Public Health Specialist (Prevention) | Kampala-2020-033| Closing: November 26, 2020


U.S. Mission​​​Uganda

Announcement Number:Kampala-2020033

Position Title:​​​ Public Health Specialist (Prevention)

Opening Period:​​ 11/10/202011/26/2020

Series/Grade:​​​ 550/FSN12/FP-3

Salary:​​​​ UGX 209,421,709

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 (Prevention).

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: Yes

Duties: Position serves as deputy and senior public health technical advisor to the Prevention Branch Chief for Division of Global HIV and TB.  Incumbent is directly supervised by the HIV Prevention Chief.  Incumbent shares oversight responsibilities for the development and implementation of public health-related technical prevention activities and has direct responsibility for day-to-day coordination of activities that support implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  Duties and responsibilities include design of new prevention programs based on new knowledge and science and based on PEPFAR technical guidance, monitoring and evaluation of prevention interventions to identify best practices and for corrective action, and reporting.  Incumbent works closely with the Branch Chief to ensure that all office/branch activities contribute to measurable results that are in accordance with agency strategic plans and regulations, PEPFAR strategic objectives, international ethical guidelines and standards for public health.  Position directly supervises the Prevention Advisor.

Download: Detailed Position Description | PD Public Health Specialist (Prevention)

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Masters of science (MPH, MSHP) in public health, nursing, health policy is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Five years progressively responsible public health experience in public health service-delivery projects within an HIV/AIDS intervention framework is required; an additional two years managerial responsibility with multiple staffing reporting is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Job holder must possess comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention programs, policies, regulations, protocols and ethical considerations applicable to the development and administration of national or international HIV/AIDS public health programs.  Job holder must have a detailed understanding of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and a good working knowledge of U.S. Government public health programs and strategies. A detailed working knowledge of host government and international public health systems is required.  A detailed technical working knowledge of administrative, budgeting and fiscal management systems in support of funding mechanisms such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, and purchase requisitions is required.

Evaluations: (This may be tested)

LANGUAGE: Level IV English ability (Fluent) reading/writing/speaking is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work with all levels of staff in a team setting to accomplish program goals are required.  A high level of oral and written communications skills is required in order to convey program progress, technical requirements and to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.  Good working knowledge of Microsoft suites such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.  Regular demand for keyboard with good working speed and accuracy for use in preparation of reporting documentation is 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.

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.