Earn over 47m Annually as Political/Economic Assistant at United States US Embassy

Organisation: United States Embassy, US
Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN 09 (UGX  47,002,912 to 70,504,368 p.a. inclusive of
Vacancy Number:  029 –
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 Corps
Job Summary:  The US
Embassy Political and Economic Assistant will be responsible for LES handling
macroeconomic analysis; environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH)
issues; Uganda’s oil and gas sectors; the financial sector; information and
communications technology; and cross-cutting issues such as corruption efforts,
government accountability, and transparency issues. The incumbent also tracks
overall foreign investment and the business environment, and analyses and
reports on foreign investment from non-U.S. destinations. The incumbent is a
member of Embassy Kampala’s interagency health team, and serves as a liaison
with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Energy Governance
and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), which focuses on issues relating to Uganda’s
nascent oil industry and attends meetings with the Mission’s Petroleum Working
Group. The incumbent also works closely with the U.S. Department of the
Treasury, World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and coordinates
activities with the regional environment, science, technology, and health
office in Addis Ababa.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Macro-economic Issues 20%
  • Uganda is one of the fastest growing
    economies in East Africa, averaging 7% growth over the last 20 years. The
    incumbent monitors, analyzes and reports on government and international
    organization economic reform programs. Monitors foreign debt, foreign aid
    and the national budget and keeps updated data on the economy.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for an
    annual analysis of the Ugandan national budget and its affect on U.S.
    government programs. Incumbent closely follows developments in Bank of
    Uganda and Ministry of Finance and liaises with the IMF and World Bank on
    macroeconomic and financial stability matters.
  • The incumbent tracks foreign investment
    and Uganda’s overall investment environment, reports and analyzes
    investments from non-U.S. origin countries, and advises on the development
    of the financial sector and its regulatory and policy framework.
  • The job holder must establish and maintain
    a wide range of contacts at the Central Bank, Ministry of Finance,
    Insurance Regulatory Authority, Capital Markets Authority, Uganda
    Securities Exchange and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics.
  • He / she also analyzes and advises on the
    development of the information and communications technology sectors and
    its regulatory and policy framework.
2. Oil and Gas Sector 20%
  • With an estimated 3.5 billion barrels of
    reserves, Uganda’s nascent oil sector has the power to transform Uganda’s
    economy if managed properly, and the incumbent will actively monitor the
    Ugandan government’s ability to transfer oil wealth to the general
  • The job holder serves as the Political and
    Economic Section’s principal expert on the oil sector, and advises
    American officials on how developments in Uganda’s oil sector affect the
    U.S. government and American businesses.
  • The incumbent closely analyzes and follows
    the development of Uganda’s petroleum sector, including its legal
    framework, business environment, regulation, and impact on national
    development priorities and the environment by maintaining contact with key
    officials at the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Exploration and Production
    Department (PEPD), Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee, and Ministry
    of Water and Environment.
  • The incumbent must exercise an excellent
    sense of judgment, intuition, tact, and diplomacy to obtain accurate, but
    sensitive information.
3. Environment, Science,
Technology and Health 20%
  • With oil and gas finds, rising population,
    and one of the most diverse and delicate natural eco-systems in Africa,
    Uganda is now just beginning to face and balance the next generation of
    environmental challenges. In addition, with numerous epidemics, poor
    health delivery systems, and extensive pandemic disease research
    collaborations, health issues are a major U.S. interest in Uganda.
    Therefore, the ESTH portfolio represents a significant portion of our
    overall bilateral portfolio.
  • The incumbent advises on ESTH issues,
    policies and initiatives in Uganda and must have a thorough knowledge of
    Uganda’s environmental, technological, and health issues.
  • The incumbent will be an integral part of
    the Embassy’s interagency health team which is comprised of six U.S.
    government agencies and manages over $400 million in health assistance
    each year.
  • The incumbent will organize meetings, make
    contacts, and advise American officers, including the Regional ESTH Office
    in Addis on developments that impact U.S. government priorities and
  • The incumbent promotes bilateral and
    regional cooperation among agencies and organizations concerned with ESTH
    matters, and liaises with USAID’s Economic Development, Health, and
    Education Offices.
4. Corruption and Governance
  • Uganda suffers from corruption at all
    levels of government, which potentially impact U.S. interests and programs
    and domestic political stability. The incumbent monitors corruption and
    governance issues and the effect they have on society and the economy.
  • The incumbent keenly tracks and reports on
    corruption-related cases, and maintains contact with anti-corruption civil
    society groups, and attends court proceedings for high profile cases. The
    incumbent is responsible for compiling and drafting an annual summary of
    corruption cases. The job requires tact and sound judgment to engage the
    various government ministries and institutions in the very sensitive area
    of corruption and poor governance.
  • The duty bearer needs to establish and
    maintain close contact with senior-level officials in the judiciary,
    Directorate of Public Prosecution, Inspector General of Government and
    civil society organizations which deal with governance issues and must
    demonstrate a high level of maturity and objectivity while interviewing
    and reporting on corruption cases.
  • The incumbent will work closely with
    USAID’s Democracy, Governance & Conflict Office.
5. Develop and Maintain
Contacts 10%
  • Initiate and maintain a broad range of
    contacts in his/her portfolio at the highest level, which includes
    government, legislature, judiciary, media, academia, businesses, and civil
    society. To maintain and expand these contacts, incumbent attends civil
    society gatherings, important public meetings, legislative sessions and
    conferences and seminars relevant to his/her portfolio. Drawing on his/her
    broad base of contacts, the incumbent assists with the selection of
    candidates for Public Affairs programs.
  • Incumbent is also responsible for
    suggesting new contacts that the Section can engage with. He/she helps
    orient new American officers by introducing them to key political contacts
    and opinion leaders. Incumbent also suggest guest lists for
    representations events, and advising them on relative importance and
    experience of state policy makers. Incumbent must therefore keep abreast
    of domestic and regional events as well as its various actors and trends.
6. Travel and Operational
Responsibilities 10%
  • The incumbent travels independently
    especially in Kampala and the surrounding districts and other parts of
    Uganda as the need arises, to keep up-to-date on political and social
    developments of importance to US interests across the board. Through this
    travel, incumbent keeps the Political and Economic Section informed about
    macroeconomic, energy sector, health, environment, and good governance
  • Incumbent assists in the planning and
    organizing of visits by state Department officials, Cabinet Secretaries,
    other Executive Branch officials and Congressional delegations. Although
    this is done under the supervision of American officers; the incumbent
    plays a role not only in logistical arrangements but also in suggesting
    site visits, tours and meetings with key Ugandan personalities. Incumbent
    arranges meetings with key political and economic contacts ensuring that
    American officers and official visitors are able to gather comprehensive
    information and take full advantage of the visit. S/he recommends
    approaches to be taken by American principals in the meetings and prepares
    background and biographic material.
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 US Embassy
    Political and Economic Assistant vacancy should hold of a university
    degree in political science, law, political economy, economics, history,
    journalism and human rights is required.
  • At least five years; experience in foreign
    policy, political, law, social development, academia or journalism.
  • Detailed working knowledge of Uganda’s
    economic and political system, as well as a broad understanding of energy,
    environment, health, science and technology (ESTH) issues.
  • Possess the ability to interact with
    Uganda officials, civil society groups, scientists, economists, members of
    the business community, and political leaders at all levels.
Language Proficiency:
List both English and host country language(s) by level and specialization.
Level IV English ability (fluent written, spoken and reading) 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.
Deadline: 26th
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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