Emergency Management and Response Specialist | Kampala-2021-023 | Closing August 11, 2021


U.S. Mission Uganda
Announcement Number: Kampala-2021-023
Position Title: Emergency Management and Response Specialist
Opening Period: 7/29/2021 – 8/11/2021
Series/Grade: 550/FSN-10/FP-5
Salary: UGX 118,018,022
For More Info: KampalaHR@state.gov
Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources (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 Emergency Management and Response Specialist.

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: Incumbent serves as the Global Health Security (GHS) Outbreak Coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Uganda office. The position is responsible for public health emergency management and response activities, primarily infectious disease outbreaks, but also including natural, accidental and intentional disasters with public health implications. The incumbent serves as a key advisor to the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) Program Director on public health emergency management and response activities in Uganda and in support of the Global Health Security Agenda. The incumbent serves as the primary liaison between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Uganda and the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC), other Government of Uganda (GOU) entities, collaborating US Government (USG) agencies (United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, State Department), non-governmental organizations, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters (HQ). The incumbent participates in identifying and prioritizing emergency management and response activities in order to strengthen national, regional and district level public health response capacity and maintain a highly functional Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC), and incident command system in Uganda. The incumbent will report directly to the Division of Global Health Protection Program Director.

Download: Detailed Position Description | PD-Emergency Management and Response Specialist

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Medicine, Public Health, Laboratory Sciences, Informatics or Epidemiology is required.


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of three years public health experience in a field directly related to emergency management, outbreak response, and/or epidemiology is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent must have knowledge and experience in field epidemiology, outbreak response, biosafety/biosecurity, and overall management of public health emergency response programs.

The incumbent must have a general knowledge of the local emergency management processes and/or systems and the role of the Uganda MOH and the Public Health Emergency Operations Center in public health emergencies. The incumbent should have a good working knowledge of global public health preparedness methodologies.

The incumbent must have extensive knowledge of the development of emergency management and response program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program events and milestones, knowledge of the development and implementation of capacity and program assessments, and methods for evaluating program accomplishments. S/he must have extensive knowledge of global public health activities and strategies, including advanced knowledge of the Incident Command System framework (ICS).

The incumbent must also demonstrate an awareness of safety hazards in the work environment; working knowledge of administrative, budgetary, procurement, and travel issues related to government purchasing and funding guidelines.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: Level IV English ability (Fluent) reading/writing/speaking is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Position requires a highly innovative and well-trained public health professional with strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work with all levels of staff in a team setting to accomplish program goals. A high level of oral and written communications skills is required in order to convey program progress, technical requirements and to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in emergency management and response programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities. Strong working knowledge of computer software programs such as Microsoft Office is required. Demonstrated typing proficiency at 40 words per minute or higher. Ability to gather, analyze and interpret quantitative data, provide factual and interpretive reports and communicate findings to a variety of audiences is required. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a high-performance environment under tight deadlines is required.

The incumbent must also have skills in diplomacy in order to work effectively with the Ministries of Health (MOH), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Disaster Assistance Coordination (UNDAC), Department of State (DOS), Embassies and international public health entities

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*


(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: https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VA-Definitions-and-Additional-Employment-Considerations.pdf

How to Apply:

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

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants shall be required to register under the careers page for U.S. Embassy Kampala following instructions on the link below:


2. For further assistance call 0414-306001

3.  You will receive confirmation of registration and proceed to apply.

4. 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.