U.S. Embassy in Uganda Project Management Specialist - Health Jobs

U.S. Embassy in Uganda Project Management Specialist - Health Jobs

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

  • USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (Health) position.

  • The Project Management Specialist (Health) serves as the Deputy FH Unit Leader in the FH Unit. The FH Unit is headed by the Supervisory Project Management Specialist (FH Unit Leader) who is responsible for providing leadership and direction of the unit and in turn reports to the OHH Deputy Director.

    Statement of Duties to be performed.

    Strategic and technical leadership (30%)

  • Provides senior/high level technical advice to the Mission and the MOH in the areas of child health, maternal health, reproductive health, nutrition, family planning and related health systems issues, and will be involved in strategic decision making, budget allocations, and project designs.

  • Provides technical input into the FH Unit’s strategic planning and reporting as part of the Foreign

  • Provides leadership and acts as FH Unit Leader in the absence of the FH Unit Leader.

  • Develops and implements a strategic approach to maternal and child health.

  • Engages, alongside the FH Unit Leader, in Health Donor meetings and Health Policy Advisory
    Committees to advise, comment, and participate in strategic decisions affecting health in Uganda.

  • Engages in health sector strategic planning with the MOH, other donors and partners, including regular participation in Technical Working Group(s) and related committees, and planning, monitoring, and supervisory visits such as the annual Joint Review Mission and the Area Team Visits.

  • Represents USAID at all appropriate fora relating to family health–including meetings with potential partners, local conferences, meetings, working groups and launches, and occasional international events.

  • Represents the FH Unit at appropriate Mission meetings with and/or in the absence of the FH Unit
    Leader – e.g. PEPFAR Country Team, OHH Staff Meeting, Senior Management, etc.

    Project Planning and Management (35%)

  • Assesses the Family Health portfolio, the performance of partners, the available budget, the need for additional activities or ending activities, and designs new projects or activities to achieve its strategic objectives.

  • Participates or takes the lead on each stage of project design for new activities, including drafting and getting approval for concept papers, writing scopes of work, evaluating applications/proposals, and starting up new projects.

  • Ensures that IPs abide by their reporting requirements, including quarterly reports, trip reports, accruals, Program Monitoring Plans (PMP), annual reports, and other requirements such as reporting for the OP or other requests. This includes supportive supervision of other project managers in the group; as necessary.

  • Participates in routine USAID/Uganda IPs meetings to discuss technical and programmatic direction of the USAID/Uganda OHH strategy.

  • Identifies opportunities and strengthens existing opportunities for integration of health with other areas of the Mission, such as Education, HIV/AIDS, Economic Growth, etc.

  • Works with the Program Office, the Office of Financial Management (OFM), and the Office of
    Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) to help track health projects/activities, annual funding amounts, field support, MAARDS, and management units.

    Program monitoring and evaluation and budget (15%)

  • In collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation officer(s), manages the Family Health analytical agenda for national health surveys such as the DHS and SPA.

  • Manages the PMP for the FH Unit.

  • Supports the FH Unit Leader in coordinating the portfolio and pipeline reports and the procurement plans for the health portfolio.

  • Leads budget allocation discussions for FH funds and makes recommendations to the FH Unit Leader.

  • Prepares reports and responses to AID/W requests for information.

  • Supports the FH Unit Leader to monitor the health budget and work in collaboration with the OHH Financial Analyst to ensure that budgets are up to date, reprogramming is completed, and budgetary changes are approved by FH Unit Leader and OHH Team Leadership.

  • Monitors the FH budget through quarterly
    accruals and pipeline analysis for projects in the Unit and participates in Mission portfolio and pipeline reviews.

    Supervision and Staff Support (20%)

  • Supervises at a minimum, two technical Cooperating Country Nationals (CCNs) who are AOR/CORs, which includes developing annual work objectives, mentoring, facilitating professional development, completing ad hoc and annual performance reviews, and providing performance feedback.

  • Undertakes quarterly integrated support supervision with technical and other Mission staff i.e. in OFM, OAA, etc.

  • Collaborates with the Program Office, OFM, and OAA to coach and mentor FH Unit members, as
    needed, in effective project and financial management.

    Minimum Qualifications Required for This Position

  • Offers will be initially screened for compliance with application instructions and eligibility in accordance with the minimum qualification criteria listed below.

  • To ensure compliance with the entire set of this solicitation instructions (please see page 6 to 9 –

  • meet the experience requirements, etc.


  • Graduate level degree (Masters, PhD, MD, MPH, DrPH or other related) in social or behavioral sciences, public health, health, or other related fields. A Masters’ degree (or higher) in public health is strongly preferred.

    Prior Work Experience:

  • Eight (8) years of work experience in health/public health, and/or in health/public health organizations, of which:

  • At least five (5) years of experience programming and managing public health programs with donor, international, NGO/CSO and/or GOU organizations.

  • At least three years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.

  • Other relevant trainings or certifications to augment university degrees and work experience.

    Language Proficiency:

  • Minimum of level 4 – fluent in English (written and oral) language. Knowledge of one or more Ugandan local languages preferred.

    Job Knowledge:

  • Detailed and broad knowledge of current technical information and programmatic approaches in maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, infectious diseases and control, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and environmental health, water, and sanitation, and how they affect different populations, geographically, socioeconomically, with other disease burdens (e.g. people living with HIV), internally displaced persons, and otherwise disadvantaged in order to give detailed advice to other
    decision makers and be involved in key strategic decisions within the Mission and with other donors, and
    with high levels of the GOU.

  • Detailed and broad knowledge of Uganda’s political situation, legal and regulatory frameworks, donor relationships and priorities as it relates to health and health systems.

  • Detailed and broad knowledge of USAID technical and business processes in order to advise senior management on key issues related to health, and to represent USG to donors and to GOU.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the USG Mission including USAID (Mission and Headquarters), State Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and Peace Corps.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with IPs, private sector partners, other donor partners, and both central and district level Government of Uganda counterparts.

  • Strong Analytical ability to: a) analyze ongoing public health interventions to assess their efficacy and efficiency; and b) obtain, analyze, and evaluate data and prepare precise and accurate reports for other decision-makers.

  • Multitask and exercise sound judgment and decision-making in a very fast paced, dynamic environment.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; U.S. Embassy in Uganda Project Management Specialist - Health Jobs

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