Regional Program Officer (RPO) Admin Careers – U.S. Peace Corps

Job Title:       Regional Program Officer (RPO)
Organization: U.S. Peace
Corps
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Report to: Director of
Programming and Training (DPT)
Vacancy Announcement No.: 2016-016
About Peace Corps:
The U.S. Peace Corps is an international autonomous agency of the US
Government with operations in over 65 countries. It operates in Uganda by the
invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps Uganda has a memorandum of
understanding with government ministries that outline broad areas of agreement
of cooperation regarding the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda.
Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government agencies and
organizations, community based organizations, universities, colleges and
schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity building in
Education, Health and Community Agribusiness. Peace Corps also aims to build
cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans. 
Job Summary: The Regional
Program Officer (RPO) works as part of an interdisciplinary Programming and
Training Team and provides support to ensure that PC – Uganda’s Training,
Health, Agriculture and Education Programs are performing optimally.  The RPO also provides assistance to project
coordinators on an as needed basis.  The
RPO is assigned to a specific region of operation where they perform the
majority of their duties. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Programmatic Support and Volunteer Safety:  70%
  • Coordinates with PMs, PCVLs and the DPT in
    order to effectively:
  • The jobholder will motivate and support
    Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs);
  • Carry out thorough site identification,
    development, and visits in coordination with PMs and Champions following
    the standard process and correctly completing required documentation;
  • Manage the preparation of PCV housing to
    ensure that housing is ready for PCTs when they arrive in country,
  • Provide weekly updates to the DPT on
    travel plans and major tasks to address,
  • Communicate regularly with all PCVs in
    their region and provide updates to the appropriate PM and / or Champion
    for noting in PCVs communication records in VIDA;
  • Significantly contribute programmatic
    input to IPBS and Ops Plan development; and
  • Support PMs and Champions in collecting,
    compiling, and reporting program data.
  • Provides program support and ensures that
    PCVs are safe, engaged in meaningful work, and living safely in their
    communities;
  • Supports PC staff  in planning travel schedules;
  • Builds and maintains healthy relationships
    with local political and law enforcement authorities
  • Builds and maintains healthy relationships
    PCVs, Peace Corps staff, and partners;
  • Assists in compiling Project Status
    Reports (PSRs), writing periodic and annual reports, and participates in
    project plan reviews;
  • Promotes Peace Corps’ programs within the
    context of the Government of Uganda’s development priorities;
  • Responds to PCV field reports and issues
    concerning their sites and housing in their region;
  • Supports PCVs in project implementation
    and development, including development of secondary activities;
  • Promotes to PCVs and their counterparts to
    monitor and complete reporting documentation to Peace Corps on their
    activities.
  • Counsels PCVs on technical and
    cross-cultural issues;
  • Maintains liaisons with the local police
    and other authorities to ensure Volunteers’ safety and security and that
    of staff and property at main office, regional sub offices and Volunteers’
    sites,
  • Participates in the implementation of the
    Emergency Action Plan.
  • Responds timely to additional assignments
    from the Country Director.
Training:  20%
  • Builds effective working relationships
    with the training team;
  • Offers support to the training team to
    design, organize, facilitate, and plan logistics for training events (PST,
    IST, COS conference, other Volunteer trainings) especially within the
    geographical region, for PCVs and/or counterparts;
  • Identifies training sites, especially
    within the geographical region;
General Services: 10%
  • The Regional Program Officer (RPO) coordinates
    with the General Services Manager (GSM). Peace Corps Medical Officer
    (PCMO) and Deputy Director of Management Operations (DDMO) as necessary;
  • Deliver mail to PCVs in particular
    regions;
  • Builds relationships with vendors to
    facilitate purchasing of necessary supplies and services, and
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    the CD or DPT.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the Unites States
    Peace Corps Regional Program Officer (RPO) job opportunity must hold a
    University degree– Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or Bachelor’s and some
    post-Bachelor’s degree studies.
  • A minimum of five years of management and
    supervision with increasing responsibilities.
  • Previous exposure and experience working
    in development with NGOs, community organizations, international
    USAID-implementing agencies, government in one or more of the following
    fields: health, community/public health, agribusiness, entrepreneurship,
    education and training.
  • Demonstrates high professional standards
    in the ability to:
  • Serve on a team;
  • Be analytical, well organized and
    creative;
  • Ability to compile and write reports;
  • Communicate effectively with Americans,
    staff, and NGOs, schools, government agencies;
  • Use computer systems;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of PC
    Uganda policies and procedures, especially those relevant to area of
    specialization;
  • Respect different cultures and divergent
    viewpoints
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken
    and written; native ability in spoken and written at least one Ugandan
    language.
  • Ability to work on a regular Monday
    through Friday schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours when
    necessary.
  • Ability to travel extensively at least 40%
    of the time
  • Ability and willingness to live and work
    in the Mbarara area.
  • Must be legally able to work in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their electronic applications with a Word formatted letter of interest, resume,
names and contact information for three references to
applications@ug.peacecorps.gov
Please clearly indicate your name and the position applied for on the
subject line of the cover email as well as on all the attachments: For example
“Katungu Bonita_RPO” for the Regional Program Officer Position. Do not write
any other words in the subject line of your mail. Submitted documents become
the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned.
NB: If called for an
interview, you will be expected to bring a reference letter from your area
Local Council (LC1) as well as your academic credentials. 
Deadline: 10th October
2016
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