PIHOA Position Vacancy:
Regional NCD Surveillance Officer
PIHOA is currently recruiting for multiple vacancies, full-time and consultant positions throughout the Pacific. Additional vacancies can be found on the Careers Page of the PIHOA website.
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Regional Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Surveillance Officer (RNSO)
Full-Time, Exempt
Honolulu, Hawaii
Open Until Filled
The PIHOA Regional Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Surveillance Officer (RNSO) is a team member of PIHOA’s Regional Epidemiology Unit (REU) and will be based at the PIHOA Honolulu Office. The position and its continuation depend on PIHOA’s program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Under the oversight of PIHOA’s Regional Health Information Systems and Performance Improvement Coordinator (RHPIC) and the direction of the Regional Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiologist (RNCDE), the RNSO will provide technical support to USAPI health agencies to strengthen regional and local NCD surveillance systems and capacities, including but not limited to:

  1. NCD data analytics and reporting.
  2. Development and refinement of local epidemiology and surveillance systems plans.
  3. Improvement of local and regional NCD reporting and profiling.
  4. Provision of direct on-site and remote NCD epidemiological and technical surveillance support.
  5. Provides on-site and remote technical assistance (TA) for the local NCD population and other surveys/data collection activities.

The RNSO, as a team member of PIHOA’s REU, will also assist the RPHIC and RCDE via:

  1. Adjunct faculty support to deliver PIHOA’s Strengthening Health Interventions in the Pacific (SHIP)/Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) courses in interested USAPI health departments.
  2. Serve as a SHIP Epidemiology Mentor to coach and mentor SHIP students and graduates on an ongoing basis.
  3. Serve as an epidemiology/surveillance subject matter expert (SME) and mentor to PIHOA’s Pacific Public Health Fellowship Program (PPHFP) Fellows undergoing SHIP training.

More specifically, the RNSO will provide scientific expertise, analyze NCD epidemiological data, and interpret findings to inform regional and local NCD interventions and policies and local program design, improvement, and evaluation. Under the RHPIC and RNCDE, the RNSO will also support effective and meaningful collaborations with the local health department and NCD program leadership and coordinators to collect, analyze, and utilize data for strengthening program design and delivery and impact. When requested, the RNSO will also support the compilation of regional and local NCD statistical reports/profiles, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national/regional/international conferences. The RNSO will also support the RHPIC and RNCDE to coordinate with other local and regional/international partners’ NCD response efforts in the USAPIs. This position is required to travel extensively throughout the USAPIs, and at times, across the wider Asia-Pacific region and the US mainland. 
  • Education: Master’s degree in Epidemiology or a related field such as health statistics, biostatistics, or health informatics from an accredited academic institution.
  • Job Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of practical epidemiological work experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience provided that the minimum degree requirements are met. Experience in designing, conducting, evaluating, and interpreting epidemiological studies or investigations is required. Knowledge of NCDs and best practices in NCD surveillance and control, including interpretation and evaluation of statistical data to improve NCD program design and impact, is highly preferred.
  • Job Knowledge: Familiarity with US non-profit/501(c)3 administration and US federal guidelines for non-profits is a plus; intermediate to advanced knowledge of the principles and best practices of public health, including health service delivery and health professional development in low-resource settings; experience in working with and supporting multi-disciplinary teams working across multiple locations; able to effectively communicate with respect and diplomacy with a range of people from differing backgrounds, value systems, cultures, religious affiliations, and varying degrees of English-speaking and writing competencies; proficiency in statistical computer software packages and applications for data analytics is required, including applicable knowledge of epidemiological practices, analytical methodologies and procedures; and, familiarity with relevant medical terminology, and understanding of human development and disease theory.
  • Other Requirements: Must have advanced English written and oral communication skills; must be proficient in Microsoft Office software applications (e.g., MS Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and Access).
  • Travel: Must be willing and able to travel in the US mainland, Asia-Pacific region, and internationally, when required, with possible long durations away from home duty station, including working in low-resource settings.
  • Citizenship and Other Requirements: Must be a US citizen or have a valid US Green Card, US Permanent Residency Card, Resident Alien, or other relevant US visa that allows for residency and employment in the US and its territories. Please be advised that PIHOA does not pay for passport and visa expenses. These must be valid and in good standing before PIHOA employment. PIHOA reserves the right to conduct security and background checks on successful applicants. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit the following electronically, with attention to Allison Ikeda (hr@pihoa.org), HR Administrator:

  1. Letter of Interest that outlines your overall qualifications and professional experience in response to the Primary Qualifications listed above.
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae; and
  3. Minimum of three (3) professional references - these references must be from current and past employment supervisors based on the last 8-10 years of employment.

For any enquiries related to this vacancy, please direct them to Allison Ikeda at hr@pihoa.org and/or Dr. Haley Cash, Regional NCD Epidemiologist, at haleyc@pihoa.org.
Established in 1986 by the chief health officials of the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau, the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) is a 501(c)3 headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, with a field office in Hågatña, Guam. PIHOA’s mission is to provide, through collective action and decision-making, a credible regional voice for health advocacy in and for the Pacific.

Today, PIHOA’s membership is comprised of the ministers/directors/secretaries of health (executive governing board) of the six USAPIs, their deputies and Chief Executive Officers of local public hospitals (associates), and Pacific regional professional associations (affiliates). PIHOA’s Secretariat, comprised of twenty executive, administrative and technical staff and a number of short and long-term consultants, have been tasked to provide technical assistance to the USAPI health ministries and departments in the following health systems strengthening areas: 1) health workforce development/human resources for health; 2) epidemiology and surveillance; 3) performance improvement; 4) laboratory services; 5) regional health policy and advocacy; 6) health security, and 7) leadership development.