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PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 1, 2016  -  Deadline June 30, 2016
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1. Position Title: PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor 2. Market Value: GS-14 - $87,263 to $113,444. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to provide broad-based and in-depth analysis and advice to the USAID Mission on PEPFAR-related issues and program implementation. S/he works closely with all PEPFAR-funded staff to ensure USAID's programs reflect (1) PEPFAR programmatic priorities, (2) USAID priorities, and (3) state-of-the art approaches 6. Education: Advanced degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, and International Health or in Law, Business/Public Policy Administration required. 7. Work Experience: Minimum 10 years of progressively more responsible work experience in international programming and/or programming and experience working in oversight, design, and implementation of HIV and AIDS programs. At least three years in a leadership position (Team Leader, Office Director) is preferred; Previous work program/project management experience, directly or indirectly, with USG health programs required. Work with PEPFAR is preferred; Knowledge of community, clinical and ethical issues involved in HIV and AIDS programming in Africa. 8. Abilities and skills: An advanced understanding of the USG PEPFAR program: its organizational structure, its technical policies, its achievements to date, and its longer term objectives; A basic understanding of the organizational structure of USAID and its strategic objectives related to health; High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs; Ability in dealing effectively and diplomatically with multiple U.S. and host-country government agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector; Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with experience in operating effectively in cross-cultural environment and working within an interagency setting; Excellent interpersonal, oral\written communication and computer skills; Willingness and ability to travel extensively including Temporary Duty (TDY) in emergencies, and to work virtually; Level IV (fluent) English writing and speaking ability is required. 9. Security Clearance: Secret Level. Medical Clearance: STATE MED. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria and obtained through reference checks. USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection. This position requires a highly qualified and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to foster team work, strategic thinking, and also understand the technical requirements to achieve the PEPFAR goals in Uganda. Consensus building is a critical skill. The incumbent must be familiar with and be able to work well in an overseas environment and with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental counterparts. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor provides broad-based and in-depth analysis and advice to the USAID Mission on PEPFAR-related issues and program implementation. S/he works closely with all PEPFAR-funded staff to ensure USAID's programs reflect (1) PEPFAR programmatic priorities, (2) USAID priorities, and (3) state-of-the art approaches. S/he liaises with other USAID/Uganda offices to ensure that their technical expertise is appropriately applied to the development and implementation of PEPFAR activities. S/he provides technical input in the development of strategic documents such as project designs, technical strategies, and evaluation plans. In conjunction with the HIV Team Lead, s/he serves as the USAID representative on the PEPFAR/Uganda Steering Committee which includes representatives of State Department, CDC, the Department of Defense, the Peace Corps, and the National Institute of Health. S/he also works closely with international and bilateral organizations and donor agencies to address technical issues and coordinate HIV/AIDS and TB efforts in relation to program/project implementation. These responsibilities include regular contact and collaboration at technical and policy levels in a complex and rapidly evolving country context, with counterparts in the MOH, other government ministries and agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, other donor and international organizations and with other USG entities working in furtherance of HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation goals in Uganda. The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor serves as a member of the HIV/AIDS team, under the USAID HIV/AIDS Team Leader. The Advisor will interact frequently with the Mission Director and the Health Office Director, providing advice and analysis as needed. S/he is expected to use independent professional judgment, experience, and skills to plan and carry out assigned programs, projects or other assignments. B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Specific functions may include, but are not limited to: Technical Advisor and Project Design and Evaluation (60%) 1. Contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV and AIDS programs and interventions. Work closely with the HIV technical team to ensure the integrity and comprehensiveness of the overall portfolio and has primary responsibility for monitoring project/program implementation. 2. Coordinate and participates in Site Implementation Monitoring visits and other PEPFAR monitoring and evaluation priorities, and ensures the follow-up of all findings. 3. Provide strategic input to ensure the timely completion of Mission reports, including the Country Operational Plan, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, and Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports and Portfolio Implementation Reviews. 4. Liaise with other offices of the Mission, the Embassy, implementing partners and host-country counterparts, as necessary, for the full success of the USAID PEPFAR program. Technical Leadership and Strategic Planning (20%) 1. Provide strategic leadership in implementing the new PEPFAR's new directions, including Site Implementation Monitoring System, geographic refocusing, return to core activities and budget consideration. Provide technical assistance to the USAID HIV team to help them position themselves strategically in the new PEPFAR environment and plays a principal role in the formulation, adoption, and application of policies and technical guidelines, based on state-of-the-art knowledge and program experience, to achieve USG objectives for HIV and AIDS in Uganda. 2. Communicates regularly with headquarters (Washington-based staff) to stay informed about cutting-edge policies, strategies and evolving technical guidance. Advise Mission Leadership on how these policies, strategies and technical guidelines can most effectively be incorporated into USAID/Uganda programs. 3. Work with all USAID/Uganda staff to help ensure that implementing partners activities are aligned with PEPFAR and MOH priorities and implemented as such. 4. Regularly and frequently consult with senior counterparts of ministerial and near ministerial ranks in the Ugandan National and District Departments of Health, Chiefs of Party of major NGOs, and with directors of health institutions such as universities, and Medical Associations. Through these contacts, remain informed and up-to-date on health matters, especially HIV and AIDS issues in the country, including new levels and trends in health conditions, status of key policies, and legal and regulatory changes that could affect the implementation of USAID programs. Representational and Reporting (10%) 1. Together with the HIV Team Lead, represent USAID on the inter-agency USG PEPFAR Steering Committee. The Advisor also represents USAID in designated interagency and interagency fora. 2. Represents USAID and PEPFAR in designated national, regional and international meetings that relate to HIV and AIDS, TB and other issues. 3. Contribute to the development of narratives for the COP, the semi-annual and annual reports, congressional presentations, portfolio reviews, performance monitoring plans and other key documents. Specific tasks include editing and verifying submissions for completeness and consistency with PEPFAR guidance. Other Duties (10%) As a member of the PEPFAR Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, responding to Congressional inquiries, supporting VIP visits, responding to Washington policy and operational requests, and carrying out ad-hoc assignments as dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the discretion of the USAID/Uganda Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, Health Office Director and HIV Team Lead. Supervision: The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor will report to the USAID HIV/AIDS Team Lead in the Office of Health at the USAID/Uganda Office. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Senior Supply Chain Systems Advisor (SSCSA)

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 2, 2016  -  Deadline July 1, 2016
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1. Position Title: Senior Supply Chain Systems Advisor (SSCSA) 2. Market Value: GS-14 - $87,263 to $113,444. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to serves as the USAID Mission point of contact for all matters related to health commodities and supply chain systems (C/SC). S/he provides strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG and Government of Uganda (GOU) supply chain management goals. 6. Master's degree in a relevant field such as public health, international development, pharmacy, procurement and logistics, or a closely related degree required. 7. Work Experience: A minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience working in the health, logistics or international development field. Experience in developing country settings is preferred; Five years of this experience should be in a managerial and/or operational position in the areas of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluating activities in the delivery of C/SC programs; Relevant experience working or collaborating with other donors, governments and international organizations is a must. 8. Knowledge (all required): State-of-the art, specialized knowledge of technical and programmatic approaches in health commodity procurement and supply planning and supply chain systems strengthening. This includes demonstrated knowledge of the various supply chain system components (forecasting, procurement, warehousing, distribution, inventory management, logistics management information systems etc.) and practical strategies for improving system efficiencies and performance to enhance availability, affordability, accessibility and equitable allocation of public health commodities in the health sector. Knowledge of global procurement and supply chain strengthening technical assistance programs including DELIVER, SCMS, the Global Fund, UNFPA, GAVI, and others. Significant knowledge of program management and monitoring and evaluation methods. 9. Skills and Abilities (all required): Demonstrated strategic thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to effectively manage stress and conflict; Must be able to work effectively with mid- and senior-level public and civil society officials from the GOU, other development partners and the private sector; Demonstrated ability to work and provide leadership in a team environment, coordinate well with others, and provide leadership in the areas of his/her competencies; Must be able to develop effective and collaborative managerial relationships with implementing partners; Diplomacy, tact, negotiation skills, cultural sensitivity, and team participation skills are required in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships within USAID and with the public and private sectors; Excellent organizational skills in order to multi-task and stay organized in a complex, ever- changing environment; Excellent writing and computer skills. 10. Security Clearance: Secret Level. Medical Clearance: STATE MED. 11. Applicants meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and obtained through reference checks. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested only from the top scoring candidates. USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection. This position requires a highly qualified and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to foster team work, strategic thinking, and also understand the technical requirements to support and achieve supply chain issues for PEPFAR as well as PMI and the Family Planning portfolio/goals in Uganda. Consensus building is a critical skill. The incumbent must be familiar with and be able to work well in an overseas environment and with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental counterparts. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The SSCSA serves as the USAID Mission point of contact for all matters related to health commodities and supply chain systems (C/SC). S/he provides strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG and Government of Uganda (GOU) supply chain management goals. The primary responsibilities focus on priority setting within a highly political environment, project management and senior-level technical advice on C/SC. S/he works to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Uganda, USG interagency C/SC activities, and those of Government of Uganda (GOU) and other development partners and stakeholders by facilitating the exchange of technical information, guiding and managing USAID C/SC related activities and identifying and fostering opportunities for partnership on technical and programmatic activities. The SSCSA manages a complex, national and district level assistance activity of up to $30 million over five years designed to increase the availability, equitable access, and appropriate use of essential medicines and health supplies by building stronger, sustainable systems and local capacity. These responsibilities require specialized knowledge, skills and experience related to health commodities, supply chain management systems and health systems strengthening strategies. The SSCSA keeps abreast of current publications and information on C/SC and its programming in developing countries in order to advise the Mission. The SSCSA functions as part of a larger USAID Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) team to ensure more sustainable health programming, beyond C/SC. S/he will work with the members of the PEPFAR, HSS, PMI and C/SC technical working groups and other relevant fora in planning, coordinating and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on C/SC strengthening related projects and activities in the public and the private health sector of Uganda (both not-for-profit and for-profit) to improve institutional performance and sustainability. The SSCSA works on integrating a common approach to C/SC across all initiatives, such as common approaches to financing, product selection, commodity procurement, forecasting, quantification, warehousing, distribution, logistics management information systems, institutional capacity-building, quality assurance, and rational use of pharmaceuticals and health supplies. S/he will function as the focal point on HSS related issues when required.The SSCSA requires a positive and proactive attitude. Leadership and diplomacy skills are critical, as the position requires working with technical and senior officials in the Ministry of Health (MOH), other national institutions, all USAID Implementing Partners (IPs), other Health Development Partners, the private sector and civil society to foster GOU leadership on issues related to C/SC, resolve issues and further progress towards improving commodity availability and performance of the national supply chain. The SSCSA will work closely with Chiefs of Party and other technical staff of USAID/Uganda IPs (and other USAID and USG partners as appropriate) to guide them to adhere to USAID and USG policies and procedures for implementing C/SC activities and provide other support as needed to ensure the uninterrupted supply of essential health medicines and supplies in USAID-supported sites. The SSCSA represents USAID in national-level technical, programmatic, and policy meetings, and in consultations with other donors, government officials, and IPs. Specific contacts include: the Mission Director and Deputy Director; the U.S. Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission; the Global Health Bureau in Washington; the US Mission in Kampala's Interagency Health Team; the Assistance Commissioner for Pharmacy of the MOH; the General Managers of National Medical Stores (NMS) and Joint Medical Store (JMS), and; the National Drug Authority (NDA). The SSCSA will be a member of a multi-disciplinary, 50-person team implementing USAID programs under the DO3 team for Health and HIV/AIDS. The SSCSA will serve as a senior member of the HSS Unit within the Health and HIV Office, and will report to the HSS Team Leader. While the incumbent will report to the HSS Team Leader, s/he is expected to work closely and collaboratively with all of DO3, with the PEPFAR and PMI interagency teams and GHI teams, and with other USAID/Uganda and interagency USG/Uganda staff and programs. The SSCSA will be expected to complete assigned duties with little direct supervision, exercising extensive independent judgment as he or she works extensively through diverse teams. Given the critical and politically sensitive nature of work in C/SC, the SSCSA will provide senior strategic advice to the U.S. Ambassador and USAID Mission Director on engagements related to C/SC issues in Uganda. This advice and engagement with U.S. Mission leadership will involve strong relationship-building skills with various stakeholders including the MOH, the NMS, JMS, and other development partners. The SSCSA's diplomacy and negotiation skills will be essential during U.S negotiation and development of plans with the GOU and the MOH to increase GOU ownership and leadership in C/SC. C. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TECHNICAL GUIDANCE, LEADERSHIP, AND ADVOCACY IN HEALTH COMMODITY MANAGEMENT and SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEM STRENGTHENING (35%) The SSCSA serves as principal advisor for all matters related to health C/SC, providing strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG, GOU C/SC and broader health systems goals. Specific duties include: 1. Serving as principal advisor to DO3 leadership, Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director on all issues related to C/SC including GOU policy, USAID commodity procurement and supply chain systems strengthening assistance to the public and private sectors. S/he will monitor the political environment and other donor activities to inform USAID/Uganda's funding and programmatic decisions. 2. Representing USAID/Uganda and its C/SC activities in technical and coordination meetings with the GOU, other donors and non-government and private sector organizations on C/SC. Proactively facilitate a collaborative approach with the MOH and development partners to define the technical, policy and program agenda as it relates to C/SC. Provide technical guidance as appropriate on the planning and mobilization of resources for commodities and local SC capacity building. 3. Providing technical advice and guidance regarding C/SC to the MOH, other donor partners and USAID/USG IPs in order to optimize financing, forecasting, procurement, quality assurance, warehousing and distribution, information management systems, monitoring, evaluation and reporting at the national and facility level. 4. Planning and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on HSS related projects and activities in the public and private health sector of Uganda, notably increasing USAID support in the private sector (not-for-profit and for-profit) through innovative approaches and partnerships to strengthen health services for improved affordability, access and long-term sustainability. 5. Providing technical contributions to USG thematic groups, program designs, budget allocations, strategic planning documents and reporting mechanisms. Thematic groups include: interagency working groups under GHI including PEPFAR and PMI as applicable. Program design work includes: preparation of documents for new and/or follow-on C/SC activities and technical review of other related awards. Budget allocations and strategic planning documents include: Mission Strategies, annual planning and budgeting under GHI, PEPFAR and PMI, as well as coordinated inputs to planning documents among the GOU and development partners. Reporting mechanisms include: U.S. Congressional, GOU or donor group requests; technical briefings; trip reports; site visit briefing documents; speeches; portfolio reviews; semi-annual and annual reports; quarterly financial reports; quality assessments; site monitoring reports; etc. 6. Keeping informed of national and international initiatives, policies and state-of-the-art developments related to C/SC; share information as appropriate with various counterparts. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (35%) The SSCSA is responsible for the managing a complex portfolio of C/SC including the direct management of several programs and serving as principal advisor on numerous others. Health commodity availability and access are lynchpins to the success of nearly every USG-funded activity in the health sector. This includes planning, implementation, management, monitoring, results reporting, advocacy and performance improvement of USAID's C/SC activities, coordinating these activities as needed with other USAID/USG implementing health programs. Specific duties include: 1. Serving as Contracting/Agreement Officer's Technical Representative (C/AOR), or activity manager for programs related to C/SC. Primary responsibility will be managing DO3's bilateral assistance activity of up to $30 million over five years to improve national policies and strategies to support cost-effective use of resources, strengthen country capacity for effective management and utilization of essential medicines and health supplies, and increase availability and access to life saving commodities among priority populations. As C/AOR, or activity manager the SSCSA will: ensure suitable monitoring and reporting systems are in place, providing technical input in the development of Performance Monitoring Plans; review, approve, and ensure compliance with IPs annual work plans and budgets; monitor expenditures and pipelines; provide appropriate and timely funding; conduct regular site visits to monitor activities and verify asset use; guide IPs to adhere to USAID and USG policies and procedures; review all written reports submitted by IPs and furnish feedback; maintain program files, and other duties and responsibilities as outlined in USAID rules, regulations, policies and other forms of appropriate guidance. 2. Coordinating with USAID procurement agents and the DO3 Project Management Specialist for Health Commodities to guide and oversee USAID procurement and distribution of approximately $49 million in medicines and health supplies annually. This includes the forecasting, quantification, procurement and distribution of USAID commodities including contraceptives, condoms, antiretroviral medicines, male circumcision kits, devices and supplies, HIV test kits, HIV related laboratory reagents and supplies, anti-malaria medicines and rapid diagnostic tests, bed-nets, and other medical/laboratory equipment as required for the implementation of HIV/AIDS and health programs. All procurement activities are implemented in compliance with relevant USAID, USG, PEPFAR and PMI guidelines, policies, regulations and procedures. 3. Providing significant technical assistance on C/SC activities across the Mission, PEPFAR, PMI, GHI, and where applicable, FTF. Ensure that all program activities are implemented in compliance with relevant USAID, USG, PEPFAR and PMI guidelines, policies, regulations and procedures. MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN C/SC (20%) The SSCSA is the USAID focal point for coordination with various entities of the GOU, other donor agencies, the private sector and civil society on matters relating to C/SC. S/he works to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Uganda, USG interagency health C/SC activities, and those of GOU and other development partners and stakeholders. S/he develops strategic partnerships with other donors on coordinated approaches to complex supply chain systems strengthening programs aimed to improve the functioning of the public and private health sector in Uganda, many of which include elements of C/SC. Specific duties include: 1. Representing USAID on all matters of health commodities and supply chain issues with senior level officials in the MOH and among senior donor community representatives. Regular fora include: the MOH Medicines Procurement and Management TWG and Commodity Security Group, HDPs and AIDS Development Partners. Regular partners include: USAID IPs, the MOH Pharmacy Division, NMS, JMS, NDA, Global Fund Field Coordination Office and others as applicable. 2. Providing USAID leadership in fostering strategic partnerships and coordinating commodity procurement and other C/SC support with other donor agencies in order to achieve a coordinated, effective donor response to health commodity and system strengthening requirements across various health programs in the public and private sector. These partnerships have the potential to leverage millions of U.S. Dollars for health systems and C/SC programs in Uganda for greater impact on health outcomes. This requires close collaboration with representatives of Global Fund, DFID, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and World Bank as they provide essential support to health, HIV/AIDS and HSS activities. Other contacts for close collaboration include other appropriate non-governmental entities such as Clinton Foundation and others. S/he will also monitor the political environment and other donor activities to inform USAID/Uganda's funding and programmatic decisions. 3. Serving as member of the USAID HSS team and PEPFAR HSS and C/SC technical working groups and other relevant forums in planning and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on health systems strengthening related projects and activities in the public and private health sector of Uganda. S/he will function as the focal point on HSS related issues when required. 4. Providing leadership in developing relationships with the private sector in Uganda to strengthen their supply chain management capacity, performance and sustainability. OTHER (10%) The SSCSA is responsible for other duties related to C/SC and Mission priorities as assigned, including: 1. Participating in the design of new programs and in technical review committees for new and/or follow-on supply chain management and other related awards. 2. Preparing ad hoc reports as required for USAID/ Uganda, USAID/Washington, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), donor coordination groups, and others. These reports include U.S. Congressional, GOU or donor group requests; technical briefings; trip reports; site visit briefing documents; speeches; etc. 3. Contributing to development of all mission reports, including Country Operational Plans for PEPFAR, PMI and other health; portfolio reviews; semi-annual and annual reports; quarterly financial reports; quality assessments; site monitoring reports; etc. 4. Keeping informed of national and international initiatives and policies and state-of-the-art developments related to the provision of commodities and supplies for HIV/AIDS and health programs, share information as appropriate with various counterparts. 5. Organizing and participating in field visits by external parties that highlight USAID's supply chain management activities. 6. Participating in workshops, special committees, etc. as USAID/Uganda's technical advisor on logistics and supply chain management. 7. Making recommendations to the Mission on program directions and management. 8. Performing any other duties as assigned by the Health and HIV Office Director or his/her designee. Supervision: The SSCSA will be supervised by the HSS Team Leader. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Senior Supply Chain Systems Advisor (SSCSA)

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 20, 2016  -  Deadline July 19, 2016
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1. Position Title: Senior Supply Chain Systems Advisor (SSCSA) 2. Market Value: GS-14 - $87,263 to $113,444. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract with possible one year extension. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to serves as the USAID Mission point of contact for all matters related to health commodities and supply chain systems (C/SC). S/he provides strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG and Government of Uganda (GOU) supply chain management goals. 6. Master's degree in a relevant field such as public health, international development, pharmacy, procurement and logistics, or a closely related degree required. 7. Work Experience: A minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience working in the health, logistics or international development field. Experience in developing country settings is preferred; Five years of this experience should be in a managerial and/or operational position in the areas of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluating activities in the delivery of C/SC programs; Relevant experience working or collaborating with other donors, governments and international organizations is a must. 8. Knowledge (all required): State-of-the art, specialized knowledge of technical and programmatic approaches in health commodity procurement and supply planning and supply chain systems strengthening. This includes demonstrated knowledge of the various supply chain system components (forecasting, procurement, warehousing, distribution, inventory management, logistics management information systems etc.) and practical strategies for improving system efficiencies and performance to enhance availability, affordability, accessibility and equitable allocation of public health commodities in the health sector. Knowledge of global procurement and supply chain strengthening technical assistance programs including DELIVER, SCMS, the Global Fund, UNFPA, GAVI, and others. Significant knowledge of program management and monitoring and evaluation methods. 9. Skills and Abilities (all required): Demonstrated strategic thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to effectively manage stress and conflict; Must be able to work effectively with mid- and senior-level public and civil society officials from the GOU, other development partners and the private sector; Demonstrated ability to work and provide leadership in a team environment, coordinate well with others, and provide leadership in the areas of his/her competencies; Must be able to develop effective and collaborative managerial relationships with implementing partners; Diplomacy, tact, negotiation skills, cultural sensitivity, and team participation skills are required in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships within USAID and with the public and private sectors; Excellent organizational skills in order to multi-task and stay organized in a complex, ever- changing environment; Excellent writing and computer skills. 10. Security Clearance: Secret Level. Medical Clearance: STATE MED. 11. Applicants meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and obtained through reference checks. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested only from the top scoring candidates. USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection. This position requires a highly qualified and experienced individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to foster team work, strategic thinking, and also understand the technical requirements to support and achieve supply chain issues for PEPFAR as well as PMI and the Family Planning portfolio/goals in Uganda. Consensus building is a critical skill. The incumbent must be familiar with and be able to work well in an overseas environment and with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental counterparts. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The SSCSA serves as the USAID Mission point of contact for all matters related to health commodities and supply chain systems (C/SC). S/he provides strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG and Government of Uganda (GOU) supply chain management goals. The primary responsibilities focus on priority setting within a highly political environment, project management and senior-level technical advice on C/SC. S/he works to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Uganda, USG interagency C/SC activities, and those of Government of Uganda (GOU) and other development partners and stakeholders by facilitating the exchange of technical information, guiding and managing USAID C/SC related activities and identifying and fostering opportunities for partnership on technical and programmatic activities. The SSCSA manages a complex, national and district level assistance activity of up to $30 million over five years designed to increase the availability, equitable access, and appropriate use of essential medicines and health supplies by building stronger, sustainable systems and local capacity. These responsibilities require specialized knowledge, skills and experience related to health commodities, supply chain management systems and health systems strengthening strategies. The SSCSA keeps abreast of current publications and information on C/SC and its programming in developing countries in order to advise the Mission. The SSCSA functions as part of a larger USAID Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) team to ensure more sustainable health programming, beyond C/SC. S/he will work with the members of the PEPFAR, HSS, PMI and C/SC technical working groups and other relevant fora in planning, coordinating and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on C/SC strengthening related projects and activities in the public and the private health sector of Uganda (both not-for-profit and for-profit) to improve institutional performance and sustainability. The SSCSA works on integrating a common approach to C/SC across all initiatives, such as common approaches to financing, product selection, commodity procurement, forecasting, quantification, warehousing, distribution, logistics management information systems, institutional capacity-building, quality assurance, and rational use of pharmaceuticals and health supplies. S/he will function as the focal point on HSS related issues when required.The SSCSA requires a positive and proactive attitude. Leadership and diplomacy skills are critical, as the position requires working with technical and senior officials in the Ministry of Health (MOH), other national institutions, all USAID Implementing Partners (IPs), other Health Development Partners, the private sector and civil society to foster GOU leadership on issues related to C/SC, resolve issues and further progress towards improving commodity availability and performance of the national supply chain. The SSCSA will work closely with Chiefs of Party and other technical staff of USAID/Uganda IPs (and other USAID and USG partners as appropriate) to guide them to adhere to USAID and USG policies and procedures for implementing C/SC activities and provide other support as needed to ensure the uninterrupted supply of essential health medicines and supplies in USAID-supported sites. The SSCSA represents USAID in national-level technical, programmatic, and policy meetings, and in consultations with other donors, government officials, and IPs. Specific contacts include: the Mission Director and Deputy Director; the U.S. Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission; the Global Health Bureau in Washington; the US Mission in Kampala's Interagency Health Team; the Assistance Commissioner for Pharmacy of the MOH; the General Managers of National Medical Stores (NMS) and Joint Medical Store (JMS), and; the National Drug Authority (NDA). The SSCSA will be a member of a multi-disciplinary, 50-person team implementing USAID programs under the DO3 team for Health and HIV/AIDS. The SSCSA will serve as a senior member of the HSS Unit within the Health and HIV Office, and will report to the HSS Team Leader. While the incumbent will report to the HSS Team Leader, s/he is expected to work closely and collaboratively with all of DO3, with the PEPFAR and PMI interagency teams and GHI teams, and with other USAID/Uganda and interagency USG/Uganda staff and programs. The SSCSA will be expected to complete assigned duties with little direct supervision, exercising extensive independent judgment as he or she works extensively through diverse teams. Given the critical and politically sensitive nature of work in C/SC, the SSCSA will provide senior strategic advice to the U.S. Ambassador and USAID Mission Director on engagements related to C/SC issues in Uganda. This advice and engagement with U.S. Mission leadership will involve strong relationship-building skills with various stakeholders including the MOH, the NMS, JMS, and other development partners. The SSCSA's diplomacy and negotiation skills will be essential during U.S negotiation and development of plans with the GOU and the MOH to increase GOU ownership and leadership in C/SC. C. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TECHNICAL GUIDANCE, LEADERSHIP, AND ADVOCACY IN HEALTH COMMODITY MANAGEMENT and SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEM STRENGTHENING (35%) The SSCSA serves as principal advisor for all matters related to health C/SC, providing strategic leadership in identifying and applying innovative approaches and best practices to achieve USAID, USG, GOU C/SC and broader health systems goals. Specific duties include: 1. Serving as principal advisor to DO3 leadership, Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director on all issues related to C/SC including GOU policy, USAID commodity procurement and supply chain systems strengthening assistance to the public and private sectors. S/he will monitor the political environment and other donor activities to inform USAID/Uganda's funding and programmatic decisions. 2. Representing USAID/Uganda and its C/SC activities in technical and coordination meetings with the GOU, other donors and non-government and private sector organizations on C/SC. Proactively facilitate a collaborative approach with the MOH and development partners to define the technical, policy and program agenda as it relates to C/SC. Provide technical guidance as appropriate on the planning and mobilization of resources for commodities and local SC capacity building. 3. Providing technical advice and guidance regarding C/SC to the MOH, other donor partners and USAID/USG IPs in order to optimize financing, forecasting, procurement, quality assurance, warehousing and distribution, information management systems, monitoring, evaluation and reporting at the national and facility level. 4. Planning and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on HSS related projects and activities in the public and private health sector of Uganda, notably increasing USAID support in the private sector (not-for-profit and for-profit) through innovative approaches and partnerships to strengthen health services for improved affordability, access and long-term sustainability. 5. Providing technical contributions to USG thematic groups, program designs, budget allocations, strategic planning documents and reporting mechanisms. Thematic groups include: interagency working groups under GHI including PEPFAR and PMI as applicable. Program design work includes: preparation of documents for new and/or follow-on C/SC activities and technical review of other related awards. Budget allocations and strategic planning documents include: Mission Strategies, annual planning and budgeting under GHI, PEPFAR and PMI, as well as coordinated inputs to planning documents among the GOU and development partners. Reporting mechanisms include: U.S. Congressional, GOU or donor group requests; technical briefings; trip reports; site visit briefing documents; speeches; portfolio reviews; semi-annual and annual reports; quarterly financial reports; quality assessments; site monitoring reports; etc. 6. Keeping informed of national and international initiatives, policies and state-of-the-art developments related to C/SC; share information as appropriate with various counterparts. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (35%)The SSCSA is responsible for the managing a complex portfolio of C/SC including the direct management of several programs and serving as principal advisor on numerous others. Health commodity availability and access are lynchpins to the success of nearly every USG-funded activity in the health sector. This includes planning, implementation, management, monitoring, results reporting, advocacy and performance improvement of USAID's C/SC activities, coordinating these activities as needed with other USAID/USG implementing health programs. Specific duties include: 1. Serving as Contracting/Agreement Officer's Technical Representative (C/AOR), or activity manager for programs related to C/SC. Primary responsibility will be managing DO3's bilateral assistance activity of up to $30 million over five years to improve national policies and strategies to support cost-effective use of resources, strengthen country capacity for effective management and utilization of essential medicines and health supplies, and increase availability and access to life saving commodities among priority populations. As C/AOR, or activity manager the SSCSA will: ensure suitable monitoring and reporting systems are in place, providing technical input in the development of Performance Monitoring Plans; review, approve, and ensure compliance with IPs annual work plans and budgets; monitor expenditures and pipelines; provide appropriate and timely funding; conduct regular site visits to monitor activities and verify asset use; guide IPs to adhere to USAID and USG policies and procedures; review all written reports submitted by IPs and furnish feedback; maintain program files, and other duties and responsibilities as outlined in USAID rules, regulations, policies and other forms of appropriate guidance. 2. Coordinating with USAID procurement agents and the DO3 Project Management Specialist for Health Commodities to guide and oversee USAID procurement and distribution of approximately $49 million in medicines and health supplies annually. This includes the forecasting, quantification, procurement and distribution of USAID commodities including contraceptives, condoms, antiretroviral medicines, male circumcision kits, devices and supplies, HIV test kits, HIV related laboratory reagents and supplies, anti-malaria medicines and rapid diagnostic tests, bed-nets, and other medical/laboratory equipment as required for the implementation of HIV/AIDS and health programs. All procurement activities are implemented in compliance with relevant USAID, USG, PEPFAR and PMI guidelines, policies, regulations and procedures. 3. Providing significant technical assistance on C/SC activities across the Mission, PEPFAR, PMI, GHI, and where applicable, FTF. Ensure that all program activities are implemented in compliance with relevant USAID, USG, PEPFAR and PMI guidelines, policies, regulations and procedures. MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN C/SC (20%) The SSCSA is the USAID focal point for coordination with various entities of the GOU, other donor agencies, the private sector and civil society on matters relating to C/SC. S/he works to ensure technical and programmatic synergy within USAID/Uganda, USG interagency health C/SC activities, and those of GOU and other development partners and stakeholders. S/he develops strategic partnerships with other donors on coordinated approaches to complex supply chain systems strengthening programs aimed to improve the functioning of the public and private health sector in Uganda, many of which include elements of C/SC. Specific duties include: 1. Representing USAID on all matters of health commodities and supply chain issues with senior level officials in the MOH and among senior donor community representatives. Regular fora include: the MOH Medicines Procurement and Management TWG and Commodity Security Group, HDPs and AIDS Development Partners. Regular partners include: USAID IPs, the MOH Pharmacy Division, NMS, JMS, NDA, Global Fund Field Coordination Office and others as applicable. 2. Providing USAID leadership in fostering strategic partnerships and coordinating commodity procurement and other C/SC support with other donor agencies in order to achieve a coordinated, effective donor response to health commodity and system strengthening requirements across various health programs in the public and private sector. These partnerships have the potential to leverage millions of U.S. Dollars for health systems and C/SC programs in Uganda for greater impact on health outcomes. This requires close collaboration with representatives of Global Fund, DFID, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and World Bank as they provide essential support to health, HIV/AIDS and HSS activities. Other contacts for close collaboration include other appropriate non-governmental entities such as Clinton Foundation and others. S/he will also monitor the political environment and other donor activities to inform USAID/Uganda's funding and programmatic decisions. 3. Serving as member of the USAID HSS team and PEPFAR HSS and C/SC technical working groups and other relevant forums in planning and improving the USAID and USG portfolio on health systems strengthening related projects and activities in the public and private health sector of Uganda. S/he will function as the focal point on HSS related issues when required. 4. Providing leadership in developing relationships with the private sector in Uganda to strengthen their supply chain management capacity, performance and sustainability. OTHER (10%) The SSCSA is responsible for other duties related to C/SC and Mission priorities as assigned, including: 1. Participating in the design of new programs and in technical review committees for new and/or follow-on supply chain management and other related awards. 2. Preparing ad hoc reports as required for USAID/ Uganda, USAID/Washington, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), donor coordination groups, and others. These reports include U.S. Congressional, GOU or donor group requests; technical briefings; trip reports; site visit briefing documents; speeches; etc. 3. Contributing to development of all mission reports, including Country Operational Plans for PEPFAR, PMI and other health; portfolio reviews; semi-annual and annual reports; quarterly financial reports; quality assessments; site monitoring reports; etc. 4. Keeping informed of national and international initiatives and policies and state-of-the-art developments related to the provision of commodities and supplies for HIV/AIDS and health programs, share information as appropriate with various counterparts. 5. Organizing and participating in field visits by external parties that highlight USAID's supply chain management activities. 6. Participating in workshops, special committees, etc. as USAID/Uganda's technical advisor on logistics and supply chain management. 7. Making recommendations to the Mission on program directions and management. 8. Performing any other duties as assigned by the Health and HIV Office Director or his/her designee. Supervision: The SSCSA will be supervised by the HSS Team Leader. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Deputy Program Office Director

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published April 4, 2016  -  Deadline April 30, 2016
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1. Position Title: Deputy Program Office Director 2. Market Value: GS-15 - $102,646 to $133,444. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: One only contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda or Third Country National Personal Services Contractor to oversee strategy development, project and program design, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, learning, and reporting for the Uganda Mission. 6. Education: Master's degree or related professional degree in International Development, Public Administration or related fields. 7. Work Experience: Ten years' recent experience in international development and program management. Relevant experience in programming USAID foreign assistance funds, and experience in project design and managing for results, is required. Experience overseeing and/or managing development assistance in East Africa is preferred. 8. Knowledge, skills and abilities: A thorough knowledge of USG and/or other international development agency program administration and oversight (including staff supervision), policies, acquisition and assistance procedures, and reporting systems is required. Current knowledge of political and economic conditions in Uganda is highly desirable. The contractor should have demonstrated professional ability through assuming positions of progressively greater responsibility over his/her career. S/he should demonstrate resourcefulness, good judgment, discretion, and have the ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. The candidate must demonstrate strong management skills and experience in directing a team of at least five in all aspects of program and project management from concept design to implementation and reporting on results. 9. Language: Excellent English writing and oral presentation skills. Must be fluent in English (FSI 5 level).10. Security Clearance: Employment Authorization. Medical Clearance: STATE MED. 11. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria and obtained through reference checks. USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection. The scale and complexity of the USAID/Uganda assistance program requires the knowledge, skills and experience of a seasoned program officer. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The DPO will ensure that USAID/Uganda programs are consistent with Mission, Agency, and broader USG strategic priorities; and that activities and projects are directly supportive of the Mission's CDCS results, objectives and goals. The incumbent - in consultation with the Supervisory Program Officer - supervises the three core teams that comprise PPD: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Budget and Project Design; and Development Outreach and Coordination to ensure that other Mission offices, USAID/Washington, USAID implementing partners and other stakeholders receive the quantity and quality of support that PPD is mandated to provide. B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Specific functions may include, but are not limited to: 1. Supervise the design of new activities for USAID assistance to Uganda that are overseen by the PPD Budget & Project Design Team. This requires a detailed understanding of USAID project design policy and procedures, resource requirements for activities, and familiarity with the requirements of having the Mission portfolio consistently support the CDCS. 2. Represent USAID in interagency communication and strategic planning exercises, such as the U.S. Mission/Kampala Interagency Communications Team and the Integrated Country Strategy and Mission Resource Request processes. 3. Lead development and oversee implementation of the CDCS. 4. In conjunction with Mission technical teams, coordinate and leverage additional resources, including those from USAID/Washington sources such as the Global Development Lab, as well as those from other donors to Uganda. 5. Prepare and ensure timely processing of program budget and activity documentation (or supervise the same). This includes the annual Mission Resource Request, Operational Plan, Performance Plan and Report, Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ), Congressional Notifications (CN), and OYB reporting. 6. Plan and lead semi-annual development-assistance portfolio reviews. 7. Organize and lead Mission review of new proposed activities and projects, and provide analysis and recommendations to support or deny requests for modification and/or extension of activities, as appropriate and required. 8. Participate in technical evaluation committees for USAID/Uganda grant applications or project proposals (and for the Mission Kampala interagency, as required). 9. Prepare correspondence, cables and reports in response to ad-hoc inquiries or as part of routine reporting on program activities. 10. Attending - and in some cases, organizing - meetings, workshops and conferences, and preparing follow-up cables and reports. Supervision: The DPO is directly supervised by the PPD Director (the Mission's Supervisory Program Officer) or his/her designee. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

READVERTIZED: Deputy Program Office Director

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 1, 2016  -  Deadline July 15, 2016
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1. Position Title: READVERTIZED Deputy Program Office Director 2. Market Value: GS-15 - $102,646 to $133,444. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: One only contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to oversee strategy development, project and program design, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, learning, and reporting for the Uganda Mission. 6. Education: Master's degree or related professional degree in International Development, Public Administration or related fields. 7. Work Experience: Ten years' recent experience in international development and program management. Relevant experience in programming USAID foreign assistance funds, and experience in project design and managing for results, is required. Experience overseeing and/or managing development assistance in East Africa is preferred. 8. Knowledge, skills and abilities: A thorough knowledge of USG and/or other international development agency program administration and oversight (including staff supervision), policies, acquisition and assistance procedures, and reporting systems is required. Current knowledge of political and economic conditions in Uganda is highly desirable. The contractor should have demonstrated professional ability through assuming positions of progressively greater responsibility over his/her career. S/he should demonstrate resourcefulness, good judgment, discretion, and have the ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. The candidate must demonstrate strong management skills and experience in directing a team of at least five in all aspects of program and project management from concept design to implementation and reporting on results. 9. Language: Excellent English writing and oral presentation skills. Must be fluent in English (FSI 5 level).10. Security Clearance: Secret Level. Medical Clearance: STATE MED. 11. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria and obtained through reference checks. USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection. The scale and complexity of the USAID/Uganda assistance program requires the knowledge, skills and experience of a seasoned program officer. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The DPO will ensure that USAID/Uganda programs are consistent with Mission, Agency, and broader USG strategic priorities; and that activities and projects are directly supportive of the Mission's CDCS results, objectives and goals. The incumbent - in consultation with the Supervisory Program Officer - supervises the three core teams that comprise PPD: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Budget and Project Design; and Development Outreach and Coordination to ensure that other Mission offices, USAID/Washington, USAID implementing partners and other stakeholders receive the quantity and quality of support that PPD is mandated to provide. B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Specific functions may include, but are not limited to: 1. Supervise the design of new activities for USAID assistance to Uganda that are overseen by the PPD Budget & Project Design Team. This requires a detailed understanding of USAID project design policy and procedures, resource requirements for activities, and familiarity with the requirements of having the Mission portfolio consistently support the CDCS. 2. Represent USAID in interagency communication and strategic planning exercises, such as the U.S. Mission/Kampala Interagency Communications Team and the Integrated Country Strategy and Mission Resource Request processes. 3. Lead development and oversee implementation of the CDCS. 4. In conjunction with Mission technical teams, coordinate and leverage additional resources, including those from USAID/Washington sources such as the Global Development Lab, as well as those from other donors to Uganda. 5. Prepare and ensure timely processing of program budget and activity documentation (or supervise the same). This includes the annual Mission Resource Request, Operational Plan, Performance Plan and Report, Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ), Congressional Notifications (CN), and OYB reporting. 6. Plan and lead semi-annual development-assistance portfolio reviews. 7. Organize and lead Mission review of new proposed activities and projects, and provide analysis and recommendations to support or deny requests for modification and/or extension of activities, as appropriate and required. 8. Participate in technical evaluation committees for USAID/Uganda grant applications or project proposals (and for the Mission Kampala interagency, as required). 9. Prepare correspondence, cables and reports in response to ad-hoc inquiries or as part of routine reporting on program activities. 10. Attending - and in some cases, organizing - meetings, workshops and conferences, and preparing follow-up cables and reports. Supervision: The DPO is directly supervised by the PPD Director (the Mission's Supervisory Program Officer) or his/her designee. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Senior Acquisition & Assistance (A&A) Specialist

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published May 10, 2016  -  Deadline June 7, 2016
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1. Position Title: Senior Acquisition & Assistance (A&A) Specialist 2. Market Value: GS-13 - $73,846 to $96,004. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. Salaries over and above the top of the GS13 pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Post differential is currently at 25 percent. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: One year only contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda and Third Country National Personal Services Contractor to provide support on all aspects of A&A award administration relating to and affecting the Mission-funded USAID's acquisition and assistance activities, as assigned. 6. Education: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a four-year U.S. university degree (equivalency accreditation if a non-U.S. institution in a relevant major listed below, is desired. However, relevant, extensive work experience, if demonstrably successful, may be substituted or be given appropriate consideration. Relevant majors are: business administration, public administration accounting, law, banking, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization management. Completion of courses leading to the Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) (or its predecessor) is highly desirable. 7. Work Experience: A minimum of 7 (seven) years professional experience in acquisition and assistance functions. Demonstrated prior experience and ability to exercise independent judgment in a full range of pre-award, award and post award responsibilities including: procurement planning, solicitation, analysis and evaluation of proposals, negotiation and award of acquisition and assistance instruments, cost and price analysis, administration, termination, negotiation of changes, execution of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, subcontractor surveillance and disposition of claims. 8. Knowledge: Applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of federal contracting and assistance principles, laws, statues, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts, grants and cooperative agreements for a variety of specialized equipment, services, and/or construction, or to conduct studies of problem areas and develop standard methods and operating procedures. Knowledge of the following is preferred: Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR), Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs)/Acquisition and Assistance, Policy Directives (AAPDs), USAID Automated Directive System (ADS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular, Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as appropriate to USAID. Familiarity with business practices and market conditions applicable to program and technical requirements is required sufficient to evaluate such actions as bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility, and/or contractor performance. Incumbent should demonstrate knowledge of team management strategies, mentoring and knowledge transfer to provide training to junior staff members. 9. Skills and Abilities: Incumbent must be able to work independently in a highly demanding environment and capable of handling tasks with varying deadlines. The ability to plan, organize and manage complex negotiations and meetings is very important. Strong organizational skills; ability to work independently with little supervision, ability to work calmly, tactfully and effectively under pressure and to demonstrate flexibility to manage more than one activity at a time is essential. Interpersonal skills - demonstrated ability to work collegially with technical officers, peers, and supervisors with good interpersonal skills and past performance in working effectively in a team environment is required. S/he must be able to adhere to high standards of professional conduct and to maintain strict confidentiality and high ethnical standards relating to all areas of acquisition and assistance. Demonstrated ability to lead team(s) and provide strategic advice on highly complex, time sensitive procurements. Must be able to communicate complex and difficult policy and programmatic issues understandably by knowledgeable laypersons without over simplifying and be able to transfer knowledge/mentor other team members. Proven ability in the following: negotiation, issuance of fixed-price contracts, issuance of cost reimbursement contracts, issuance of special-purpose contracts and agreements, business evaluations, administration, termination, award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements. Demonstrated skills in managerial and coordinative activities sufficient to conduct a variety of contractual actions occurring concurrently, is essential. Demonstrated excellence in oral communication in English and strong writing skills. Proven ability to evaluate and interpret policy directives and regulations, produce technical documents and to effectively communicate to internal and external stakeholders and produce technical documents in required. Proficiency in standard operating software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required. 10. In selecting contracting specialists the appointing official will consider the complexity and dollar value of the acquisitions to be assigned and the candidate's experience, training, education, business acumen, judgment, character, and reputation. (FAR subpart 1.603-2). Applicants must address all the below elements as part of their offer in response to this PSC solicitation. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Ethics and trustworthiness considerations will receive particular scrutiny throughout the Program. Training, and any other sources deemed appropriate, will be reviewed for any signs of potential risks or cautions that might be detrimental to the responsibilities inherent to this Program. Such risks or cautions may result in disqualification for purposes of being appointed a contracting specialist. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: Reporting to the USAID/Uganda Supervisory Contracting Officer, the contractor shall provide support on all aspects of A&A award administration relating to and affecting the Mission-funded USAID's acquisition and assistance activities, as assigned. The contractor will be responsible for pre and post award stages of activities including planning, developing, carrying out, managing, and advising on all aspects of procurement relating to and affecting USAID's A&A programs, policy, and project planning, activity design, solicitation, evaluation and award. In addition to these functions, the contractor will participate in Mission strategic planning and policy formulation. S/he will lead the development and implementation of the Mission procurement plan advising the Supervisory Contracting Officer and Mission Management of progress made. Given the critical nature and complexity of USAID/Uganda programs, the contractor will function as an expert in all technical areas of the assignment. The contractor must fulfill the position responsibilities with the complete confidence of the Supervisory CO/AO in the PSC's understanding of the assignment and ability to integrate issues, creative problem solving, and the introduction of innovative procurement mechanisms to realize Mission objectives. The contractor will also serve as an Acquisition and Assistance resource for the Office of Acquisition and Assistance providing training and mentoring to staff members.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The contractor will ensure that USAID/Uganda programs are consistent with Mission, Agency, and broader USG strategic priorities; and that activities and projects are directly supportive of the Mission's CDCS results, objectives and goals. The incumbent-in consultation with the Supervisory Contracting Officer shall perform the following specific functions including but not limited to: Pre-Award Expertise and Services (50%) Perform all actions required to conceptualize, plan, solicit, negotiate and award acquisition and assistance actions of varying complexity. Conduct A&A planning and subsequent pre-award activities fully supportive of USAID/Uganda strategic objectives and related results and requirements. Organize, direct, conducts and/or coordinate continued engagement with Agency stakeholders including organizing pre-bid/pre-proposal conferences for procurement actions, preparing Requests for Information (RFI), updating the Agency A&A Plan and Business Forecast, and responding to inquiries on a timely basis. Review requests for A&A actions (to include consulting on scope of work or program description documents), and manage the A&A process whereby the comprehensive requirements of the Federal and USAID Acquisition Regulations (FAR and AIDAR), Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs), Acquisition and Assistance Policy Directives (AAPDs), Procurement Executive Bulletins (PEBs), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Office of Management & Budget Circulars (OMB Circulars), Automated Directive System (ADS), etc., are used to competitively, (or when justified, via other means), proceed through the entire activity design and offer/application solicitation process. Manage the technical and cost/price evaluation process plus subsequent negotiation processes in all actions (competitive or otherwise) to arrive at business management-appropriate instruments, including grants and cooperative agreements, etc. This includes completing fully documented files with certifications, negotiation memoranda reflecting complete explanations for Contracting Officer decision rationales, a comprehensive record of commitments and obligations of the parties. Manage the award process from beginning to conclusion (all pre-PALT and PALT requirements) with fully executed contract or assistance documents. Develop long-range plans for new or complex programs in collaboration with Mission technical offices, which includes leading the preparation of quarterly procurement plans, providing OAA guidance to quarterly pipeline reviews and portfolio reviews and may include reviewing project papers and representing OAA at program planning meetings. Identify within assigned major program(s) those significant subsystems, components, equipment and services to be acquired by contract, grant or cooperative agreement or Inter-agency Agreement. Develop objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual or assistance vehicle, which includes the use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside polices, and similar considerations. Prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules and keeps the Supervisory Contracting Officer informed of anticipated workload demands. Anticipates problems and provides advice to project personnel on effective implementation and time frames required. Serve on activity development teams. Serve as an advisor to the program office and activity planners. Advise on the procurement instruments to be used, lead the development of Source Selection Plans and Individual Acquisition Plans as required and assist in the preparation of statements of work. Provide guidance and training to new project/technical staff on USAID regulations and FAR requirements. Collaborate in the development of evaluation criteria. Serve as a Mission OAA leader, providing counseling and training to new project/technical staff on USAID regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) requirements. Provides on-the-job training to junior staff and assists management in selecting appropriate development assignments. Post-Award Expertise and Services (40%) Perform all actions required to administer the complete variety of A&A instruments from contractor/recipient mobilization through to closeout. Rely on a comprehensive mastery of the Mission Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), Project Appraisal Documents (PADs), FAR, AIDAR, ADS, CFR, OMB Circulars and other procurement/assistance guidance sources to conduct output-based administration which enhances achievement of the Mission's program and assures timely delivery of the purchased supplies and/or services. Exercise a proactive role during the administration phase to include coordinating with technical, controller and legal offices, conducting meetings and conferences as required, maintaining good communications with contractors, recipients and grantees, interpreting contract or award provisions, and negotiating and finalizing instrument modifications when warranted. Coordinate special requirements with other US Government offices and agencies, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Small Business Administration. Ensure that the results contractually required are documented and that A&A actions are properly closed out, to include final audits, resolving indirect cost matters and preparing any needed final modifications. Advise technical offices on resolution of special procurement problems associated with waiver requests, expediting of deliveries, apparent overlapping of responsibilities, and resolution of claims. Responsible for award administration sufficient to ensure award terms and conditions are met and that the contractor/implementing partner delivers the required goods or services in a timely manner to achieve the objectives of the Mission's projects and programs by performing periodic site visits, limited financial reviews approval of changes to incremental funding, preparing of rate and cost adjustments, redirecting levels of effort, coordinating of time extension, incorporating change orders, preparing stop work orders, sub-awards consents, approval of key personnel, equipment purchases, property disposition reviews and approvals, preparing cure notices or show cause letters, and award closeout. Advise technical office counterparts and contractors on their administration responsibilities contained in the contract. Evaluate the adequacy of the contractor's business management systems for areas such as personnel compensation, insurance subcontracting procedures, and results of the financial audits. Provide Technical Office Support Services and serve the needs of the technical office teams in USAID/Uganda as assigned or needed. Collegially represent the OAA viewpoint with the objective of having all team members fully understand and appreciate the key nature of the procurement and assistance function, how to obtain needed services or assistance to meet time schedules, as well as the statutory and procedural requirements established by Federal and USAID authorities for the purpose of protecting the U.S. Government's best interests. Provide Mission Support Services as the Senior A&A Specialist by imparting crucial knowledge of the international and local contractor and NGO community via consultation and advice to Senior Mission Management. Establish and maintain an authoritative Mission presence to include travel and provision of consultative advice on Acquisition and Assistance policies and procedures to external groups (e.g., other USG agencies, NGOs, public international organizations (PIOs), for-profit contractors, other donors, etc.). Respond to protests, audits and limited financial review findings and recommendations by researching and developing necessary analysis, documentation, and history of the awards. Work with the Resident Legal Officer in preparing the Mission's position and provide assistance to the Supervisory Contracting Officer to support the Government's defense on protests to the GAO, and programmatic and financial audits conducted by the OIG. Conduct in-depth compliance review and evaluation of complex, unusual, or unprecedented contract actions requiring higher-level approval. Ensure that contract terms and conditions are met. Recommend issuing cure or show-cause notices when the contractor is not in compliance. Terminate awards for the convenience of the government or default by the awardee. The incumbent is responsible for preparation of all documentation necessary to support and defend termination decisions. Negotiates termination claims settlement. OTHER DUTIES (10%) Serve as a key trainer and advisor for Foreign Service National (FSN) A&A staff and Agreement/Contracting Officer Representatives (AOR/COR) by providing advice, training and support to them. The training/mentoring will be broad-based, to include job-specific technical training, informal day-to-day training and sharing of experience-based knowledge. The training shall encompass procurement planning, design and solicitation processes, negotiation and award, contract compliance monitoring and administration, design of tools and templates to utilize in training and other topics as assigned. Recommend new or improved processes in a functional area of procurement, e.g., pre-award or price/cost analysis, including responsibility for formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation to subordinate contracting activities. Respond to protests received by researching and developing necessary analysis, documentation, and history. Work with both the Legal Officer and Contracting Officer in preparing the Agency's position to support the Government's defense on protests to the GAO. Other duties as assigned. Supervision: General guidance will be provided by the Supervisory Contracting Officer or her/his designee. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Supervisory Development Outreach and Communications

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published September 23, 2015  -  Deadline October 20, 2015
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1. Position Title: Supervisory Development Outreach and Communications 2. Market Value: GS-14 Equivalent $86,399 to $112,319. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year Contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) Personal Services Contractor who will implement development, outreach, and communications efforts to increase awareness of USAID assistance programs in Uganda for a variety of audiences within and outside of Uganda. 6. Education: It is preferred, but not required, that the candidate hold a Master's degree with significant coursework in relevant fields. Relevant fields include - but are not limited to - journalism, communications, public relations or affairs, international relations, international development, public administration, Development/area studies, and social studies. Eight to 10 years' experience as a journalist, in public affairs or international relations is required. 7. Work Experience: At least five years' relevant experience in a developing country. Relevant experience is defined as work in journalism, public relations, communications, and/or outreach. 8. Language Proficiency: The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English. 9. Skills and Abilities: The candidate must have a demonstrated capacity in the following skills and abilities: Demonstrated ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment; Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills; Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material into easy to understand narrative; Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to influence relationships positively; Superior project management skills and the ability to take initiative working with the direction of management; must be able to take ownership of projects, creatively problem solve and see through to completion; Strong and demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations, media relations, and journalistic writing and reporting techniques; Knowledge of technical aspects involved in the production of different public outreach activities, such as production of televised programs; Superior levels of professionalism while working under pressure in a fast-paced and sometimes difficult or dangerous environment; Willingness to assume duties and responsibilities in all communications areas, as needed; Strong, working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Internet applications; Familiarity using a digital camera and videotaping equipment; 10. Clearance: U.S. Secret clearance (or the ability to attain one) is required. 11. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The S/DOC is an essential member of the Office of Program and Policy Development, responsible for producing and disseminating public information about mission activities for Ugandan and American consumption and to educate and promote a better understanding of USAID/Uganda programs. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for strategically planning, developing, implementing, and administering the DOC program to promote better awareness and understanding of U.S. foreign assistance to Uganda. S/he guides, coordinates, and oversees the mission's communication practices and outreach efforts, helping to ensure that they reflect the U.S. Government's (USG) priorities and promote USAID's accomplishments to key audiences. S/he is also responsible for relaying related policies and achievements to key audiences of the host country, in the United States, and other countries. Major duties and responsibilities: The S/DOC will manage the full range of public information and outreach activities in support of USAID/Uganda's programs and objectives, targeting information to specific audiences in both the US and (country), in accordance with the Mission's public strategy and evolving circumstances. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following: Supervisory and Coordination: Lead the Mission's Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) team comprised of one to two Foreign Service Nationals to ensure overall quality and coherence of the team's communications and outreach products and initiatives. Lead the development and implementation of the Mission's communications strategy and outreach plan. Represent the Mission at the senior level in all matters pertaining to public affairs and outreach activities with other branches of the USG, the Government of Uganda, implementing partners, other donor nations, the UN, World Bank and other groups or institutions. Train USAID's technical staff in Uganda/Kampala and the regional offices in support of their public speaking and media outreach roles. Oversee the integration of communications in the project design and implementation processes. Serve as the senior advisor to Mission management regarding all public information, media relations, and outreach matters. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all USAID/Uganda activities and processes, as well as a keen awareness of political and policy issues. Advise USAID staff and implementing partners on developing appropriate public information programs and initiatives. Serve as a resident expert on USAID branding and style guidelines, ensuring regulations are followed by recommending revisions and appropriate application as outlined in ADS 320 and the Agency's Graphic Standards Manual. Oversee and provide regular trainings to USAID staff and implementing partners on the appropriate use of branding and marking; work closely with Contracting/Assistance Officer Representatives (C/AOR) to ensure adherence to branding in the field; and, seek guidance from LPA on any disputes or waiver requests. Coordinate with the PAO, U.S. Military, other USG agencies (e.g. CDC, USDA), and USAID implementing partners to achieve maximum exposure and understanding of U.S. development and humanitarian assistance efforts and initiatives in Uganda, as defined by the Chief of Mission and USAID Mission Director. Establish and maintain contacts with donor representatives, implementing partners, and other USG agencies to collect information for reports. Public Information and Publicity Materials: Coordinate information dissemination, media outreach, and public events within the Mission; with the Mission's offices, units and technical staff; and with all non-USG organizations. Oversee the drafting, editing, and dissemination of timely and accurate information, fact sheets, press releases, newsletters, brochures, presentations, responses for requests for information, and all other public information materials relating to USAID/Uganda's activities. These must be written in clear, concise English, prepared with both the media and general audiences in mind, and designed for print, power points, and web use. Oversee the preparation of submissions for USAID Frontlines and other USAID public information platforms including the Administrator's Blog, USAID Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other new or emerging social media sites. Oversee the use of social media platforms as an engagement tool with a focus on digital advocacy and outreach; a social media strategy will be developed to align with the broader communications strategy. Oversee the submission of all social media materials to PAO for posting on the U.S. Embassy Facebook and Twitter sites. Manage the preparation and maintenance of an updated standard information package on the USAID program in Uganda for briefings and for distribution to the public and the media; and for USAID/W, LPA, State, Congress, etc.; including scene setters, program briefing papers, project status reports, maps, photos, information about other donors, and general information about Uganda. Oversees the content and posting of Uganda specific English-language materials on the USAID website to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date/he works closely with LPA webmaster to ensure the Uganda specific pages are creative and informative. Oversee the writing and distribution of press releases on program successes, project inaugurations, significant developments, etc. Follow up with media to encourage and support coverage of public events. Coordinate with technical offices, Embassy's PAO, and LPA to produce and release timely, accurate, and useful written information to local and international media. Media and Public Relations: Promote separate, pro-active, targeted, information and media outreach activities. These activities are specifically designed to push accurate information about USAID programs deep into local, regional and national markets, through the selective use of radio, television, newspapers, magazines, public service announcements, advertisements, billboards, and traditional communications. This necessitates a close and transparent relationship with Mission implementing partners' communication and outreach staff. Oversee all international and local media relations. Work closely with PAO on press relations and maintain contacts with high-level Western and local journalists from all media outlets. Advise and work with Embassy PAO to expand opportunities to keep media abreast of USAID/Uganda programs, including TV, radio and other media. This may include arranging interviews, briefings, media tours of USAID projects, etc. In collaboration with PAO, advise the Mission Director and USAID staff on press and media relations. Ensure a targeted, coherent, and consistent message from all USAID staff and implementing partners. Coordinate with Government of Uganda public relations offices, maintaining good relations and advising on working with Uganda and international media. Coordinate with PAO to monitor local and international press coverage, awareness, and attitudes concerning USAID programs and monitor effectiveness of the communications strategy. Provide feedback to inform ongoing activities and future programming. As directed by the Mission Director, Deputy Director, and Supervisory Program Officer and in collaboration with PAO, respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other sources about USAID programs and projects. Publicity Events: Organize and coordinate press events for USAID projects in conjunction with the PAO, USAID Mission Director, USAID staff and implementing partners. This includes conferences, openings, ribbon-cuttings, and other ceremonies. Write press releases, speeches, and talking points; organize background briefings for media; compile and disseminate press packets; deal with protocol issues, site selection, staging, and logistical issues; identify and schedule speakers; liaise with U.S. and local government officials; write or edit Briefing Checklists (BCLs), scene setters, briefing materials and memorandums to the Ambassador or his/her deputies when participation in events is warranted; write or edit BCLs and Scene Setters for USAID's Front Office when participation in events is warranted; provide on-site coordination of media. Follow up with media to ensure coverage of public events. Manage the posting of all event information and materials to the Mission website. Review and edit press releases, speeches, and talking points drafted by implementing partners for USAID events; review and edit BCLs and Scene Setters drafted by implementing partners for USAID events. Submit all press releases and interview requests - in-house and those drafted by implementing partners - to PAO (and LPA, when appropriate) for review and approval. Oversee the maintenance of a calendar of USAID program events and its distribution within USAID/Uganda, to Embassy stakeholders, and LPA in Washington. Photograph and/or shoot video of USAID events for the USAID and Embassy websites and for USAID/Uganda's archives. Serve as the Mission's primary point of contact for publicity events and site visits by official visitors from the U.S. Embassy, USAID/Washington, Congress, and other USG agencies or entities. Coordinate VIP site visits as necessary. Coordinate with Embassy on schedules and logistics. Lead the preparation of briefing materials, scene setters, and other information products and processes to support these visits. Maintain a diverse list of potential site visit locations appropriate for a variety of CODEL, STAFFDEL, and other high-level visitors to USAID/Uganda, coordinating closely with partners in advance. Perform other duties/activities that the US Ambassador, USAID Mission Director, Deputy Director, Supervisory Program Officer, USAID/Washington and circumstances may dictate. Supervision: The S/DOC will report to the Supervisory Program Officer/ Team Leader. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Supervisory Development Outreach and Communications

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published November 14, 2017  -  Deadline December 13, 2017
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1. Position Title: Supervisory Development Outreach and Communications Officer 2. Market Value: GS-14 - $88,136 to $114,578. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. Salaries over and above the top of the GS14 pay range will not be entertained or negotiated. Post differential is currently at 25 percent. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. USAID/Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to implement development, outreach, and communications efforts to increase awareness of USAID assistance programs in Uganda for a variety of audiences within and outside of Uganda. S/he leads the development, outreach, and communications team in Uganda, supervising one to two Cooperating Country Nationals. 6. Education: Master's degree in journalism, communications, public relations or affairs, international relations, international development, public administration, development/area studies, social studies, or another related field required. In lieu of a Master's degree, a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and equivalent years of related work experience. 7. Work Experience: With a Master's degree, eight to 10 years' experience as a journalist, in public affairs or international relations is required. Plus, at least five years' relevant experience in a developing country. Relevant experience is defined as work in journalism, public relations, communications, and/or outreach. Or With a Bachelor's degree, 15 years' experience as a journalist, in public affairs or international relations is required. Plus, at least five years' relevant experience in a developing country. Relevant experience is defined as work in journalism, public relations, communications, and/or outreach. 8. Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to exercise sound, independent, professional judgment; Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills; Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material into easy to understand narrative; Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to influence relationships positively; Superior project management skills and the ability to take initiative working with the direction of management; must be able to take ownership of projects, creatively problem solve and see through to completion; Strong and demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations, media relations, and journalistic writing and reporting techniques; Knowledge of technical aspects involved in the production of different public outreach activities, such as production of televised programs; Superior levels of professionalism while working under pressure in a fast-paced and sometimes difficult or dangerous environment; Willingness to assume duties and responsibilities in all communications areas, as needed; Strong, working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Internet applications; Familiarity using a digital camera and videotaping equipment. 9. Language, communications and computer skills: The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English. 10. Notice to Applicants: Offerors who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below. Offerors are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards they have received that are relevant to each. Be sure to include your name, social security number, and the announcement number at the top of each additional page. Failure to address the minimum selective factors may result in offers not receiving credit for all of the pertinent experience, education, training, and awards. After an initial application screening, offers will be scored, ranked and the best-qualified applicants will be invited to a testing process, which may include a written exam and oral interview. Only top ranked Offerors will be interviewed; A writing exercise or sample is requested and will also be included in the overall evaluation process; Reference checks will be conducted on those Offerors selected for interview. The Offeror's references must be able to provide substantive information about the Offeror's past performance, skills and abilities; USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the Offeror's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation; USAID reserves the right to conduct telephonic interviews with the most highly ranked applicants and make the interview a deciding factor in selection; USAID/Uganda will not reimburse expenses associated with the application and evaluation process (e.g. interviews, writing samples, writing tests). Introduction: The S/DOC reports directly to the USAID/Uganda Supervisory Program Officer and works with Mission and Embassy leadership and staff to implement development, outreach, and communications efforts to increase awareness of USAID assistance programs in Uganda for a variety of audiences within and outside of Uganda. S/he leads the development, outreach, and communications team in Uganda, supervising one to two Foreign Service Nationals. The S/DOC is an essential member of the Office of Program and Policy Development, responsible for producing and disseminating public information about mission activities for Ugandan and American consumption and to educate and promote a better understanding of USAID/Uganda programs. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for strategically planning, developing, implementing, and administering the DOC program to promote better awareness and understanding of U.S. foreign assistance to Uganda. S/he guides, coordinates, and oversees the mission's communication practices and outreach efforts, helping to ensure that they reflect the U.S. Government's (USG) priorities and promote USAID's accomplishments to key audiences. S/he is also responsible for relaying related policies and achievements to key audiences of the host country, in the United States, and other countries. The S/DOC liaises with the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Office (PAO) to ensure consistency in U.S. Mission/Kampala public messaging, and strong coordination between USAID and other U.S. Government (USG) agencies providing assistance to Uganda. The S/DOC also serves as a ‘translator' of complex USAID processes (e.g. budget, procurement, project design, etc.) to the broader interagency audience to ensure the intricacies of those process are conveyed to the final recipient, whether it is a journalist, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, or a visiting Congressional Delegation. Washington-based offices requiring close contact and coordination include the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA). The S/DOC coordinates with other interagency and implementing partners. A. STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The S/DOC will manage the full range of public information and outreach activities in support of USAID/Uganda's programs and objectives, targeting information to specific audiences in both the US and (country), in accordance with the Mission's public strategy and evolving circumstances. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following: Supervisory and Coordination Lead the Mission's Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) team comprised of one to two Foreign Service Nationals to ensure overall quality and coherence of the team's communications and outreach products and initiatives. Lead the development and implementation of the Mission's communications strategy and outreach plan. Represent the Mission at the senior level in all matters pertaining to public affairs and outreach activities with other branches of the USG, the Government of Uganda, implementing partners, other donor nations, the UN, World Bank and other groups or institutions. Train USAID's technical staff in Uganda/Kampala and the regional offices in support of their public speaking and media outreach roles. Oversee the integration of communications in the project design and implementation processes. Serve as the senior advisor to Mission management regarding all public information, media relations, and outreach matters. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all USAID/Uganda activities and processes, as well as a keen awareness of political and policy issues. Advise USAID staff and implementing partners on developing appropriate public information programs and initiatives. Serve as a resident expert on USAID branding and style guidelines, ensuring regulations are followed by recommending revisions and appropriate application as outlined in ADS 320 and the Agency's Graphic Standards Manual. Oversee and provide regular trainings to USAID staff and implementing partners on the appropriate use of branding and marking; work closely with Contracting/Assistance Officer Representatives (C/AOR) to ensure adherence to branding in the field; and, seek guidance from LPA on any disputes or waiver requests. Coordinate with the PAO, U.S. Military, other USG agencies (e.g. CDC, USDA), and USAID implementing partners to achieve maximum exposure and understanding of U.S. development and humanitarian assistance efforts and initiatives in Uganda, as defined by the Chief of Mission and USAID Mission Director. Establish and maintain contacts with donor representatives, implementing partners, and other USG agencies to collect information for reports. Public Information and Publicity Materials Coordinate information dissemination, media outreach, and public events within the Mission; with the Mission's offices, units and technical staff; and with all non-USG organizations. Oversee the drafting, editing, and dissemination of timely and accurate information, fact sheets, press releases, newsletters, brochures, presentations, responses for requests for information, and all other public information materials relating to USAID/Uganda's activities. These must be written in clear, concise English, prepared with both the media and general audiences in mind, and designed for print, power points, and web use. Oversee the preparation of submissions for USAID Frontlines and other USAID public information platforms including the Administrator's Blog, USAID Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other new or emerging social media sites. Oversee the use of social media platforms as an engagement tool with a focus on digital advocacy and outreach; a social media strategy will be developed to align with the broader communications strategy. Oversee the submission of all social media materials to PAO for posting on the U.S. Embassy Facebook and Twitter sites. Manage the preparation and maintenance of an updated standard information package on the USAID program in Uganda for briefings and for distribution to the public and the media; and for USAID/W, LPA, State, Congress, etc.; including scene setters, program briefing papers, project status reports, maps, photos, information about other donors, and general information about Uganda. Oversees the content and posting of Uganda specific English-language materials on the USAID website to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date/he works closely with LPA webmaster to ensure the Uganda specific pages are creative and informative. Oversee the writing and distribution of press releases on program successes, project inaugurations, significant developments, etc. Follow up with media to encourage and support coverage of public events. Coordinate with technical offices, Embassy's PAO, and LPA to produce and release timely, accurate, and useful written information to local and international media. Media and Public Relations Promote separate, pro-active, targeted, information and media outreach activities. These activities are specifically designed to push accurate information about USAID programs deep into local, regional and national markets, through the selective use of radio, television, newspapers, magazines, public service announcements, advertisements, billboards, and traditional communications. This necessitates a close and transparent relationship with Mission implementing partners' communication and outreach staff. Oversee all international and local media relations. Work closely with PAO on press relations and maintain contacts with high-level Western and local journalists from all media outlets. Advise and work with Embassy PAO to expand opportunities to keep media abreast of USAID/Uganda programs, including TV, radio and other media. This may include arranging interviews, briefings, media tours of USAID projects, etc. In collaboration with PAO, advise the Mission Director and USAID staff on press and media relations. Ensure a targeted, coherent, and consistent message from all USAID staff and implementing partners. Coordinate with Government of Uganda public relations offices, maintaining good relations and advising on working with Uganda and international media. Coordinate with PAO to monitor local and international press coverage, awareness, and attitudes concerning USAID programs and monitor effectiveness of the communications strategy. Provide feedback to inform ongoing activities and future programming. As directed by the Mission Director, Deputy Director, and Supervisory Program Officer and in collaboration with PAO, respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other sources about USAID programs and projects. Publicity Events Organize and coordinate press events for USAID projects in conjunction with the PAO, USAID Mission Director, USAID staff and implementing partners. This includes conferences, openings, ribbon-cuttings, and other ceremonies. Write press releases, speeches, and talking points; organize background briefings for media; compile and disseminate press packets; deal with protocol issues, site selection, staging, and logistical issues; identify and schedule speakers; liaise with U.S. and local government officials; write or edit Briefing Checklists (BCLs), scene setters, briefing materials and memorandums to the Ambassador or his/her deputies when participation in events is warranted; write or edit BCLs and Scene Setters for USAID's Front Office when participation in events is warranted; provide on-site coordination of media. Follow up with media to ensure coverage of public events. Manage the posting of all event information and materials to the Mission website. Review and edit press releases, speeches, and talking points drafted by implementing partners for USAID events; review and edit BCLs and Scene Setters drafted by implementing partners for USAID events. Submit all press releases and interview requests - in-house and those drafted by implementing partners - to PAO (and LPA, when appropriate) for review and approval. Oversee the maintenance of a calendar of USAID program events and its distribution within USAID/Uganda, to Embassy stakeholders, and LPA in Washington. Photograph and/or shoot video of USAID events for the USAID and Embassy websites and for USAID/Uganda's archives. Serve as the Mission's primary point of contact for publicity events and site visits by official visitors from the U.S. Embassy, USAID/Washington, Congress, and other USG agencies or entities. Coordinate VIP site visits as necessary. Coordinate with Embassy on schedules and logistics. Lead the preparation of briefing materials, scene setters, and other information products and processes to support these visits. Maintain a diverse list of potential site visit locations appropriate for a variety of CODEL, STAFFDEL, and other high-level visitors to USAID/Uganda, coordinating closely with partners in advance. Supervision: The S/DOC will report to the Supervisory Program Officer (the Team Leader). For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

READVERTIZED: Senior Health Communications Specialist

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published September 18, 2015  -  Deadline October 15, 2015
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1. Position Title: Senior Health Communications Specialist (S/HCS)2. Market Value: GS-13 equivalent $73,115 to $95,048. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to work with Mission leadership and the IAHT to formulate Mission-wide messages and implement development, outreach and communications efforts to increase awareness of the USG's health programs in Uganda.6. Education: Possession of at least a Bachelor's degree with significant coursework in relevant fields - including but are not limited to - journalism, communications, public health, public relations or affairs, international relations, international development, public administration, development or area studies, and social studies. 7. Work Experience: At least five years' experience as Development Outreach and Communications Specialist or in a similar position in international development. At least five years' experience as a journalist, in public affairs or international relations is required if the candidate has less than five years' experience as a DOCS or in a similar capacity. 8. Language Proficiency: The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English and be able to serve as both editor and speechwriter. Applicants who do not meet the above minimum qualifications will be considered unqualified for the position and will not be assessed using the additional criteria below: Candidates must address and will be scored and ranked based on the following selection criteria: (a) Technical Knowledge/Work Experience 60 per cent -At least five years of progressively responsible experience as a DOCS or in a similar position in international development. At least five years' experience in related fields, such as public relations or journalism; Demonstrated success in developing and disseminating information to a variety of target audiences; Demonstrated success in designing and implementing effective public relations/communications campaigns targeted at specific audiences as well as the general public; Demonstrated ability to plan and execute media campaigns and program; Demonstrated ability to craft information messages in various media formats (press release, websites, stories, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences; Evidence of broad understanding of issues related to international development and transition economies; Extensive writing and editing experience; Knowledge of African political, economic, and social environments; Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collegial relations with press and media contacts and exercise sound judgment in representing the USG while discussing program activities with the press and media; Experience supervising staff and work flows, working as a team member, and providing leadership in the areas of his/her competencies; Broad operational planning experience, analytical ability, and the capacity to convert planning concepts into firm plans to meet a variety of contingencies; Previous work experience with the USG or another international development organization in an overseas context is highly desirable.(b) Writing Skills 20 per cent -Applicants must provide at least two writing samples with their application. The samples should be 350 to 1,500 words -preferably 750-1000 words. They can be excerpts from larger articles or papers, and do not have to concern development or be written specifically for this solicitation. The samples should demonstrate the applicant's ability to clearly and lucidly communicate complex ideas to the public. The samples must be by the applicant, co-written articles are not accepted. Applicants should be prepared to take a written test. (c) Education and Training 10 per cent -A Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, international relations, international development, public administration, development/area studies, and social studies or related field. Training in one or more of the following areas: development outreach and communications, writing, journalism, web site content management, presentation skills, or other areas that are relevant to the detailed duties and responsibilities outlined in Section III of the solicitation; Extensive experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, database research, and content management systems such as Drupal. Familiarity with the Adobe Suite, particularly using Adobe Photoshop. Experience with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds. (d) Communication Skills/Group Dynamics - 10 per cent The application package (including the required summary statement) must provide evidence and example of: Effective team leadership skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team; Ability to make cogent argument clearly and succinctly in written and oral presentations; Initiative and proactive engagement with colleagues to complete assigned tasks in accordance with agreed timetables; Ability to work independently, managing several activities at once, and to work under pressure to meet very short deadlines; Evidence of outstanding coordination and organizational skills.9. Security Clearance: Employment Authorization. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each QRF on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The Specialist will assist the Mission to achieve the goals set out by IAHT, to include but not be limited to GHI, the PEPFAR, and the PMI. Under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), the Specialist will initiate and manage public awareness campaigns by assisting in planning, organizing, and implementing outreach campaigns, including a media plan and regular press contacts, in support of health programs. The Specialist will lead an analysis of communications needs and proactively promote the health program to raise awareness of health assistance provided by American taxpayers in Uganda. The Specialist will work closely with Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) in the development of communications and messaging for health events. Under the supervision of the PAO, and in close consultation with IAHT, the Specialist will plan events, produce publications, speeches, press releases, podcasts, videos, and copy concerning the health program, particularly its successes and achievements, for dissemination to the Ugandan press, media outlets, government officials, civil society leaders and the public, as well as the State Department, agency headquarters, and U.S. Congress. Much of the material produced by the Specialist will be posted to U.S. Mission websites.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (1) Strategic Communications and Information Management: Developing the message: Under the supervision of the PAO and working in close coordination with the DCM and IAHT members, the Specialist will create appropriate and strategic health communications and messaging and strategies to deliver these to targeted audiences. Chief duties include: --Develop and update the IAHT Health Communication Strategy. --Oversee the development, quality assurance, and dissemination of all public information materials through various media. --Serve as the IAHT's point of contact for interagency health information and media relations. --Coordinate with PDS and USG agencies to achieve maximum exposure and understanding of health assistance efforts and initiatives in Uganda, as defined by the Chief of Mission.--Ensure a targeted, coherent, and consistent message from all USG staff and implementing partners. --Monitor local and international press coverage, and local and donor opinion, for awareness and attitudes concerning USG programs to gauge the effectiveness of the information dissemination strategy. --Establish and maintain contacts with donor representatives and USG agencies to collect information for health reports.--Maintain a calendar of IAHT health events and distribute it within the Mission, to Embassy stakeholders, and to the State Department's Bureaus of African Affairs in Washington.--Travel to the field to capture IAHT success stories for dissemination through the U.S. Mission website, outreach folders, and the media.--Establish and maintain collegial working relationships with the local media and coordinate training sessions for Uganda press corps members to encourage accurate reporting of health activities.--Assist the IAHT and technical teams in planning and scheduling of events and publicity to highlight the Mission's health programs and to increase public awareness and understanding of USG assistance.(2) Public Information, Outreach and Media Relations: Delivering the message: The Specialist will manage all the public awareness campaigns in health. Working under the supervision of the PAO and close coordination with the DCM, the Specialist will advise the IAHT on press and media events, organize press and media relations and events, maintain press and media contacts, develop press and media materials (e.g., press releases, brochures, fact sheets, visual displays, audio and video materials) and coordinate with relevant staff to promote press and media coverage of health activities. The Specialist serves as the IAHT's press relations officer for its health activities, taking responsibility for all media relations in the health sector, including interviews, releases, feature articles and press events. Chief duties include: --Advise on media and publicity opportunities and the dissemination of the Mission health information materials and messages, and provide feedback on health messages and public and media reaction.--Prepare speeches for IAHT staff, work with the Mission implementing partners to organize public and media events, and help coordinate site visits. --Advise on protocol issues involving USG or other government officials, including Ambassadors and other high-level dignitaries.--Take the lead in updating the health sector content of the Mission's public website, working with the webmaster and with other Mission offices to ensure that all content is accurate, conforms to USG guidelines and is appropriately written for the target audience. --Prepare and edit other U.S. Mission health publicity material for external audiences and events.--Serve as the IAHT's point of contact for all press relations, both international and local media, work closely with PDS on press relations, and maintain contacts with high-level Western and local journalists from all media outlets.--Work with the PDS to arrange press conferences and media round-table conferences on health issues to keep the media abreast of USG programs. --Under the guidance of the PAO, serve as the principal USG contact for representatives of the local and international media to promote stories on USG programs. As appropriate, organize media tours and facilitate contacts among members of the media and USG agencies to encourage in-depth coverage of USG programs in the local and international media. --Coordinate with GOU public relations offices, maintaining good relations and advising on working with Ugandan and international media. --Write, review, and edit press releases, speeches, talking points, and Scene Setters drafted by agencies or implementing partners for USG events. Follow up with media to ensure coverage of public events. --Submit all health-related press releases and interview requests to PAO for review and approval. --Oversee the collection, design, research, development, editing, updating, and dissemination of outreach materials to promote USG programs to target audiences and the media. These materials include outreach folders, brochures, flyers, quarterly program and provincial fact sheets, newsletters, the Mission's website, photo essays, videos, and public service announcement campaigns for broadcast and print media. --Respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other sources about USG health programs and projects. --Produce short video success stories for publication on the U.S. Embassy website, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites. --Suggest timely ideas for podcast content about various issues in health. Coordinate guest speakers and interviewees for podcasts, and at times produce the podcasts. --Provide content for U.S. Mission and OGAC social media platforms including photos, videos and podcasts.(3) Internal USG Information Management The incumbent has responsibility for the quality and content of the health briefing materials including, briefing books, program information materials and power points for VIP visits, new staff orientation and special events. Chief duties include: --Work with appropriate IAHT members to develop, select, edit, and update program information materials, to prepare and organize briefing packets and assist with PowerPoint and other media materials. --If appropriate, originate a periodic internal newsletter of IAHT developments and help produce and disseminate a Mission-wide health calendar.--Proofread and edit key health documents for internal and external audiences, assuring appropriate style, content, and formatting for the target audience (e.g., reporting materials and success stories). --Develop procedures and systems to facilitate the efficient organization, updating, and management of public information materials, including the Mission's intranet, helping reorganize electronic information storage and initiating other innovative approaches to information management. --Provide the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs and other stakeholders with information on USG health programs and activities. --Serve as the Mission's primary point of contact for site visits by official visitors from Congress and other USG agencies or entities. Coordinate with the Embassy Protocol Officer on schedules and logistics. Lead the preparation of briefing materials, scene setters, and other information products and processes to support these visits. (4) Other duties as assigned by the Ambassador/CDA/DCM and PAO. Supervision: The contractor will report to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO). For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published April 10, 2015  -  Deadline April 30, 2015
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1. Position Title: PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor 2. Market Value: GS-14 Equivalent $86,399 to $112,319. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to provide strategic leadership and coordination for USAID's PEPFAR program valued at approximately $135 million (FY2014), providing broad-based and in-depth analysis and advice to the USAID Mission on PEPFAR-related issues and program implementation. 6. Education: Advanced degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or International Health or Law, Business/Public Policy Administration or related field required.7. Work Experience: A minimum ten years of progressively more responsible work experience in international programming and/or programming and experience working in oversight, design, and implementation of HIV and AIDS programs. At least three years of this experience in a leadership position (Team Leader, Officer Director) preferred. Previous work program/project management experience, directly or indirectly, with USG health programs required. Work with PEPFAR is preferred. Knowledge of community, clinical, and ethical issues involved in HIV and AIDS programming in developing countries especially Africa highly essential.8. Skills and Abilities: Advanced understanding of the USG PEPFAR program: its organizational structure, its technical policies, its achievements to date, and its longer term objectives. Basic understanding of the organizational structure of USAID and its strategic objectives related to health. High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity, and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs. Ability in dealing effectively and diplomatically with multiple U.S. and host-country government agencies, non-government organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sector. Excellent management, interpersonal and team work skills with experience in operating effectively in cross-cultural environment and working within an interagency setting. Excellent oral/written communication and computer skills. Willing and ability to travel extensively including for temporary duty in emergencies and to work virtually. 9. Clearance: U.S. Secret clearance required. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor is responsible for strategic leadership and coordination for USAID's PEPFAR program valued at approximately $135 million (FY2014), providing broad-based and in-depth analysis and advice to the USAID Mission on PEPFAR-related issues and program implementation. S/he works closely with all PEPFAR-funded staff to ensure USAID's programs reflect (1) PEPFAR programmatic priorities, (2) USAID priorities, and (3) state-of-the art approaches. S/he provides strategic and technical guidance and support to USAID's PEPFAR team in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of effective HIV/AIDS programs and interventions and liaises with other USAID/Uganda offices to ensure that their technical expertise is appropriately applied to the development and implementation of PEPFAR activities. S/he provides technical guidance and support in the development of strategic documents such as project designs, technical strategies, evaluation plans and the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP). Along with the HIV Team Lead, s/he represents on the PEPFAR/Uganda Steering Committee which includes representatives of the State Department, CDC, the Department of Defense, the Peace Corps, and the National Institutes of Health. S/he works closely with key partners and stakeholders outside USAID to address technical issues and coordinate HIV/AIDS and TB efforts. These responsibilities include regular contact and collaboration at technical policy levels in a complex and rapidly evolving country context with counterparts in the Ministry of Health (MOH), other government ministries and agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, other donor and international organizations and with other USG entities working in furtherance of HIV and AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation goals in Uganda. S/he will assume a strategic leadership role for the USAID PEPFAR team, planning and carrying out tasks, resolving problems and conflicts and taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. She will serve as Agreement/Contract Officer Representative (A/COR) or activity manager of agreements in USAID's PEPFAR portfolio, as appropriate. S/he will provide mentorship and guidance for building administrative, managerial, and programmatic technical capacity within the USAID PEPFAR team and with external implementing partners and the MOH. The PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Advisor will work under the supervision of the Health and HIV Office Director/Team Leader. As a senior member of the Health and HIV Office Team, s/he will be expected to provide leadership for the USAID PEPFAR team in the Director's absence and will be delegated the appropriate authorities to carry out this function. The Advisor will interact frequently with the Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director, providing advice and analysis as needed. S/he is expected to use independent professional judgment, experience and skills to plan and carry out assigned programs, projects or other assignments. Major duties and responsibilities: Technical Leadership and Strategic Planning - 70 per cent: A. Serve as the senior strategic and technical advisor to the Office of Health and HIV. Provide strategic leadership and guidance in implementing the new direction of PEPFAR programming, including the Site Implementation Monitoring Systems (SIMS), geographic refocusing, return to core activities and budget consideration. Give technical assistance and guidance to the USAID HIV Team and the Health Systems Strengthening Team to assist with strategic positioning in the new PEPFAR environment and will play a principal role in the formulation, adoption, and application of policies and technical guidelines, based on state-of-the-art knowledge and program experience, to achieve USG objectives for HIV and AIDS in Uganda. B. Provide leadership and strategic guidance in the annual PEPFAR planning and budgeting exercise (the COP) for USAID and as a member of the interagency USG team responsible for developing the COP. C. Communicate regularly with USAID headquarters (Washington-based staff) to stay informed about cutting-edge policies, strategies and evolving technical guidance. Advise Mission Leadership on how these policies, strategies and technical guidelines can most effectively be incorporated into USAID/Uganda programs. D. Work with all USAID/Uganda staff to help ensure that implementing partners activities are aligned with PEPFAR and MOH priorities and implemented as such. E. Regularly and frequently consult with senior counterparts of ministerial and near ministerial ranks in the Uganda National and District Departments of Health, chiefs of party of major NGOs; and with directors of health institutions such as universities and medical associations. Through these contacts, remain informed and up-to-date on health matters, especially HIV and AIDS issues in the country, including new levels and trends in health conditions, status of key policies, and legal and regulatory changes that could affect the implementation of USAID programs. Work with all PEPFAR implementing partners to provide guidance on PEPFAR priorities and approaches and ensure that all activities are aligned with these priorities and approaches. Technical Advisor and Project Design and Evaluation - 10 per cent: A. Contribute to the design, monitoring and evaluation of HIV and AIDS programs and interventions. B. Participate in SIMS visits and assessments of other PEPFAR priority activities and ensure the follow-up of all findings. C. Provide technical analysis an strategic input to Mission reports, including the COP, Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, and Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports and Portfolio Implementation Reviews. D. Liaise with other offices within the USAID Mission, the Embassy, and with other U.S. Government counterparts, as necessary, for the full success of the USAID PEPFAR program. Representational and Reporting - 10 per cent: A. Together with the HIV Team Lead, represent USAID on the inter-agency USG PEPFAR Steering Committee. Represent USAID in designated intra-agency and interagency fora. B. Represent USAID and PEPFAR in designated national, regional, and international meetings that relate to HIV and AIDS, TB and other issues. C. Provide strategic leadership in the development of the PEPFAR inter-agency COP. Contribute to the development of narratives for the COP, the semi-annual and annual PEPFAR reports, congressional presentations, portfolio reviews, performance monitoring plans and other key documents. Specific tasks include editing and verifying submissions for completeness and consistency with PEPFAR guidance. D. Provide leadership of the USAID PEPFAR team in the Health and HIV Office Director's absence, and will be delegated the appropriate authorities to carry out this function. Other Duties - 10 per cent: As a senior member of the Health and HIV Office Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, responding to Congressional inquiries, supporting VIP visits, responding to Washington policy and operational requests, and carrying out ad-hoc assignments dictated by unforeseen operational requirements at the discretion of the USAID/Uganda Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, and the Health and HIV Office Director. Supervision: The contractor will report to the Health and HIV Office Director. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov

READVERTIZED - PEPFAR Uganda Deputy Country Coordinator

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published July 9, 2015  -  Deadline July 31, 2015
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1. Position Title: READVERTIZED - PEPFAR Uganda Deputy Country Coordinator 2. Market Value: GS-13 Equivalent $73,115 to $95,048. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year Contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to perform a management and a communication role and serve as primary coordinator for meeting key reporting timelines related to the inter-agency PEPFAR program in country and provide day-to-day management of the PEPFAR Coordinator's Office, monitors the office budget, assign and clear on work products prior to submission to the Coordinator and works closely with service providers to meet office operational requirements. 6. Education: Bachelors-level degree or equivalent is required. Bachelors-level degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science or related field is preferred. Masters-level degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science or related field is desirable. 7. Work Experience: Eight to ten years of progressive, professional-level experience at the program management level with some background in HIV and AIDS is required. The incumbent should have a proven track record coordinating and communicating with large teams across organizational structures and managing complex processes. Because this position is a high level advisory position supporting the efforts of the PEPFAR Country Coordinator and the interagency PEPFAR team, it demands an incumbent with credentials and credibility. Ability to perform at a senior level must be demonstrable, and experience applying effective communication and leadership skills is essential. As the Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator will serve as lead manager of the in country, interagency PEPFAR budget, experience in developing and monitoring budgets is required. Experience living and working in developing countries, including coordination of activities with host governments, non-governmental organizations, and other donors, is highly desired. Experience with health, preferably HIV and AIDS, programs in the Africa region is desirable. Two or more years' experience in monitoring and evaluation of health or HIV/AIDS programs is desired. 8. Skills and Abilities: Strong organizational skills: ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs, ability to keep complex processes on schedule, and keep track of large amounts of data and a substantial overall country budget. Well-honed interpersonal skills: Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organizations and with external partners in a complex international and multi-cultural environment. Ability to lead the negotiation process on a variety of difficult issues. Excellent and demonstrated skills in facilitating effective team work. Ability to readily analyze and present data to a wide range of audiences in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work independently with little supervision. Excellent written and spoken English at native speaker level. Strong computer and writing skills with proven ability to produce concise well written reports and high quality presentations in Word, Excel, and Power Point. 9. Clearance: U.S. Secret clearance required. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The PEPFAR Deputy Coordinator shares many of the duties of the PEPFAR Coordinator for the development and implementation of a unified program that capitalizes on the comparative advantages and competencies among the various U.S. Government agencies involved in implementing public health program activities funded by PEPFAR in country. This is both a management and a communication role. The Deputy Coordinator serves as primary coordinator for meeting key reporting timelines related to the inter-agency PEPFAR program in country. As the day-to-day manager of the PEPFAR Coordinator's Office, job holder monitors the office budget, assigns and clears on work products prior to submission to the Coordinator and works closely with service providers to meet office operational requirements. The Deputy Coordinator facilitates communication between and among the participating U.S. Government agencies, working closely with agency program managers and the inter-agency coordination teams and technical working groups to ensure coordinated planning, implementation, and monitoring of PEPFAR supported activities. The Deputy Coordinator collaborates with the Coordinator in creating opportunities through events and activities for regular communication between the PEPFAR in-country team and the various partners, including the Ministry of Health and other participating organizations. While the Coordinator is responsible for ensuring annual PEPFAR budgets are effectively planned, the Deputy PEPFAR Country Coordinator serves as the budgetary control officer. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring annual budgets are appropriately implemented across the USG PEPFAR agencies according to the approved COPs. S/he will effectively manage multi-year budgets, including ensuring that agencies do not incur major funding pipelines, through regular coordination with agency counterparts. In addition, the incumbent will manage all reprogramming of COP activities and budgets at the regularly defined planning intervals. The Deputy Coordinator will regularly report on budgetary status to the Coordinator, PSC, IAHT, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador. As the budgetary lead, the incumbent will serve as the primary local point of contact to the OGAC Management and Budget division and supervise day-to-day tracking of the PCO budget by the Program Assistant. In addition, the Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator serves as Acting Coordinator in the Country Coordinator's absence. As Acting Coordinator, s/he will attend the U.S. Mission Country Team, IAHT, and other interagency meetings to report on PEPFAR planning and implementation activities and provide advice and counsel to the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, as well as other Agency leads, on all matters related to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. As Acting Coordinator, other responsibilities include: supervising PCO staff, leading weekly PCO and PSC meetings, facilitating communications between and among the various USG departments and agencies involved in the PEPFAR implementation; liaising routinely with OGAC in Washington, DC; managing communication between the PEPFAR team and the national entities; and leading coordination of efforts with Government of Uganda agencies, such as the Ministry of Health and Uganda AIDS Commission, as well as with bilateral/multilateral donors, including Global Fund, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, World Bank, and others, and civil society. The incumbent will be a senior member of a very dynamic team in a fast-paced environment and he/she must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. The incumbent is accountable for the effective performance of the PCO and the ability for team members to work together to prioritize actions for effective implementation. Major duties and responsibilities: A. Working under the direction of the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, provides day-to-day coordination in implementing PEPFAR. B. Coordinate and facilitate the development of all planning, budgeting, and reporting to OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters; serve as primary expert on annual COP development guidance for interagency team; disseminate and explain guidance to PEPFAR team; and coordinate with agencies to ensure implementing partners understand annual requirements. Provide day-to-day supervision and guidance to the Strategic Information Liaison on target setting and reporting and Program Officer as back-up on interagency planning and reporting. C. Serve as the budgetary control officer, monitor interagency and PCO budgets with available resources throughout the COP planning process, and track pipeline across the USG PEPFAR agencies throughout the year. Provide day-to-day supervision and guidance to the PEPFAR Program Assistant on management and tracking of the PCO and DOS budgets. D. As assigned by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, respond to OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters' routine and ad hoc requests for information and reports in a timely manner. Interface within the USG agencies to ensure timely submission of all PEPFAR documents including the COP, the Annual Program Results (APR), Semi-annual Program Results (SAPR) and all other required documentation and reporting. E. Manage interagency communications. Prepare and disseminate periodic internal and external updates/status reports on PEPFAR in Uganda. Keep agencies on task for interagency efforts such as reprogramming, results reporting, etc. and provide all requisite related documentation to OGAC. F. Serve as chair of the TACT. Coordinate weekly agendas and preparation and dissemination of meeting notes by the PEPFAR Program Assistant. Lead weekly meetings. Ensure flow of information to/from TWGs and that technical requirements are disseminated and translated to in-country TWGs and successfully implemented. G. As requested by the Country Coordinator, participate in PEPFAR Uganda policy and technical discussions and strategic planning and negotiations with the GOU, cooperating partners, and the USG interagency team to implement PEPFAR investment priorities. Present to external stakeholders on PEPFAR planning and reporting processes and results as needed. H. Assist with coordination of travel and meeting logistics for international visitors, including OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters representatives as needed, and others. Assist with planning and facilitating site visits for visiting dignitaries and others as needed. I. Assist the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, the PEPFAR Communications Officer, and the SI Liaison to assure timely and complete response to media requests for information on PEPFAR in Uganda. J. Act as the PEPFAR Country Coordinator in his/her absence. K. Perform other duties as assigned by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator. SPECIFIC TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED: Program Development and Implementation (40% time) 1. Support the PEPFAR Country Coordinator and PSC in facilitating a cohesive PEPFAR program for Uganda that makes the best use of the comparative advantages and competencies of participating USG agencies, achieves maximum results related to PEPFAR targets and GOU objectives for HIV/AIDS, and optimally responds to the needs of Ugandans at risk for, infected by, or affected by AIDS. 2. Lead preparation of annual Country Operational Plan, the semi- and annual reports on results of the Country Operational Plan, periodic reports and other requests for data/information from OGAC. Ensure documentation of policy and programming decisions for OGAC and the interagency team. Prepare and disseminate periodic internal and external updates/status reports on PEPFAR in Uganda, including budget information and results data. Internal audiences shall be limited to USG participants, including HQ. External audiences shall include GOU partners (Ministry of Health and Uganda AIDS Commission), cooperating partners, non-governmental implementing partners, civil society, and general public. 3. Serve as the budgetary control officer; ensure annual budgets are appropriately implemented across the USG PEPFAR agencies according to the approved COPs. Effectively manage multi-year budgets, including ensuring that agencies do not incur major funding pipelines, through regular coordination with agency counterparts. Manage all reprogramming of COP activities and budgets at the regularly defined planning intervals. Regularly report on budgetary status to the Coordinator, PSC, TACT, IAHT, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador. Serve as the primary local point of contact to the OGAC Management and Budget division and external audiences, including the GOU. Interagency Communications and Implementation Management (40%) 1. Maintain interagency tracker of internal and external meetings, visitors, deliverables, and other key dates in partnership with the PSC, TACT, and PEPFAR Program Assistant. Work with team members to establish timelines for the completion of tasks and work with the interagency team to ensure that USG agencies are fully aware of tasks and timelines for the submission of documents both internally and externally. Promote full professionalism in all work and submission of documents and communications both internally and externally. 2. Prepare regular communiqué (weekly or biweekly) to interagency team with key activities, events, and other news. Coordinate with PEPFAR Program Assistant to maintain interagency PEPFAR Uganda Extranet site with document repository, calendar, and other items. 3. Liaise with and participate in the development of PEPFAR Uganda briefing and informational materials that are disseminated internally and externally. Coordinate with the IAHT team on informational materials, press releases, speeches, strategy documents, etc. Ensure that all materials emanating from the PEPFAR Uganda office are of the highest professional quality and meet all programmatic requirements, including branding guidance. Special Initiatives and Other Requests (20%) 1. Support the PEPFAR Country Coordinator to respond to requests from the U.S. Embassy Front Office, OGAC, GOU, and other partners regarding special initiatives, regional meetings and conferences, and other PEPFAR and/or HIV/AIDS-related activities. Work with the interagency team to ensure that (1) PEPFAR Uganda is appropriately represented in meetings and conferences and (2) the interagency team adequately responds to initiatives and special assignments, as appropriate. 2. Assist in planning and implementation of headquarters and other special visitors, including Congressional and staff delegations. 3. Attend GOU, AIDS Development Partners (donor group), and other internal and external meetings with or on behalf of the Coordinator and interagency PEPFAR team when requested. 4. Perform other duties, as assigned. Supervision: The Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator is directly supervised by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

PEPFAR Uganda Deputy Country Coordinator

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published February 9, 2015  -  Deadline February 27, 2015
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1. Position Title: PEPFAR Uganda Deputy Country Coordinator 2. Market Value: GS-13 Equivalent $73,115 to $95,048. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year Contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to perform a management and a communication role and serve as primary coordinator for meeting key reporting timelines related to the inter-agency PEPFAR program in country and provide day-to-day management of the PEPFAR Coordinator's Office, monitors the office budget, assign and clear on work products prior to submission to the Coordinator and works closely with service providers to meet office operational requirements. 6. Education: Bachelors-level degree or equivalent is required. Bachelors-level degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science or related field is preferred. Masters-level degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science or related field is desirable. 7. Work Experience: Eight to ten years of progressive, professional-level experience at the program management level with some background in HIV and AIDS is required. The incumbent should have a proven track record coordinating and communicating with large teams across organizational structures and managing complex processes. Because this position is a high level advisory position supporting the efforts of the PEPFAR Country Coordinator and the interagency PEPFAR team, it demands an incumbent with credentials and credibility. Ability to perform at a senior level must be demonstrable, and experience applying effective communication and leadership skills is essential. As the Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator will serve as lead manager of the in country, interagency PEPFAR budget, experience in developing and monitoring budgets is required. Experience living and working in developing countries, including coordination of activities with host governments, non-governmental organizations, and other donors, is highly desired. Experience with health, preferably HIV and AIDS, programs in the Africa region is desirable. Two or more years' experience in monitoring and evaluation of health or HIV/AIDS programs is desired. 8. Skills and Abilities: Strong organizational skills: ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources and partners, manage the simultaneous delivery of multiple outputs, ability to keep complex processes on schedule, and keep track of large amounts of data and a substantial overall country budget. Well-honed interpersonal skills: Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organizations and with external partners in a complex international and multi-cultural environment. Ability to lead the negotiation process on a variety of difficult issues. Excellent and demonstrated skills in facilitating effective team work. Ability to readily analyze and present data to a wide range of audiences in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work independently with little supervision. Excellent written and spoken English at native speaker level. Strong computer and writing skills with proven ability to produce concise well written reports and high quality presentations in Word, Excel, and Power Point. 9. Clearance: U.S. Secret clearance required. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The PEPFAR Deputy Coordinator shares many of the duties of the PEPFAR Coordinator for the development and implementation of a unified program that capitalizes on the comparative advantages and competencies among the various U.S. Government agencies involved in implementing public health program activities funded by PEPFAR in country. This is both a management and a communication role. The Deputy Coordinator serves as primary coordinator for meeting key reporting timelines related to the inter-agency PEPFAR program in country. As the day-to-day manager of the PEPFAR Coordinator's Office, job holder monitors the office budget, assigns and clears on work products prior to submission to the Coordinator and works closely with service providers to meet office operational requirements. The Deputy Coordinator facilitates communication between and among the participating U.S. Government agencies, working closely with agency program managers and the inter-agency coordination teams and technical working groups to ensure coordinated planning, implementation, and monitoring of PEPFAR supported activities. The Deputy Coordinator collaborates with the Coordinator in creating opportunities through events and activities for regular communication between the PEPFAR in-country team and the various partners, including the Ministry of Health and other participating organizations. While the Coordinator is responsible for ensuring annual PEPFAR budgets are effectively planned, the Deputy PEPFAR Country Coordinator serves as the budgetary control officer. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring annual budgets are appropriately implemented across the USG PEPFAR agencies according to the approved COPs. S/he will effectively manage multi-year budgets, including ensuring that agencies do not incur major funding pipelines, through regular coordination with agency counterparts. In addition, the incumbent will manage all reprogramming of COP activities and budgets at the regularly defined planning intervals. The Deputy Coordinator will regularly report on budgetary status to the Coordinator, PSC, IAHT, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador. As the budgetary lead, the incumbent will serve as the primary local point of contact to the OGAC Management and Budget division and supervise day-to-day tracking of the PCO budget by the Program Assistant. In addition, the Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator serves as Acting Coordinator in the Country Coordinator's absence. As Acting Coordinator, s/he will attend the U.S. Mission Country Team, IAHT, and other interagency meetings to report on PEPFAR planning and implementation activities and provide advice and counsel to the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, as well as other Agency leads, on all matters related to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. As Acting Coordinator, other responsibilities include: supervising PCO staff, leading weekly PCO and PSC meetings, facilitating communications between and among the various USG departments and agencies involved in the PEPFAR implementation; liaising routinely with OGAC in Washington, DC; managing communication between the PEPFAR team and the national entities; and leading coordination of efforts with Government of Uganda agencies, such as the Ministry of Health and Uganda AIDS Commission, as well as with bilateral/multilateral donors, including Global Fund, UNAIDS, World Health Organization, World Bank, and others, and civil society. The incumbent will be a senior member of a very dynamic team in a fast-paced environment and he/she must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. The incumbent is accountable for the effective performance of the PCO and the ability for team members to work together to prioritize actions for effective implementation. Major duties and responsibilities: A. Working under the direction of the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, provides day-to-day coordination in implementing PEPFAR. B. Coordinate and facilitate the development of all planning, budgeting, and reporting to OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters; serve as primary expert on annual COP development guidance for interagency team; disseminate and explain guidance to PEPFAR team; and coordinate with agencies to ensure implementing partners understand annual requirements. Provide day-to-day supervision and guidance to the Strategic Information Liaison on target setting and reporting and Program Officer as back-up on interagency planning and reporting. C. Serve as the budgetary control officer, monitor interagency and PCO budgets with available resources throughout the COP planning process, and track pipeline across the USG PEPFAR agencies throughout the year. Provide day-to-day supervision and guidance to the PEPFAR Program Assistant on management and tracking of the PCO and DOS budgets. D. As assigned by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, respond to OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters' routine and ad hoc requests for information and reports in a timely manner. Interface within the USG agencies to ensure timely submission of all PEPFAR documents including the COP, the Annual Program Results (APR), Semi-annual Program Results (SAPR) and all other required documentation and reporting. E. Manage interagency communications. Prepare and disseminate periodic internal and external updates/status reports on PEPFAR in Uganda. Keep agencies on task for interagency efforts such as reprogramming, results reporting, etc. and provide all requisite related documentation to OGAC. F. Serve as chair of the TACT. Coordinate weekly agendas and preparation and dissemination of meeting notes by the PEPFAR Program Assistant. Lead weekly meetings. Ensure flow of information to/from TWGs and that technical requirements are disseminated and translated to in-country TWGs and successfully implemented. G. As requested by the Country Coordinator, participate in PEPFAR Uganda policy and technical discussions and strategic planning and negotiations with the GOU, cooperating partners, and the USG interagency team to implement PEPFAR investment priorities. Present to external stakeholders on PEPFAR planning and reporting processes and results as needed. H. Assist with coordination of travel and meeting logistics for international visitors, including OGAC and PEPFAR headquarters representatives as needed, and others. Assist with planning and facilitating site visits for visiting dignitaries and others as needed. I. Assist the PEPFAR Country Coordinator, the PEPFAR Communications Officer, and the SI Liaison to assure timely and complete response to media requests for information on PEPFAR in Uganda. J. Act as the PEPFAR Country Coordinator in his/her absence. K. Perform other duties as assigned by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator. SPECIFIC TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED: Program Development and Implementation (40% time) 1. Support the PEPFAR Country Coordinator and PSC in facilitating a cohesive PEPFAR program for Uganda that makes the best use of the comparative advantages and competencies of participating USG agencies, achieves maximum results related to PEPFAR targets and GOU objectives for HIV/AIDS, and optimally responds to the needs of Ugandans at risk for, infected by, or affected by AIDS. 2. Lead preparation of annual Country Operational Plan, the semi- and annual reports on results of the Country Operational Plan, periodic reports and other requests for data/information from OGAC. Ensure documentation of policy and programming decisions for OGAC and the interagency team. Prepare and disseminate periodic internal and external updates/status reports on PEPFAR in Uganda, including budget information and results data. Internal audiences shall be limited to USG participants, including HQ. External audiences shall include GOU partners (Ministry of Health and Uganda AIDS Commission), cooperating partners, non-governmental implementing partners, civil society, and general public. 3. Serve as the budgetary control officer; ensure annual budgets are appropriately implemented across the USG PEPFAR agencies according to the approved COPs. Effectively manage multi-year budgets, including ensuring that agencies do not incur major funding pipelines, through regular coordination with agency counterparts. Manage all reprogramming of COP activities and budgets at the regularly defined planning intervals. Regularly report on budgetary status to the Coordinator, PSC, TACT, IAHT, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Ambassador. Serve as the primary local point of contact to the OGAC Management and Budget division and external audiences, including the GOU. Interagency Communications and Implementation Management (40%) 1. Maintain interagency tracker of internal and external meetings, visitors, deliverables, and other key dates in partnership with the PSC, TACT, and PEPFAR Program Assistant. Work with team members to establish timelines for the completion of tasks and work with the interagency team to ensure that USG agencies are fully aware of tasks and timelines for the submission of documents both internally and externally. Promote full professionalism in all work and submission of documents and communications both internally and externally. 2. Prepare regular communiqué (weekly or biweekly) to interagency team with key activities, events, and other news. Coordinate with PEPFAR Program Assistant to maintain interagency PEPFAR Uganda Extranet site with document repository, calendar, and other items. 3. Liaise with and participate in the development of PEPFAR Uganda briefing and informational materials that are disseminated internally and externally. Coordinate with the IAHT team on informational materials, press releases, speeches, strategy documents, etc. Ensure that all materials emanating from the PEPFAR Uganda office are of the highest professional quality and meet all programmatic requirements, including branding guidance. Special Initiatives and Other Requests (20%) 1. Support the PEPFAR Country Coordinator to respond to requests from the U.S. Embassy Front Office, OGAC, GOU, and other partners regarding special initiatives, regional meetings and conferences, and other PEPFAR and/or HIV/AIDS-related activities. Work with the interagency team to ensure that (1) PEPFAR Uganda is appropriately represented in meetings and conferences and (2) the interagency team adequately responds to initiatives and special assignments, as appropriate. 2. Assist in planning and implementation of headquarters and other special visitors, including Congressional and staff delegations. 3. Attend GOU, AIDS Development Partners (donor group), and other internal and external meetings with or on behalf of the Coordinator and interagency PEPFAR team when requested. 4. Perform other duties, as assigned. Supervision: The Deputy PEPFAR Coordinator is directly supervised by the PEPFAR Country Coordinator. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov

Power Africa Presidential Initiative Advisor

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 5, 2015  -  Deadline June 18, 2015
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1. Position Title: Power Africa Presidential Initiative Advisor 2. Market Value: GS- GS-13 equivalent $73,115 to $95,048. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Six months only contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda or Third Country National Personal Services Contractor to provide senior-level expertise in the design, development, and management of Power Africa activities and programming.6. Education: Master's degree in a relevant field such as energy, engineering, physics, economics, business, international development or a closely related field is required; higher-level degrees are preferred. 7. Work Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience is required; with at least two years of this experience should have been in diplomatic or development-related work for the USG. Experience with the Power Africa Presidential Initiative is preferred. 8. Knowledge: Knowledge of the GoU development agenda (including its electricity sector), the Power Africa Presidential Initiative, and Uganda's development priorities for energy infrastructure, trade, finance, and distributed solar sector and related areas is required. Knowledge of issues relating to economic development in Uganda is required. 9. Skills and Abilities: Energy sector technical expertise and ability to navigate USG procurement processes (including DCA); Demonstrated ability to advise senior Mission management on Ugandan development and issues across a wide range of topics and their implications on USAID programs; Developed program design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills; Proven ability to effectively communicate complicated policy, strategy, and program issues orally and in writing; Good interpersonal, coordination, and bureaucratic skills to be able to coordinate successfully with all parts of the USAID Mission and U.S. Embassy to advance program interests; Ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically, represent USAID authoritatively, and use good judgment in speaking on behalf of USAID in high-level meetings with the USG, the GoU, NGOs, and other donors and in conferences, seminars, and workshops; Good organizational and management skills, as well as proficiency in drafting action packages for senior management.10. Security Clearance: Employment Authorization. 11. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each of the criteria on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 12. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The Power Africa Presidential Initiative Advisor ("Advisor") will provide support to the Office of Economic Growth, Development Objective 1 (DO1) which is responsible for pursuing broad-based economic growth from agriculture and the natural resource base. DO1 achieves this goal by working comprehensively in specific agricultural value chains through the Feed the Future initiative (FTF) on projects that address nutrition, vulnerable populations, and environment. DO1 is also responsible for implementing the Power Africa and Trade Africa Presidential Initiative. The Advisor will be responsible for participating with the DO1 team in the design, development, and management of Power Africa activities and programming. The Advisor utilizes an in-depth knowledge of the Ugandan and regional electricity infrastructure, trade, and financial sectors related to generation, transmission, distribution, international transmission connections, and the distributed solar sector to help USAID/Uganda achieve high impact programs. She/he contributes to the design and planning for USAID and United States Government (USG) Power Africa programs, participating actively in the Mission and USG decision-making process for designing, drafting, and soliciting contracts, task orders, and grants for carrying out Power Africa. S/he drafts and analyzes technical documentation (Requests for Application, Requests for Proposals, Statements of Work, etc.) needed to develop strategy, obligate funds, and award grants and contract and serves as a member on Technical Evaluation Committees, contributing to the review and selection of Power Africa proposals and activities. The Advisor informs USAID senior managers of issues in Uganda related to Power Africa and coordinates task teams to support it. The Advisor assists USAID staff including senior managers, visiting USG officials, and others in Power Africa-related public meetings, field trips, and discussions with Ugandan and regional officials, donors, and partner organizations. S/he also advises on the allocation of budget resources available for the Power Africa portfolio and on highly specialized issues relating to trade in Uganda, particularly those bearing on bilateral assistance, USG interests, and regional issues impacting Uganda. B. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Energy Sector Engagement, Integration, Strategic Planning, Implementation and Program Design and Technical Advice 50 per cent - The Advisor provides substantive technical and managerial support to the conceptualization, planning, implementation and monitoring of significant components of the Power Africa strategy and related activities. S/he coordinates the drafting of Power Africa strategy, activity design, analysis, and assessment documentation and related technical, policy, economic, and budgetary analyses and serves as a member of Mission technical review teams for Power Africa-related concept papers, solicited and/or unsolicited proposals, and proposed awards under USAID-funded activities. The Advisor stays abreast of Power Africa centrally-funded projects, implementing mechanisms, and tools such as the Development Credit Authority (DCA), and integrates and coordinates USAID/Uganda activities as appropriate. Program Management and Monitoring - 25 per cent - The Advisor keeps track of Power Africa projects and activities, collaborating closely with the team leader and with senior Mission management as required. The Advisor serves as a principal USAID employee responsible for interpreting, explaining, and clarifying U.S. Mission policies, programs, and strategies through regular contact with the Government of Uganda (GoU), NGOs, implementing partners, other donors, private sector, and civil society organizations. The Advisor establishes and maintains contacts with energy-related GoU counterparts, donor agencies, the private sector, NGOs, and Ugandan-based social enterprises. The Advisor ensures coordination with other USG activities and GoU ministries, departments, and agencies to the extent that these are complementary to or integrated with USAID-funded programs. The Advisor represents USAID/Uganda and Power Africa at the GoU's Energy and Mineral Development Sector Working Group and the Energy and Mineral Development Partners [Donor] Group. Other Duties as Assigned or Required 25 per cent -Economic Growth is a cross-cutting sector and, as a result, the Advisor will be required to work on other USAID and DO1 programming and activities as required in order to help achieve DO1 and USAID/Uganda development objectives. Supervision: The contractor will report to the Economic Growth Office Private Sector Unit Team Leader. For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov

Senior Health Communications Specialist (S/HCS)

Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions | Published June 16, 2015  -  Deadline July 6, 2015
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1. Position Title: Senior Health Communications Specialist (S/HCS)2. Market Value: GS-13 equivalent $73,115 to $95,048. Final compensation will be based upon the candidate past salary and work history, experience, and educational background of the successful candidate. 3. Place of Performance: Kampala, Uganda 4. Period of Performance: Two year contract. 5. The U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Uganda seeks to employ a U.S. (U.S. and Resident Aliens) offshore or resident in Uganda Personal Services Contractor to work with Mission leadership and the IAHT to formulate Mission-wide messages and implement development, outreach and communications efforts to increase awareness of the USG's health programs in Uganda.6. Education: Possession of at least a Bachelor's degree with significant coursework in relevant fields - including but are not limited to - journalism, communications, public health, public relations or affairs, international relations, international development, public administration, development or area studies, and social studies. 7. Work Experience: At least five years' experience as Development Outreach and Communications Specialist or in a similar position in international development. At least five years' experience as a journalist, in public affairs or international relations is required if the candidate has less than five years' experience as a DOCS or in a similar capacity. 8. Language Proficiency: The candidate must be fluent in both spoken and written English and be able to serve as both editor and speechwriter. Applicants who do not meet the above minimum qualifications will be considered unqualified for the position and will not be assessed using the additional criteria below: Candidates must address and will be scored and ranked based on the following selection criteria: (a) Technical Knowledge/Work Experience 60 per cent -At least five years of progressively responsible experience as a DOCS or in a similar position in international development. At least five years' experience in related fields, such as public relations or journalism; Demonstrated success in developing and disseminating information to a variety of target audiences; Demonstrated success in designing and implementing effective public relations/communications campaigns targeted at specific audiences as well as the general public; Demonstrated ability to plan and execute media campaigns and program; Demonstrated ability to craft information messages in various media formats (press release, websites, stories, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences; Evidence of broad understanding of issues related to international development and transition economies; Extensive writing and editing experience; Knowledge of African political, economic, and social environments; Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collegial relations with press and media contacts and exercise sound judgment in representing the USG while discussing program activities with the press and media; Experience supervising staff and work flows, working as a team member, and providing leadership in the areas of his/her competencies; Broad operational planning experience, analytical ability, and the capacity to convert planning concepts into firm plans to meet a variety of contingencies; Previous work experience with the USG or another international development organization in an overseas context is highly desirable.(b) Writing Skills 20 per cent -Applicants must provide at least two writing samples with their application. The samples should be 350 to 1,500 words -preferably 750-1000 words. They can be excerpts from larger articles or papers, and do not have to concern development or be written specifically for this solicitation. The samples should demonstrate the applicant's ability to clearly and lucidly communicate complex ideas to the public. The samples must be by the applicant, co-written articles are not accepted. Applicants should be prepared to take a written test. (c) Education and Training 10 per cent -A Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, international relations, international development, public administration, development/area studies, and social studies or related field. Training in one or more of the following areas: development outreach and communications, writing, journalism, web site content management, presentation skills, or other areas that are relevant to the detailed duties and responsibilities outlined in Section III of the solicitation; Extensive experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, database research, and content management systems such as Drupal. Familiarity with the Adobe Suite, particularly using Adobe Photoshop. Experience with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds. (d) Communication Skills/Group Dynamics - 10 per cent The application package (including the required summary statement) must provide evidence and example of: Effective team leadership skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team; Ability to make cogent argument clearly and succinctly in written and oral presentations; Initiative and proactive engagement with colleagues to complete assigned tasks in accordance with agreed timetables; Ability to work independently, managing several activities at once, and to work under pressure to meet very short deadlines; Evidence of outstanding coordination and organizational skills.9. Security Clearance: Employment Authorization. 10. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated and ranked based on the selection criteria. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address each QRF on a separate sheet describing specifically and accurately what experience, training, education, and/or awards that are relevant to each factor. 11. Notice to Applicants: USAID reserves the right to obtain from previous employers relevant information concerning the applicant's past performance, technical knowledge, required skills, including teamwork and team-building experience and may consider such information in its evaluation. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit writing samples and/or do a written test. USAID/Uganda shall not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. Introduction: The Specialist will assist the Mission to achieve the goals set out by IAHT, to include but not be limited to GHI, the PEPFAR, and the PMI. Under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), the Specialist will initiate and manage public awareness campaigns by assisting in planning, organizing, and implementing outreach campaigns, including a media plan and regular press contacts, in support of health programs. The Specialist will lead an analysis of communications needs and proactively promote the health program to raise awareness of health assistance provided by American taxpayers in Uganda. The Specialist will work closely with Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) in the development of communications and messaging for health events. Under the supervision of the PAO, and in close consultation with IAHT, the Specialist will plan events, produce publications, speeches, press releases, podcasts, videos, and copy concerning the health program, particularly its successes and achievements, for dissemination to the Ugandan press, media outlets, government officials, civil society leaders and the public, as well as the State Department, agency headquarters, and U.S. Congress. Much of the material produced by the Specialist will be posted to U.S. Mission websites.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (1) Strategic Communications and Information Management: Developing the message: Under the supervision of the PAO and working in close coordination with the DCM and IAHT members, the Specialist will create appropriate and strategic health communications and messaging and strategies to deliver these to targeted audiences. Chief duties include: --Develop and update the IAHT Health Communication Strategy. --Oversee the development, quality assurance, and dissemination of all public information materials through various media. --Serve as the IAHT's point of contact for interagency health information and media relations. --Coordinate with PDS and USG agencies to achieve maximum exposure and understanding of health assistance efforts and initiatives in Uganda, as defined by the Chief of Mission.--Ensure a targeted, coherent, and consistent message from all USG staff and implementing partners. --Monitor local and international press coverage, and local and donor opinion, for awareness and attitudes concerning USG programs to gauge the effectiveness of the information dissemination strategy. --Establish and maintain contacts with donor representatives and USG agencies to collect information for health reports.--Maintain a calendar of IAHT health events and distribute it within the Mission, to Embassy stakeholders, and to the State Department's Bureaus of African Affairs in Washington.--Travel to the field to capture IAHT success stories for dissemination through the U.S. Mission website, outreach folders, and the media.--Establish and maintain collegial working relationships with the local media and coordinate training sessions for Uganda press corps members to encourage accurate reporting of health activities.--Assist the IAHT and technical teams in planning and scheduling of events and publicity to highlight the Mission's health programs and to increase public awareness and understanding of USG assistance.(2) Public Information, Outreach and Media Relations: Delivering the message: The Specialist will manage all the public awareness campaigns in health. Working under the supervision of the PAO and close coordination with the DCM, the Specialist will advise the IAHT on press and media events, organize press and media relations and events, maintain press and media contacts, develop press and media materials (e.g., press releases, brochures, fact sheets, visual displays, audio and video materials) and coordinate with relevant staff to promote press and media coverage of health activities. The Specialist serves as the IAHT's press relations officer for its health activities, taking responsibility for all media relations in the health sector, including interviews, releases, feature articles and press events. Chief duties include: --Advise on media and publicity opportunities and the dissemination of the Mission health information materials and messages, and provide feedback on health messages and public and media reaction.--Prepare speeches for IAHT staff, work with the Mission implementing partners to organize public and media events, and help coordinate site visits. --Advise on protocol issues involving USG or other government officials, including Ambassadors and other high-level dignitaries.--Take the lead in updating the health sector content of the Mission's public website, working with the webmaster and with other Mission offices to ensure that all content is accurate, conforms to USG guidelines and is appropriately written for the target audience. --Prepare and edit other U.S. Mission health publicity material for external audiences and events.--Serve as the IAHT's point of contact for all press relations, both international and local media, work closely with PDS on press relations, and maintain contacts with high-level Western and local journalists from all media outlets.--Work with the PDS to arrange press conferences and media round-table conferences on health issues to keep the media abreast of USG programs. --Under the guidance of the PAO, serve as the principal USG contact for representatives of the local and international media to promote stories on USG programs. As appropriate, organize media tours and facilitate contacts among members of the media and USG agencies to encourage in-depth coverage of USG programs in the local and international media. --Coordinate with GOU public relations offices, maintaining good relations and advising on working with Ugandan and international media. --Write, review, and edit press releases, speeches, talking points, and Scene Setters drafted by agencies or implementing partners for USG events. Follow up with media to ensure coverage of public events. --Submit all health-related press releases and interview requests to PAO for review and approval. --Oversee the collection, design, research, development, editing, updating, and dissemination of outreach materials to promote USG programs to target audiences and the media. These materials include outreach folders, brochures, flyers, quarterly program and provincial fact sheets, newsletters, the Mission's website, photo essays, videos, and public service announcement campaigns for broadcast and print media. --Respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other sources about USG health programs and projects. --Produce short video success stories for publication on the U.S. Embassy website, YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites. --Suggest timely ideas for podcast content about various issues in health. Coordinate guest speakers and interviewees for podcasts, and at times produce the podcasts. --Provide content for U.S. Mission and OGAC social media platforms including photos, videos and podcasts.(3) Internal USG Information Management The incumbent has responsibility for the quality and content of the health briefing materials including, briefing books, program information materials and power points for VIP visits, new staff orientation and special events. Chief duties include: --Work with appropriate IAHT members to develop, select, edit, and update program information materials, to prepare and organize briefing packets and assist with PowerPoint and other media materials. --If appropriate, originate a periodic internal newsletter of IAHT developments and help produce and disseminate a Mission-wide health calendar.--Proofread and edit key health documents for internal and external audiences, assuring appropriate style, content, and formatting for the target audience (e.g., reporting materials and success stories). --Develop procedures and systems to facilitate the efficient organization, updating, and management of public information materials, including the Mission's intranet, helping reorganize electronic information storage and initiating other innovative approaches to information management. --Provide the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs and other stakeholders with information on USG health programs and activities. --Serve as the Mission's primary point of contact for site visits by official visitors from Congress and other USG agencies or entities. Coordinate with the Embassy Protocol Officer on schedules and logistics. Lead the preparation of briefing materials, scene setters, and other information products and processes to support these visits. (4) Other duties as assigned by the Ambassador/CDA/DCM and PAO. Supervision: The contractor will report to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO). For detailed scope of work and evaluation criteria, please send email to gnakaddu@usaid.gov and copy aocen@usaid.gov
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