Earn over 117m Annually as Public Health Specialist (Care and Support) at United States US Embassy / Mission

Organisation: United States
Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Entebbe, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ug shs
117,730,581 to 172,487,987 p.a. inclusive of allowances).
About US 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 (CDC)
·        
Peace Corps (PC)
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.
Job Summary: The Public
Health Specialist (Care and Support) will be one of two HIV/AIDS public health
specialist responsible for the implementation, coordination, monitoring and
evaluation of assigned HIV care and support program activities and report
compliance and administrative record keeping with the implementing partners to
ensure projects are conducted in accordance with the implementing agreement and
that USG funds are appropriately utilized. The job requires public health
technical knowledge, results-oriented analytical skills, advocacy, and constant
and clear communication with implementing partners, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs), and host country ministries responsible for public health
and OVC programs that are funded under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda. The incumbent’s duties include technical
support, advice and guidance, day-to-day program and administrative management,
and coordination and collaboration with colleagues of other agencies and public
health entities that administer PEPFAR-funded programs in Uganda. He /s she
also coordinates funding, report compliance and administrative recordkeeping
with the implementing partners to assure projects are conducted in accordance
with the implementing agreement and that USG funds are appropriately utilized.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.
Program Management (70%)
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Steers CDC/PEPFAR in implementing programs to
deliver effective services to children and youth orphaned or made vulnerable
due to HIV/AIDS and their families.
·        
Works closely with other PEPFAR technical staff to
design and implement age-appropriate, gender sensitive strategies, including
volunteer and community mobilization with appropriate evaluations.
·        
The incumbent will promote a continuum of care by
strengthening district social sector platforms for organizational capacity
building, direct service delivery, referral and data collection. The position
is specifically responsible for the technical management of service complex
cooperative agreements and is the technical lead for all OVC programs and budgets.
·        
Routinely monitors quality of OVC activities;
develops and guides the use of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools to
track and monitor community care and OVC related activities.
·        
Ensures validity of data and authorizes entry in
appropriate data base.
·        
Takes part in the design and development of
protocols for operational research studies and program guidelines.
·        
Works in liaison with agency headquarters and
external partners to ensure that all program activities and study protocols
meet human subjects review requirements and pass through ethical review.
·        
Significantly contributes to the development,
implementation, and evaluation of the OVC strategy, and assesses the impact of
interventions and activities.
·        
Manages the development of OVC related training
materials, implementation manuals, guides, policies etc.
·        
Works in close collaboration with USG partners, MOH,
MOGLSD and other stakeholders to identify OVC support and training needs and
strategies, including external TA visits, to meet those needs. Evaluates OVC
and training programs for appropriate content and recommends changes to assure
accurate and current scientific and social.
·        
The incumbent ensures the unique needs of children
and youth aged 0-18 who are orphaned or made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS are
addressed in the development, implementation, coordination and supervision of
prevention, care and treatment activities conducted by PEPFAR, Uganda.
·        
The incumbent develops country operations plan
(COP), annual work plans and regular progress on issues related to needs
assessment and quality service delivery for Care and Support OVC and their
families.
·        
The incumbent also stays abreast of current
international good practices and provides technical expertise, guidance and
analysis of current programmatic interventions in Uganda.
·        
The ideal candidate will also be responsible for the
initial development and ongoing management of one or more program activities
designed to meet the objectives of PEPFAR HIV/AIDS care and support (C&S)
OVC programs in Uganda.
·        
Offers technical support and direction to grantees,
program collaborators and contractors on management and implementation of care
and support activities to ensure consistency with PEPFAR policies and guidance
and host country policy regulations.
·        
Participates with partners in the development of
work plans for implementation of activities following cooperative agreement
awards.
·        
Working closely with mid-level host government
staff, implementing partners, and agency and inter-agency colleagues, incumbent
is required to follow closely all programs under his/her purview to assure that
the specific objectives are achieved and/or appropriate remedial activities are
instituted.
·        
Work collaboratively with strategic Information
colleagues, job holder develops program evaluation strategies, methodologies
and indicators for monitoring HIV/AIDS care and support OVC programs in
accordance with standard guidelines and protocols.
·        
Provides advice and recommendations to care and
support Team Lead in interpreting data on health objectives and indicators
related to specific HIV/AIDS C&S and OVC activities.
·        
Provides updated technical information to partners
as it becomes available. Uses monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data to
report progress to key stakeholders.
·        
Coordinates on-the-job training sessions to ensure
partner staff is advised of current care and support OVC protocols.
·        
The incumbent will prepare and submit oral and
written reports on the progress of assigned program activities for an audience
that includes agency and post management, other agency PEPFAR officials.
Reporting responsibilities are monthly, quarterly and annually.
·        
As a Care and Support Public health Specialist, job
holder oversees the public health technical aspects in development of the Scope
of Work, Funding Opportunity Announcement, Request for Application, or Annual
Program Statement and reviews applications, supplemental awards, and requests
for extensions for activities under his/her purview. Once grant/cooperative
agreement/contract is in place, oversees performance of cooperating
partners/contractors, carries out technical reviews, reviews progress,
identifies potential issues and informs supervisor, recommending actions for
amelioration.
2.
Administrative Management (15%)
·        
The incumbent will be in charge of updating and maintaining
files and records in the Care and Support OVC data collection specific to the
activities/programs for which incumbent is responsible. Program files include
reports, meeting summaries and minutes, copies of all grants/cooperative
agreements/contracts, research determinations, panels, and awards. Whenever
possible these records will be filed electronically and entered into the
reference system.
·        
The incumbent also prepares and presents briefings
for visitors, and manages support staff responsible for making arrangements for
visits.
·        
Works in close coordination with the supervisor,
controls site visits or segments of site visits for agency and inter-agency
PEPFAR senior-level officials.
3.
Interagency Coordination (15%)
·        
Participates in agency and inter-agency technical
working groups, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with
collaborators and donor agencies.
·        
The incumbent will focus on non-duplication of
services provided by USG agencies, cooperative partners and contractors and
will share strategies to influence other organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS care
and support OVC programs to adopt a collaborative approach to program
activities.
·        
Briefs agency officials on the results of such
meetings and prepares written reports for submission to other interested
parties.
·        
He / she may be required to serve as a member and
advisor on national committees for HIV/AIDS care and support or OVC issues. The
purpose of these committees is to assess program needs and issues at the local
level and communicate these needs/issues to the national level.
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 US Embassy Public Health
Specialist (Care and Support) job opportunity should hold a master’s degree in
Public Health or Master’s degree in social sector planning and management with
background in Sociology, Social Work and Social Administration, Behavioral
Science, Social Sciences, Child Psychology, and Children’s health care or
closely related field required.
·        
At least five years mid to senior level public
health experience providing support/guidance to regional and/or national level
Health or HIV/AIDS care and support programs for children and youth including
experience in managing OVC programs or closely related activities,
conceptualizing, designing, managing and evaluating care and support
interventions for children in countries aimed at improving public health or
HIV/AIDS and OVC services, preferably in Uganda.
·        
Comprehensive working knowledge of current HIV/AIDS
issues, care and support program design, implementation and evaluation is
required. Subject matter expert on HIV prevention or palliative care for highly
vulnerable children.
·        
Broad perspective and thorough knowledge of the
principles of community mobilization, public health programs and practice.
Familiarity with approaches to strengthen OVC programs in non-formal and/or
formal education settings is strong desired.
·        
Comprehensive knowledge of the roles of N/C/FBOs in
Uganda social services is required along with awareness of strategies, methods,
processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate these
programs in an international setting.
·        
Detailed working  knowledge of donor-funded project design,
implementation, monitoring, and evaluation and general knowledge of health
issues, practices and OVC in Uganda.
·        
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 care and support programs is
required.
·        
Excellent oral and written communications skills are
required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships
with national and international working partners.
·        
Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new
program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
·        
Computer literacy i.e, intermediate user level of
word processing, spreadsheets and proprietary databases is required.
·        
Excellent numerical skills for data analysis are
required. Keyboarding skills that include speed and accuracy are required.
·        
Skilled in working with OVC Households in PEPFAR
relevant OVC Core areas; and ability to acquire or learn OVC legislation,
strategic priorities, and technical management and administrative requirements.
·        
Language Proficiency: Level IV
(fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English is 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.
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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: 24th August 2015
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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