Afghanistan Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Technical Advisor

Afghanistan Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
Technical Advisor

Global Health Development (GHD) and Afghanistan Ministry of Population Health (MoPH) are currently seeking interested candidates for the role of Technical Advisor (TA) for the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in Afghanistan.


The Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) is an in-service training program in applied epidemiology and public health practice modeled after Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). GHD, with the financial support of CDC, is establishing an FETP specifically designed for Afghanistan. This program is intended to establish a sustainable human resource development capacity in the country that is ultimately owned and led by the country. The Intermediate FETP (a one-year program) will focus on public health professionals involved in polio and immunization activities. The program will be within the Afghanistan Public Health Institute (ANPHI), an educational institute within Afghanistan MoPH.

Primary Purpose

The TA (Technical Advisor) position will be technically supporting the Afghanistan FETP program of MoPH. The intended effect resulting from this support will be strengthened capabilities to address public health surveillance and epidemiology-related priorities through capacity building activities offered by the FETP.


The following qualifications are preferred:

  • A medical graduate with MPH (master in public health). PhD in public health is preferred.
  • A graduate or staff member of an FETP or EIS
  • At least 5-year experience in epidemiology/public health.
  • Training experience in epidemiology/public health.
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation of scientific papers at conferences, and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Literate in computer software including word processing, database, spreadsheets, statistical packages, and the Internet.
  • Evidence of good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
  • Experience in training of trainers (TOT) programs
  • The applicant should be an Afghan National


The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Passionate advocate for developing the training program.
  • Evidence of a passion for public health.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal relationships, and skills in team-building, negotiation and conflict management.

Roles and Responsibilities

This is a key technical position with the overall responsibility for the program. The TA is expected to closely collaborate with the Director in conducting day-to-day and strategic activities. Given its key technical role and its critical importance for the program, this position will be hired by the Joint Oversight Committee as outline above. His/her roles and responsibilities include:

  • Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Development of the coursework (theoretical), and fieldwork (practical) activities
  • Provide direct supervision of trainees in the field
  • Participate in the planning, conduction and evaluation of the Train-the-Trainers Workshop
  • Participate in the development of supervisory skills of the Field Supervisors
  • Work with/assist trainees and supervisory staff to design, implement, write-up and present research projects
  • Facilitate interactions between trainees and field supervisors
  • Work with trainees, field supervisors, MoPH and local health staff to strengthen disease surveillance, response and control programs at all levels
  • Participate in trainee selection
  • Monitor and evaluate activities at each field site
  • Assist the FETP Director with any tasks and activities as deemed necessary
  • Be able to travel to provinces for the required field supervision as well as accompany fellows in international conferences.

Duty location

Kabul, Afghanistan


Essential: Medical doctor with postgraduate training in public health and epidemiology from a recognized university or graduates from EIS/EPIET/FETP.

Desirable: Experience in coordination/design/implementation of training programs.



Essential: At least 5 years’ experience in public health and epidemiology services.

Desirable: Experience in designing/delivering/implementing field epidemiology training programs.


Fluent in English and both local Afghan languages (Dari and Pashto)

Deadline for application


Please send your application (letter of motivation and curriculum vitae) by [July 31, 2018] to Ms. Diana Abu Baker <>  

Expected start date

 [October 1, 2018]

Selection process

  • Deadline for application: [July 31, 2018]
  • The interview process will consist of one or more phone interviews with an international panel of senior epidemiologists from: Afghanistan MoPH, GHD and CDC

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position (and translation from an official translating company into English if the diploma has been obtained in a non-English speaking country).

For more information please contact Dr Bashir Normal Director General Afghanistan National Public Health Institute, cell phone No +93 700 28 11 34  7 +93 770 99 62 30 Email: