Job Opportunities at US (American) Embassy in Uganda

Job title: Program Specialist for Community Health


Title: Program Specialist for Community Health
Reports to: Peace Corps Programming and Training Officer
Opening Date November 25, 2010
Position Classification: Full time Services Contract

The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer development workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance activities in over 70 countries worldwide. Peace Corps Uganda invites applicants for the position listed above which is based in Kampala, Uganda.
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Basic Function of Position
This position provides support to the Program Manager for Peace Corps Uganda's Community Health Project. The Program Specialist works as part of a team with the Programming and Training Officer and the Program Manager for Community Health and collaborates closely with all members of the Programming and Training and Administrative Units. Additional responsibilities include managing the Volunteer Reporting Process which includes training, trouble shooting, reporting and coordination with all post staff and Volunteers.

The functions include assisting in the following: developing and maintaining project plans, including writing project status reports; identifying viable, effective and safe sites and housing for Peace Corps Volunteers; monitoring and evaluating the implementation of individual Volunteer projects to ensure their quality and consistency with the project plans; designing and managing appropriate technical training to enhance the initial placement of Volunteers and the quality of their projects; supporting Volunteers at their sites; supporting and monitoring the safety and security of Volunteers; and serving as a liaison between Peace Corps and ministries and agencies engaged in community health work.

• University degree in a field of study relevant for projects in community health; excellent computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet programs; excellent command of English, both spoken and written; native ability in spoken and written at least one Ugandan language; ability to work independently with little supervision; good organization and time management skills; willingness to take the initiative; excellent teamwork skills, strong service attitude; personal integrity; strong cross-cultural skills; strong interpersonal skills, strong interest in Uganda’s development; and ability to travel extensively.
• Experience of at least two years of related work with relevant government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or private businesses.
• Ability to work on a regular Monday through Friday schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours when necessary.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with Project Development and Management (approximately 25% of the time)
Assist with Pre-Service and In-Service Training (approximately 20% of the time)
Assist with Project Monitoring and Evaluation (approximately 10% of the time)
Assist with Volunteer Support (approximately 25% of the time)
Safety and Security, Other Duties and Activities (approximately 20% of the time)

Position Elements:
Supervised by the Programming and Training Officer with daily direction provided by the Program Manager/Community Health. The Program Specialist is expected to take the initiative to meet established deadlines, document and communicate procedures to the Program Manager. Broad exercise of judgment within the confines of job responsibilities is expected. Also expected to research, negotiate, and suggest solutions within the confines of the job responsibilities. Works closely with Program Managers, PEPFAR unit, Programming and Training Officer, Training Manager, Country Director and Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers. Communicates at all levels.

A. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and any other documentation that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. Also, send names and contact information for three references.
B. Attach an original copy of a reference letter from your area Local Council (LC).

Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned. You will be contacted ONLY if you are deemed qualified and invited for an interview.

Administrative Officer
Peace Corps Uganda
Plot 53 Prince Charles Road
P. O. Box 29348
Kampala, Uganda
Clearly indicate the position applied for on the envelope.
Closing date: 10-December-2010 at 5:00 pm.


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