Research Specialist | Kampala 2019-24 | Closing: 11 June, 2019


U.S. Mission                           Uganda

Announcement Number:       Kampala 2019-24

Position Title:                         Research Specialist

Opening Period:                   5/29/2019 – 6/11/2019

Series/Grade:                         0525 FSN 11/FP-4

Salary:                                     UGX 137,483,245

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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 Research Specialist.

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 Research Specialist serves as a principal advisor, expert and coordinator of NIH Research program activities, participates in the inception, design, conduct, analysis and dissemination of the NIH research agenda and findings.

The Research Specialist will in consultation with the Scientific Director guide, coordinate and conduct comprehensive Research of the National Institutes of Health-Uganda; including conceptualization, design, implementation, collaboration and operational management of the Uganda NIH-ICER Research agenda; program and Management; s/he will do this in close collaboration with NIH in-country Research Collaborators.

Download: PD – NIH Research Specialist Kampala

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Doctoral level degree (Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from an accredited University is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Demonstrable eight years of senior level public health experience in developing, designing, implementing and/or conducting research including but not limited to infectious diseases, working with/in government, an international Non-Governmental Organization or diplomatic arena in a senior Research position with proven publication track record and demonstrated leadership of Research teams is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Comprehensive knowledge of current infectious diseases issues including but not limited to HIV/AIDS prevention activities, community engagement, counseling and interventions, behavior change, testing and treatment and collaborative research associated therewith is required. An in-depth knowledge of the range of programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international research and other public health program is required. Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures and current HIV/AIDS demographics is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multi-disciplinary teams and activities is required. Must be conversant with several appropriate research designs.

Excellent working knowledge of general management and administrative work areas; Human resources management, communication management and manuscript writing ability is required


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

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners. Proven publication record in peer reviewed journals.  Prior experience leading research teams effectively. Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. Strong skills in interpretation of program results, direction and research agenda are required. Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.

Ability and comfort working with limited supervision and to think independently; Ability to work effectively with high degree of accuracy to produce quality work; Proven ability to demonstrate initiative, engage and work closely with internal and external stakeholders, build consensus, monitor issues and tasks, meet deadlines and priorities, and ability to work in diverse teams and to manage others; Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend practical solutions is required.  Keyboarding skills that includes accuracy are required. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is 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*

(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.