IETA International Assignments

International assignments determined to be appropriate for the IETA program will include:

  • A scope of work with a clear objective and specific tasks that will be performed.
  • An in-country supervisor who will be able to evaluate the assignee’s performance.
  • Clear opportunities for the assignee to develop his/her/their professional expertise, demonstrate leadership skills, and make tangible contributions toward the success of the international program.

Performance Appraisal
Certificates of completion are awarded to participants who attend all program workshops and successfully complete an international field assignment (minimum 12 weeks).

The IETA program seeks applicants from a wide variety of professional backgrounds including:

  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trial Design/Management
  • Clinician
  • Communications and Public Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Contract Management
  • Cooperative Agreement/Grant Management
  • Economics
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology/Surveillance
  • Financial Management
  • Global Health
  • Health Education/Health Promotion
  • Human Resources
  • Informatics
  • Information Technology
  • Instructional Design and Facilitation
  • Laboratory Science
  • Law
  • Management and Operations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Partnership Engagement
  • Policy
  • Program Implementation/Management
  • Quality Control
  • Scientific Review and Clearance
  • Scientific Writing
  • Strategic Planning

Since the IETA program began in 1997, over 450 participants have served 14 global health programs in 43 countries.

IETA map. Where we work.

Current as of August 2022

Where CDC Works:
Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Gabon, Guinea, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Previous IETA Field Assignments:
Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, visit  CDC – Global Health – Where We Work

Listen to IETA alumni speak about their experiences

In the videos below, hear straight from IETA alumni about their one-of-a-kind experiences and how IETA impacted their public health career.

Alberto M. Santana, MS
IETA Assignment: Health Communication Specialist, Georgia

Alberto Santana describes his IETA field assignment with CDC’s Georgia country office where he provided technical assistance and consultation to the National Center for Disease Prevention program. Santana welcomed the opportunity to apply his health communication skills in a global setting. He describes how he always had an interest in working in global health.

Anna Satcher Johnson, MPH
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
IETA Assignment: Malaria Policy Consultant, Tanzania

CAPT Anna Satcher Johnson, a CDC epidemiologist, describes why participating in the IETA program was a life-changing experience for her. She completed her IETA field assignment with the Malaria Control Programme in Zanzibar where she applied her surveillance expertise. The experience instilled a new confidence in her both personally and professionally.

Emerson Evans, MPH
IETA Assignment: Acting Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator, South Africa

Emerson Evans talks about his experience as a CDC secondee to the U.S. Department of State’s PEFPAR Coordination Office at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Working at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Public Health Advisor at the time he completed the program, Evans describes IETA as an invaluable opportunity.

Ken Chen, MPH, MS, MBA
IETA Assignment: Acting Country Deputy, South Africa

Ken Chen describes his experience working in South Africa for CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection. Chen explains that he initially thought that his background in finance would limit his opportunities to work internationally but this is not the case. Following IETA, Chen continues to work in global health at CDC.

Maestro Evans, PhD, MSW
IETA Assignment: Acting Operations Branch Chief, Uganda

Dr. Maestro Evans worked on Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcements and operations with CDC in Uganda. A clinical social worker by training, Dr. Evans had always wanted to work in global health. Since finishing the IETA program, he has gone on to work for CDC in Haiti, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Natalia Cales, MPH
IETA Assignment: Acting Associate Director for Operations, Zambia

An Executive Officer with the HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Natalia Cales describes how she leveraged her policy and management background in support of the CDC Zambia office. She worked closely with the Locally Employed Staff on major capital improvement projects. Cales shares the personal reason why IETA was so important to her

Silvina Masciotra, MSc
IETA Assignment: Lab Advisor, Cambodia

Silvina Masciotra describes her experience working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a lab advisor with the CDC country office. A research microbiologist, Masciotra welcomed the opportunity to learn and apply new skillsets while on her IETA field assignment including how to advise local authorities.

Theresa Routh-Murphy, MBA, FAC-C III
IETA Assignment: Contracting Officer, Kenya

Theresa Routh-Murphy explains how she was able to leverage her expertise in contracts management in support of CDC’s KEMRI research platform in Kenya. Routh-Murphy recommends the IETA program to HHS employees of all professional backgrounds and describes the program as the best experience of her career.

Page last reviewed: August 29, 2022
Content source: Global Health