administrative advice and assistance to an assigned domestic or international project or program. Resolves difficult management and administrative problems that prevent effective program application.
  • Manages awards, grants, cooperative agreements, and comparable funding sources for high level contracts. Exercises full management responsibility for initiating, administering, and/or closing out grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation may be required.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Drug Screening Required: No
  • Promotion potential: Yes. This position has promotion potential to12. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your meeting qualifications and time-in-grade requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the higher-level duties, the continuing need for the higher-level duties, and administrative approval. Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.
  • Supervisory position: No
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Public Trust/Moderate Background Investigation (5) is required.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The Federal government, as the largest employer in the Nation, can and should show the way towards achieving drug-free workplaces through programs designed to offer drug users a helping hand, and at the same time demonstrating to drug users and potential drug users that drugs will not be tolerated in the Federal workplace. The use of illegal drugs, on or off duty, by Federal employees is inconsistent not only with the law-abiding behavior expected of all citizens, but also with the special trust placed in such employees as servants of the public. Applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and be subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing upon hiring. If required to submit to urinalysis, the appointment to the position will be contingent upon a negative applicant drug test result. In order to demonstrate commitment to the HHS goal of a drug-free workplace and to set an example for other Federal employees, employees not in a testing designated position may volunteer for unannounced random testing by notifying their Drug-free Federal Workplace Program Point of Contact upon hiring.


Basic Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications for GS-9:
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.
Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience in assisting with providing advice and evaluating the effectiveness of public health programs, policies and activities.
Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D., if related.
Have a combination of experience and education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

Additional information

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-D4-23-11779682 under delegated examining procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under delegated examining procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Positions may be available in multiple locations across the United States, along with telework and remote opportunities, based on the hiring agency and the agency's remote/telework/virtual work policy.

The salary listed is Rest of U.S. (RUS). Locality pay will be adjusted to reflect location negotiated after selection. If selected, you will be required to sign a Workplace Flexibilities Agreement. Find more information on locality and pay scales .

Positions may be available in multiple locations across the United States, or eligible for telework and remote work opportunities, based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Workplace Flexibilities Policy.

To Remain an Active Duty USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer
  • Join more than 6,500 highly qualified public health professionals as part of the U.S. Public Health Service. Overseen by the Surgeon General, you will be part of an elite and diverse team of professionals essential to public health leadership and exemplary clinical service.
  • PHS Officers interested in performing the duties of this position with the Commissioned Corps, you are welcome to apply and receive a courtesy referral. Note that a courtesy referral is not a competitive civil service process and does not provide civil service status for the selected employee. Click Here for the comparison chart of Commissioned Corps ranks to civil service, which advises you on potential billet rankings.
Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide.

Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.

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

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If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .