Public Health Specialist (PMTCT | Closing: July 24, 2019


U.S. Mission                           Uganda

Announcement Number:       Kampala 2019-31

Position Title:                         Public Health Specialist (PMTCT)

Opening Period:                   7/11/2019 – 7/24/2019

Series/Grade:                         550 FSN 10/FS-5

Salary:                                     UGX 102,802,449 – UGX 150,709,572

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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 (PMTCT).

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: Job holder is a Maternal Child Health (MCH) / Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) public health specialist responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating assigned MCH/PMTCT program activities in Uganda. Under the direction of the MCH/PMTCT Team Lead, job holder supports Uganda’s interventions to significantly improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and reduce Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis. Job holder’s duties include technical support, advice and guidance, day-to-day program management, coordination and collaboration with colleagues of agency and interagency technical working groups and public health entities that support US Government /PEPFAR-funded programs in Uganda.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), or Master of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology, or Nursing, or Health policy is required.

Download: Position Description – Public Health Specialist (PMTCT)


EXPERIENCE:  Five years of lower to mid-level public health experience in developing, implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (RMNCH) programs, that involve coordination with an international agency or USG/PEPFAR implementing partner is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Detailed knowledge of the current policy, programming and practice trends in the field of PMTCT, Early Infant Diagnosis and pediatric HIV care and treatment is required. Advanced knowledge of latest research and policies in: maternal and child health and PMTCT, HIV/AIDS care and treatment required. Good working knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS prevention (PMTCT, HCT, etc.), behavior change, care and treatment and testing is required.  Knowledge of the development of quality  of care assessment and assurance tools is required. Detailed knowledge of U.S. government public health programs and strategies is required.  Good working knowledge of program management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures, including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations as related to Maternal and Child Health and PMTCT is required.


LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluency – speaking/reading/writing) in English is required. (This may be tested)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  (This may be tested.)

Must be able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Excellent oral and written communications skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national and international health partners are required.  Intermediate user level of word processing spreadsheets and databases is required.  Ability to analyze and integrate diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources. Numerical skills for data analysis 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*

(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:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.

  1. All applications must be submitted online.
  2. Applicants shall be required to register under the careers page for U.S. Embassy Kampala using the link below For further assistance call 0414306001
  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.