PEPFAR Communications Advisor | Kampala-2023-053 | Closing: June 28, 2023


U.S. Mission                           Uganda
Announcement Number:       Kampala-2023-053
Position Title:                         PEPFAR Communications Advisor
Opening Period:                   06/20/2023 – 06/28/2023
Series/Grade:                         FSN 9/FP-5
Salary:                                     UGX 86,951,739
For More Info:              
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 PEPFAR Communications Advisor.

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 President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Communications Advisor works with the PEPFAR Coordination Office and Interagency Health Team (IAHT) to formulate Mission-wide strategic communication plans and messages, and implement development, outreach, and communications efforts to increase awareness of PEPFAR programs in Uganda.  The position will support the Senior Health Communications Advisor to plan, organize and implement public awareness campaigns in support of PEPFAR Uganda programs. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the interagency PEPFAR team’s input on various communication deliverables and developing required documents for internal events. This position reports to the PEPFAR Country Coordinator.

Download: Detailed Position Description | PD – PEPFAR Communications Advisor

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: Completion of a college or university degree with significant coursework in relevant fields such as journalism, communications, public health, public relations, or international studies is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Minimum three (3) years’ experience in communications or a similar position in international development.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Position requires knowledge of standard practices for international development, health communication and disseminating messages in the host country context, including knowledge of strategic communication plan development and implementation, speech writing, project management, database and file management, and technical assistance regarding communications strategies.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: English: Level 4 – Fluent; written/spoken, including the ability to translate is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Self-starter with excellent organizational, time management, and analytical skills with a strong attention to detail. Incumbent must demonstrate journalistic research skills, as well as interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity. The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English and be able to serve as both editor and speechwriter. Microsoft Office skills are required for daily tasks. Regular demand for use of keyboard skills where both speed and accuracy are 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.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • College or university degree
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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: 

  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 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.