US Embassy Kampala Physician Jobs in Uganda

US Embassy Kampala Physician Jobs in Uganda

Basic Function of Position

  • The physician in this position is expected to provide primary urgent and emergency outpatient medical care services to all eligible American employees and their family members.

  • Additionally the incumbent will provide emergency and occupational health services to all employees of the Mission.

  • Services will be provided through direct patient evaluation, examination, and treatment.

  • The LE Staff physician is responsible for determining when hospitalization/medical evacuation is required and arranging all appropriate aspects of the patient's care.

  • The LE Staff physician will participate in after-hours call responsibilities with other health unit team members.

  • The job holder has significant impact on the entire embassy customer base in a variety of levels and fashions, including decisions on employees’ abilities to work, continued ability to be posted in their overseas assignment based on medical conditions that require ongoing management, and Medevac decisions and implications.

  • The Front Office and Management Officer will look to this position to play a vital role in creating a healthier workplace, writing policies and providing advice on how to improve the health condition and awareness of the entire mission.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Medical Practice 70%

    Provides outpatient medical services for eligible children and adult patients

  • Provides timely appointments;

  • Obtains history of medical complaint;

  • Reviews past medical history bearing on medical issues;

  • Provides physical examination of the patients

  • Discusses with the patient/parents medical findings and assessment;

  • Orders appropriate tests from the HU resources or other specialty facilities in the community;

  • Reviews medical tests with the patient/parents;

  • Provides treatment through prescriptions, medical appliances such as splints, dressings, minor surgical procedures;

  • Refers to expert medical consultant for specialized medical care in community, at the regional medical evacuation center, or in the US;

  • Refers to hospital facilities for inpatient medical care in the community, at the regional medical evacuation center, or the US;

  • Monitors patient with additional appointments to assess medical care measures and progress;

  • Documents all care and services provided using customary methods of charting and review of reports.

    Medical Expertise 10%

  • Maintains medical expertise through obtaining required medical training, medical literature review and medical education credits needed for licensure and board certification.

  • Participates in HU educational activities including providing training sessions for nurses in the use of emergency equipment, emergency response guidelines, emergency trauma responses to mass casualty situations, medical response for emergency situations such as chemical and biological weapons, and infectious emergencies such as pandemic influenza, Zika virus outbreaks, Ebola outbreaks, etc.

    Preventative Medical Services 10%

    Provide preventative medical services for individual patients and the community as a whole through:

  • Reviewing health history and health behaviors regularly as recommended by leading US authorities;

  • Implements and monitors wellness programs and establishes healthy lifestyle programs in accordance with US standards;

  • Oversees immunization program with emphasis on both individual immunization requirements and community immunization plans and processes;

  • Obtains indicated screening studies and advise patients/parents regarding results;

  • Participates in health education activities such as speaking to groups on health issues;

  • The LE Staff physician, as part of the medical response team will be expected to identify illnesses and conditions that could threaten the health and well-being of mission personnel and take appropriate preventative actions;

  • Provides community education and screening using standard management protocols.

    Other Non-Medical Duties and Responsibilities 10%

  • Provides direct supervision to the health unit team of three staff.

  • Maintains and decides the HU stock of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies inventory to ensure the HU is operating efficiently at any time (up to 100K), in collaboration with MP.

  • Responsible for ensuring HU medical equipment are functioning and in operating condition and arranges services to fix equipment fault (up to 100K).

  • Sets budget priorities for HU and exercises fiscal responsibility, in collaboration with MP.

    Required For Effective Performance


  • Medical Degree from an accredited Medical School and completion of appropriate post-graduate internship/residency/or fellowship is required.

  • Must possess and maintains a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine within the host country, country of citizenship, or the U.S.

    Prior Work Experience

  • A minimum of three (3) years of clinical experience post-graduate training in primary care (Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, or Internal Medicine) with at least 50% of the provider's time involved with
    direct patient care during that time is required.

    Post Entry Training

  • Will be required to maintain BLS and ACLS certifications through DOS sponsored Continuing Medical Education courses or equivalent community resources.

  • The applicant will be provided supervised training within the Medical Unit from supervising DHA staffing and will participate in MED Bureau continuing education courses as appropriate.

    Language Proficiency

  • List both English and host country languages(s) proficiency requirements by level (II, III) and specialization (sp/read). English level IV (Fluent) Written/Speaking/Reading is required.

    Job Knowledge

  • Applicant must be a skilled and experienced physician who recognizes and understands the problems of delivering healthcare to a large and diverse group of personnel and their family members and be able to adjust his/her response and actions to varying medical and social situations.

  • Expert knowledge in technical medical

    Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to perform common office-based surgical procedures, primary care procedures, and have emergency response skills such as intubation of patients, IV insertion, ability to perform CPR, etc.

  • Position shall work with standard medical equipment and is expected to know how to operate basic laboratory equipment.

  • Must be proficient in use of computer including Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet functions including medical

  • literature searches and use of common computer-based applications/programs.

  • Must be sensitive to needs and feelings of the patients and be approachable and personable in order to obtain and maintain the trust and confidence of employees and dependents.

    Position Element

    Supervision Received

  • This position reports to the Direct-hire American RMO/MP.

    Supervision Exercised

  • Exercises full supervisory responsibility for three Registered Nurses.

    Available Guidelines

  • Medical SOPs; the Bureau of Medical Services 16 FAM Guidelines; Bureau of Medical Services Technical Guidelines; CD-ROM: Standard Operating Procedures for Health Units; and MED Website.

    Exercise of Judgment

  • Must prioritize tasks and schedule appointments to ensure high quality health care. Exercise good judgement on a continuous basis regarding patient clinical care decisions. Understands the time constraints and relative importance of projects assigned.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding of complex problems and must demonstrate
    excellent judgement in making difficult decisions involving emotionally charged decisions in health care.

    Authority to Make Commitments

  • The position has the authority to make any and all commitments relating to the care of ill patients including prescribing medications and arranging and authorizing hospitalizations and medical evacuations when required.

  • Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts
    Daily contact in providing health care and guidance to USG personnel and family members at all organizational levels.

  • Maintains contacts with senior level local governmental medical personnel and with regional DOS Medical providers.

  • Maintains regular contact with Front Office and Senior Management for updates on the HU
    operations and how it impacts the entire mission.

  • Time expected to Reach Full Performance Level One year.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; US Embassy Kampala Physician Jobs in Uganda

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