Earn 157m as Project Management Specialist (Nutrition & Child Health) at USAID Uganda (United States Embassy)

Job Title:   Project Management Specialist (Nutrition & Child Health)

Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda

Duty Station:  USAID / Uganda, Uganda

Salary Range: UGX 157,828,400 – 232,334,711 per annum, equivalent to FSN-11


About US:

The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Natalie E. Brown 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 qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (Nutrition & Child Health) position. The position is located in the USAID/Uganda Office of Health and HIV/AIDS (OHH). The OHH is responsible for one of USAID’s largest and most complex bilateral assistance health programs. Currently, there are six technical units: 1: Health System Strengthening Unit (HSS), 2: President’s Malaria Initiative Unit (PMI), 3: the HIV & TB Unit (HIV/TB) and its PEPFAR sponsored activities, 4: Family Health Unit (FHU), 5: Strategic Information Unit (SI) which provides support to the Office and other technical teams, and 6: Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Emerging Pandemic Threats Unit. The OHH Team is headed by a U.S. Foreign Service Officer who reports directly to the Mission Director. The Project Management Specialist (Nutrition and Child Health) is a member of the FHU which is responsible for providing technical and program expertise to the Health and HIV/AIDS units under OHH. The primary responsibility is to provide project management and technical advice on child health and nutrition to members of the OHH Team. The portfolio includes nutrition (all aspects), child health (including immunization and childhood illnesses), and water and sanitation. The PMS serves as A/COR of a variety of programs related to child health, nutrition, and WASH, including Child Survival and Health Grants and Field Support Nutrition projects. In addition, the PMS provides significant technical assistance on bilateral projects related to all aspects of child health. In order to advise the Mission on issues related to child health and nutrition, the specialist keeps abreast of current publications and information on international child health and nutrition, and its programming in developing countries. The PMS leads in designing relevant programs, contributing to design of other programs, and evaluation of child health and nutrition activities. The PMS works on integrating nutrition and child health with other initiatives within the OHH portfolio, such as working with the HIV/AIDS Team to strengthen their nutrition and child survival programming, particularly as it relates to orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programs, and nutritional rehabilitation of, malnourished people living with HIV. Develops guidelines, assists, and advises on integrating child health and nutrition into other areas within the Mission, including health, education, and economic growth.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Technical advice and advocacy – 55%

  • Serves as Mission point of contact for all matters related to child health and nutrition Works to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Uganda-supported child health, WASH, and nutrition activities, and those of GoU and other development partners by facilitating the exchange of technical information and identifying and fostering opportunities for partnership on technical and programmatic activities. Participates as USAID representative in national-level technical, programmatic, and policy meetings, and in consultations with other donors, government officials, and IPs.
  • Develops policies and guidelines to integrate child health, nutrition, and WASH activities into other areas of health, particularly HIV/AIDS education and social protection. Works closely with the HIV/AIDS Team on nutrition, including participating in working groups related to OVC, PMTCT, care and treatment, providing technical advice and guidance, advising on projects related to OVC, people living with HIV/AIDS, and PMTCT programs offering nutritional support. Advises on school health, nutrition and WASH programs, and emergency nutrition programs as they occur in country.
  • Advocates for child health and nutrition programs, and for funding in the OHH portfolio in order to achieve targets within the OHH performance monitoring plan. Ensures that USAID programs contribute to relevant National Development Plans and Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG) .
  • Provides technical and programmatic support, including developing PowerPoint presentations and talking points, and serving as site officer for high level delegations, other visitors, and overall USG and USAID Mission needs. Supports the OHH Team and the Mission in developing operational plans, such as the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, the Malaria Operational Plan, and the Agency Operational Plan. Responds to reporting requirements and requests from the Mission, USAID headquarters, and others, as needed.

Program/Project Management – 45 %

  • Manages a diverse portfolio including immunization, child health, water and sanitation, and nutrition. As the primary nutrition Specialist, the incumbent is responsible for child health nutrition activities, and providing support to HIV/AIDS nutrition activities in addition to the aspects of nutrition within the Feed the Future initiative and HATO. Nutrition activities include micronutrients, breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding, maternal nutrition, and nutrition and HIV/AIDS.
  • Serves as A/COR and program/project/activity manager. Provides review and approval of work plans, budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other key documents for managed activities. Provides guidance on new program initiatives, drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities, and manages the relationships between USAID and implementing partners (IPs) implementing child health nutrition and WASH activities. Provides technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to key USAID governmental and non-governmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for implementation of innovative child health, nutrition, and WASH projects. Based on skills and knowledge in financial and program management, provides oversight to ensure that USAID-supported child health, nutrition and WASH programs achieve anticipated results, are linked to and enhance attainment of OHH Strategic Objectives, are aligned with GoU priorities, and are implemented within the framework of USG foreign assistance policies. Conducts regular site visits to monitor activity progress, and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations.
  • The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

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 (Nutrition & Child Health) job opportunity should a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, public health, international health development, or a closely related degree.
  • A Master’s degree is highly desired.
  • At least five to seven years of progressively responsible professional experience working in the health or development field in Uganda.
  • Three years of this experience should be in direct management of non-governmental activities in health or development; including designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating activities.
  • This experience should have provided experience in the delivery of child health and nutrition programs, and relevant experience working or collaborating with other donors, governments, international organizations, etc.
  • In-depth professional-level knowledge of technical and programmatic approaches, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to child health, nutrition, WASH integration of nutrition into HIV in Uganda and the region, is required.
  • Significant knowledge of project design, planning, implementation, and monitoring is required.
  • A thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of Uganda’s child health and nutrition policies and programs is required.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics of Uganda, and the economic development, resources, in particular as it relates to child health and nutrition programs in Uganda, including current trends and directions, is expected.
  • Must be able to work effectively with mid- and senior-level public and civil service officials from the GoU and development partners.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment, and to coordinate well with others.
  • Must be able to develop effective and collaborative managerial relationships with IPs.
  • Excellent writing and computer skills, to prepare project documentation, presentations, regular and adhoc reports, etc., are required.
  • Diplomacy, tact, cultural sensitivity, and team participation skills are required, in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships within USAID, and with the public and private sectors.
  • Excellent organizational skills are required in order to multi-task and stay organized in a complex, frequently changing environment.
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical skills and problem solving, as well as the ability to effectively manage stress and conflict, is required.
  • Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required.


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.



NB: 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.


All offers must be e-mailed to: KampalaHR@state.gov


Deadline: 20th August 2021 by 4:45 PM local time.


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