Earn over 137m as Project Management Specialist (Youth & Child Development) – United States Embassy / US Mission

Organisation: United
States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-11
(UGX 137,483,245 – 202,072,484 per annum 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 Deborah R.
Malac 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)
for Disease Control
Job Summary:  The Project Management Specialist (Youth &
Child Development) is a key member of the EYCD Office responsible for carrying
out a range of responsibilities for planning, designing, managing, and
evaluating youth programming across sectors. S/he serves as a senior technical
advisor, advising senior leadership at the Mission on policies and programs for
vulnerable children and youth in Uganda, including innovations and new
strategic directions. The senior advisor is also responsible for management and
coordination of USG interagency and inter-sectoral youth and children
development activities. She/he will have comprehensive knowledge and experience
in youth and children, with a specific focus on effectively addressing the
needs of highly vulnerable children (0-18 years) including safety, wellbeing,
growth and development and developing sustainable programmatic interventions
that will improve the health, livelihoods, educational opportunities, and
access to civic and democratic processes for youth (12-30) in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project Management
and Leadership (55%)
  • Provide project management of USAID funded grants and activities,
    includes technical, financial and programmatic oversight of grants and
    contracts as required by USAID Agreement Officer
    Representative/Contracting Officer Representative (AOR/COR) designation.
    Ensure USAID supported activities are implemented within the USG foreign
    assistance framework and are directly linked to attainment of USG and
    USAID’s strategic objectives with an emphasis on vulnerable children and
    youth; review and approval of annual workplans, performance monitoring
    plans, and quarterly/annual reports; reviewing quarterly financial
    accruals and pipelines; quarterly (minimum) site visits; and monitoring of
    planned outcomes.
  • Analyze health, social, economic, political, and other trends
    affecting activities in youth development across sectors, and in line with
    cross-sector themes important to the Mission, such as gender, nutrition
    and disability. Develop internal awareness and capacity in achieving
    outcomes in wellbeing through multi-sector youth development activities
    including emphasis on education, civic participation and livelihoods.
    Increase awareness of the most effective interventions for improving
    health, education, and livelihood outcomes among youth through technical
    leadership and outreach.
  • Provide strategic guidance and leadership to the implementation to
    the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). This multi-year youth
    strategy seeks to improve the health, livelihoods, educational
    opportunities, and access to civic and democratic processes for youth
    (12-30) in Uganda. Oversee and manage the Mission’s contribution to the
    youth strategy including coordination and strategic alignment of
    education, health and HIV/AIDS programs. Develop and forge strategic
    partnerships with development partners, government agencies and civil
    society organizations supporting children and youth. Provide strategic
    input and technical expertise on proposed service delivery activities,
    policy initiatives, and research proposals.
Outreach and
Communications (45%)
  • Ensure the Mission consultation with the Ministry of Gender, Labor
    and Social Development (MGLSD), UNICEF and youth through different funding
    streams, including PEPFAR, child survival, malaria and education is
    strategic, integrated/coordinated and reflects theories, concepts,
    principles, practice and current research in the development,
    implementation and management of children and youth focused activities.
    Requires close collaboration and communication with other technical/senior
    advisors working in the same areas. Provide strategic and technical
    mentoring to USAID implementing partners and staff.
  • Play a lead role in public outreach and communications for the youth
    activities across the health, education, economic growth and governance
    programs. Summarize information and conclusions in written and oral form,
    for presentation to senior USG and other decision makers, and for
    incorporation into other USAID/Uganda activity documents, as appropriate.
    Organize site visits, conferences, and seminars to ensure maximum exposure
    to emerging trends and various points of view, and for monitoring
    activities. Share lessons learned from youth programming and promote
    utilization of that knowledge across different USAID and Embassy offices.
  • Under the guidance of Uganda’s national frameworks including the
    National Development Plan, the National Policy and Orphans and Other
    Vulnerable Children, the National Youth Policy, the Peace, Recovery and
    Development Plan, and others, provide strategic guidance in USAID’s
    support to the MGLSD and the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) to
    support vulnerable children and youth. Through close consultation with the
    MGLSD, MOES, UNICEF and other key partners, including organizational
    development experts as needed, ensure USAID’s support to the MGLSD and
    MOES promotes and fosters their goals and objectives for supporting youth
    and children in Uganda.
  • Cultivate and maintain a wide range of contacts with government,
    private sector, and voluntary institutions as well as other multilateral
    and bilateral donors on matters related to youth to ensure proper activity
    design and implementation. Engage youth themselves in order to best map their
    needs, inform Mission activities, and evaluate programs in youth
    development. Emphasize the need for coordination, cooperation and
    information sharing among the different programs involving youth across
    sectors and within the Embassy.
  • Foster USG leadership to advance a cross-sector youth agenda in
    development and diplomacy (e.g. Trafficking in Persons, Public Affairs
    Section annual youth conference and Department of Labor activities on
    exploitive labor). Represent USAID on other interagency working groups as
    needed, including the PEPFAR OVC Technical Working Group.

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 United States US Embassy Project
    Management Specialist (Youth & Child Development) career opportunity
    should hold a Masters’ degree in a field relevant to development
    assistance in the social sectors such as health, education, social welfare
    or development.
  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible, professional
    experience in the field of youth and child development of which at least
    seven years’ experience in development assistance, or related work for
    USAID, other donor agencies, host government organizations or civil
    society/private sector organizations in the field of youth and child
    development; and five years of which the candidate was living and working
    in a developing country required.
  • Knowledge of US Government policies, regulations, procedures, and
  • Track record in managing for results and attention to the
    development of evidence base.
  • Experience in managing grants and contracts, including technical,
    budgetary and human resource components.
  • Experience developing policies and procedures governing the
    development, management, administration, implementation and evaluation of
    youth and children development programs at all levels.
  • Able to develop creative approaches to new or unfamiliar problems.
  • Experience with youth workforce development and developing the
    socio-economic security of vulnerable households is preferred.
  • Strong leadership and strong interpersonal skills (written and oral)
    in order to manage and coordinate multi-agency, multi-sectoral activities.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a
    variety of stakeholders including the U.S. Ambassador, USAID Mission
    Director and other heads of USG Agencies, senior levels Government
    officials, senior level managers and technical staff of development and
    implementing partners.
  • Must be able to represent and defend USG development policies and
    programs and to explain and interpret host-country attitudes, priorities
    and concerns to senior USG officials.
  • Multitask and exercise sound judgment and decision-making in a very
    fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Independently and effectively plan, organize and manage and evaluate
    important, responsible and complex activities to accomplish broader Agency
    and Mission goals.
  • Advance a learning agenda; obtain, analyze and evaluate data;
    present in meaningful terms to others.
  • Excellent analytical skills to develop policies and programs and
    review and provide substantive feedback on concept papers, program
    designs, workplans, quarterly and annual reports and other government and
    donor documents.
  • Prepare factual and interpretive reports addressing complex, subject
    matter. Provide information and advice with detachment and objectivity.
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking and
    writing, is required. Knowledge in other local languages is desirable.
How to Apply:
All qualified
candidates should submit the following;
  • A signed AID-302-3 Offeror Information for Personal Services
    Contracts, Download
  • Cover letter clearly indicating the position for which you are
    applying and describing how you meet the minimum requirements
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts
  • Names, contact numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3)
    professional references. At least one of the references must be a prior or
    current direct supervisor.
  • U.S. citizen, Resident Aliens and other nations (resident in Uganda)
    must attach a copy of a valid work permit.
Send them to:
KampalaHR@state.gov in standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). All should be in one document which should not exceed
Deadline: 29th June 2018
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