OBO Mechanical Engineer | Closing: Feb 11, 2020


U.S. Mission                           Uganda

Announcement Number:       Kampala-2020-012

Position Title:                         OBO Mechanical Engineer

Opening Period:                   1/28/2020 – 2/11/2020

Series/Grade:                         0105 FSN-11/FP-4

Salary:                                     UGX 145,734,783

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:                 Approximately 3 years

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 OBO Mechanical Engineer.

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: The Mechanical Engineer shall be directly responsible to the OBO Project Director (PD) in the performance of his/her duties under this contract. The incumbent will serve as a mechanical inspector for the Kampala NOX/SPX Project responsible for overseeing mechanical elements of the project (air handling units, chillers, Variable Air Volume systems, Fan Coil Unit systems, Building Automation Systems, chilled piping, pneumatic vehicular barriers, air duct systems and vertical transportation systems.) The Mechanical Engineer will review plans; recommend approval of shop drawings and submittals; maintain a daily log of construction activities; develop change orders including preparing cost estimates; and other construction engineering duties related to the construction project as directed by the OBO PD. He/she shall be capable of working independently and provide professional engineering services.  This is a 40 hour-per-week position with a limited time of appointment lasting the duration of the construction project (approximately 3 years)

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of five years of experience in the field of Mechanical engineering related to building construction and renovations is required.  Two (2) years of the five years’ experience should be with U.S. codes and criteria or International Building Codes. Also requires 1 year supervisory experience

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Must have knowledge in design and construction practices with U.S. mechanical codes and specifications or International Building Codes (IBC), thorough professional knowledge in mechanical design calculations and criteria, preparation of engineering drawings and specification.

Download: Detailed Position Description | OBO Mechanical Eng.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: Level IV English (Speaking, reading and writing) this will be tested and Level III Luganda, Swahili or Rukyakitara.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Ability to use MS Office package user for word processing and analysis, use engineering management software and AutoCAD.  Ability to lift heavy objects (30 or more pounds). Ability to work under pressure and longer hours. Ability to meet deadlines and to work in a multi-tasking environment with people from various cultures.  Ability to plan and manage his daily activities well. Have good interpersonal and communication skills. Must be flexible and use judgment to analyze information and take appropriate actions. Must have a valid class B drivers’ license.

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: 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:


  1. For further assistance call 0414-306001
  2. 3. 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.