Project Management Specialist (Public Financial Management and Health Financing) – USAID/Uganda

Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda 
Duty Station:  USAID/Uganda Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: UGX 137,483,245  
Solicitation Number: 72061720R10001

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
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
·        
USAID/Uganda
is seeking for a qualified individual to fill the Project Management Specialist
(Public Financial Management and Health Financing) (PFM & HF PMS) position
located within the Office of Health and HIV (OHH)’s Health Systems
Strengthening (HSS) Unit but based within the Ministry of Health (MOH) –
Quality Assurance and Inspection Department to facilitate the advisory role of
this position.
·        
The PMS
is responsible for supporting the U.S. Government (USG) in its efforts to
strengthen
·        
Government
of Uganda (GoU) Ministry of Health (MoH) Public Financial Management for health
financing processes internally.
·        
The PMS
provides critical, high level policy advice and technical support to the
Government of Uganda (GoU), specifically the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic 
Development (MOFPED). The PMS also supports the MoH to improve budget
and procurement processes, increase execution rates of allocated funds, resolve
key budget preparation and execution/procurement bottlenecks, and use data to
justify, oversee, and manage their health budget.
·        
These
efforts will enable the MoH to expand services, enhance quality and improve
health outcomes for the people of Uganda, helping the country advance its
journey to self-reliance.
(2) Statement of Duties to be performed.
A. Technical Leadership (50%)
·        
Stay
abreast of state-of-the-art knowledge, programming and best practices related
to public financial management and utilize this information to improve health
financing in Uganda.
·        
Use
diplomatic skills and technical acumen to influence the MoH and MoFPED in their
strategic decisions and policy formulation to strengthen financial management
systems, including transparency and accountability, and encourage the GoU to
take concrete steps in the overall journey to self-reliance.
·        
Support
the continued transition and sensitization/awareness building of program-based
budgeting (PBB) for all local stakeholders, including MoH officials, District
Health Officials, and USG IPs.
·        
Provide
technical assistance to increase budget execution rates.
·        
Assist
the budget team to develop a more realistic fund release plan that considers
seasonal needs, including lump-sum budgets for commodity procurement.
·        
Maintain
link with USAID’s district-based programs to help unlock budget constraints at
the national level which are impacting district-level receipt and execution of
their budget.
·        
Support
the MoH’s budget preparation process, procedures, develop and assist the MoH in
implementing recommendations to improve budget preparation.
·        
Advise
the MoH in improving internal governance and operating systems to effectively
oversee and develop the health sector financing budget.
·        
Maintain
and support improvement measures in monitoring budget performance, accounting
for expenses, enhanced budget processes and improving on documentation.
·        
Participate
in key technical budget fora related to budget implementation and management at
the national level, such as the Health Sector Budget Technical Working Group.
·        
Influence
other donors, and the private sector to leverage resources for health systems
strengthening to achieve mutual goals such as those related to PEPFAR, PMI, the
Global Health Security Agenda, FP2020, and preventing child and maternal
deaths.
·        
Provide
health financing technical support to USG implementing Partner’s during their
program planning, and implementation aligning to MoH Health Financing Strategy
and Framework.
·        
Collaborate
with USAID Health technical teams to review health financing program data,
identify performance gaps within USAID-funded health programs and design health
financing interventions to close performance gaps.
·        
Coordinate
with other USG Health Systems seconded staff at the MoH to ensure holistic
health financing technical assistance is provided to MoH.
·        
Serve as
the USG point of contact liaising between MoH and MOFPED in health financing.
B. Program Management (30%)
·        
Serve as
an AOR/COR/Activity Manager for one or more activities (and assist the AOR/COR
in performing certain technical oversight duties); ensure that USAID exercises
prudent management over the award and monitor the recipient’s progress in
achieving the objectives of the program description.
·        
Collaborate
with the USAID Impending Partners that are providing ongoing technical support
to the MOH Department of Planning to ensure alignment of the PBB expenditure
framework with the new Results Based Financing framework.
·        
Work
with the USAID Health/HIV team to monitor the financial performance of
IP-supported health programs.
·        
Coordinate
exchanges and sharing of best practices among USG and other stakeholders in
health financing program areas to strengthen public financial management across
all levels of health care.
·        
Provide
project management support for health systems awards covering health financing
within the Mission.
·        
Support
MoH to set up and implement key performance health financing processes that
indicate improvement in public financial management.
·        
Participate
in the country operational plan and Health operational plan in collaboration
with the PEPFAR team, HSS, Malaria and Family Health Teams by providing public
financial management expertise.
·        
As the
PMS position cuts across all areas of the health portfolio, work closely with
other CORs, AORs and AMs to review and support annual work planning to ensure
activities are aligned with MoH policies and plans, coordinated with other
USAID and development partners’ activities, and reflect state of the art
interventions and best practices in public financial management.
·        
Travel
within Uganda for site monitoring visits, up to 10% of time.
C. Design of New Activities –
10%
·        
As the
HSS programs evolve and funding levels change, the PMS should apply critical
analysis and strategic health financing thinking skills to identify areas for
strategic support, participate in the selection of implementing mechanisms,
design and review proposals or applications, participate in procurement process
and guide the implementation of activities.
D. Integration of health financing best practices with
critical Mission activities – 10%
·        
Coordinate
with other Office of Health and HIV staff through key systems developed to
ensure effective integration of health financing guidance across all the
relevant portfolios.
·        
Contribute
to activities that support the provision of health systems technical and
administrative oversight of USAID programs implementing integrated USAID health
systems approach. The HSS crosscutting support is covered under the areas of
HSS, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, family planning, reproductive health, child
survival, and nutrition activities at both national and district/site levels.
·        
Coordinate
other activities within the health portfolio as they relate to Health Systems
Strengthening, particularly health financing.
·        
CCN PSCs
may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other
Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship
Program described in ADS 495maa.
(3) Supervisory Relationship:
·        
Works
under the general supervision by the HSS Unit Leader. Assignments are made
orally and in writing. Most assignments occur in the normal course of the work,
but the PMS is required to determine those that must be coordinated with the
supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the goals and
objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The PMS will seek advice
and assistance as required. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.
(4) Supervisory Controls:
·        
Continued
supervision of other Mission staff is not contemplated.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
·        
Offers
will be initially screened for compliance with application instructions and
eligibility in accordance with the minimum qualification criteria listed below.
Applicants who do not meet all of the education and experience requirements or
who provide incomplete, unsigned applications that are not in compliance with
the application instructions will not be evaluated or considered for award.



Education:

·        
Master’s
Degree, or the local equivalent, in Public Health, Health Economics, Public
Administration,
·        
Business
Administration, Finance, or in a field related to public financial management
and health financing.
·        
Prior
Work Experience:
·        
At least
ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience working in
Uganda in the public financial management field.
·        
This
work experience should include at least seven (7) years of project management
in relation to health financing.
·        
Health
financing experience working with GoU at National, district and/or project
level is required.
·        
Experience
collaborating with and/or working for key donors, development partners, or
NonGovernmental Organizations (NGO) is required.
·        
Language
Proficiency:
·        
Level IV
(fluent) spoken and written English language proficiency is required.
Job Knowledge:
·        
Demonstrated
knowledge and experience of working in the public sector financing area.
·        
The
knowledge and experience should cover some areas such as national budget and
financial policy and systems, as well as Health and HIV/AIDS service delivery
in the public and private sector in Uganda.
·        
Solid
understanding of donor engagement in supporting health financing efforts.
Skills and Abilities:
·        
Demonstrated
project management skills, including financial management, administrative, and
monitoring skills used to track the performance of implementing partners and
activities.
·        
Ability
to present information, analyses, and recommendations in clear written and oral
formats.
·        
Ability
to work effectively within a team and interagency environment.
·        
Ability
to initiate and self-manage work with minimal supervision.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to coordinate and organize stakeholders at national and lower levels of
management.
·        
Ability
to travel to regions and districts within Uganda.
·        
Ability
to work in a multi-cultural, dynamic and fast paced environment.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to support policy development, interpretation and implementation.
·        
Excellent
computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as data and
financial analysis tools.
How to apply:
Offers must be
presented as detailed in Section IV of the solicitation document and shall
include:
A typed and hand
signed (around Section 6 – Declaration) DS-174 Employment Application for Locally
Employed Staff or Family Member (https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.pdf;
Version Exp. 06/2022).
Cover letter
(addressed to the USAID Supervisory Executive Officer) clearly indicating the
position for which you are applying and describing how you meet the minimum
requirements.
Completed curriculum
vitae/resume as detailed in the solicitation document.
Supplemental
[separate] document specifically addressing each QRF as outlined in the
solicitation.
Copies of Academic
Transcripts.
All offers must be
e-mailed to: KampalaHR@state.gov
Offers must be in a
standard file type such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). All
should be in one document which should not exceed 10MB. 
ONLY ELECTRONIC
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND ONLY SHORT LISTED OFFERORS WILL BE CONTACTED.
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Deadline: November 13, 2019:4:45 PM local time.

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