U.S. Mission in Uganda is Seeking Eligible and Qualified Applicants for the Position of OBO Shipping Clerk & Expeditor.

U.S. Mission                           Uganda

Announcement Number:       Kampala-2018-054

Position Title:                         OBO Shipping Clerk & Expeditor

Opening Period:                   11/19/2018 – 11/30/2018

Series/Grade:                         905 FSN 05/FP-9

Salary:                                     UGX 34,509,568 – UGX 50,718,244

For More Info:                        KampalaHR@state.gov

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:                 Three Years

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 OBO Shipping Clerk & Expeditor.

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 direct supervision of the Senior Administrative Assistant, the incumbent serves as the Shipping Clerk/Expeditor to the OBO NOX/SPX Project Kampala.  S/he manages the project’s customs and shipping clearance activities and arranges commercial shipping services for all its incoming and outgoing shipments (office supplies, house hold effects and vehicles).  Expedites passengers, pouches and cargo to and from the airport and performs other office duties including purchasing local or picking up GSO office supplies and file maintenance.  Incidental driving will be required sometimes.  This position is a limited duration contract position, which will end in approximately 3 years in accordance with the NOX/SPX project completion date

 Download: Position Description

Qualifications and Evaluations

EDUCATION:  Completion of Secondary School (both “O” and “A” level Education from an accredited institution is required.


EXPERIENCE: Three years’ work experience in shipping, logistics, customs, or dispatching duties is required.

JOB KNOWLEDGE: A good understanding of local customs/shipping regulations and procedures is required. Knowledge of local traffic rules, regulations and patterns, should be well versed with local driving routes. Basic knowledge in vehicle safety and maintenance procedures, knowledge of the U.S. Embassy’s driving instructions, laws and regulations. Knowledge of office procedures, record keeping and filing systems.


LANGUAGE: (This may be tested.)

Level III (Good Working Knowledge) speaking/reading/writing of English is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  (This may be tested.)

Ability to use Microsoft suites (outlook, word and excel), possession of a valid  class B, DL & CM driving permit and ability to safely operate passenger and light cargo motor vehicles. Ability to follow instructions, good communication skills, able to work in a multi-cultured environment.  Should be flexible and able to work long hours/weekends when 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: https://careers.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VA-Definitions-and-Additional-Employment-Considerations.pdf

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 http://usembassykampala.myafricanjobs.com/. 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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