Earn Over 117m Annually as USAID Project Management Specialist (eMTCT/EID) at United States Embassy / US Mission

Organisation: United States
Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  USAID Office, Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ugshs 117,730,581
to 172,487,987 p.a. inclusive of allowances).
Vacancy Number: 57-15
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
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Peace Corps (PC)
Job Summary: The USAID
Project Management Specialist (eMTCT/EID) (Elimination of Mother to Child
Transmission of HIV/Early Infant Diagnosis will be responsible for implementing
selected portions of the HIV/AIDS Division portfolio in USAID/Uganda, and for
providing full COR/AOR oversight and professional management, implementation,
and direction to an number of programs/projects/activities conducted by
Implementing Partners (IPs) under Contract, Cooperative Agreement, and/or
Grant. The duties include responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of
existing eMTCT and EID programs/projects/activities, and for developing and
implementing new programs/projects/activities, as required. The Specialist
participates with professionals and others throughout the Health and HIV/AIDS
Office, in all Mission Sectors in the planning, design, development,
management, and monitoring of USAID programs/projects/activities. In the course
of the assignment, the Specialist will represent USAID, its activities, and its
programs to senior GoRU counterparts (at Ministerial levels, local government
leaders, counterparts, etc.), to other donor agencies, and to IPs, NGO/PVO
counterparts, and the private sector. The Specialist exercises extensive
judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in resolving problems and
conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. As COR/AOR, the
Specialist will manage a program/project/activity portfolio with an estimated
annual burn rate at or greater than the US$5-10M range.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program/Project Management – 70 %
The USAID Project Management Specialist (eMTCT/EID)
serves as COR/AOR, and is responsible for management, implementation,
evaluation, and monitoring of assigned eMTCT and EID aspects of the HIV/AIDS
Division program/project/activity portfolio.
The Specialist is responsible for advising the Team
Leader, Division Chief and Health and HIV/AIDS Office Chief, the Mission
Director, and others on local matters of importance to PEPFAR eMTCT and EID
programs and on monitoring activities, and for providing management oversight
of IPs implementing managed eMTCT and EID programs/projects/activities. The
program is a major component of the USAID portfolio in Uganda, and is a
critical component of the overall USAID Mission Country Strategy. The
Specialist is instrumental in the achievement of overall strategic goals and
objectives in the eMTCT and EID sectors. The work requires the Specialist to
remain current on overall economic, political, and social trends in Uganda, in
order to analyze those trends in relation to their impact on managed eMTCT and
EID programs/projects/activities, and the Health and PEPFAR program in general.
Data Collection and Analysis – 15%
The Specialist will be responsible for monitoring
and reporting on a wide range of developments in the HIV and Health sector,
especially those that impact the ability to successfully implement programs
related to managed Elimination of Mother To Child Transmission and Early Infant
Diagnosis activities.
The Specialist regularly monitors, analyzes, and
reports on relevant aspects of Ugandan policy, law, and regulation, and on
overall HIV/AIDS, health, and general development issues. Based on an in-depth
understanding of USAID policy, program objectives, and priorities, the
Specialist prepares technical and policy analyses, evaluates sectoral issues,
and provides input to Mission activities outside of the eMTCT, EID, and Health
portfolio, but particularly with respect to the assigned sector.
The Specialist summarizes information and
conclusions in written and oral form for presentation to senior USG, and other,
decision makers, and for incorporation into other Mission activity documents,
as appropriate.
The Specialist organizes field trips, conferences,
and seminars to ensure maximum exposure of stakeholders and decision makers to
emerging trends and various points of view, and for monitoring eMTCT and EID
activities, providing translation as needed; prepares written reports
reflecting a sound understanding of the assigned areas of responsibility, and
that clearly document that a wide variety of sources and points of view have
been consulted in undertaking analyses, and in drawing conclusions; and,
prepares oral and written briefings for the Mission Director, Embassy staff,
and others, on request.
Performance Monitoring – 15%
The Specialist works in cooperation with the
Strategic Information Advisor, the Mission Development Outreach Communication
Unit, and the Mission M&E Specialist to ensure that performance-monitoring
systems for eMTCT and EID programs/projects/activities are in place, and that
periodic, reliable measures and indicators of programs/projects/activities
impact are established.
The Specialist collects and monitors
program/project/activity performance data on an ongoing basis, and prepares
reports of program/project/activity progress for use within the Team, Division,
and Office, and also for the Mission, the region, and for USAID/Washington;
assesses progress in achieving outputs and results for managed activities, and
evaluates and assesses activities as needed; and, continually works to enhance
the achievement of results by periodically reviewing the development context,
results indicators, and activity implementation progress, identifying problem
areas and suggesting solutions.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
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 USAID Project Management
Specialist (eMTCT/EID) should hold an advanced degree, or the local equivalent,
in medicine, public health, social science, or anthropology is required. Possession
of an MPH is preferred.
At least five to seven years of progressively
responsible, professional-level experience in a Public Health-related area is
Past experience must have provided the opportunity
for performing project design, program planning, and/or implementation work.  A minimum of two years’ experience in
development-related work, or related fields, for USAID, other donor agencies,
GoRU organizations, or private-sector institutions which included project
design, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large
amounts of data, is desired.
Comprehensive professional-level knowledge of
development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to
the Elimination 0of Mother to Child Transmission and Early Infant Diagnosis
activities relative to the assignment, and to public health and HIV/AIDS
programs in the Uganda and the region, is required.
The Specialist must have knowledge and understanding
of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of Uganda; the
economic development problems, resources, and resource constraints, and
development prospects and priorities of the GoRU and the region; and, a good
knowledge, or the potential to acquire such knowledge, of USG legislation,
policy, and practice relating to development assistance, of USAID programming
policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation, and of the objectives,
methodology, and status of assigned activities is required.
The Specialist must have broad knowledge and
understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different
branches in the GoRU, in order to enhance effective communication, and to
develop consensus on program/project strategy and implementation plans.
Possess the ability to plan, organize, manage, and
evaluate programs/projects/activities is required.
The Specialist must have excellent verbal
communication skills, tact, and diplomacy in order to establish and develop
sustainable working relations and a high level of trust with senior- and
middle-level GoRU officials, and with public and private organizations, such as
primary USAID technical contacts in the development area.
Verbal communication skills are also used to explain
and interpret GoRU attitudes, priorities, and concerns to USAID officials, and
to negotiate program/project/activity plans and resolve
program/project/activity implementation issues with appropriate GoRU
organizations, technical advisors, IPs, counterparts, and peers.
Excellent writing skills are required in order to
prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers.
Excellent analytical ability is needed to interpret
public policies, and to assist in the development of revised policies, as
required; and, to develop and monitor the performance of budgets, and the
development of periodic work plans.
Skill in project programming, policies, and plans,
and in developing strategies for implementation, is desired.
Possess the ability to work effectively in a team
environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, program/project, and
administrative matters is necessary. The work requires good computer skills in
order to manage eMTCT and EID goals and achievements, both technical and
Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent)
English language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required. A good working
knowledge of one or more local Ugandan languages is desired.
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.
Application To:
Human Resources
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: 16th 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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