Program Specialist, Health Job Opportunity – United States Peace Corps Uganda (PCUG)

Job Title:          Program Specialist, Health
Organization:  Peace
Corps Uganda (PCUG)
Duty Station:  Kololo
Reports to:  Director of Programming and Training (DPT)
About US:
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 Program Specialist, Health  provides support to the Program Manager for
Peace Corps Uganda’s Community Health Project. The Program Specialist works as
part of a team with the Director of Programming and Training and the Program
Manager and collaborates closely with all members of the Programming and
Training and Administrative Units. Additional responsibilities include managing
the Volunteer Reporting Process which includes training, trouble shooting,
reporting and coordination with all post staff and Volunteers.
The functions include assisting
in the following: developing and maintaining project plans; identifying viable,
effective and safe sites and housing for Peace Corps Volunteers; monitoring and
evaluating the implementation of individual Volunteer projects to ensure their
quality and consistency with the project plans; designing and managing
appropriate technical training to enhance the initial placement of Volunteers
and the quality of their projects; supporting Volunteers at their sites;
supporting and monitoring the safety and security of Volunteers; and serving as
a liaison between Peace Corps, Ministries and Agencies engaged in community
Key Duties and
Assist with Project Development and Management
(approximately 25% of the time)
Assist in developing and maintaining Peace Corps
projects that reflect and serve the needs of Uganda.
Assist in preparing documentation for the Peace
Corps projects that conforms to the mission, goals and standards of Peace
Assist in developing assignments for Volunteers
through site identification visits and other relevant activities, and in
maintaining contacts with potential sponsoring agencies to assure that
prospective sites meet the minimum criteria for safety and security, workable
job assignment, and viable housing situations for Volunteers. Housing
responsibilities include but are not limited to identification, minimum checks,
problem solving, liaison with agencies, follow up and referrals to medical and
safety and security administrators.
Assist in compiling and maintaining complete Site
History files that include important safety and security-related information
that is used to determine each site’s acceptability using PC Uganda’s
 Assist with
Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 20% of the time)
Be part of the team that ensures that Trainees
are given a good start and
Volunteers are better prepared to be a valuable
member of their Ugandan communities by:
Assisting in designing, implementing, and
evaluating pre-service training.
Participating in the evaluation of the
qualifications of each potential new Volunteer during pre-service training.
Assisting in developing, conducting, and
evaluating in-service training events.
Assisting in integrating safety and security
concerns into all training events.
Assist with Project Monitoring and Evaluation (approximately
10% of the time)
Assist in designing and implementing effective
project monitoring and evaluation activities that include safety and security.
Assist in preparing annual monitoring documents.
Assist in preparing site visit reports and
project evaluation reports.
Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 20% of the
Assist with and travel throughout the country to
provide advice and support to
Volunteers, their counterparts and supervisors
and their host families in order to enhance working relationships, community
integration, and assure safety and security. Document activities and results in
regular site visit reports.
Assist with developing and maintaining systems
(Volunteer reports, VIDA, Site Visit Reports, etc.) that maintain good
communication with and provide channels for soliciting feedback from
Volunteers, including information regarding their safety and security.
Act as a champion to Volunteers in their day to
day activities
Maintain up-to-date information regarding
relevant legislation; national policy changes; contact lists of relevant local
organizations, institutions, and agencies; and other published resources
including reference texts, professional journals and other similar information;
and make the information readily available to Volunteers.
Coordinate the Advancing Health Professionals
(AHP) program under Peace Corps
Response (approximately 15% of the time)
Identify, prepare and monitor appropriate AHP
Liaise with Peace Corps Response and AHP
partners on program activities and reporting requirements.
Provide broad support to AHP Volunteers and
monitor their work at site.
Assist in designing, implementing, and
evaluating AHP Volunteers’ orientation in country.
Safety and Security (approximately 5% of the time)
Keep the Safety & Security Coordinator
informed of any safety and security concerns at a Volunteer’s site.
Per Manual Section 270, maintain familiarity
with the Emergency Action Plan, with specific responsibilities required in the
event of an emergency, and with the procedures for reporting and responding to
safety and security incidents.
Other Duties and Activities (approximately 5% of the time)
Assist in planning, implementing and monitoring
Center-funded activities in Conformance with relevant Peace Corps Washington
and Center regulations
Maintain project files and handle correspondence
Make arrangements for meetings and conferences
Perform other duties as assigned
Addresses Volunteer safety and security by
adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures. Identifies
and immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns and issues
to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and the Country Director (CD). Assists
Program Managers/APCDs to ensure that prospective sites meet established
programmatic and safety/security criteria (e.g., safe housing, a clearly
defined assignment with an organization that shows real interest in working
with a Volunteer, etc.).
Reviews and references site history files when evaluating
potential sites, and incorporates appropriate safety and security-related
information into site history files. Monitors Volunteer compliance with Peace
Corps policies, especially related to safety and security. Participates in the
design and implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Acts as duty
officer, as needed. Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and
security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious
incidents, persons or articles.

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a University
degree in a field of study relevant for projects in community and public
Excellent computer skills including word
processing and spreadsheet programs; excellent command of English, both spoken
and written; native ability in spoken and written at least one Ugandan
language; ability to work independently with little supervision; good
organization and time management skills; willingness to take initiative;
excellent teamwork skills, strong service attitude; personal integrity; strong
cross-cultural skills; strong interpersonal skills, strong interest in Uganda’s
Experience of at least two years of related work
with relevant government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private
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
Must be legally able to work in Uganda
Position Elements:
Supervision Received: Supervised by the Director
of Programming and Training with daily direction provided by the Program
Manager for Health. For new, difficult, or unusual tasks, supervisors give
directions on objectives and suggested procedures. The  Program Specialist is expected to take the
initiative to meet established deadlines, and document and communicate
procedures to the Program Manager.
Available Guidelines: 1) Peace Corps Manual, 2)
Foreign Affairs Manual 3) instructions provided by the Program Managers and the
Director of Programming and Training.
Exercise of Judgment: Broad exercise of judgment
within the confines of job responsibilities.
Authority to Make Commitments: The Program
Specialist is expected to research, negotiate, and suggest solutions within the
confines of the job responsibilities.
Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Works
closely with Program Managers, PEPFAR unit, Director of Programming and
Training, Training Manager, Country Director and Peace Corps Trainees and Volunteers.
Communicates at all levels as required by the job responsibilities.
Supervision Exercised: None
How to apply:
Please submit a Word formatted letter of interest, resume (maximum 3
pages), names and contact information for three references to
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_PS Health” for the
Program Specialist, Health. Do not write any other words in the subject
line of your mail.
Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps Uganda 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.

You will be contacted ONLY if you are deemed qualified. If called for
an interview, you will be expected to carry a reference letter from your area Local
Council (LC 1) as well as copies of your academic credentials.
Deadline:   Monday 18th November
2019 4:45 pm

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