Earn over 70m annually as Program Management Specialist (Maternal and Child Health) at US Embassy USAID

Organisation: United
States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  USAID, Health & HIV/AIDS Office,
Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-10 (Ugshs70,716,460 to 102,625,095 p.a.
inclusive of allowances).
Vacancy Number:  021
– 2015        
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 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 Program Management Specialist (Maternal
and Child Health) provides technical and professional leadership to plan,
implement, monitor, and oversee mission supported maternal and child health
activities.  The incumbent role includes
planning, designing, organizing, directing, and coordinating development
programs and monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented by NGOs, CBOs,
UN agencies, and other partner organizations through grants, cooperative
agreement and/or contracts.
Key Duties and
1. Program Management (35%): Provide oversight of activities related to the MCH program in
USAID/Uganda’s cooperative agreements/contracts. Key program management
activities include:
  • Actively
    participates in program management teams for DO3 MCH and integrated
    service delivery/technical assistance projects.
  • Participates
    in Mission review of technical proposals in the area of MCH and integrated
    health service delivery.
  • Serve
    as agreement officer’s representative/alternate, for large complex awards.
  • Regularly
    review partner work plans, budgets, implementation activities, and
    reporting requirements.
  • Prepare
    required authorization documents for signature of the responsible Mission
    official, and track disbursements to program partners.
  • Evaluates
    the performance of IP organizations involved in MCH activities, especially
    SMGL IPs, including organizing and conducts regular site visits. Based on
    information collected during site visits, communicates findings and
    recommendations for strengthening SMGL activities to the interagency SMGL
  • Prepares
    SMGL and other MCH program documentation and reports and maintains records
    ensuring systematic monitoring of performance. Assists in the drafting of
    strategic plans, portfolio reviews and other Mission documentation as
  • Actively
    coordinates interagency meetings and implementing partner meetings. Writes
    and shares meeting minutes. Also serves as a core member of the interagency
    SMGL Team in the planning, management, supervision, implementation,
    monitoring, and evaluation of results.
  • Participates
    in and represents the USG at partner technical working groups and
    disseminate working group findings to the interagency SMGL team.
  • Supports
    in the planning of high level USG and SMGL partner site visits to Uganda.
    Organizes field trips, conferences, and seminars and ensures maximum
    participation by target audiences. Writes briefing and shares necessary
  • Manages
    interactions with partners including helping to develop sustainable
    strategies to facilitate medium to long-term impact of partner activities,
    providing direction and capacity strengthening, etc.
  • Works
    closely with and supports other USG agencies involved with SMGL in Uganda
    to prepare appropriate reports.
  • Prepare
    and amend USAID documentation, including, Action Memoranda, scopes of
    work, and budgets for assigned activities in a timely and efficient manner
    and consistent with USAID regulations and policies.
2. Technical Responsibilities (40%):
  • Provide
    sound technical guidance that will strengthen the Mission’s efforts in MCH
    service delivery in public and private sector.
  • Incorporates
    new MCH technologies into the program, and oversees and coordinates
    USAID-supported activities for SMGL implemented at multiple delivery sites
    and among multiple partners.
  • Stays
    abreast of information, trends, and breakthroughs concerning MCH and SMGL
    and provides guidance and advice about MCH to HH colleagues and
    implementing partners.
  • Works
    closely with all other relevant HH teams and offices within USAID/Uganda
    and USAID/Washington to ensure full integration and coordination of SMGL
    activities, approaches, and strategies into other related program areas.
  • Conduct
    and analyze program evaluations to redefine concepts and criteria for new
    and expanding programs.
  • Actively
    participate in strategic and policy level discussions involving MCH
3. Interagency Coordination (15%)
  • Represents
    USAID/Uganda at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings,
    including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.
  • Briefs
    agency officials on the results of such meetings and prepares written
    reports for submission to other interested parties.
4. Other duties as assigned (10%): Perform other duties as assigned or required. PMS/MCH should
demonstrate flexibility, resourcefulness, and initiative in working on a
high-performing team that faces a great diversity of day-to-day tasks.
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 should possess a Bachelor’s degree in International
    Health, Public Health, Medicine or other relevant degree is required. Masters’
    degree with some reproductive health or safe motherhood; project
    management courses are advantageous.
  • A
    minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience
    in public management or program management is required, experience in maternal
    and child health is preferred.
  • Work
    experience should include at least two years of planning, developing, and
    implementing and managing public health programs in resource poor
  • Proven
    experience in coordination of large-scale projects or working in teams is
  • Preference
    given to candidates with experience coordinating with an international
    agency, host government or implementing partners.
  • Familiarization
    training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and
    orientation to working from a donor agency perspective will be provided.
    On-the-job training will be provided regarding USAID, The Saving Mothers,
    Giving Life (SMGL) Partnership, and The President’s Emergency Plan for
    AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and Global
    Health Initiative (GHI) policies, procedures, and regulations, including
    the Automated Directives Systems (ADS), Mission Orders, and all planning
    and reporting databases. Formal Assistance Officer’s Representative
    (AOR/COR) certification courses and other appropriate training will be
    provided as courses become available, subject to availability of funds.
  • Proven
    ability to work effectively as a member of a high performing interagency
    team is necessary.
  • Ability
    to develop and maintain effective working-level and management-level
    contacts within service delivery activities of the government and NGOs;
  • Keen
    interest in public health issues related to maternal, newborn and child
    health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and malaria in Uganda;
  • General
    working knowledge of the Ugandan public sector health system donors and
    related private sector policies programs, as well as current health
    approaches and strategies in Uganda is preferred.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal, analytical, and communications skills required.
  • The
    job holder must be able to order priorities and manage several activities
  • Must
    be able to work effectively in a team environment and coordinate well with
    others. Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Database
    software, E-mail, and the internet; strong management skills, including
    financial management, administrative, and monitoring skills to track the
    performance of implementing partners and activities.
  • Possess
    the ability to present information, analyses, and recommendations in clear
    written and oral formats.
  • Ability
    to travel to regions and districts within Uganda for field work.
  • Exceptional
    diplomacy, tact, cultural sensitivity and team participation are also
    required, in order to establish and maintain effective working
    relationships within USAID and with implementing partners and the
    interagency team.
Language Proficiency:
List both English and host country languages(s) proficiency requirements by
level (II), III) and specialization (sp/read): Level IV (fluent) English
language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required.
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 application.
  • 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 KampalaHR@state.gov
NB: 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: 5th April 2015
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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