Jobs at United States Embassy

Job Title:  Public Health Specialist (Laboratory Logistics and Supply Chain Management); FP-5 FSN-10
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an international public health agency engaged in HIV prevention and care programs and research activities in Uganda.  CDC offers excellent career opportunities for professional growth, training, and collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC offices are located at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC is an agency of the United States Mission in Uganda.”

Job Summary: The Public Health Specialist (Laboratory Logistics and Supply Chain Management Officer) works under the leadership of the Laboratory Branch Chief as a senior laboratory program advisor to projects/programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The incumbent provides comprehensive technical, administrative and managerial advice and assistance in support of building laboratory capacity which includes surveillance, research and investigation activities of host government ministries, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and host Ministry of Health (MoH) partners involved in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the country.  The job holder serves as a senior advisor to the host country Ministry of Health (MoH), partners and NGOs in the implementation of laboratory programs and activities.

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Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides technical assistance  on strengthening supply chain management including the requisitioning cycle, procurement, warehousing, cold chain management, distribution and monitoring and evaluation for quality within the supply chain
  • Offer technical assistance in the development and implementation of national supply chain standards and customer service requirements
  • Provide technical assistance in developing standard operational procedures for the purchase, installation and implementation of new equipment and/or new testing technologies and their supply plan,
  • Lend a hand in the assessment of  national referral and regional laboratory capacity to support diagnostic and  surveillance of  HIV/AIDS, STI, TB and other opportunistic infections (OIs) and assists to develop strategies to strengthen capacities and capabilities based on assessment findings,
  • Strengthens existing and explores with the MoH and Partners, new logistics management information technology as it becomes available,
  • Develops training plans and ensures competent instructors are available to provide training for laboratory personnel on quantification, forecasting and projections for laboratory supplies and commodities,
  • Plans, oversees and coordinates cooperative agreements with the host government for activities in the area of supply chain management, including the establishment and maintenance of a national quality assurance system for quantification,  forecasting and logistics management systems
  • Assists in the standardization of lab equipment and maintenance assistance and provides technical specifications for procurement of essential laboratory equipment and supplies,
  • Take lead of the budgeting for laboratory commodities of all national, referral, regional and district laboratory activities supported by PEPFAR,
  • Serves as the activity manager and main point of contact for CDC Laboratory Branch cooperative agreements and contracts as needed;
  • Works with host country to develop forecasting capacity for laboratory commodities.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Biomedical Laboratory Technology is required.
  • Additional six months hand’s on post-graduation training in a clinical setting is required.
  • Registration with the Ministry of Health Allied Health Professional Council is required.
  • At least one year of experience in procurement of laboratory commodities or supply-chain management is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in advanced laboratory medicine is required including a comprehensive knowledge of procedures for laboratory diagnostics, laboratory informatics and associated technologies.
  • Thorough knowledge of the current HIV/AIDS national and global situation is required.
  • Good working knowledge of the principles of laboratory management, including strategic planning, personnel management and forecasting and management of procurement, supplies and equipment is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the host government laboratory facilities, health-care systems and structures, including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Good working knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results is required.
  • Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements including budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
    Strong knowledge and experience in supply-chain management and logistical supply-chain systems.
  • Participation in quantification and forecasting exercises.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
  • The ability to understand, analyse and discuss program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of project evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
  • The ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required.
How to apply for the job:
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 current 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: 9th June 2014
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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