United States US Peace Corps Careers – Program Specialist-GHSP

Organisation: United
States Government Peace Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps is an agency of
the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer development
workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance activities in
over 70 countries worldwide.  Peace Corps
Uganda invites applicants for the position listed above which is based in
Kampala, Uganda.
Job Summary: The US
Peace Corps Program Specialist-GHSP will primarily enhance the quality of
Volunteer support and lay a foundation for potential expansion. The GHSP
program specialist will provide technical and administrative support to the
GHSP program manager and be the point of contact (“champion”) for
assigned Public Health Volunteers. The purpose of this position is to provide
programmatic and administrative support to the GHSP and Health project teams to
enhance their ability to provide effective, timely support to the respective
Volunteers. The GHSP program specialist will work as part of the programming
team under the overall leadership of the Director of Programming and Training
(DPT) and in close collaboration with the Health Program team to offer holistic
support to GHSP Volunteers, spouses and Community Health Volunteers to help
them successfully accomplish their tasks in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Programming (40%):  The GHSP program specialist will be responsible for support assigned
Volunteers as their champion throughout their cycle from recruitment to close
of service as their “champion” including but not limited to;
a. Site Development:
  • Identify
    potential sites for GHSP Volunteer spouses and Health Volunteers, develop
    the scope of work for their assignment and assess the suitability of their
    prospective housing situation to ensure that it meets the required safety
    standards, has access to basic amenities and all the required paper work
    and payments have been completed by the hosting organization.
  • Prepare
    the necessary paper work including a memorandum of understanding with the
    partner organization and furnish the admin unit with all the necessary
    information required to process the Volunteer’s benefits before arrival.
  • Expeditiously
    follow up on sites for GHSP Volunteers to ensure all the necessary
    conditions have been met prior to arrival
  • Work
    closely with other Peace Corps staff and partners to explore strategic
    ways of utilizing GHSP spouses’ skills to attain synergy with existing
    sectors and cross sectoral initiatives.
b. Volunteer Support: Act as the primary point of contact for GHSP
Spouses and assigned public health volunteers for all their programmatic,
technical and welfare needs including but not limited to;
  • Prepare
    pre departure materials for Volunteers and share them with Peace Corps
    Headquarters as part of pre departure support for invitees
  • Seeking
    out peer support and professional networks in country and linking the assigned
    Volunteers as appropriate for work related networking
  • Serving
    as the primary liaison between PC Uganda, the Volunteer site and the
    Volunteers for all work related interactions
  • Offering
    ongoing technical backstopping to ensure the Volunteers’ activities are
    aligned with Peace Corps Uganda’s respective sector frame works
  • Ensuring
    timely submission of the Volunteer reporting forms and providing timely
    feedback to Volunteers on performance
  • Updating
    partners, PC management, administrative staff and site of any changes in
    Volunteer service status in a timely manner ensuring continuity of work
    and timely processing of any required documentation
  • Serve
    as primary back up for GHSP PM on all GHSP programmatic activities
  • Actively
    participate in PEPFAR technical working groups as assigned
  • Write
    and share success stories of assigned Volunteers in a timely periodic
    manner through the various for available for dissemination of Volunteer
2. Administrative Support
  • Oversee
    the filing and documentation of GHSP site files
  • Ensure
    timely processing of vacation requests, travel reimbursements for
  • Draw
    itineraries and make necessary reservations for state side facilitators
    from Peace Corps Head Quarters and Seed Global Health for site visits,
    in-service and close of service trainings.
3. Training (25%)
  • Work
    in liaison with the training team the GHSP program specialist will support
    the training cycle for assigned Volunteers including training design and
    evaluation, training needs assessment, liaison with facilitators, lesson
    planning, scheduling, delivery and all assigned logistics for pre-service
    training, in-service training, mid-service training, close of service
    training and any other trainings as necessary to help Volunteers
    accomplish their assignment.
  • Prepare
    budget projections for Volunteer training activities from time to time as
    requested by the GHSP PM, Training Manager or their designee
4. Other duties (5%)
  • Serve
    as a periodic duty officer attending to emergency Volunteer calls after
    working hours and hand over the weekends
  • Ensure
    all assigned Volunteers submit their emergency site locator forms and have
    up-to-date whereabouts information in the Volunteer database
  • Ensure
    all assigned Volunteers access up dated information for emergency action
    response including but not limited to travel alerts and warden information
  • Perform
    any other duties as may be assigned from time to time
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a Bachelor’s level degree in Nursing and/or other health
    related training with strong experience in nursing education and
  • A
    minimum of two years of professional experience preferably in a fast paced
    cross cultural setting providing technical support or direct leadership to
    individuals on a long term basis through mentorship, liaison and/or
  • Past
    exposure and experience in HIV, Malaria, WASH or Nutrition programming,
    health promotion or medical/nursing education will be an added advantage.
  • Self-driven
    and proactively taking initiative
  • Detail
  • Innovation
    and marketing of new approaches
Core Competencies:
Values: Integrity/Commitment to mandate, Knowledge
sharing/Continous learning,Valuing diversity
Managing Relationships: Working in teams, Communicating information
and ideas, Conflict and self-management
Working with People: Empowerment/Developing people /Performance
Personal Leadership and
and analytical thinking, Results orientation/Commitment to excellence,
Appropriate and transparent decision making.
How to Apply:
ALL submissions must be
electronic. (Please do not attach academic credentials to the email)
Please submit a Microsoft Word
formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contacts information for three
references to applications@ug.peacecorps.gov. Please clearly indicate the
position applied for on the subject line of your cover email. Submitted
documents become the property of Peace Corps and will not be returned. You will
be contacted ONLY if you are deem qualified. If called for an interview, you
will be expected to bring copies of your academic credentials. 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.
Deadline: 19th January, 2015

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