Earn over 145m as Project Management Specialist (Public Financial Management and Health Financing) at United States US Embassy

Organisation: United
States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary Grade: UGX
145,734,783 – 214,194,284 per annum (FSN 11)
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:  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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
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.
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.
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.
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 cross cutting 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.



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 Project Management Specialist
(Public Financial Management and Health Financing) job opportunity should hold
a Masters’ 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.
·       
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 the GoU at National, district and/or project
level is required.
·       
Experience
collaborating with and/or working for key donors, development partners, or Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGO) is required.
·       
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.
·       
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.
·       
Language
Proficiency:
Level IV (fluent)
spoken and written English language proficiency is required.
How to Apply:
All those interested
in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and
strictly adhere to the following:
·       
A typed
and hand signed (around Section 6 – Declaration) DS-174 Employment Application
for Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (Click Here; Version
Exp. 06/2022). Offerors are required to complete sections 1 through 6. (Make
sure to use additional Work Experience pages (Section 4), if needed, to provide
complete work history).
·       
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.
·       
Complete
curriculum vitae/resume. In order to fully evaluate your application, the
resume must include:
·       
Paid and
non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month/year). Please specify unpaid
or part time work. Any experience that does not include dates (month/year) will
not be counted towards meeting the solicitation requirements. (NOTE: Resume and
DS-174 work experience should match.)
·       
Specific
duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work.
·       
Education
and any other qualifications including job-related training courses,
job-related skills, or job- related honors, awards or accomplishments.
·       
Name and
contact information (phone and email) of three (3) professional references. At
least one of the references must be a prior or current direct supervisor.
·       
Supplemental
[separate] document specifically addressing each QRF as outlined in the
solicitation.
·       
Copies
of Academic Transcripts
·       
Offers
should 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.
·       
Submitted
offers and documents become the property of USAID and will not be returned.
Submit Application
To:
Human Resources
Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov
NB: Your
application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements
including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple
Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position
number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.
Deadline: 7th July 2020
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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