Apply for Procurement Assistant job at United States Embassy

Job Title:  Procurement Assistant

Organisation:United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda

Duty Station:Kampala, Uganda

About US Embassy:

Welcome to the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.

Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Peace Corps 

Job Summary: The US Embassy Procurement Assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day procurement duties from inception of acquisition to final rendering upon receipts.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Price/backup research for cutting and typing of Purchase Orders. Backup research is carried out by faxes, telegrams, telephone and catalogue reviews.
  • Follow-up orders: Request for acknowledgements and expected time of delivery. In case of partial deliveries, ensure that orders are fully supplied. Handled mainly by faxes, letters, telegrams and telephone calls.
  • Verify invoices by ensuring that they tally with both the Receiving Report and Purchase Orders. Once verified, process payment by attaching copies of the Receiving Reports and invoices to the original Purchase order which is then forwarded to FMO.
  • File procurement documents and correspondence in accordance with established filing system. Take and place telephone calls to vendor requesting for invoices, follow-ups on deliveries, price inquiries and ensuring that contracts are administered as stipulated. Obtain competitive price quotations from both local and offshore vendors.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

  • All applicants for the US Embassy Careers should hold Diplomas in Finance, Accounting, Procurement, Economics, Statistics, Purchasing, Business Studies, Business Administration or Public Administration is required.
  • At least two years’ experience in procurement related work is required.
  • A good working knowledge of procurement regulations, instructions and procedures, use of catalogs, contracting procedures and practices, good knowledge of local market practices and pricing customs is required.
  • Possess excellent organizational skills, sense of priorities, ability to understand and process various types of documents, and computer skills in various programs.

Language Proficiency: List both English and host country language(s) by level and specialization. Level III (good working knowledge) English ability is required.

How to Apply:

All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:

  • Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) Download it Here.
  • A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1-24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicants work experience attached as a separate sheet.
  • An updated resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.  Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
  • Any other documentation (e.g. essays, transcripts/certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

Submit Application To:

Human Resources Office

By email at

NB: Only electronic submissions will be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject area of the email submission.

Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.

Telephone:  0414-306001/259-791/5

Deadline: 3rd February, 2015

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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