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Epidemiologist, Silver Spring, MD US ID# 16953

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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The GEIS Portfolio Manager/Public Health Epidemiologist will support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section.  Management of activities related to infectious disease surveillance across the global Department of Defense (DoD) GEIS laboratory network will be central to this role. Through effective management within the GEIS Program Office, the partner network provides early detection, prevention and response to infectious disease threats of military relevance to key DoD and public health stakeholders.


The Portfolio Manager/Public Health Epidemiologist will support a senior government focus area lead in one or more of the following areas: 1) antimicrobial resistant infections and sexually transmitted infections, 2) enteric infections, 3) febrile and vector-borne infections and 4) respiratory infections.  The Portfolio Manager/Public Health Epidemiologist manages both programmatic and scientific aspects of the portfolio.  Programmatic duties may include development and execution of overall program strategy; reviewing and compiling programmatic and data reports from partners; project monitoring and evaluation; and collaboration with partners to ensure quality performance is maintained. Technical and scientific duties may include providing subject matter expertise in research/clinical laboratory pathogen detection/diagnosis platforms; designing and performing epidemiological analyses in support of the GEIS Program Office and funded partners; utilizing mapping application (e.g., ARC GIS) to display GEIS funded surveillance activities; assisting in coordination with Combatant Commands on infectious disease surveillance requirements for FHP in support of global operations; ensuring projects have the appropriate strategic focus and operational considerations to support FHP as a primary goal; and creating and tracking performance measures through development of appropriate program objectives and indicators.




Key Responsibilities

  • Provide programmatic support to the GEIS Program Office through development and execution of overall program and focus area strategy, project monitoring and evaluation, and epidemiological analysis of program-level infectious disease surveillance data with a focus on generating actionable data for improving force health protection.


  • Provide support to government staff through portfolio management, including: annual proposal review, quarterly scientific evaluation and budget tracking, and monthly data reporting collation and dissemination.


  • Serve as a subject matter expert in epidemiology and infectious disease surveillance in one or more focus areas, including: antimicrobial resistant infections and sexually transmitted infections, enteric infections, febrile and vector-borne infections, and respiratory infections.


  • Serve as a subject matter in laboratory operations, geographic information system mapping, monitoring and evaluation; strategy development; and/or data management and analytics


  • Serve as the point of contact for Principal Investigators with GEIS-funded activities, including: requesting reports, providing feedback on proposals and reports, and coordinating annual proposal submissions.


  • Collect, monitor, analyze, interpret, and summarize surveillance data for the purpose of supporting the data-to-decision initiative and to inform relevant stakeholders, specifically the Geographic Combatant Commands.


  • Provide subject-matter expertise to advance collection, harmonization, analysis, evaluation, collation and translation of scientific data from funded partners.


  • Disseminate the results of surveillance summaries and partner resources via reports, briefings, presentations, manuscripts, websites, and other mediums based on target audiences and the guidance of senior team members.


  • Identify novel laboratory tests/technologies and make recommendations for their incorporation into the GEIS network


  • Assist with coordination of multi-site surveillance activities within the GEIS partner network.


  • Perform ongoing evaluation of GEIS surveillance network, including occasional site visits to DoD partner laboratories and national/international professional conferences.


  • Assist in the collaboration/communication with Intra-and Interagency partners on infectious disease surveillance activities.


  • Assist in the planning and execution of health surveillance conferences and workshops.


  • Attend meetings as requested by Defense Health Agency / AFHSB / GEIS.


  • Support the quality and timely delivery of all work products to the government client.


  • Other duties as assigned.





  • This position does not have supervisory authority




  • Requires a Master degree in epidemiology or public health (or related field).
  • Experience in project and/or portfolio management.
  • Experience in manipulating and analyzing data to support medical or public health decision-making
  • Experience in infectious disease detection, prevention, response, and/or surveillance; awareness of DoD and USG work in these areas is preferred.
  • Experience in statistical analysis software packages, such as SAS or R is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Military Health System (MHS) and DHA desired.
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems software and methodology preferred;
  • Laboratory and/or field experience with infectious disease surveillance preferred;





  • Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Possess excellent skills in organization, attention to detail, and ability to review and digest information from multiple sources.
  • Willingness to travel and perform job duties in poorly developed settings.
  • Team player and collaborates well with professionals.
  • Active Secret clearance preferred; must be able to obtain a Secret clearance.



  • Climate-controlled office during normal business hours.

About Cherokee Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.



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