Jobs at US Embassy in Uganda - Public Health Specialist Senior Human Resources for Health

Job Title: Public Health Specialist - Senior Human Resources for Health; FP- 4; FSN-11

Number: 031/2013 Date: 07/30/2013

OPEN TO:  All Qualified Candidates
POSITION:               Public Health Specialist - Senior Human Resources for Health; FP- 4; FSN-11

WORK HOURS:     Full-time; 40 hours/week

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an international public health agency engaged in HIV prevention and care programs and research activities in Uganda.  CDC offers excellent career opportunities for professional growth, training, and collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC offices are located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC is an agency of the United States Mission in Uganda."
The Centers for Diseases Control is seeking an individual for the position of Public Health Specialist – Senior Human Resources for Health.

Job holder is the senior technical advisor, policy analyst, and focal point for human resources for health (HRH), working with the host government and other in-country HIV/AIDS partners to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Job holder supports and provides clear strategic guidance on HRH reform and modernization of the health systems in Uganda. The job holder demonstrates an understanding of the policy environment and Government of Uganda priorities, constraints, strengths and opportunities as related to HRH, while ensuring that CDC HRH initiatives are aligned, accordingly. Job holder applies public health technical leadership, results-oriented analysis, community-based services knowledge and experience to support programs that achieve higher levels of quality, efficiency and health service availability for communities and a higher quality of life for a population affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  Job holder initiates, plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates programs designed to increase the number and quality of clinicians, public health professionals and health personnel managers in-country, with an emphasis on sustainability of interventions and partnership with other stakeholders.  Job holder invigorates support to Government of Uganda-led response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through support to Ministry of Health and district-led programming. Job holder works across the CDC country office and with the USG interagency to devise the Human Resources for Health (HRH) plans and development of activities for the  Country Operational plan (COP); Job holder works very closely with the Ministry of Health, other host country ministries, donors, implementing partners, community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), international organizations (IOs), regional and  lower level public health laboratories, and primary care facilities in this effort.  Job holder is the lead for CDC-Uganda on HRH issues at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies. Job holder supports the annual review of the HR and regular updating of the HRH strategic plan. The Job holder ensures that implementing partner work-plans, and their execution, are aligned to Uganda’s HRH strategy and the COP. The job holder ensures that HRH investments are supportive of district-led programming for an AIDS-free generation and are appropriately reinforcing districts’ core capabilities. Additionally, the Job holder will support the HSS Team in the establishment of new, and reinforcement of existing, workforce capacity-building initiatives, both in-service and pre-service. Accordingly, the job holder will be responsible for providing a principal liaison function, and cultivating strategic collaborations, between the CDC County Office and the Medical, Nursing, Laboratory, Public Health Education Partnership Initiatives, the Global Health Service Program, and other relevant USG initiatives for human resource development, as they emerge. The Job holder supports the Ministry of Health Human Resources Department to monitor and reinforce the quality of the Human Resources for Health Information System, and promotes its effective utilization for decision-making.   

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
1. Education required: Completion of a master of public health or  master of science or a master of arts in, nursing, social work, child development, international development, community development, health policy and planning, behavioral or social science is required.
2. Work Experience required: Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in program management, policy development and review, advocacy, health program design and evaluation. Three years’ experience of which working with HIV/AIDS programs at a mid-to- senior level position is required.
3. Language required:  Level IV English ability (fluent written, spoken and reading) is required.
4.  Knowledge required: A thorough knowledge of health care service delivery, extension of health care services to underserved populations/areas and management of health care services is required.  In-depth knowledge of U.S. government operations, rules, regulations, procedures, policies, and programs is required.  An in-depth knowledge of the range of programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international public health program is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.  In-depth specialist knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of programs is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required. Working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/ purchase requisitions is required. Intimate knowledge of Government of Uganda policies and procedures is required.

5.  Skills and Abilities required:  Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners.  Leadership skills are required to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups.  Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.  Strong skills in interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation are required. The incumbent will be expected to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.  Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in programs that increase the number of health care workers and improve the quality and effectiveness of care to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.  Keyboarding skills that include good speed and accuracy are required.  Numerical skills that include the manipulation of detailed calculations are required.


When equally qualified, US Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and U.S. Veterans are given preference.  Therefore, it is essential that the candidate specifically address the required qualifications above in the application.


1.  Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and visa status in determining successful candidacy.

2.  Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3.  Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4.   Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their appointment.

5.   Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

1.  Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174).

2.  A current resume or curriculum vitae.

3. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

4.  Any other documentation (e.g. essays, transcripts/certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Human Resources Office
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Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.
Telephone:  0414-306-001/0414-259-791/5

Deadline: 12/08/2013


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