Fresher Administrative Assistant Jobs – United States Peace Corps

United States Peace Corps
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Announcement No.: 2019 – 003
Reports to:
Deputy Director of Management and Operations
About Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps is
an agency of the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer
development workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance
activities in over 70 countries worldwide.  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 Administrative Assistant (AA) provides
administrative and logistical support for the Peace Corps (PC) office in
Kampala, Uganda. Work will be assigned by the Deputy Director of Management and
Operations (DDMO) and will include but not be limited to reception,
administration and human resource tasks as assigned. The AA shall be expected
to maintain files and calendar, make appointments, receive visitors, sort and
circulate mail, cables, and other documents to appropriate PC staff. The AA
will also draft and prepare routine correspondence, maintain efficient flow of
information and observe strict confidentiality at all times.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Reception and
Administrative Duties: 60% of time
  • Professionally greets visitors; notifies appropriate staff promptly
    and directs visitors and contractors accordingly.
  • Professionally place calls, answer phones, record messages, and
    verify that messages have been received by staff and volunteers.
  • Directs all queries regarding Peace Corps to the appropriate staff
  • Keeps the reception area quiet, professional, clean, and organized.
  • Maintains bulletin board and staff whereabouts in the reception
  • Coordinates with courier service providers (FEDEX, DHL) to ensure
    that all mail and parcels are picked on time and arrive at the PC
    Headquarters, regional offices and other destinations. Dispatches,
    receives and logs registered mail (Fedex, DHL, and official mail).
  • Coordinates the dispatch of all mail, parcels and supplies that are
    delivered to Peace Corps.
  • Regularly updates telephone directory database for staff and
  • Manages storage for Volunteer and staff parcels and mail. Ensures that
    mail coming into and leaving the office is collected and delivered in a
    timely manner.
  • Receives telephone bills and coordinates with the utility companies
    on unacceptable invoices.
  • Distributes personal bills and keeps a log.
  • Prepares bills of collection for staff, Volunteers and vendors and
    enters billing data in the Peace Corps financial system. Track payments
    made on such bills and attach copies of receipts as obtained.
  • Assists the Voucher Examiner reconcile monthly payments between the
    Telephone companies and Peace Corps.
  • Assist the FAs with updating VICA payroll with Volunteer allowances,
    bank information, and Volunteer Data status
  • Prepares information packets for guests and consultants.
  • Coordinates the Admin team meetings, and other activities, takes
    notes and tracks agreed upon actions.
  • Maintains a calendar of Admin staff leave.
  • Serves as Back up for specified roles of the Voucher Examiner
    /Travel Coordinator, and Photographer for PC events.
  • Train newly hired staff on use of the various administrative forms.
  • Places orders for Business Cards for eligible PSCs.
  • Assists to make copies or scans of documents for Admin offices as
    requested by the DMO/ DDMO.
  • As a Government purchase card holder – makes online purchases and
    performs monthly reconciliations of the Citibank statements and maintains
    a log of purchases and presents them to the approver.
  • May be designated as a receiving officer. (Assigned by Country
    Directors, with the approval of their Regional Directors)  Responsibilities as a receiving officer
    include accurate review of goods or services, their accompanying invoices,
    and the purchase order/contract to ensure that the specifications,
    quality, amounts, price, timeliness, etc. of the goods are consistent with
    the terms and conditions of the contract/purchase order after successful
    completion of the requisite training to perform receiving duties.  (See MS 511, the Personal Property
    Management Handbook and OFMH 19)
HR duties: 30% of
  • Serves as backup Post Time and Attendance Clerk.  Collects bi-weekly staff timesheets,
    verifies for accuracy and submits for approval by the appropriate staff
    member/supervisor before filing accordingly.
  • Serves as back up in reconciling of leave forms and timesheets for
    all staff and generates accurate PC-57 reports, on request, quarterly
    and/or at each fiscal closure and at end of PSC contracts.
  • Assists HR Specialist, organize staff records; assist in electronic
    filing and records archiving for easy access and retrieval.
  • Receives and logs applications for various vacancies and performs
    initial screening of applicant documentation.
  • Assists with the scheduling, preparation and coordination of
  • Prepares welcome packets for all new hires, TDYs and guests and
    updates the staff bios.
  • Updates the Mission of all PC visitors, TDYs, new hires and
  • Organizes, coordinates and participates in orientation and induction
    of new hires. Assists with scheduling of orientation activities for new
    staff.  Works with various
    departments to coordinate and make sure orientation for new staff happens
    and is closed as per schedule.
  • Assists the HR Specialist to initiate and follow through security
    clearance processes with the Mission Regional Security office and track
    clearance status for both Long term and Short term contractors.
  • Maintains an updated short term staff list of security
    certifications/re-certifications by keeping track of all the processes
    with the help of the PC Safety and Security Manager.
  • Assist the HR Specialist to track staff anniversaries.
  • Assist the HR Specialist to maintain the PC directory and updates
    the US Embassy with accurate copies.
Other duties: 10%
of time
  • Prepares identification (ID) and emergency cards for PCVs and Short
    Term PSCs and ensures timely replacements in case of any losses reported.
  • Process, enter / update Volunteer VISA and Work permit applications
    into the PC computer systems. Ensures that copies for all PCVs are on both
    electronic and physical file.
  • On quarterly basis, reconciles the recorded inventory in the medical
    office. Prepares an annual report addressing all controlled substances,
    specially designated items to be conducted and submitted to OHS.
  • Assists in organizing PC Uganda receptions and other events.
  • Serves as one of two Records Liaisons for PC Uganda.
  • Holds the PCV whereabouts phone and maintains an updated log of
    information received.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the DMO or the DDMO and
    which do not conflict with primary duties and responsibilities as outlined
  • Safety and Security of our volunteers is Peace Corps’ number one
    priority.  All staff, including this
    position, has a role in the Volunteer and Trainee (V/T) safety support

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United States Peace Corps (PC)
    Administrative Assistant job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business
    Administration, Social Work, or related field. Additional training in HR
  • Two years of practical experience performing administrative
    functions and 1 year performing HR functions in a fast paced
  • Previous experience working within a multicultural environment is
  • Experience with US Government is highly desirable.
  • Excellent computer skills. 
    Knowledge of Microsoft Office, financial software and internet is a
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. The person must
    feel comfortable working collaboratively with colleagues from
    multicultural backgrounds and must demonstrate a positive service
  • Legally able to work in Uganda.
  • Languages: English
    with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
How to Apply:
Please submit a Word
formatted letter of interest, resume (maximum 3 pages), names and contact
information for three references to 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 “Akello
Ritah_Driver” for the Driver Position. Do not write any other words in the
subject line of your mail. Submitted documents become the property of the Peace
Deadline: 23rd April 2019
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