Earn 88m annually as Public Health Specialist (Monitoring and Evaluation) at United States US Embassy / Mission in Uganda

Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-10 (Ugshs 88,050,617 to 128,626,328 p.a.
Inclusive of allowances) Vacancy Announcement
Number:
20-16
Reports to: M&E Team Lead
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 (CDC)
  • Peace Corps
Job Summary: The Public Health Specialist (Monitoring and
Evaluation) will be working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH), and
implementing partners consistent with President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR) and MOH Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Guidelines in the
provision of technical assistance in the design and implementation of trainings
for monitoring and evaluation systems of public health projects/programs at the
community, regional and/or national level to strengthen monitoring and
evaluation of HIV/AIDS projects to ensure implementation of quality, viable and
appropriate programs.
The
incumbent works with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team Lead to develop and
implement the performance monitoring system and indicators to track and report
project results; provides oversight for project results reporting and
management in conjunction with other staff members; and provides monitoring and
evaluation technical assistance capacity building for local partner
organizations. Job holder assists in development and implementation an M&E
Plan for the CDC-Uganda strategic plan. The job holder works to strengthen
systems and staff capacity at the MOH to collect, manage, and use quality
M&E data to inform programs and policies in the national response to HIV
and AIDS. The job holder assists the PEPFAR team in measuring the USG  contribution toward achieving the PEPFAR
targets through MOH reporting systems, and to adapt PEPFAR-supported M&E
and other Strategic Information (SI) tools to improve PEPFAR programming and
service delivery. The incumbent represents the agency on monitoring and
evaluation issues at technical, and policy planning meetings at the community
and national level, including meetings with collaborators and donors.
Responsible for day to day delivery of monitoring and evaluation projects
carried out by CDC-Uganda staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program Management
(80%)
  • The incumbent works directly with the host
    country MOH, international organizations, donors, non-governmental organizations,
    partners, contractors, and other USG agencies in establishing the
    monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure effective implementation of
    agency and host government’s strategic plan and key program initiatives.
  • The incumbent assists and ensures compliance
    with the requirements of the reporting systems for preparing project
    reports in accordance with agreements. Works with MOH and implementing
    partners to ensure collection of relevant and appropriate data to identify
    strengths, weaknesses and gaps in existing programs and services required.
    Prepare plans for monitoring and evaluation work, project development and
    drafting of the unit’s activities for inclusion in the annual County
    Operational Plan (COP) for PEPFAR.
Monitoring and
Evaluation:
  • The jobholder sets out monitoring and
    evaluation framework and procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of program/project
    activities by participating in the design of the overall monitoring
    evaluation plan, following strategic objectives.
  • Takes the lead in analysis of data collected
    under the monitoring and evaluation framework for assessment of progress
    and areas for improvement. Designs and updates instruments for data
    collection to monitor and evaluate epidemiological parameters.
  • Supports technical sections and partners with
    planning, designing, and implementing their respective monitoring and
    evaluation plans. This could include contributing to the design of both
    qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluations, designing
    performance monitoring systems, conducting key informant interviews, and
    focus group discussions. Takes the lead in managing monitoring and
    evaluations and supports findings of relevance for more than one activity.
  • Works closely with the host government to
    ensure that national-level data are available and reliable, and works on
    an inter-agency basis to ensure that USG results contribute to an accurate
    picture of the situation on the ground, that double-counting is avoided,
    and that results are truly attributable to PEPFAR program interventions.
    Documents program accomplishments and recommends changes in policy,
    program operations, and resource levels to improve effectiveness.
  • The incumbent also takes primary
    responsibility for development of the monitoring and evaluation section of
    agency’s annual submission for future funding.
Scientific Research:
  • Facilitates the development of systems and
    provides support to USG-funded programs to conduct and interpret results
    of various research projects. Contributes to and participates in complex
    studies and performs research assignments that require independent
    analysis and interpretation. Such studies and research include substantive
    and often sensitive information.
  • Coordinates with other USG personnel and implementing
    partners to develop, oversee preparation and dissemination of the results
    of evaluations of public health services, including demographic surveys,
    number receiving treatment, indicator surveys, biomedical or behavior
    change surveillance, etc. On occasion, takes the lead on additional
    research-related tasks as assigned.
  • Develops agendas and plans for program
    evaluations, implementing the evaluations and disseminating and using the
    results for improving program performance. Evaluations may include process
    evaluations, evaluations of performance characteristics, such as time,
    cost, equity, access and quality.
  • Remains informed on current evaluation
    designs in the HIV/AIDS fields by review of current literature, and is
    alert to any implication of such research for project activities.
2. Administrative
Management (10% )
  • Maintains files and records in the monitoring
    and evaluation data collection specific to the activities/programs
    for  which incumbent is responsible.
    Responsible for data integrity of information in the reporting databases
    that may relate to HIV/AIDS infection. Other program files include
    reports, meeting summaries and minutes, copies of all grants/cooperative
    agreements/contracts, research determinations, panels, and awards.
    Whenever possible these records will be filed electronically and entered
    into the reference system.
  • Prepares briefings for Congressional and
    Executive delegations, industry leaders and other high-level visitors; participates
    in making arrangements for visits and serves as spokesperson as required.
  • Serves as control official for some site
    visits for agency and inter-agency PEPFAR senior-level officials.
  • The incumbent is responsible for providing
    oversight to monitoring and evaluation  implementing/cooperative agreement
    partners within the job holder’s portfolio. This includes: monitoring for adherence
    to proposed activities; reviewing quarterly pipeline /budget status
    reports; following up on irregular findings; and providing advice for
    realignments of staff/resources.
3. Interagency
Coordination (10%)
  • Participates in inter-agency technical and
    administrative meetings for purposes of discussing and developing monitoring
    and evaluation targets for furthering the program and provides technical
    expertise to improve the strategic information/evaluation components of
    the HIV/AIDS programs that CDC, the MOH, and other collaborating partners
    are implementing throughout Uganda. Coordinates and provides technical
    assistance for program evaluations across Implementing Partners. This will
    involve working closely with relevant national government and academic
    stakeholders, other branches of CDC Uganda and the larger US government
    PEPFAR team in Uganda.
  • Serves on inter-agency technical working
    groups to ensure effective coordination of work plan development,
    implementation strategies, and monitoring and evaluation plans for all USG
    agency monitoring and evaluation activities in Uganda.
  • The incumbent serves on intra- and inter-branch
    and agency PEPFAR working groups and projects, sometimes taking the
    project lead role. These projects are generally short-term in nature and
    most often have to do with special requirements for VIP visits, special
    PEPFAR tasking, etc. This would include 1-2 projects per year where position
    would have a lead role.
  • Supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) in
    preparing and disseminating white papers, presentations and peer-reviewed journal
    articles as well as writing national policy documents. As a consultant,
    job holder represents PEPFAR in the area of program monitoring and
    evaluation and attempts to influence other collaborative organizations
    engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention programs to adopt appropriate monitoring
    and evaluation strategies for their program activities. As appropriate,
    prepares verbal briefings, presentations and written reports for agency
    leadership and staff as well as other interested parties on the progress
    of the country PEPFAR-funded monitoring and evaluation program activities.
  • On behalf of the Team Lead, incumbent may
    participate with other PEPFAR professionals on in-country committees for
    monitoring and evaluation issues. The purpose of such committees is to
    assess program needs and issues at the local level and develop strategies
    for communicating these needs/issues to the national level. The committees
    help to ensure consistency in the implementation of best practices for
    HIV/AIDS issues on a national level. Based on information received in the
    national committees, job holder may recommend revisions to the program
    policies, guidelines, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation
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 US Embassy Public
    Health Specialist (Monitoring and Evaluation) career opportunity should
    possess a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, medicine,
    behavioral or social science, statistics, or health science is required.
  • A minimum of five years of mid- to
    senior-level public health research and monitoring and evaluation
    experience of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or care programs are
    required. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in basic program evaluation.
  • Broad working knowledge of monitoring and
    evaluation methodology, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best
    practices in data dissemination and data use is required.
  • Good knowledge of data management processes
    and tools, including web-based database systems is required. High level of
    competency in managing data information and evaluations on large scale
    health or HIV/AIDS activities required.
  • Working knowledge of the objectives and operations
    of the USG, or the program activities of other international donor organizations,
    is required. Specialist knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs,
    strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop,
    implement and evaluate results of HIV/AIDS programs is required.
  • Good working knowledge of overall
    administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of
    contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications
    skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working
    relationships with national and international working partners and to
    prepare required written reports.
  • Proven ability to analyze, understand and
    discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is
    required. This includes the development of survey indicators and
    monitoring systems, evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid
    instruments, field experience in data collection, and methods in data analysis.
  • The incumbent will be expected to exercise
    considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and
    different settings, as the work is complex and can be threatening to
    stakeholders.
  • Considerable innovation will be required to
    influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS M&E
    programs to adopt appropriate strategies for evaluating their program
    activities. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and
    databases is required.
  • Good keyboarding skills that include speed
    and accuracy are required.
  • Strong skills in interpretation of program
    monitoring and evaluation data are required.
  • Language Proficiency (level and specialization): Level
    IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English 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
    .  Please clearly
    indicate the position number and position title in this form.
  • 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: 17th March, 2016
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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