USAID Supervisory Project Management Specialist (Family Health) Jobs in Uganda

USAID Supervisory Project Management Specialist (Family Health) Jobs in Uganda

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

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

  • The Office of Health & HIV/AIDS (OHH) Team is responsible for one of USAID's largest and most complex bilateral assistance health programs. Currently, there are five technical units: 1: Health System Strengthening Unit (HSS), 2: President’s Malaria Initiative Unit (PMI) and its sub-units for Emerging
    Pandemic Threats and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), 3: the HIV & TB Unit (HIV/TB) and its PEPFAR sponsored activities, 4: Family Health Unit (FHT), and 5: Strategic Information Unit (SI) which provides support to the Office and other technical teams. The OHH Team is headed by a U.S.

  • Foreign Service Officer who reports directly to the Mission Director.

  • The FHT Unit is headed by the Supervisory Project Management Specialist (FHT Unit Leader) who is responsible for providing leadership and direction of the unit and in turn reports to the OHH Director or designee. The FHT Unit focuses on: (1) improved health for children under the age of 5 and women of reproductive age activities to address barriers that prevent women from accessing health services through
    the promotion of gender equity. (2) poor hygiene and sanitation to ensure USAID integrates water, sanitation and hygiene interventions with the larger goals of improved nutrition. (3) challenges that come
    with Uganda’s rapidly growing population by working with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to support voluntary family planning and reproductive health. (4) increasing the availability, affordability
    and quality of voluntary family planning services within the public health system. The FHT Unit also works as part of the Feed the Future Initiative and USAID integrated nutrition programs to prevent undernutrition with economic growth and agriculture programs.

  • The Specialist is responsibility for providing technical leadership to the entire USAID/Uganda Mission and to the USG Mission to Uganda as a whole in the areas of family planning, nutrition, water, sanitation,
    and hygiene (WASH), as well as maternal and child health issues. The Specialist is recognized by the USG and the GoU as an expert in family health, and serves as a key Advisor to Mission Management, the USG Mission in Uganda, to the GoU, and to implementing partners (IPs). The Specialist provides
    supervision and managerial oversight, and is involved in the planning, design, and implementation and evaluation of all USAID/Uganda family health activities. The Specialist provides day-to-day technical
    management and oversight of the family health portfolio.

  • The Specialist facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus, USAID/Washington counterparts, with other government entities, and with other donors and nongovernmental organizations working in the health sector. The Specialist represents USAID and the USG
    on various high-level governing bodies key to family health; serves on GoU technical working groups and donor working groups to advance the policy objectives of the USG and to support coordination and harmonization of health activities in Uganda; and, provides essential communication and liaison within
    USAID offices and with other USG agencies. The work includes supervision of six professional and support members of the FHT Unit.

    Statement of Duties to be performed.

  • Strategic and Technical Advisor for Family Health and Ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths (EPCMD) – 55%

  • Program/Project/Activity Management and Monitoring – 25%

  • FHT Unit Financial Management – 10%

  • Supervision of FHT Unit Staff – 10%

    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 11 –

    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.


  • Advanced degree, or the local equivalent, in economics, social science, public health, management, social science, or anthropology is required. An MPH is preferred.

    Prior Work Experience:

  • From seven years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in health-sector program management, with at least four years of that time in strategy and policy development, is required.

  • Experience must have provided the opportunity for project design, program planning, and/or implementation.

  • At least two years of experience in development-related work or related fields for USAID, other donor agencies, GoU organizations, or private-sector institutions which included project design, performance monitoring, and/or the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data is desired.

  • In addition, two to four years of previous successful supervisory experience is desired.
    Language Proficiency:

  • Level IV (fluent) English. The ability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of one or more Ugandan languages will be highly useful.

    Job Knowledge:

  • In-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to family health in Uganda and the region, is required.

  • Mastery of a variety of health development areas, including HSS, health care reform, health care financing, health information systems, human resources development, logistics systems and commodity supply, maternal and child health, and family planning is expected.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the economic political, social, and cultural characteristics of Uganda; and, the economic developments, resources, and resource constraints, and development prospects and
    priorities of Uganda and the region.

  • Good knowledge of, or the potential to acquire such knowledge of, USG legislation, policy, and practice relating to development assistance; USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation; and, of the objectives, methodology, and status of assigned activities.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different branches in the GoU, in order to enhance effective communication, and to develop consensus on program/project/activity
    strategy and implementation plans.

  • In-depth knowledge of GoU institutions, policy directions, objectives, and priorities relating to USAID activities in the sector; and a sound knowledge of the political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics and developments in Uganda.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate family health program activities is required.

  • Verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy are required to establish and develop sustainable working relations and a high level of trust with senior and middle-level GoU officials, and with public and private organizations, such as primary USAID technical contacts in the development area. Verbal
    communication skills are also used to explain and interpret GoU attitudes, priorities, and concerns to USAID/USG officials, and to negotiate program/project/activity plans and resolve implementation issues with appropriate host-country organizations, technical advisors, IPs, counterparts, and peers.

  • Excellent writing skills are required in order to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers.

  • Analytical ability is required in order to interpret public policies, and to assist in the development of revised policies, as required; and, to develop and monitor the performance of budgets, and the development of periodic work plans.

  • Skill in program/project/activity programming, policies, and plans, and in developing strategies for implementation, is desired.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, and to achieve consensus on policy, project, and administrative matters.

  • Good computer skills are required to manage activity goals and achievements, both technical and financial.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Supervisory Project Management Specialist (Family Health) Jobs in Uganda

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