2 USAID United States US Embassy Career Jobs – Food Security Specialist

Organisation: USAID
United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: USAID,
Economic Growth Office, Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Number:
Salary Grade: FSN-11
(Ugshs87,633,842to 127,342,874 p.a. inclusive of allowances).
About 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
  • Peace
Job Summary: The primary
responsibility of the Food Security Specialist is to manage USAID activities
and programs that combat the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, improve
food security, and prevent or mitigate food security crises and complex
emergencies. The incumbent is an essential member of the Economic Growth team
and Vulnerable Populations Unit and responds to the Vulnerable Populations Unit
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Activity Management: Serve as activity manager for development
and emergency programs that relate to food security, food assistance,
agriculture, nutrition or disaster preparedness. Serve as Alternate Mission
Disaster Relief Officer.
  • Advise
    and monitor all aspects of implementing partner programs, including
    technical work plans, performance reports, budgets and resource pipelines
    through regular and consistent site visits.
  • Mobilize
    resources to quickly respond to changing food security situations and
    crises in Uganda; review and evaluate funding requests and proposals.
  • Guide
    and participate in Data Quality Assessments and evaluations for relevant
    food security activities.
  • Prepare
    necessary correspondence, documents, and reports and maintain records and
    files. Maintain close working relations with relevant USAID Offices in
    Washington and Nairobi. (50% of time)
2. Strategic Guidance: Offer technical guidance and expertise on
food security issues by Identifying development assistance needs and achievable
results, in collaboration with GOU and partners, UN and private agencies,
  • Responsible
    for maintaining dialogue with and obtaining support from partners and
  • In
    charge of supporting USAID/Uganda efforts to obtain AID/W agreement on
    results and financing, and country and Mission-level approvals to initiate
    development activities.
  • Provide
    a full range of consultative, advisory, and analytical services on food
    security, humanitarian assistance and resilience issues. (20%)
3. Relationship Management: Develop and maintain relations with private,
public and international stakeholders in food security and humanitarian
assistance to insure coordination of activities, support best practices, and
build partnerships.
  • Actively
    monitor and report on Government of Uganda policies affecting relevant
    USAID programs.
  • Work
    closely with Uganda government Ministries and institutions regarding
    relevant government strategies to improve food security, including the
    Karamoja Integrated Development Program and Peace, Recovery and
    Development Plan.
  • Actively
    engage senior leaders at all levels within the GOU (national and
    regional/district) District Disaster Management Committees, PVOs, NGOs,
    and UN and donor officials, on all issues related to food security, humanitarian
    assistance, relief and resilience. Represent USAID in donor coordination
    committees. (15%).
4. Strategy Development and
Program Design:
Support and
work with other Mission members to develop the Mission’s country strategy
statement and operation plan in the areas of food aid and humanitarian
  • Actively
    collaborate closely with the stakeholders within the Mission to conceive,
    develop, and implement programs and activity related to food security,
    humanitarian assistance and resilience, particularly in the Karamoja
  • Actively
    participate in program design, including the preparation of Scopes of Work
    and Requests for Proposals, and serve on Technical Evaluation
Perform any other duties as may
be assigned (5%).
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 2 USAID Food Security Specialist careers should
    hold a Master’s degree in public health, agriculture, nutrition, food and
    agricultural economics, international development, humanitarian assistance
    or other related field.
  • At
    least ten years of progressively responsible management-level experience
    in development programming, six years of which must be in the food
    security sector. 
  • The
    incumbent must have demonstrated expertise specific to food aid management
    that includes the following: design, management or evaluation of
    international food assistance activities (to include in-kind food, cash
    transfers or cash voucher programs); managing food aid commodity
    procurement and/or transport; providing rapid responses to quick onset
  • This
    should include experience working either for a donor Agency, multinational
    or non-governmental organizations, Government of Uganda organizations or
    private sector institutions involving project management, monitoring and
    budgeting.  T
  • The
    incumbent must have transition environment experience relevant to northern
    Uganda and Karamoja.
  • Good
    knowledge of Ugandan stakeholders in the agriculture, food aid and
    emergency sectors.
  • The
    incumbent is expected to possess the necessary technical training,
    administrative skills/abilities.
  • Excellent
    communication, Interpersonal and Analytical Skills
  • Possess  advanced computer skills, to include
    knowledge of Microsoft word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation
  • The
    incumbent must be able to work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under
    the pressure and to demonstrate extreme flexibility to manage more than
    one activity at a time in the performance of daily duties and
    responsibilities.  In this key
    position, the ability to adapt to the existing management team by being a
    good listener and a team builder is required.
  • The
    incumbent is required to have the ability to follow oral instructions and
    to organize, prioritize and follow through on all assignments with little
    or no oversight, and the ability to remain calm in a fast moving work
  • Possess
    the ability to be flexible, respond professionally, and establish
    priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations with
    little clear guidance is necessary.
  • The
    incumbent is required to understand and appreciate the Mission’s strategic
    direction, its chief accomplishments and its challenges in order to
    articulate the rationale, objectives and priorities for the provision of
    U.S. Government food aid, emergency aid and agricultural development
    assistance to Uganda.
  • Possess
    the ability to formulate and present expert analyses on complex
    emergencies and situations, from personal observations, surveys, journal
    articles, and other documents, and demonstrated ability to express views
    clearly and logically before groups and individuals verbally or in
Language Requirement:  This
position requires Level IV (fluency) in both written and spoken English.
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
  • Any
    other documentation (e.g. essays, transcripts/certificates, awards) that
    addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at
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: 10th November, 2014
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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