Driver Job – United States Peace Corps

Job Title:  Driver (Short Term)

Organisation: United States Peace Corps

Duty Station: Kololo, Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: General Services Manager

About US:

The Peace Corps is an agency of the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer development workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance activities in over 70 countries worldwide.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Natalie E. Brown 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
  • Peace Corps

Job Summary:  The Driver will operate Peace Corps vehicles in accordance with Peace Corps and U.S. Government requirements and with supervisor instructions to transport cargo and personnel, Trainees, and Volunteers to appointments in Kampala and, as may be needed, throughout the countryside, where Peace Corps and its Volunteers work within Uganda.  The incumbent will also have assigned responsibility in the oversight and backup performance of periodic maintenance and repairs of Peace Corps.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Driving:

  • Contractor will operate official Peace Corps vehicles to transport passengers and cargo.

Vehicle maintenance and repair:

  • Contractor will ensure that vehicles are maintained and repaired, either in-house or at referral site. With the GSO, Contractor will design, stock, and maintain vehicle maintenance systems and operate an in-house servicing capability.  She or he will also wash and clean the vehicles as needed.

Other Duties:

Record Keeping

  • Contractor will maintain vehicle logs that record each trip taken, odometer readings and time of departure and arrival for each trip. Each time that fuel is put in the vehicle, the Contractor will document on the mileage sheet the amount, odometer reading and date obtained.  Any maintenance must also be recorded.
  • Pick-up messages and parcels. She or he will make purchases as requested.  She or he will do surveys of prices of goods.
  • Load and unload heavy items into/from vehicles, as well as help move furniture and equipment from one part of the office and residences to another.
  • Other duties as assigned by the GSO and/or the DMO:

Standard Roles and Responsibilities

  • Occasional Money Handler: The PSC may be requested to courier cash and/or purchase orders to various vendors who furnish supplies and/or services to PST/IST training site, or other locations as directed by the Contracting Officer. The PSC may also be requested to courier cash to PC trainees or volunteers. The PSC will not be functioning as a procurement or disbursing official but will only be acting as an intermediary between the Contracting or Disbursing Officer and the recipient. In the case of dealing with vendors, the PSC will not exercise any procurement discretion concerning the supplies or services to be purchased or the cost limits of these purchases; these will be determined by the Contracting Officer.
  • S&S: Operates Peace Corps vehicles safely at all times. Immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns and issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and CD.  Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

At a minimum, the ideal candidate for the United States Peace Corps Driver job must demonstrate the following:

  • Education: Completion of elementary school is required or specialized vehicles repair and maintenance trainings are highly desired.
  • Prior Work Experience: At least three years of professional chauffeur experience and a valid local driver’s license for following types of vehicles is highly preferred. Classes: B (motor cars),C (medium commercial), DL (light omnibus), DM (medium omnibus)
  • Language Proficiency: Ability to speak, read, and write in English (Level III) is required.
  • Knowledge and ability: Must be familiar with local traffic laws and area traffic patterns is required; knowledge and prior work experience with electronic recordkeeping (computer usage) is also highly desired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education: Completion of elementary school is required; secondary and related trade school or specialized vehicles repair and maintenance trainings are highly desired.
  • Prior Work Experience: At least three years of professional chauffeur experience and a valid local driver’s license for following types of vehicles is highly preferred. Classes: B (motor cars),C (medium commercial), DL (light omnibus), DM (medium omnibus)
  • Language Proficiency: Ability to speak, read, and write in English (Level III) is required.
  • Knowledge and ability: Must be familiar with local traffic laws and area traffic patterns is required; knowledge and prior work experience with electronic recordkeeping (computer usage) is also highly desired.
  • Duties require the ability to deal with officials and occasionally VIPs in a relaxed but competent and professional manner.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of staff, businesspeople, property owners and PC Volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience of cross-cultural communication skills is highly desired.
  • Ability to work a regular Monday through Friday schedule with evening and weekend hours and travel to countryside as may be needed.
  • Must be legally able to work in Uganda.

NB: Only Electronic Submissions will be accepted.

How to Apply:

Please submit a Word formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contact information for three references to ug-applications@peacecorps.gov

Clearly indicate your name and the position applied for on the subject line of the cover email as well as on all the attachments: For example “Katungi Jacob_Driver”

for the Driver Position. Do not write any other words in the subject line of your mail. Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned.

Deadline: 15th May 2023

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