United States Embassy US Peace Corps Careers – Program Manager, Global Health Service Partnership Program (GHSP)

Organisation: United
States Embassy US Peace Corps
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Director of
Programming and Training (DPT)

Vacancy
Announcement No.:
2016-004
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
About Peace Corps in Uganda:
Peace Corps is an international
autonomous agency of the US Government with operations in over 65 countries. It
operates in Uganda by the invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps
Uganda has a memoranda of understanding with government ministries that outline
broad areas of agreement of cooperation regarding the work of Peace Corps
Volunteers in Uganda. Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government
agencies and organizations, community based organizations, universities,
colleges and schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity
building in Literacy Education, Health, Agriculture and Medical and Nursing
Education; also aims to build cultural understanding between Americans and
Ugandans.
Job Summary:  The Program Manager, The Global Health Service
Partnership program (GHSP) will provide management and technical leadership to
the GHSP program; to creatively determine the best utilization of the Volunteer
skills and abilities to build education capacity of Uganda medical, nursing and
other health professionals by seeking optimum placements that translate host
country assistance requests into viable, effective projects; to provide
technical and personal support to assigned Peace Corps Response Volunteers; and
to ensure the maintenance of a quality Peace Corps program overall. The GHSP
Program Manager works as part of a Programming and Training team with day to
day guidance from the Director of Programming and Training (DPT) and collaborates
closely with the Administrative Unit.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Programming and Management
(40% of time):
In charge of
developing and maintaining the GHSP project that reflects and serves the needs
of Uganda. The duties include;
  • Coordinate
    with relevant government ministries and stakeholders for successful
    implementation of GHSP program
  • Identify
    the country issues and dynamics through research and dialogue in
    conjuction with Peace Corps staff and PCVs, to develop GHSP projects which
    reflect and serve the needs of the country.
  • Offers
    support to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) initiative and other
    inter agency initiatives which Peace Corps as a US Government entity
    commits to support with specific reportable training and / or service as
    agreed and determined as the respective programs mature
  • Ensure
    all applications for GHSP and other PCRVs for professional capacity
    building from prospective host organizations are collected, filed and
    details shared with Peace Corps Headquarters.
  • Conducts
    visits to potentials volunteer sites to determine their suitability of
    Volunteer placement
  • Ensures
    timely processing of professional practicing licenses for the Volunteers
  • Collects
    some monitoring data and reports strategic information as required by the
    Peace Corps Uganda country program and headquarters.
  • Advocates
    for, communicates and promotes other funding opportunities that may be
    used to support GHSP Uganda country program including small grants
  • Renders
    support in identifying and facilitating procurement of items to support
    the program
  • Participates
    with PCHQ and SEED as liaison to PC Uganda to ensure appropriate levels of
    information is shared and identifies areas for policy and procedure review
    and development.
  • Survey
    potential PCRV sites and evaluating all aspects including opportunities
    for meaningful work, living conditions and opportunities for community
    involvement.
  • Mentors
    and supervises the GHSP Program Specialist
  • Co-develops
    and maintains relationships key to the Project advisory Committee and
    through this and other efforts, establishes working relationships with the
    host country government, communities, non-government organizations and
    other institutions to encourage effective participation and support for
    PCV projects.
2. Volunteer Support and
Safety (25% of time)
  • Provides
    timely, locally appropriate technical, personal and administrative support
    to PCRVs through site visits, office time, correspondences and other
    communications.
  • Maintains
    communication with and provides support for each Volunteer.
  • Carries
    out regular site visits to provide technical support and to monitor PCV’s
    project work and personal adaptation.
  • Supports
    PCVs evaluate their work and plan for the future.
  • Serve
    as Champion for Volunteers (GHSP and non-GHSP) as assigned
  • Prepare
    site visit reports indicating any required follow-up
  • Provides
    counselling to Volunteers experiencing cultural adaptation, site or job
    assignment problems.
  • Conducts
    meetings with Volunteers’ supervisors/counterparts and or ministry
    officials to maintain relationships, secure feedback on satisfaction of
    Volunteers’ services and problem solve Volunteer related issues.
  • Proactively
    identifies possible Volunteer safety and security issues during
    interactions with and or their supervisors/counterparts and assists with
    MS-270 compliance
3. Volunteer Training (30% of
time)
  • Plans
    and coordinates with training staff orientation for GHSP Volunteers plus
    any other specialized training required throughout the service for
    successful work and cultural adaptation in the country.
  • Work
    closely with training staff to draft the Calendar of Training Events
    (COTE) to ensure that GHSP are provided orientation and training to
    achieve the necessary local competence levels.
  • Coordinates
    with GHSP Washington and  the two other
    pilot countries as appropriate to plan the US orientation and to plan and
    deliver related orientation and training.
  • With
    support from language and cross cultural coordinator, participates in the
    development of a language strategy complete with basic core competencies
    and learning objectives for the response Volunteers’ training.
  • Assists
    the training team in the development of training designs that prepare
    PCRVs to meet the objectives for assignments in the respective
    institutions including development of training implementation plans for
    GHSP initiative
  • In
    charge of designing and facilitating sessions for orientation and
    in-service trainings.
4. Monitoring, Reporting and
Evaluation – MRE (10% of time)
  • Coordinates
    and collects GHSP data and information from PCVs as determined; conducts
    evaluative and reflective activities regarding the project and related PC
    activities, and writes and contributes reports on GHSP projects. The
    duties include:
  • Ensure
    GHSP data monitoring and collection meets agency and SEED standards
    including creating/refining monitoring systems, development of evaluative
    criteria, monitoring forms and standard reporting procedures
  • Learns
    how to use all relevant reporting tools and operations and mentors other
    staff and Volunteers on them
  • Provides
    timely, technical, relevant and supportive feedback on individual
    Volunteer monitoring report submissions
  • Takes
    part in monitoring and evaluation meetings and activities and creates
    draft documents for the integrated Planning and Budget (IPBS), the annual
    Peace Coprs reporting, Project Status Reviews (PSRs), Training Status
    Review (TSRs), Congressional Reports and Peace Corps Uganda Annual Report.
  • Writes
    GHSP programming documents including reports, success stories and articles
    for various Peace Corps media to tell the story and to assist in
    recruitment.
  • Regular
    review tools, protocols and other documents for Institutional Review Board
    (IRB) approval
5. Other (5% of time)
  • Periodically
    serves as post duty officer responsible for weekend and after-hour emergencies
  • Perform
    other duties as assigned by the CD or the DPT to assist Peace Corps
    successfully carry out its mission in Uganda
  • These
    include coordinating special project initiatives.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a University degree in Medicine and
    Surgery
  • At
    least five years’ experience interacting at a senior level with the
    Ministry of Health, or Education or Medical/Nursing training institution.
  • Excellent
    computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet programs;
    excellent command of English, both spoken and written; native ability in
    spoken and written at least one Ugandan language.
  • Possess
    the ability to work independently; good organization and time management
    skills; willingness to take the initiative; excellent teamwork skills,
    strong service attitude; personal integrity; strong interpersonal skills,
    strong interest in Uganda’s development
  • Ability
    to work on a regular Monday to Friday schedule with evening and weekend
    hours when necessary
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel extensively throughout Uganda as needed for
    implementation of the program and as in line with the job.
  • Prior
    experience as a supervisor, tutor, curriculum specialist, headmaster, or
    other related health work is desired
  • Strong
    cross-cultural skills working with Americans or other non-Africans

How to Apply: 

All candidates should send
their applications via Email. (Please do not attach academic credentials to the
email).  The complete applications should
include a Microsoft Word formatted letter of interest, resume, names and
contacts information for three references which should be sent to: applications@ug.peacecorps.gov.
Please clearly indicate ONLY the POSITION applied for on the subject line of
your cover email as well on all the attachments. For example “Katungu
Bonita_PM-GHSP” for the Program Manager, GHSP position. Finalists from the
first interview will be expected to bring a reference letter from their Local
Council (LC1) as part of the final review process. All applicants must be
legally able to work in Uganda.
Deadline: 15th February, 2016

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