US Embassy Careers – Public Health Specialist-Senior District Programming Advisor

Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission
in 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.”
The Public
Health Specialist – Senior District Programming Advisor will be the senior
technical advisor to the Ministry of Health and district health teams for
supporting district-led programming for AIDS-free generation, focusing
specifically on the district health team’s role in exercising its essential
public health functions. Job holder is the senior advisor to the agency on
district-programming, representing the agency at various forums and in
bi-lateral and multi-lateral dialogue. The job holder demonstrates an
understanding of the program environment and Government of Uganda priorities,
constraints, opportunities and strengths, while ensuring that CDC initiatives
are aligned, accordingly. Job holder applies significant scientific, communication,
and coordination skills to reinforce implementation of a Government of
Uganda-led effort to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The job holder harnesses
the power of collaboration with line ministries, CDC, and local governments.
Job holder independently represents CDC in bi-lateral and multi-lateral
dialogue to advance the national imperative for an AIDS-free generation in
Uganda and other public health collaborations of the agency in Uganda. Job
holder applies public health technical leadership, results-oriented analysis,
community-based services knowledge and experience to support programs that
achieve higher levels of quality, efficiency and health service availability
for communities and a higher quality of life for a population affected by
HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  Job holder initiates, plans, coordinates, implements
and evaluates programs designed to enhance capabilities, governance and
functionality of district health teams and their work vis-à-vis implementing
the partners and the national level.  Job holder invigorates support to
Government of Uganda-led response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through support to
Ministry of Health and district-led programming. Job holder works very closely
with the Ministry of Health, other host country ministries, donors, implementing
partners, community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations
(FBOs), international organizations (IOs), regional and community-level groups
in this effort.  Job holder leads efforts to reinforce the portfolio of
capacity-building efforts aimed at reinforcing competencies of district health
teams and health facility staff. The job holder conducts and evaluates
trainings of trainers to roll-out these capacity-building efforts.  
A full copy of the complete
position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available
Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant should hold a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery and
    completion of a master’s degree in public health or a master of science or
    a master of arts in nursing, social work, child development, international
    development, community development, health policy and planning, behavioral
    or social science is required.
  • A
    minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional
    experience in program management as a district health officer or similar
    position within the health system of Uganda is required.
  • Language
    required:  Level IV English ability (fluent written, spoken and
    reading) is required.
  • A
    good understanding of the health services delivery, leadership and
    management, use of data for decision-making, extension of health care
    services to underserved populations/areas and management of health care
    services is required.
  • Robust
    understanding of the legal, policy, and political environments as they
    relate to district health services delivery is required. 
  • An
    in-depth knowledge of the range of programs, policies, regulations and precedents
    applicable to development and administration of national/international
    public health programs 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 HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies,
    methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and
    evaluate results of programs is required.
  • Good
    working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and
    direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required.
    Working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and
    fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/
    purchase requisitions is required.
  • Intimate
    knowledge of Government of Uganda policies and procedures is required.
  • Strong
    oral and written communications skills are required to develop and
    maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and
    international working partners.
  • Leadership
    skills are required to lead results-driven project teams and
  • Ability
    to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and
    implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of
    evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for
    data collection, analysis and reports. 
  • Strong
    skills in interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation are
  • The
    applicant will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in
    applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is
    highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders. 
  • Considerable
    innovation will be required to influence other collaborative
  • Advanced
    user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is
  • Keyboarding
    skills that include good speed and accuracy are required. 
  • Numerical
    skills that include the manipulation of detailed calculations are required.
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
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at

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

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: 12th
August, 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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