Birth Defects Specialist

Birth Defects Specialist

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Expected Start Date: September 30, 2016

Expected End Date: December 31, 2018

Apply by: September 15, 2016

JOB DESCRIPTION: To serve as Birth Defects Specialist to strengthen capabilities to address Zika related programs.  The incumbent will work closely with the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) and CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) focusing on activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.


The incumbent will serve as the Birth Defects Specialist to provide substantial input in the day-to-day technical and scientific planning, implementation, and analysis of scientific research studies conducted by other scientists.

Project Implementation:

  • Oversee the design, implementation and coordination of epidemiological and scientific studies in birth defects among FETP residents (specifically funded mini grants).
  • Provide consultation, expertise and guidance in the area of applied research methodology, technical guidance, and surveillance program development.
  • Develop prevention strategies and programs to reduce the number of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
  • Develop curriculum on birth defects training relevant to FETP residents
  • Assist in delivering birth defects curriculum in select countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Surinam, Central America, Caribbean/Guyana, Dominican Republic)
  • Coordinate FETP activities with the CDC National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Program Support:

  • Help monitor and evaluate quality of programs
  • Train locally employed staff as needed. 
  • Coordinate technical aspects of the program with locally employed staff.

Desired Skills:

  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to speak to groups, including professional staff, providers and parents.
  • Ability to facilitate group discussion and chair meetings, which may include focus groups in the community.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word and Excel
  • 3 years of work experience in birth defects

Staff Development:

  • Attends conferences/meetings and reviews literature in order to stay abreast of current knowledge and issues.

LOCATION: This position may be based anywhere, but travel is required (see below).

TRAVEL: 25-50% domestic and/or international travel is required to countries in the Americas or elsewhere.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six-year program related experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Spanish language skills are required for this position.
  • Global public health experience is recommended. 
  • Master’s degree in a field related to the program
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Prior experience in donor and partner relations
  • Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills; high attention to detail and quality
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Previous experiences working on international projects

If you have any questions related to this position, please contact Mariana Mansur at:

The above statements are intended to describe the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the personnel so classified. The start date for the position will be subject to funds availability.

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