Lead Carpenter | Kampala-2022-040 | Closing: September 30, 2022


U.S. Mission Uganda
Announcement Number: Kampala-2022-040
Position Title: Lead Carpenter
Opening Period: 9/16/2022 – 09/30/2022
Series/Grade: FSN 05/FP-AA
Salary: UGX 38,006,469
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 Lead Carpenter.

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: Yes

Download: Detailed Position Description | PD – Kampala Lead Carpenter

Duties: Under the supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor, this position is responsible for creating, developing, and repairing wood works at the Chancery as well as other locations as necessary. Incumbent supervises a staff of six carpenters to ensure that make-ready residences are completed on time and all aspects of the carpentry shop are maintained in a safe and clean environment.

Incumbent is responsible for managing, coordinating, and guiding six carpenters in performing assigned carpentry duties at the Chancery and GSO warehouse compounds as well as providing support to 115 Government owned and/or leased residences. Incumbent receives, reviews, and assigns work orders related to make ready work, special interest requirements (i.e., July 4th event and other special events), set up of and developing stages are representational space areas for different special events, supports the build of internal modular furniture and verifies material components to ensure design and build can be completed in a timeline manner. 70%

Designs, makes, assembles and repairs woodwork around the Chancery, GSO warehouse, and residential locations as required both interior and exterior to these sites. Maintains the carpentry shop in a safe, clean, and positive flow environment to ensure products and materials are utilized as necessary to support the designs and building requirements. Verifies all machinery and equipment are in good working condition and ensures that all tools are utilized by following all safety protocols. Ensures that all staff members have required PPE materials and orders as necessary 30%

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the incumbent. Incumbent will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her Agency.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school both “O” and “A” level is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years of journeyman carpentry experience is required; an additional two years of progressive responsibility in managing journeyman carpenters.is required.


Must have a good technical understanding of carpentry and woodworking systems and equipment. Knowledge of U.S. building, trade, construction, fire and safety codes and standards is required.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: English level I (Rudimentary knowledge) Reading/Speaking is required. Luganda level II (Limited knowledge) Reading/Speaking is required.


Must be able to use all tools of the trade; must be able to use Microsoft Office Suites; must have a valid driver’s license. Lifting techniques; and basic keyboard skills is required.

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.