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

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

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

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

    Statement of Duties to be performed.

  • Strategic planning serves as the foundation to the Mission’s HIV/AIDS response and sound management serves as the cornerstone to ensuring that strategic and technical choices and directions are aligned to the PEPFAR guidance, DO3 goals and objectives as well as the National Strategic Plan.

  • The specific day-to-day roles of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Deputy Unit Leader include:

    Strategic and Technical Leadership 50%

  • Provide senior/high level technical advice to Mission and the Ministry of Health in the areas of
    HIV/AIDS prevention including senior level officials.

  • Provide oversight to the $33 million annual prevention budget and ensure costs remain within budget planning levels and that efficiency is maximized.

  • Work closely with other units within the health office and across the Mission to optimize opportunities for cross-sectoral integration and leveraging of resources across the different program components.

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports, and High Frequency Reporting.

  • Provide expert oversight and guidance to USAID/Uganda implementing partners on newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention program implementation.

  • In collaboration with the Strategic Information Unit, advise on the development of tools (such as dash boards, league tables) that support continuous learning and adapting to further improve and evolve the USAID/Uganda knowledge base and data management capability related to HIV/AIDS activities. Advise on targeted analyses of HIV/AIDS data to inform program planning and implementation.

  • Participate in and ensure the effectiveness of Site Improvement Monitoring System (SIMS) and other field visits to improve prevention service delivery quality.

    Representation, Reporting and Financial Management 40%

  • Represent USAID and PEPFAR at designated national, regional, and international meetings that relate to HIV/AIDS including regular participation in national level HIV/AIDS technical working groups and related committees.

  • Co-chair the PEPFAR Uganda interagency Prevention Working Group and serve as USAID/Uganda’s representative on all inter-agency forums related to HIV prevention.

  • Together with the HIV/AIDS and TB Unit Lead and HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Deputy Unit Lead,
    represent USAID on the interagency USG PEPFAR Inter-Agency Technical Team.

  • As requested by the Mission Director, Health and HIV Office Director or HIV/AIDS and TB Unit
    Leader, represent USAID at meetings outside of the HIV/AIDS field when needed.

  • As a member of the PEPFAR Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements including responding to requests for information from HQ, Congress and OGAC.

  • Monitor the HIV/AIDS budget through quarterly accruals and pipeline analyses and actively
    participates in Mission portfolio and pipeline reviews.

  • Work with the program office and the Financial Officer and the Office of Acquisition and Assistance to help track HIV/AIDS activities in areas of annual funding amounts, field support, MAARDS, and management units.

    Supervision, Coaching/Mentoring and Staff Support 10%

  • Supervise up to three technical Cooperating Country Nationals Personal Services Contractors
    (CCNPSCs) including mentoring and coaching them to grow professionally. Conduct regular
    performance reviews and address any performance challenges that may arise.

    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 –


  • Master’s Degree in a field relevant to development assistance such as Social Sciences, Social Work, Public Health, Organizational Development, Public or Business Administration, and International Development.

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

    Prior Work Experience:

  • From five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional experience in HIV/AIDS with USAID and/or other multi-lateral or bi-lateral organizations.

  • At least 5 years as of experience developing and managing large scale (>$30 million) health /HIV/AIDS projects.

  • Demonstrated experience in partner coordination and relationship management required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in supporting a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS including strategic planning, monitoring, and reporting in the areas of systems strengthening and service delivery.

    Language Proficiency:

  • Minimum of level 4 – fluency in English (written and oral) language is required. Given the nature of the position:

  • Effective written and oral communications are absolutely critical to perform successfully in this position.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and accurately.

  • Ability to draft reports, correspondence, briefings, and other written products in accurate and grammatically correct English with little or no editing required, often under tight deadlines.

    Job Knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of the GOU’s multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS approach, and the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan is required. This includes deep understanding of the strategies and modalities of development partner contributions to the development of Uganda’s HIV/AIDS response, as well as knowledge of the opportunities and constraints to Uganda’s HIV/AIDS and overall health sector growth, and the roles of the public and private sector.

  • Thorough knowledge of Uganda’s economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics and the history of development assistance, in particular the response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda, including current trends and directions.

  • Considerable degree of specialized knowledge and experience to be applied in identifying and analyzing complex issues related to programs.

  • In-depth understanding of US Government foreign assistance to Uganda and familiarity with central aspects of U.S. Government policy in Uganda.

  • Demonstrated specific knowledge of partnership building with corporate and/or government partners.

  • Sound knowledge of the way USAID conducts business, including budgeting and programming and
    procurement procedures is essential.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the objectives, methodology and status of USAID/Uganda’s programs
    and projects.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Superb communication and analytical skills, commitment to transparency and teamwork, and an
    outstanding ability to exercise sound and independent judgment, discretion and patience on a daily basis are required.

  • Flexibility and the ability to accept and react to changing policy direction with sound analyses, professionalism, and poise in addition to exercising considerable judgment when dealing with senior and mid-level partners in other USG agencies, GOU, donors, local organizations and implementing partners are required. More specifically:

  • Work effectively in teams.

  • Ability to participate in and/or lead internal and external teams.

  • Ability to respond professionally and adjust priorities in often fluid, changing, and challenging situations.

  • Ability to resolve complex planning and implementation issues with colleagues in technical offices and other parts of the mission that may arise.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and tact, to work effectively with people at all levels, from senior officials to support staff, accepting divergent points of view, able to set forth new ideas, and able to help find consensus to achieve team goals.

  • Ability to work in and appreciate a culturally diverse environment.

  • Ability to provide information and advice with detachment and objectivity, and orient, coach and mentor fellow Ugandan and U.S. personnel, as described in the duties.

  • Ability to appreciate and effectively work in a culturally diverse office and able to translate local customs and culture to American counterparts and senior staff, as necessary.

    How to Apply

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

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