Housing Assistant Career Jobs – United States US Embassy / Mission

Job Title:         Housing Assistant
Organisation: United States
US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-6 (Ugshs
41,892,912 p.a. inclusive of allowances)
Vacancy Announcement Number:
107-16
Reports to: General Services
Officer (GSO)
About US Embassy:
The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic
relations with Uganda for over 30 years. 
Ambassador Deborah R. Malac 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 Housing
Assistant acts as the point of contact and coordinator for all landlord-funded
residential housing repairs, make-readies, and terminations and serves as
liaison between the General Services Office and Facilities Maintenance Section
(FM) in scheduling such work in conjunction with on-going work orders.  The jobholder coordinates with FM, Property,
POSHO, RSO, and IRM to ensure that required repairs, furnishings, safety
upgrades, security measures, and telephones are in place in time for new arrivals.  Conducts arrival and departure inspections at
residences as part of GSO Check-In and Check-Out.  Verifies accuracy of utility bills and
landlord-funded repair invoices.  The
incumbent also works with landlord to explain US Mission standards and requirements
for residential housing. 
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Acts as point of contact and coordinator
    for all landlord-funded residential housing repairs, make-readies, and
    terminations and serves as liaison between the General Services Office/Housing
    Section (GSO/H) and Facilities Maintenance Section (FM) in scheduling such
    work in conjunction with on-going work orders.  
  • Coordinates with FM, Property, POSHO, RSO,
    and IRM to ensure that required repairs, furnishings, safety upgrades,
    security measures, and telephones are in place in time for new
    arrivals. 
  • Negotiates needed repairs/upgrades with
    landlords and resolves problems between landlords and American Employee
    occupants, requiring delicate coordination of often conflicting
    priorities.
  • Coordinates and Conducts arrival and
    departure inspections with the Make ready team and incoming and outgoing
    US Direct Hire employees as part of the GSO Check-In and Check-Out
    process, assessing any damages or repairs required and identifying the
    responsible party.  Upon arrival,
    conducts a “walk-through” of residences with explanation of the operation
    of appliances, locks, doors, air conditioning, hot water units or security
    devices.
  • Ensures that all household furnishings and
    fixtures are in good working order and notes if repair or replacement is
    needed.
  • Surveys potential properties for use as
    residences. 
  • Works closely with landlords to explain US
    Mission standards and requirements for residential housing.  
  • Keenly verifies accuracy of monthly
    utility (water and electricity) bills and accuracy of landlord-funded
    repairs.
  • Maintains keys for all residences (stored
    under lock and key in GSO), digital photo files, housing spreadsheet, and
    retail market information to assist GSO with the annual retail market
    survey (per FAM requirement).                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection
criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting
each item.
  • The applicants for the United States US
    Embassy Housing Assistant job opportunity should have completed secondary
    school.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in
    building/housing safety/health/environmental maintenance management is
    required.
  • Working knowledge of US Department of
    State housing and leasing standards, basic local journeyman work
    practices, and residential safety and security standards.
  • Cross cultural communication skills
    capable of mediating conflicting interests of American Embassy residents,
    facilities maintenance staff, and landlords. 
  • Must be tactful, yet effective, in dealing
    with American personnel relative to the status of their arrival and
    departure inspections, demonstrating exemplary customer service.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and
    should be able to operate a manual car.
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV
    English ability (reading and writing) is required.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
United States Embassy in Kampala are encouraged to Apply Online by following
the instructions below;
  • Applicants shall be required to register
    under the careers page for US Embassy Kampala using the link, Click Here
  • You will receive confirmation of
    registration and proceed to apply.
  • On completion of this process you will
    receive an auto response via your email.
NB: Applicants claiming a U.S. Veteran’s preference must submit
written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g., Member Copy 4 of Form
DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting
eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days
after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy
announcement. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not
received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the
U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process.
Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in
HR/OE’s Family Member Employment Policy (FMEP).
Deadline: 23rd December
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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