2 USAID United States US Embassy Career Jobs - Food Security Specialist

Organisation: USAID United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: USAID, Economic Growth Office, Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Number: 064-2014                                 
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ugshs87,633,842to 127,342,874 p.a. inclusive of allowances).

About Embassy:
Welcome to the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.

Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Peace Corps

Job Summary: The primary responsibility of the Food Security Specialist is to manage USAID activities and programs that combat the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, improve food security, and prevent or mitigate food security crises and complex emergencies. The incumbent is an essential member of the Economic Growth team and Vulnerable Populations Unit and responds to the Vulnerable Populations Unit Leader.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Activity Management: Serve as activity manager for development and emergency programs that relate to food security, food assistance, agriculture, nutrition or disaster preparedness. Serve as Alternate Mission Disaster Relief Officer.
  • Advise and monitor all aspects of implementing partner programs, including technical work plans, performance reports, budgets and resource pipelines through regular and consistent site visits.
  • Mobilize resources to quickly respond to changing food security situations and crises in Uganda; review and evaluate funding requests and proposals.
  • Guide and participate in Data Quality Assessments and evaluations for relevant food security activities.
  • Prepare necessary correspondence, documents, and reports and maintain records and files. Maintain close working relations with relevant USAID Offices in Washington and Nairobi. (50% of time)
2. Strategic Guidance: Offer technical guidance and expertise on food security issues by Identifying development assistance needs and achievable results, in collaboration with GOU and partners, UN and private agencies,
  • Responsible for maintaining dialogue with and obtaining support from partners and stakeholders,
  • In charge of supporting USAID/Uganda efforts to obtain AID/W agreement on results and financing, and country and Mission-level approvals to initiate development activities.
  • Provide a full range of consultative, advisory, and analytical services on food security, humanitarian assistance and resilience issues. (20%)
3. Relationship Management: Develop and maintain relations with private, public and international stakeholders in food security and humanitarian assistance to insure coordination of activities, support best practices, and build partnerships.
  • Actively monitor and report on Government of Uganda policies affecting relevant USAID programs.
  • Work closely with Uganda government Ministries and institutions regarding relevant government strategies to improve food security, including the Karamoja Integrated Development Program and Peace, Recovery and Development Plan.
  • Actively engage senior leaders at all levels within the GOU (national and regional/district) District Disaster Management Committees, PVOs, NGOs, and UN and donor officials, on all issues related to food security, humanitarian assistance, relief and resilience. Represent USAID in donor coordination committees. (15%).
4. Strategy Development and Program Design: Support and work with other Mission members to develop the Mission's country strategy statement and operation plan in the areas of food aid and humanitarian assistance.
  • Actively collaborate closely with the stakeholders within the Mission to conceive, develop, and implement programs and activity related to food security, humanitarian assistance and resilience, particularly in the Karamoja region.
  • Actively participate in program design, including the preparation of Scopes of Work and Requests for Proposals, and serve on Technical Evaluation
Perform any other duties as may be assigned (5%).

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The ideal candidate for the 2 USAID Food Security Specialist careers should hold a Master’s degree in public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance or other related field.
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible management-level experience in development programming, six years of which must be in the food security sector. 
  • The incumbent must have demonstrated expertise specific to food aid management that includes the following: design, management or evaluation of international food assistance activities (to include in-kind food, cash transfers or cash voucher programs); managing food aid commodity procurement and/or transport; providing rapid responses to quick onset emergencies.
  • This should include experience working either for a donor Agency, multinational or non-governmental organizations, Government of Uganda organizations or private sector institutions involving project management, monitoring and budgeting.  T
  • The incumbent must have transition environment experience relevant to northern Uganda and Karamoja.
  • Good knowledge of Ugandan stakeholders in the agriculture, food aid and emergency sectors.
  • The incumbent is expected to possess the necessary technical training, administrative skills/abilities.
  • Excellent communication, Interpersonal and Analytical Skills
  • Possess  advanced computer skills, to include knowledge of Microsoft word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation programs;
  • The incumbent must be able to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under the pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time in the performance of daily duties and responsibilities.  In this key position, the ability to adapt to the existing management team by being a good listener and a team builder is required.
  • The incumbent is required to have the ability to follow oral instructions and to organize, prioritize and follow through on all assignments with little or no oversight, and the ability to remain calm in a fast moving work environment. 
  • Possess the ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with little clear guidance is necessary.
  • The incumbent is required to understand and appreciate the Mission's strategic direction, its chief accomplishments and its challenges in order to articulate the rationale, objectives and priorities for the provision of U.S. Government food aid, emergency aid and agricultural development assistance to Uganda.
  • Possess the ability to formulate and present expert analyses on complex emergencies and situations, from personal observations, surveys, journal articles, and other documents, and demonstrated ability to express views clearly and logically before groups and individuals verbally or in writing.
Language Requirement:  This position requires Level IV (fluency) in both written and spoken English.

How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) Download it Here.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
  • Any other documentation (e.g. essays, transcripts/certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov.

NB: Only electronic submissions will be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject area of the email submission.

Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.

Telephone:  0414-306001/259-791/5

Deadline: 10th November, 2014

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.


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