Accounting Technician | Closing: September 29, 2019


U.S. Mission                           Uganda

Announcement Number:       Kampala-2019-035

Position Title:                         Accounting Technician

Opening Period:                   8/22/2019 – 8/29/2019

Series/Grade:                         0410 FSN 08/FP-6

Salary:                                     UGX 63,281,227

For More Info:              

Who May Apply:                     Current Employees of the Mission – All Agencies and/or U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs); Eligible Family Members (EFMs); or Declared Members of Household (MOHs) – All Agencies

(Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.)

Security Clearance Required:      Local Security Certification or Public Trust

Duration Appointment:                 Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

Marketing Statement:            We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Uganda is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Accounting Technician.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time, 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time following receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No

Duties: Under the direct supervision of the Financial Specialist, the incumbent performs the budgeting and accounting responsibilities for more than two major budget and accounting segments (Diplomatic Security (DS), PROGRAM, Overseas Building Operations (OBO), CONSULAR, PRM, PROGRAM REPRESENTAITON, National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD) The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Centers of Disease Control  (CDC) in a large and complex financial management center, servicing more than 6 agencies across a myriad of allotments, each with individual limitations and restrictions.  The position is responsible for complete, integrated allotment accounting, preparing related financial reports, complex budget formulation and execution and provision of financial management advice to agency and section heads at post.  This includes, review of records for all financial transactions from a wide variety of documents, such as purchase orders, work orders, vouchers, journal vouchers, transfers between appropriations, liquidation reports, and travel authorizations.  The position codifies a wide variety of obligating documents by type of expense, after determining that each obligation is valid and that funds are available and performs regular (quarterly or more frequent) records and ledger reconciliations to develop and prepare official monthly, quarterly, and annual reports by allotment and sub-object status to be briefed to agency and section heads at post.

Download: Position Description

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  University degree in finance and accounting, auditing, commerce, finance, business administration, statistics is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Four years of progressively responsible experience in budgeting, bookkeeping and accounting or auditing work within a computerized system is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have comprehensive working knowledge of pertinent State Department and/or one or more associated agencies laws, regulations, and procedures relating to budgeting, accounting, and financial management, and the full range of skills and abilities required in computing both procedural, technical and financial program planning and analysis budget work. A thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of the major program areas of the embassy and/or associated agency/agencies served is required


LANGUAGE: Level IV –Fluency in speaking/writing/reading English language is required. Level II –Limited Knowledge in speaking/writing/reading local language (Luganda) is required (This may be tested.)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Must be able to relate funds management with mission, programs, and projects of the post. Must be able to understand budget management implications of changes of priorities, tempo, and direction of programs and projects and be able to analyze accounting transactions and recommend appropriate adjustments to financial plans. Must be able to relate changes to funding levels brought about by reductions in allotments due to cuts, variations in exchange rates, increase cost of material and labor, etc., and advise appropriate management officials of budget implications.  Must possess a high level of interpersonal skills in order to be able to gain acceptance of recommendations related to budget management issues. Must possess high level of skill in articulating (orally and in writing) complex issues and relationships between functions/programs/projects and funding options.  Level II typing ability (30 wpm or more) is required.  Advanced Excel skills, including the use of charts, pivot tables and lookup formulas are required. (This may be tested.)

Qualifications:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Other information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1)        AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)        AEFM / USEFM

(3)        FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link:

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.

  1. All applications must be submitted online. Applicants shall be required to register under the careers page for U.S. Embassy Kampala using the link below

Please note this is a new application link – you are required to create a new profile on this link.

  1. For further assistance call 0414-306001
  2. You will receive confirmation of registration and proceed to apply.
  3. On completion of this process, you will receive an auto response via your email.

What to Expect Next:  Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information:  the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Uganda.