The U.S. Mission in Uganda is Seeking Eligible and Qualified Applicants For the Position of Economic/Commercial Assistant.

Position Title:                         Economic/Commercial Assistant

Opening Period:                   11/1/2018 – 11/14/2018

Salary:                                     UGX 63,281,227 – UGX 92,530,238

Position description:            Download

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Who May Apply:                     All Interested Applicants / All Sources  (Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.)

Security Clearance Required:      Local Security Certification or Public Trust

Duration Appointment:          Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period

Marketing Statement:            We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.

Summary: The U.S. Mission in Uganda is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Economic/Commercial Assistant.

The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time, 40 hours per week

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time following receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position: No

Duties: Under the supervision of the Economic and Commercial Officer, the incumbent independently drafts commercial reports, assists U.S. firms with due diligence inquiries on potential Ugandan business partners, supports and often leads trade missions, and identifies opportunities for U.S. exports to and investments in Uganda.  The incumbent develops relationships with the Government of Uganda to advance U.S. commercial and economic policy in Uganda.  The incumbent also develops relationships with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), and various Ugandan and U.S. commercial organizations to promote bilateral trade between the United States and Uganda. The incumbent also provides strategic economic and commercial research and analysis to help inform U.S. policy makers and shape U.S. policy in Uganda. The incumbent coordinates with interagency partners to promote bilateral trade between the United States and Uganda.

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Law, Mass Communication, or International Relations is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years of progressively responsible experience in either Governmental work related to political or economic issues; work in a for-profit business; work in a non-profit organization focused on economic growth, an enabling business environment, other pro-business or economic theme; or other work, including journalism, academia, or public affairs related to political or economic issues is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have a basic understanding of the local business environment, including major companies, cultural norms, and business practices.  A basic familiarity with U.S. business practices and international trade is required.


LANGUAGE: (This may be tested.)

Level IV (Fluent) reading/writing/speaking of English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  (This may be tested.)

Strong analytical and writing skills (organizational skills) that can be applied to identifying and summarizing key economic and business developments in Uganda.  Ability to develop and maintain a network of useful contacts with Ugandan private sector.  Must have an intermediate skill level using Microsoft Word and Excel.   Must have an intermediate skill level in arithmetic to analyze and report economic data.  Typing skills with speed and accuracy is required.

Qualifications:  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission 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.

Other information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1)        AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)        AEFM / USEFM

(3)        FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link:

How to Apply:  All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security Certification or Public Trust clearance.

  1. All applications must be submitted online.
  2. Applicants should attach all relevant certificates & documents to be considered for the position.
  3. Applicants shall be required to register under the careers page for U.S. Embassy Kampala using the link below For further assistance call 0414306001
  4. You will receive confirmation of registration and proceed to apply.
  5. On completion of this process, you will receive an auto response via your email.

What to Expect Next:  Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information:  the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Uganda.

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