Public Health Specialist-HIV Counseling & Testing CDC | Closing 7/26/2023

Announcement Number: Kampala-2023-060

Position Title: Public Health Specialist-HIV Counseling & Testing CDC

Opening Period: 7/17/2023 – 7/26/2023

Series:             0550

Grade:             FSN-11/ FP-4

Salary:             UGX 157,828,400 (Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.)

For More Info:

Who May Apply: All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required: Public Trust- Background Investigation

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 Public Health Specialist-HIV Counseling and Testing CDC

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.

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Supervisory Position: No


The Public Health Specialist—HIV Testing Services (HTS) is a key public health specialist, under the supervision of the Branch Chief in the Prevention Branch at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of HIV testing services. The job holder’s responsibilities include program design and oversight; coordination and collaboration with staff from CDC Uganda and inter-agency PEPFAR, Ministry of Health (MOH), and other development partners to ensure that project implementation addresses program strategic goals and is aligned with internationally recognized public health standards, best practices, and the national strategic direction.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:  Master’s degree in Public Health, Medicine, Nursing or Behavioral Science (i.e., MPH, MSHP, MSW) is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Five years of mid-to senior-level public health experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating HIV prevention or other public health programs, including HIV testing services and the implementation of community health activities is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV and AIDS prevention, testing services, and behavior change interventions required. Detailed knowledge of HIV and AIDS public health programs, strategies, methods, processes, and techniques used to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate results of testing programs is required. A detailed knowledge of the range of prevention programs, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to development and administration of national and international public health prevention and HIV testing programs is required. Good working knowledge of program management in support of cooperative agreements, grants, contracts, and purchase requisitions is required. Thorough public health knowledge of current HIV and AIDS issues is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures, including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities, and regulations is required.   


LANGUAGE:  Fluent Knowledge in English speaking/reading/writing is required. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national and international health partners are required. Ability to prioritize amongst competing demands and work with minimal supervision in a strict deadline environment is required. Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements, budgeting, and fiscal management in support of contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants is required. Intermediate user level of word processing spreadsheets and databases is required. Numerical skills for data analysis are required. Key boarding skills that include speed and accuracy 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*


(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 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.  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.

Required Documents:  Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

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

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.