USAID Project Management Specialist (EAC) – Integration and Trade Policy Jobs in Uganda

USAID Project Management Specialist (EAC) – Integration and Trade Policy Jobs in Uganda

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

  • USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (EAC Integration and Trade Policy) position.

  • The Specialist is responsible for participating with other senior advisors and officers in the design, development, and management of USAID/Uganda (“Mission”) trade sector plans and programs to support trade expansion within Uganda and East Africa, between Uganda and the United States and other
    countries. The Specialist reports to the USAID/Uganda Economic Growth Office (EG) Private Sector and Policy Unit Leader.

  • The Specialist will manage USAID/Uganda’s engagement on all trade-related activities, a major trade development implementer in the EAC. Engagements may also include serving as a member of related committees and boards. The Specialist will identify, develop and direct technical assistance (TA) to Uganda as an EAC Partner State. The Specialist is responsible for designing, developing and managing trade activities which will complement existing USAID/Uganda activities, particularly in agriculture, as well as the trade activities of the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) regional mission. USAID/Uganda will also promote trade in high-potential sectors such as financial and business services. The specialist will work in partnership with other U.S. government (USG) offices and agencies to develop sector
    specific strategies for expanding trade and investment in Uganda.

    Statement of Duties to be performed.

    Trade Sector Engagement, Integration, Strategic Planning and Program Design – 35%

  • The Specialist provides substantive technical and managerial support to the conceptualization, planning,implementation and monitoring of the mission’s overall trade development strategy, particularly as related to agriculture. The Specialist works to deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration of Uganda in the EAC to improve the quality of life of the people of Uganda through increased competitiveness, value-added production of goods, and enhanced trade and investment. The Specialist facilitates the harmonization, gazetting, implementation and uptake of EAC policy reforms by Uganda,
    and accelerates implementation of agreed EAC reforms at the national level to advance implementation of policy reform. The Specialist works to address Government of Uganda (GoU) policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to trade, investment, and finance that hinder trade and EAC integration by clearing
    impediments and developing implementation plans, protocols and procedures. The Specialist maintains

    Trade Policy and Technical Advice – 25%

  • The Specialist serves as a recognized trade expert, with a strong knowledge of trade policy, keeps abreast of trends and issues in Ugandan and regional trade, reviews and analyzes developments and advises

    Program Management and Monitoring – 40%

  • The Specialist keeps track of trade projects and activities, collaborating closely with the team leaders, and with senior Mission management as required. The Specialist serves as the principal USAID Foreign Service National (FSN) employee responsible for interpreting, explaining, and clarifying U.S. mission
    policies, programs, and strategies in the trade sector, through regular contact with the GoU, EAC, IPs, other donors, businesses, private sector groups, and civil society organizations.

  • Trade is a cross-cutting sector and as a result, the Specialist will be required to work on other USAID and EG programming and activities as required in order to help achieve EG and USAID/Uganda development objectives. This is especially true with respect to private sector actors and stakeholders including input
    suppliers, producers, traders, importers and exporters, logistics firms and customs clearance agents, and private sector advocacy groups and platforms which work across and through agricultural value chains.

  • Work to help achieve EG and broader USAID development objectives includes stakeholder engagement, activity design and implementation, policy and technical advice, and program management and monitoring, and AOR/COR responsibilities for any of the EG units since all of the units have aspects that
    deal with and/or are affected by trade.

  • 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.

    Supervisory Relationship:

  • The Specialist works under the general supervision of the EG Office Director and the direct supervision of the Private Sector Unit Leader. Assignments are made orally and in
    writing. Most assignments occur in the normal course of the work, but the Specialist is required to determine those that must be coordinated with the supervisor. The supervisor provides a review of the assignment, the
    goals and objectives to be achieved, and the results expected. The Specialist will seek advice and assistance as required. Work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.

    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 7 to 10 –

    Evaluation and Selection Factors and Iv. Presenting an Offer sections), the offer package must be completed and signed–where indicated - and offerors must include in their
    offers information to demonstrate that they:

  • have attained the required education level; and

  • meet the experience requirements, etc.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as agriculture, trade, economics, business, international development or a closely related field is required. A Master’s or PhD in these fields is advantageous.

    Prior Work Experience:

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in a trade related work including policy, customs, transport/logistics and trade promotion is required.

  • The experience must have provided the opportunity for development of trade policy reform and promotion, regional trade integration and trade program design and implementation work.

  • At least two years of this experience should have been in development-related trade work for USAID, other donor agencies, GoU organizations, or private-sector institutions which included trade project design, trade performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of trade data and trends.

    Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and in one or more local languages, is required.

    Job Knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of the GoU developmental agenda, developmental initiatives, and development priorities for trade and export promotion and related areas, as well as the socio-political cultural understanding in various geographical regions of Uganda are required.

  • A thorough knowledge of issues relating to economic and trade development in Uganda and the region, and Ugandan and regional strengths and vulnerabilities related to trade are required.

  • In-depth and expert knowledge of a broad range of issues on trade policy and trade capacity building, as well as knowledge of private-sector development and competitiveness.

  • Knowledge of trade sector issues in Uganda and the region is required.

  • Knowledge of strategies, programs, and the working methodologies of other donor agencies in the trade sector in Uganda is required

    Skills and Abilities:

  • A high level of technical expertise and ability in trade and private-sector development is required.

  • Ability to advise senior Mission management on Ugandan development and issues across a wide range of trade related topics (such as trade regulations, custom unions, trade finance options and requirements, regional trade integration and key barriers to trade, etc.) and their implications on USAID programs.

  • Demonstrated skill in program design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation are essential.

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate complicated policy, strategy, and program issues orally and in writing is also required.

  • Good interpersonal, coordination, and bureaucratic skills and ability to coordinate successfully with all parts of the USAID Mission and Embassy to advance program interests.

  • Ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically, represent USAID authoritatively, and use good judgment in speaking on behalf of USAID in high-level meetings with the USG, the GoU, the EAC,
    NGOs, and other donors and in conferences, seminars, and workshops.

  • Good organizational and management skills.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Project Management Specialist (EAC) – Integration and Trade Policy Jobs in Uganda

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