US Embassy Careers - Prevention Branch Chief

Organisation: United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Vacancy Number: 062/2013
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

About CDC:
"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."

Job Summary: The Prevention Branch Chief oversees all HIV/AIDS prevention activities funded by CDC (locally or centrally-funded) and implemented either by CDC or through an implementing partner (i.e. NGO, USAID, or GOU). Incumbent serves with full management and supervisory responsibility for the day-to-day programmatic and administrative operations of the Branch.  Job holder identifies and develops program implementation strategies and policy, and coordinates prevention activities with CDC Uganda Deputy Director for Programs to ensure that prevention implementation activities adhere to best practices. Incumbent reviews, recommends and/or develops proposals/programs for CDC Uganda to implement or to fund. Incumbent has direct supervisory responsibilities for the Bio-Medical and Behavior Team Lead, the Immunization Advisor, an Administrative Assistant, and indirect supervision of nine Public Health Specialists. Job holder reports to the Deputy Director for Programs. 

For a full job description, please visit the link below with all duties and responsibilities on

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The job holder should have completed  a PHD in any of the following: epidemiology, public health, medicine, behavioral or social sciences, health policy, health services research, demography and biostatistics and a Master’s degree in public health, business, business administration, health services management, social policy, project planning and management, public health leadership or public administration OR completion of a bachelors of medicine and bachelor of surgery and a master's degree in public health, business, business administration, health services management, social policy, project planning and management, public health leadership or public administration is required.
  • Eight years work experience in managing large scale public health and/or clinical programs and research is required. Two additional years of experience at the managerial level with multiple staff is required. 
  • Language required:  Level IV English ability (fluent written, spoken and reading).
  • 12Detailed 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.
  • A detailed knowledge of the range of prevention programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international public health prevention 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. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS prevention; combination prevention interventions including HIV counseling and testing, medical male circumcision, treatment, condoms, behavior change, and structural prevention interventions is required.
  • Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues is required.
  • Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national and international health partners are required.
  • Advanced report writing skills.
  • The ability to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups is required. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required. 
  • Keyboarding (both speed and accuracy) and computer skills with experience in using agency specific databases and use of advanced spreadsheet functions is required.
  • Budget oversight and statistical report requires a standard level of numerical skills; excellent project management, planning and organization skills; excellent analytical skills;  
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills. 
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills;
  • Strong motivation and team building skills. Interpersonal, guidance and counseling skills required. 

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

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: 24th September 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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