US Embassy Jobs – Public Health Specialist-Maternal Child Health/PMTCT Team Lead

Organisation: United States Embassy, U. S.
Mission, Uganda

CDC Uganda:
“The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an international public health agency
engaged in HIV prevention and care programs and research activities in Uganda.
CDC offers excellent career opportunities for professional growth, training,
and collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC offices are
located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC is an
agency of the United States Mission in Uganda.
Maternal Child Health/PMTCT Team Lead Public Health Specialist works under the
direction of the Health Services Branch Chief serving as the sole public health
technical expert and agency point of contact for all activities and
programmatic aspects of MCH within the CDC-Uganda office and the region. The
primary responsibility of the position is to provide technical assistance and
training support for maternal health components for the Maternal and Child
Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and to oversee the Prevention of Mother to
Child Transmission (PMTCT) program.
A copy of the complete
position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Public Health
    Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day program and administrative
    management, design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the MCH and
    PMTCT prevention program activities and studies, including coordination and
    collaboration with other USG agencies that implement or support PEPFAR programs
    in Uganda. 
  • The Specialist will serve as a MCH and PMTCT program public health
    specialist advisor to Uganda Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education,
    partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as contractors and
    implementing partners of MCH prevention program activities and studies.
  • The Specialist will be
    required to coordinate funding, reporting, and administration with the
    extramural team to ensure projects are conducted according to guidelines, and
    USG funds are appropriately utilized.
  • This management role
    requires public health technical leadership, results-oriented analysis,
    advocacy, and constant and clear communication with implementing partners,
    which include the Ministry of Health (MOH), other governmental organizations
    and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • The Health Specialist will
    represent CDC/Uganda on MCH and PMTCT issues at technical, policy and strategic
    planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor

Skills & Experience:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with
specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
Education: The applicant should possess a
bachelor’s degree in medicine or  bachelor of surgery and a master’s
degree in public health is required.
Work Experience:  Five years of mid-to-senior level
public health experience in developing, implementing and evaluating MCH
Prevention or other public health programs that involve coordination with an
international agency or implementing partner is required. One additional year
of managerial responsibility with multiple staffing reporting is required 
Language:  Level IV English ability (fluent
written, spoken and reading).
Knowledge:  Comprehensive knowledge of current
MCH/PMTCT issues, prevention activities, community engagement, counseling and
interventions, behavior change, testing, and treatment, particularly in antenatal
settings, is required. An in-depth knowledge of the range of MCH& PMTCT
programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and
administration of national/international public health program is required.
Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures
including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is
required. In-depth specialist knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs,
strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement
and evaluate results of prevention programs is required. Good working knowledge
of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary
project teams and activities is required. Must be conversant with survey design
and questionnaire development and with data management programs, such as Epi
Info, SPSS, SAS, etc. Good working knowledge of overall administrative
requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of
contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
Skills and Abilities: Excellent oral and written
communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships
with national and international health partners are required. Outstanding
interpersonal and communication skills for establishing and maintaining
effective working relationships with a wide variety of collaborating
partners. The incumbent must have sound judgment and excellent analytical
skills to independently resolve problems, overcome barriers to program
implementation, and make appropriate decisions and recommendations related to
program policy and implementation. Intermediate user level of word
processing spreadsheets and databases is required. Numerical skills for data
analysis are required. Keyboarding skills that include speed and accuracy
are required.
to Apply:
Interested candidates for
this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:
1.  Universal
Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member
2.  A combination of
both; i.e. Sections 1-24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicants work
experience attached as a separate sheet.
3.  A current resume
or curriculum vitae.
4. 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.
5.  Any other documentation
(e.g. essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification
requirements of the position as listed above.


Human Resources Office
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Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat
(.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.
Telephone:  0414-259-791/5
 2nd July, 2013
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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