US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Project Management Specialist (Health)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Job Description

USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractor (PSC) – Project Management Specialist (Health).

ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: “Cooperating Country National” shall mean the individual engaged to serve in the Cooperating Country under this contract.

“Cooperating Country” shall mean the foreign country in or for which services are to be rendered hereunder.

Opening date: May 19, 2021 Closing date: June 18, 2021 USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (Health) position.

The Office of Health & HIV/AIDS (OHH) is responsible for one of USAID's largest and most complex bilateral assistance Health Programs. Currently, there are six technical units: 1: Health System Strengthening Unit (HSS), 2: President’s Malaria Initiative Unit (PMI), 3: the HIV & TB Unit (HIV/TB) and its PEPFAR sponsored activities, 4: Family Health Unit (FHU), 5: Strategic Information Unit (SI) which provides support to the Office and other technical teams, and 6: Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Emerging Pandemic Threats Unit. The OHH Team is headed by a U.S. Foreign Service Officer who reports directly to the Mission Director.

The Project Management Specialist (Health) serves as the Deputy FH Unit Leader in the FH Unit. The FH Unit is headed by the Supervisory Project Management Specialist (FH Unit Leader) who is responsible for providing leadership and direction of the unit and in turn reports to the OHH Deputy Director. The FH Unit focuses on: (1) improved health for children under the age of 5 and women of reproductive age activities to address barriers that prevent women from accessing health services through the promotion of gender equity. (2) poor hygiene and sanitation to ensure USAID integrates water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions with the larger goals of improved nutrition. (3) challenges that come with Uganda’s rapidly growing population by working with stakeholders in the public and private sectors to support the availability, affordability, and quality of voluntary family planning and reproductive health. The FH Unit also works as part of the Feed the Future Initiative and USAID integrated nutrition programs to prevent under-nutrition with Economic Growth and Agriculture programs.

The Deputy FH Unit Leader provides support to the FH Unit Leader in directing and guiding the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial directions of this technically complex and challenging portfolio; provides technical and programmatic leadership in the areas of maternal, newborn, and Child Health, reproductive health, family planning, nutrition, national surveys, and health systems (commodities and logistics, human resources, financing etc.) as it relates to these areas; works closely with the HIV/TB, the PMI Unit, the GHSA Unit, and the HSS Unit on cross-cutting issues and projects such as developing health systems, strengthening laboratories, integrating service delivery, responding to COVID and other pandemic priorities, and increasing private sector initiatives, and the Education team on linkages between education and health; provides technical guidance to other offices in the mission on topics such as health in Northern Uganda, relationships to livelihoods and food programs, epidemic preparedness and response and other related issues; together with the FH Unit Leader, actively participates as a USAID/Uganda representative in central-level Government of Uganda/Ministry of Health (GOU/MOH) policy, advocacy, planning and monitoring activities as well as donor and Implementing Partner (IP) Coordination and technical meetings; represents the FH Unit in health global alliances like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and will also participate in relevant GOU Technical Working Groups; serves as acting FH Unit Leader during the absence of the FH Unit Leader, including attendance and participation in OHH and Mission meetings.

The Deputy FH Unit Leader must have at least five years’ work experience in public health, including prior experience with donor, international, NGO/CSO, and/or GOU in health programming and management; broad technical experience in the areas of health mentioned above, and must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Ugandan Health Sector, including decentralization and the Sector Wide approach (SWAp) in Uganda; and prior supervisory experience.

This senior position ensures that the Mission has the necessary management and technical expertise to handle and successfully implement health programs and activities in USAID/Uganda’s portfolio.


Graduate level degree (Masters, PhD, MD, MPH, DrPH or other related) in social or behavioral sciences, public health, health, or other related fields. A Masters’ degree (or higher) in public health is strongly preferred.


--Eight (8) years of work experience in health/public health, and/or in health/public health organizations, of which: --At least five (5) years of experience programming and managing public health programs with donor, international, NGO/CSO and/or GOU organizations.

--At least three years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.

--Other relevant trainings or certifications to augment university degrees and work experience.

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