US Embassy USAID Careers – Conflict Specialist

Job Title:
  Conflict Specialist
Organisation: United States Embassy, US
Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  USAID’s Democracy,
Governance and Conflict Development Objective (DO2) Office, Kampala, Uganda  
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 Conflict Specialist provides USAID/Uganda’s
Democracy, Governance and Conflict Development Objective (DO2) Team and the
Mission technical guidance and program implementation support in the conflict
area and the position is based in Kampala. Reporting to the DO2 Team Leader,
the Conflict Specialist provides primary assistance in conflict prevention,
mitigation and resolution activities and manages assigned activities within the
portfolio to help achieve the Mission’s strategic objective and results of its
conflict strategy. As principal activity manager for peace dialogue and
reconciliation activities, and key informant on conflict and reconciliation
issues, the Conflict specialist collaborates with the U.S. Embassy in Uganda,
and other U.S. Government agencies, Government of Uganda (GoU) and Ugandan
civil society partners, UN and private agencies and other Donors to maintain
dialogue with and obtain support from partners and stakeholders, and ensure
collaboration and agreement.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as Activity Manager and COR/AOR for
    USAID/Uganda peace and security activities that support conflict
    mitigation, peace and reconciliation processes in Uganda. The incumbent
    prepares scopes of work for grants or contracts in support of the
    Mission’s conflict activities, reviews and evaluates funding requests and
    proposals, reviews technical performance reports and work plans and
    sub-grants, monitors the spending and resource pipeline, mobilizes
    resources to respond to the changing environment and monitors
    implementation through regular field visits;
  • Offer technical support, guidance and
    implementation support in the conflict area, coordinating with
    AID/Washington, U.S. Embassy/Kampala, USAID/East Africa, implementing
    partners, international organizations and bilateral donors in Uganda;
  • Provide assistance in conflict, amnesty,
    and peace dialogue activities by: 1) identifying development assistance
    needs and achievable results, in collaboration with GoU and partners, UN
    and private agencies, 2) maintaining dialogue with and obtaining support
    from partners and stakeholders, and 3) supporting DO Team efforts to
    obtain AID/W agreement on results and financing, and country and
    Mission-level approvals to initiate development activities;
  • Actively support and work with other
    Mission members to develop the Mission’s country strategy statement and
    operational plan in the area of conflict prevention, mitigation and
  • Collaborate closely with the Team Leader
    and other activity managers within DO2 and the Mission to conceive,
    develop, and implement programs and activities related to conflict
    prevention, mitigation and resolution;
  • Provide a full range of consultative,
    advisory, and analytical services on complex conflict issues;
  • Works closely with Uganda government
    Ministries and institutions regarding government strategies for conflict
    mitigation and peace building, the Amnesty Act and its amendments, the
    Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP), the
    Karamoja Integrated Disarmament and Development Plan KIDDP) and the
    National Development Plan and assist in informing USAID personnel of
    changing strategies and programs;
  • Engage senior leaders in civil society and
    UN and donor officials, on all issues related to conflict;
  • Support in organizing field visits to
    conflict areas for high-ranking U.S. government and USAID Mission personnel;
  • Apply development expertise and project
    management skills to promote successful implementation of complex,
    multi-sectoral programs.
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 USAID US
    Embassy Conflict Specialist vacancy should possess a bachelor’s degree in
    a related field.
  • At least 15 years of functionally
    professional experience in the field of conflict studies, peace building,
    reconciliation, or post conflict programming.
  • PFA training, COR/AOR Acquisition and
    Assistance training and USAID Project Implementation, Monitoring and
    Evaluation training.
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge and experience
    with donor agency policies, regulations, and administrative procedures.
  • A dynamic individual, with strong
    interpersonal skills and must have the ability to present concepts,
    analysis of the conflict and recommendations in clear written and oral formats.
    Candidates must also demonstrate an ability and understanding of best
    practices in promoting “development” during conflict and post conflict.
Language Proficiency:
Level IV (fluent) in English is required. Excellent English language speaking
and writing skills 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
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: 14th
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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