Earn over 88,000 USD (UGX 348m) as Governance and Communications Advisor at USAID Uganda

Job Title:   Governance and Communications Advisor (Resident Hire – USPSC)

Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda

Duty Station: USAID Uganda Office, Kampala, Uganda

Salary: USD $88,520 – $115,079 per annum

Solicitation Number: SOL-72061724R00003


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:   USAID/Uganda is seeking for a qualified candidate to serve under a Resident Hire U.S. Personal Services Contract as Governance and Communications Advisor responsible for providing monitoring, oversight, strategy planning and communications activities in the Democracy, Rights, and Governance (DRG) Office.


The Advisor exercises flexibility, leadership, and professionalism in the execution of responsibilities related to program oversight and monitoring; program implementation; strategy planning; operations and management; and strategic communications.


The Advisor reports to the DRG Office Director.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Communications – (45 percent of the time)

  • Outreach and Communications Strategy tasks: Serve as the Communications Advisor to the DRG office responsible for producing high-level technical documents for external and internal stakeholder consumption.
  • Communications with Washington: Respond to requests for information from USAID DC headquarters.
  • Illustrative tasks: Draft success stories of the DRG activities, draft technical and analytical high level documents for the internal and external use, capacity building of the DRG staff and Implementing Partner (IP) in communications.

Program Implementation, Monitoring and Oversight – (30 percent of the time)

  • Activity Manager Duties: Serve as an Activity Manager for DRG activities. Serve as the implementer’s primary liaison at USAID responsible for oversight and management of awards according to the terms of the award document (contract, agreement, etc.). Activities may include technical DRG activities depending on the DRG office needs and expertise in the DRG sector.
  • Illustrative tasks: Participate in work planning, review deliverables, oversee technical interventions, monitor, and evaluate programmatic progress, track spending and report on finances, and support USAID’s collaboration, learning, and adapting approach to award management.

Strategy Development- (25 percent of the time)

  • USAID/Uganda Strategy Alignment: Ensure that USAID/Uganda’s DRG activities are aligned with the vision in the USAID/Uganda Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).
  • USAID/Uganda DRG office monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans: Monitor DRG office progress towards approved DRG M&E plans.
  • Illustrative tasks: Participate in portfolio reviews and future CDCS revisions or drafts. Draft annual and semi-annual program progress reporting required by the USAID program office.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the USAID Uganda job must hold a Bachelor’s degree. Required
  • From three (3) years of increasing experience in the development field, or program management, or program design, or communications, required.
  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of development programs, preferably in the democracy, human rights, conflict, or governance space.
  • Demonstrated experience with USAID, USG, other multilateral or other bilateral organizations, NGOs, or IPs.
  • Demonstrated Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate experience in drafting and producing high level technical documents such as reports, speeches, briefing documents, one pagers.
  • Ability to use standard computer programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply techniques for strategic planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of DRG programs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in strategy development, strategic communications, evaluation, and learning, donor coordination, and program design.
  • Ability to understand complex and multi-sectoral programs.
  • Ability to apply exception conceptual, analytical, and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of disparate information and use that information to target a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent analytical and time management skills.
  • Project management ability, including ability to lead and work with multicultural teams.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy and tact to be sensitive to USAID relationship with the GOU, other donors, and private and public organizations.
  • Ability to work calmly, and effectively to manage multiple tasks simultaneous or work under pressure.
  • Excellent organization skills to effectively coordinate multiple disciplines.


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 OR 72061724R00003_ Governance and Communication Advisor, Smith Jose


Deadline: 28th March 2024


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Date Posted 2024-02-29
Valid Through 2024-03-28
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization USAID Uganda
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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