Public Health Specialist (Key and Priority Populations) | Kampala-2021-037 | Closing: October 22, 2021


U.S. Mission Uganda
Announcement Number: Kampala-2021-037
Position Title: Public Health Specialist (Key and Priority Populations)
Opening Period: 10/13/2021 – 10/22/2021
Series: 550
Grade: FSN 10/FP-5
Salary: UGX 118,018,022
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 Public Health Specialist (Key and Priority Populations).

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 (4 weeks) following receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No

Duties: Under the supervision of the Prevention Branch Chief, incumbent serves as the Key and Priority Populations Specialist. The incumbent organizes, implements, coordinates, and supervises HIV/AIDS activities of several programs addressing their risk vulnerabilities in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Uganda AIDS Commission, implementing organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and/or private industry. The programs include those targeting drug users, sex workers, Men who have sex with Men (MSM), transgender, fisher folks, trucker and any other populations deemed to be at substantial risk of HIV as conducted by U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) Incumbent provides implementation guidance and technical support to implementing partner staff members, including doctors, nurses, clinical officers, program managers, HIV Prevention Coordinators, district-level health officials, health centers, etc., funded through cooperative agreements to implement HIV/AIDS continuum of response.

Download: Detailed Position Description | Kampala 4760 Public Health Specialist (Key Priority Population) AFRCC Signed 8-2021

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Public Health, or Health Policy is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years of mid to senior level public health experience in developing, implementing and evaluating public health or development assistance programs that involve coordination with an international agency or implementing partner is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: In-depth knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention services, counseling and interventions, behavior change, testing, and treatment is required. In addition the incumbent must have comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention science, evidence based combination prevention interventions for key and vulnerable populations is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing in English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Incumbent is required to have the ability to adapt and select methodologies/ interventions to ensure that program objectives are set and are aligned to normative guidance. Strong Oral and written communication skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international partners. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation approaches is required. Intermediate user level of Microsoft Office, spreadsheets and proprietary databases is required. Standard Numerical skills for data analysis are required. Key boarding skills that include 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.

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:

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.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma 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)
  • Master’s degree certificates
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

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.