Earn over 157m as Project Management Specialist (Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law & Human Rights) at USAID Uganda

Job Title:    Project Management Specialist (Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law & Human Rights) (PMS- DRHR)

Organisation: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Uganda

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Salary: UGX 157,828,400 – 232,334,711 per annum

Solicitation Number: 72061723R10018


About US Embassy:

The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Natalie E. Brown 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


Job Summary:  The Project Management Specialist (Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law & Human Rights) (PMS- DRHR), serves as the principal senior advisor and lead subject matter expert on democracy, governance, rule of law and human rights issues and activities, and provides advice and counsel on this sector to the Democracy, Rights and Governance Team (DRG), USAID health, education, and economic growth technical teams, the Mission Director and Deputy Director, and the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy Political and Economic Sections, and local Ugandan counterparts.

The professional expertise provided by the PMS shapes the design and implementation of activities and achievement of results in this sector. The PMS will work closely with the DRG Office Director in the design of DRG activities especially in human rights and access to justice, work with partners to effectively implement activities, monitor the impact of those activities, and ensure project objectives are met. The PMS will provide other associated technical and managerial assistance, develop performance indicators, assessments, design and evaluate programs, and provide other Mission technical support.


The PMS utilizes an in-depth knowledge of the Ugandan democracy, governance, access to justice, and human rights sector in the country. The PMS develops and maintains high-level contacts with senior Government of Uganda (GOU) officials, Ministers, Justice Sector personnel, other government counterparts, academic sector, international development partner representatives, local government and civil society leaders. These relationships ensure collaboration and agreement and help maintain support from key partners and stakeholders. The PMS also reports on Mission efforts in human rights and access to justice to USAID/Washington, and contributes to Mission strategy and annual reporting documents, and works closely with USG interagency counterparts on strategy, policy, and resource allocation issues related to this sector. The PMS will serve as a team lead as required by the DRG Office. Supervision will include coaching staff, managing performance, and staff development. The PMS will assist the DRG Office Director in all aspects of program design, management, evaluation, and administrative oversight of the portfolio as required.


The position is in the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Team and reports directly to the DRG Office Director or designate.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage Strategic Planning, Activity Design and Implementation of Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights Activities ($15 million) (40 per cent)

  • Serve as a technical authority on complex and precedent-setting democracy, governance, access to justice, and human rights issues and advise on USAID strategies, activity designs, and plans that can effectively address these issues.
  • Supervise DRG technical staff, manage and evaluate staff performance, and direct the efficient use of staff time to advance DRG objectives.
  • In partnership with the DRG Office Director, lead the DRG Office preparation of program and financial reviews, including portfolio reviews, operational plans, and required reporting as needed on the DRG portfolio.
  • Serve as Contracting/Agreement Officer Representative (C/AOR) for Mission contracts and grant activities to implement Human Rights Programs, constantly monitoring and evaluating program performance and ensuring that relevant and appropriate program documentation is provided.
  • Work closely with Mission monitoring and evaluation specialist and implementing partners to develop results frameworks for contract and grant activities that effectively track and evaluate results achievement. Analyze data and results needs to confirm their continuing validity. Take a lead role in developing performance information for annual results reporting. Frequent in-country travel will also be a critical function of ensuring results-based programming.
  • Conduct analysis of program performance and recommend changes in strategic and/or implementation approaches as required. Develop briefing papers, concept papers, and analytical reports and other periodic documentation for the Mission, the Embassy, USAID/Washington, the Department of State, the US Congress, and others, as required.
  • Coordinate related technical, policy, economic, and budgetary analyses. Take a leadership role in implementing changes to existing sector portfolio activities based on analysis.
  • Develop guidance documents, toolkits, training modules, and other products that disseminate best practices in addressing democracy, governance, human rights and access to justice challenges.
  • Serve as a member of Mission technical review teams for DRG related concept papers, solicited or unsolicited proposals, and proposed sub-grants under USAID-funded activities.
  • Represent the DRG Office and the Mission in discussions and negotiations with implementing partners, USG inter-agency, government and with other donors, as requested.

Advise USG Mission on Human Rights Issues (30 per cent)

  • Provide counsel and guidance on human rights issues for all USAID technical teams, and the USG Inter-agency on strategic plans, activity implementation, policy, and coordination activities. This guidance shall cover issues related to parliament, political and electoral processes, local governance, judicial processes, human rights, and civil society.
  • Follow closely current political, social, and economic trends in Uganda and provide analysis on how these trends affect the development and implementation of USG Mission activities and
  • Maintain an informed view on legal, institutional, political, and human rights issues that impact development and implementation of activities to promote respect for human rights, rule of law, and freedom of expression. Conduct thorough analyses of opportunities and constraints presented by a multi-party democracy and lead the development and execution of activities designed to improve democratic rights and accountability in Uganda.
  • Participate actively in relevant, USG Mission-wide activity planning and management discussions to provide expert opinion on the democracy, governance, and human rights issues. Work closely with other Mission technical specialists and implementing partners to review activities for coherence, relevance, and programmatic realism in light of Mission goals to promote democracy, good governance, and respect for human rights in Uganda.
  • Collaborate closely with the Embassy’s Political and Economic Section and other Inter-agency counterparts as appropriate on issues related to DRG. Plan and prepare materials for public events in close coordination with the USAID Program Office and Embassy Public Affairs Office.
  • Consult USAID/Washington’s Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau and the Africa Bureau’s democratic rights and governance specialists as well as professional literature to keep abreast of current developments, funding opportunities, relevant policy changes and successful interventions.
  • Serve as a liaison with other USAID bureaus and offices and the interagency to ensure coordinated program and policy direction.

Coordinate Mission Democracy, Rule of Law, and Human Rights Activities with other Implementing Partners, Development Partners, the Government of Uganda, and Civil Society (30 per cent)

  • Serve as USAID representative to the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS), Ministry of Local Governance, relevant Members of Parliament, key Accountability Institutions, and other GOU contacts as relevant, and cultivate effective working relationships with GOU institutions to enhance the development and implementation of USG activities.
  • Serve as USAID liaison with development partner groups on human rights, preparing necessary documents, representing the USG at meetings, and briefing USAID and Embassy management on issues and discussions.
  • Liaise with civil society, academic institutions and other local stakeholders on human rights issues and activities, building contacts to facilitate dissemination of information and coordination of activities.
  • Coordinate the involvement of implementing partners and major stakeholders (including GoU Ministries, the private sector, public and private institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders) to identify sectoral strategies, activities, and achievable results that will serve to improve human rights.
  • Represent USAID at national, regional, and international conferences on issues of democratic governance, access to justice, and human rights, preparing papers and making presentations as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Masters’ degree or equivalent in a relevant field: Law, social and policy sciences, such as political science, economics, public administration, organizational development, cultural anthropology, international relations.
  • Additional consideration will be given to training and or experience in fields related to law and the judiciary, governance, police and community justice, anti-corruption, and peace and reconciliation.
  • At least seven years of experience in related areas, including on human rights in Uganda, with demonstrated accomplishments.
  • Experience should include: analysis, planning and budgeting, program and activity evaluation, design, and implementation.
  • Prior direct work with USAID or international development agency in activity development and management strongly preferred.
  • Strong experience managing coordination with high level government counterparts, donors, and local organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience handling complex and competing demands.
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV English ability (Fluent), spoken and written, is required for: Refined oral presentation and writing skills in English that allow the contractor to make effective and convincing presentations and development relationships with partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality analytical pieces and evaluations; and
  • Clear oral presentations and dealing effectively with senior Ugandan officials, representatives of development partners and the non-govemment community, USAID, and other U.S. Government officials.

Job Knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Ugandan politics, Uganda’s human rights and governance laws and policies, its legal system and judiciary, and the structure and functioning of its central and local governments, civil society organizations, and political parties.
  • Thorough knowledge of development theory and programming in general and multi-party democracy, enhanced governance, rule of law, and civil society programming in particular.
  • Thorough knowledge of programs addressing human rights and governance. Including knowledge of USG/USAID priorities in the sector, knowledge of strategies, programs, and working methodologies of other donor agencies (bi- and multi-lateral) in the sector in Uganda.
  • Considerable familiarity with approaches and goals of development organizations and their approaches to human rights, democracy, and governance programs. Knowledge of the evolution of African democracies, as well as theoretical and conceptual linkages between democracy and economic development.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide high-level analysis and technically sound recommendations on complex issues related to access to justice, human rights, and governance to USG senior management and external partners.
  • Strong competence, experience, and maturity in dealing with high level government officials in Uganda.
  • Strong capability to manage donor relations and coordination with international organizations, including the ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically, represent USAID authoritatively, and use good judgment in speaking on behalf of USAID in high-level meetings with Government of Uganda officials, other donor officials, and civil society organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with high-level officials with minimal editing or supervision.
  • Strong experience with program design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Strong ability to obtain, analyze, and evaluate complex data, provide sound objective advice on legal matters, and present it in meaningful terms to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong leadership, and interpersonal skills are critical. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise teams.
  • Ability to function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve results and reach consensus on programs issue and must show the ability to take initiative and lead multi-sector, multidisciplinary working groups and teams.
  • Computer literacy is essential, including competency in the entire Microsoft Office suite, particularly in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint and spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel.


How to Apply:

Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit (Requirements (i) – (v) below are critical for compliance of the offer. Therefore, candidates MUST pay due attention to these):

  • A complete DS-174 Employment Application for Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.pdf; [click at this link for latest version]. Offerors are required to complete sections 1 through 6 (use additional pages, if needed).
  • Cover letter (addressed to the USAID Supervisory Executive Officer) clearly indicating the position for which you are applying and describing how you meet the minimum requirements.
  • Complete curriculum vitae/resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, the resume must include:
  • Paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month/year). Please specify unpaid or part time work. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year) will not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements. (NOTE: Resume and DS-174 work experience should match.)
  • Specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
  • Education and any other qualifications including job-related training courses, job-related skills, or job-related honors, awards, or accomplishments.
  • Name and contact information (phone and email) of three (3) professional references. At least one of the references must be a prior or current direct supervisor.
  • Supplemental [separate] document specifically addressing each QRF as outlined in the solicitation
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts
  • Offers should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). No other file types will be accepted. All documents should be scanned into one (1) document (one (1) ATTACHMENT) which should not exceed 10MB.


Documents should be arranged and scanned in this order:

  • DS-174
  • Cover Letter
  • Complete Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Supplemental documents
  • Academic Transcripts
  • (vi) Submitted offers and documents become the property of USAID and will not be returned.


Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I at kampalausaidjobs@usaid.gov Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

All qualified Offerors will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national or tribal origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization or other non-merit factor.

Offeror submissions must clearly reference the Solicitation number on all offeror submitted documents.


For this position, the subject line of the email MUST read:


SOL NUMBER TITLE OF POSITION, LAST, FIRST CANDIDATE NAME – Ex: 72061723R10018, Project Management Specialist (Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law & Human Rights), Smith, Jose


Deadline: 12th September 2023


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Date Posted 2023-08-16
Valid Through 2023-09-12
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala, 0256, Uganda

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