Social Media/CVE Program Assistant


OPEN TO:                    All Interested Candidates/All Sources

POSITION TITLE:         Social Media/CVE Program Assistant

OPENING DATE:         March 17, 2017

CLOSING DATE:          March 30, 2017

HOURS OF WORK:     Full-time, 40 hours/week

POSITION GRADE:      Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-8 Ugshs 63,281,227p.a.

Inclusive of allowances

Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP-6*

*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.

START DATE:      The selected candidate must be able to start work within four weeks of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications, or their candidacy may not be considered.


The U.S Mission in Uganda is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Social Media/CVE Program Assistant.


NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding.


The incumbent serves as an advisor to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Information Officer (IO), and Information Assistant, with primary responsibility for managing the Mission’s social media platforms, to include the development and scheduling of content that reflects U.S. government programs and activities in Uganda, and best conveys the Mission’s strategic messages to key local audiences. He or she monitors local social media spaces and provides guidance to the PAO and IO on trending issues and topics, and makes recommendations for potential Mission responses to online audiences. The incumbent has further responsibility for developing programs that enhance the U.S. government’s objective of countering violent extremism (CVE), working with local communities to implement such activities. The Social Media/CVE Program Assistant serves as a back-up to the Media Program Assistant, and in his or her absence, to the Information Assistant.

The incumbent briefs the Front Office and other American officers on current and political developments and trends on a weekly basis and whenever required on a daily basis. Incumbent advises American officers on a variety of sensitive political, social, and cultural issues and related matters, such as gauging the probable reaction of Uganda government officials to U.S. views or proposals. The incumbent must also display initiative in designing and suggesting potential CVE programs for funding and implementation. The incumbent must be able to brief the PAO, IO, TDY visitors, Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador on developments and issues with authority and accuracy. This involves oral or written briefings and inputs, evaluating events in historical perspective and identifying their relationships to national trends and to the interests of the U.S. Incumbent must be able to make reasonable projections about the future course of politics and social changes, demonstrating critical judgment and a strong integration of sensitive social, political and economic factors.

The job requires astute judgment, quick decision-making skills and the ability to form thoughtful connections between different political and social developments. The job also requires highly developed diplomatic and communications skills to be able to engage with career and elected U.S. or Ugandan government officials at the highest levels. Incumbent must be able to independently interact with U.S. officials on key substantive issues and informational requests. He or she must demonstrate superior writing and communication skills so as to minimize editing by the American supervisors thereby allowing them to focus their time more efficiently.

Incumbent must maintain a wide range of contacts at the highest level of government including senior government officials, senior military officers, the media, and academia, representatives from Uganda’s traditional kingdoms, and civil society and high ranking members of the Muslim community.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

EDUCATION: University Degree in Social Sciences, Journalism, or Broadcasting is required.

EXPERIENCE: Two to three years of progressive work experience in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, or IT-related work with a private or public organization is required.

LANGUAGE: Level IV English speaking and writing ability is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Proficiency in the use of personal computers (Microsoft programs) is required. Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness in obtaining information, drafting concise reports in English, develop and maintain contacts with various media and civil societies or institutions is required.   Familiarity with social media platforms and webpage content management is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Working knowledge with the local media community, Ugandan military, social media environment, and civil society is required.


When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.


(1)  USEFM who is ALSO a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(2)  USEFM OR a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(3)  FS on LWOP


1.     Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2.     Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3.     Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.

4.     The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

5.     Candidates who are EFMs, USEFMs, AEFMs, or MOHs must have at least one year remaining on their sponsor’s tour of duty to be considered eligible to apply for this position.


Interested Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:  

1.     All applications must be submitted online.

2.     Applicants shall be required to register under the careers page for US Embassy Kampala using the link below For further assistance call 0414306450

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.

IMPORTANT: Applicants claiming a U.S. Veteran’s preference must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g., Member Copy 4 of Form DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process. Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in HR/OE’s Family Member Employment Policy (FMEP).


Telephone: 0414306001


Your application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.