Research Opportunity Description
Development and Evaluation Fellowship
Office of the Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A fellowship is available within the Learning Office (LO) of the Office of the Director in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). LO is responsible for developing and executing CDC’s preparedness and response learning strategy. The office has oversight and coordination responsibilities related to analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of workforce development programs that target both internal CDC responders and external audiences with public health preparedness and response responsibilities.
The selected participants will have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of LO Programs that may include:
- Meta-Leadership Initiative (MLI) – a collaborative effort intended to foster leadership development, multi-sector networking, and community action in the context of disaster preparedness and response. From 2006 until 2011, MLI delivered 36 Summits nationwide research close to 5,000 leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors. Although MLI ended in 2011, assistance is needed to develop manuscripts related to program and evaluation findings. In addition, assistance is needed to develop plans for additional projects that would define relationships and responsibilities regarding the use of funds for selected implementation of projects based on recommendations from MLI.
- Building a Learning Community & Body of Knowledge – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA) requested that the CDC Foundation, in partnership with OPHPR’s LO, contribute to the development and implementation of its “Whole Community” approach to emergency management. The Whole Community approach states that preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from a disaster requires a method in which the entire community is empowered to work together as partners within government, non-profit, and the public and private sector.
- Enhancing Personal & Family Preparedness of the CDC Workforce – Aligning with the Whole Community approach, this project will design and conduct an education and training intervention to increase awareness about personal and family preparedness, as well as increase the number of CDC staff who are prepared for a disaster in their community.
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Initiative – NIMS provides a consistent, nationwide template to enable all levels of government, as well as non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to work together to prevent, respond to, and recover from incidents. Federal guidance regarding the adoption of NIMS by all Federal, state, and local departments and agencies is outlined in HSPD-5 and HSPD-8. The CDC NIMS Training Initiative aims to prepare the CDC workforce to effectively respond to public health emergencies and to promote compliance with established Federal directives and Agency policy regarding the implementation of NIMS. OPHPR LO is responsible for the monitoring, analysis, and reporting of NIMS training compliance across the OPHPR and the Agency.
Opportunities may include:
- Development of project plans
- Quantitative and qualitative data collection, data cleaning, data management, analyses, synthesis of findings, and reporting
- Literature reviews and environmental scans
- Communication of results to various audiences through writing, editing, and developing monthly reports, presentations, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
- A Master’s degree or higher in public health, behavioral sciences, statistics, or a related field received within the last five years.
- Experience with public health, emergency management, and/or the government is preferred.
- Experience writing for scientific and academic audiences, conducting literature searches and environmental scans, and research methodology and reporting is also desired.
How to Apply:
To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of CDCrpp@orau.org. Please reference CDC-OPHPR-2013-0029 in all communications.