Earn over 137m as Research Specialist at United States US Embassy / Mission


Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: UGX 137,483,245
The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Deborah R. Malac 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 Research Specialist serves as a principal advisor, expert and coordinator of NIH Research program activities, participates in the inception, design, conduct, analysis and dissemination of the NIH research agenda and findings. The Research Specialist will in consultation with the Scientific Director guide, coordinate and conduct comprehensive Research of the National Institutes of Health-Uganda; including conceptualization, design,  Unclassified implementation, collaboration and operational management of the Uganda NIH-ICER Research agenda; program and Management; S/he will do this in close collaboration with NIH in-country Research Collaborators.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Director of Research Programs
  • The Incumbent is responsible for overseeing accountability for program research objectives and targets. As a research specialist, s/he will function as an expert and resource person in promoting the research agenda for NIHICERs in country office purpose and goal of supporting Ugandan health organizations to develop and maintain sustained research programs of excellence in the areas of high infectious disease burden with a focus on HIV/AIDS community, clinical, laboratory and health systems research.
  • S/he together with other partners conceptualizes, designs, implements, evaluates, and directs research with regard to the NIH-ICER agenda; develops, adopts and implements appropriate research methods; writes protocols and acts as Principal Investigator on his/her own studies; develops hypothesis and experimental approach to hypothesis testing;
  • Provides leadership to teams of researchers to interpret data and discuss program progress; collaborates with other researchers in determining research priorities and planning programs of research; keeps up to date with relevant published literature;
  • Develops and writes research manuscripts, articles, and abstracts; writes project reports; presents ongoing work and findings at academic and international conferences; develops and conducts educational workshops, lectures and seminars. 70%
  • Represents the Program to stakeholders at multiple levels (e.g. at U.S. Mission internal meetings, internal health related meetings, NIH collaborators meetings, seminars, and other organizational events).
  • Manage external and internal relationships for successful operations, including collaborating closely with NIH collaborators and other partners to ensure mutual existence across programs and higher efficiencies.
  • Manage the communications and reporting required for by NIH and NIH working partners including but not limited to preparation of reports and minutes, writing of semi-annual reports, self-evaluations and quarterly reports on the program progress, newsletters, formal informational notes/briefs to systematically consolidate and analyze NIH Uganda
  • Administrative initiatives and share internally with working partners.
  • Manage NIH e-communication systems including but not limited to SharePoint and NIH web-page.
Interagency Coordination and Management
  • As an expert on matters pertaining to NIH-ICER research activities, the job holder in liaison with the Scientific Director represents (Agency/Country) at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies.
  • Briefs other agency senior officials, on the results of such meetings and prepares written reports for submission to other interested parties.
  • Advise NIH staff concerning deficiencies and areas of improvement in the administrative issues; provides strategic, policy and implementation guidance to administrative support functions and leads/coordinates the development of Unclassified strategies, administrative procedures, and performance standards, recommends and coordinates appropriate logistical, travel, security support and other general services for operations.
  • In-charge of the office in the absence of the NIH Director and responsible for the supervision of NIH-ICER country staff. 15%

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The applicants for the United States US Embassy Research Specialist job opportunity should hold a Doctoral level degree (Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Doctor of Medicine (MD) (MBChB) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from an accredited University is required.
  • At least eight years of senior level public health experience in developing, designing, implementing and/or conducting research including but not limited to infectious diseases, working with/in government, an international Non-Governmental Organization or diplomatic arena in a senior Research position with proven publication track record and demonstrated leadership of Research teams
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current infectious diseases issues including but not limited to HIV/AIDS prevention activities, community engagement, counseling and interventions, behavior change, testing and treatment and collaborative research associated therewith is required.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the range of programs, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to development and administration of national/international research and other public health program is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of the host  government health care system and structures and current HIV/AIDS demographics is required.
  • Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multidisciplinary teams and activities is required.
  • Must be conversant with several appropriate research designs.
  • Excellent working knowledge of general management and administrative work areas; Human resources management, communication management and manuscript writing ability is required.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners.
  • Proven publication record in peer reviewed journals.
  • Prior experience leading research teams effectively.
  • Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required.
  • Proven skills in interpretation of program results, direction and research agenda are required. Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.
  • Ability and comfort working with limited supervision and to think independently; Ability to work effectively with high degree of accuracy to produce quality work; Proven ability to demonstrate initiative, engage and work closely with internal and external stakeholders, build consensus, monitor issues and tasks, meet deadlines and priorities, and ability to work in diverse teams and to manage others;
  • Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend practical solutions is required.
  • Keyboarding skills that includes accuracy are required. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.
  •  Language Proficiency: Fluency in speaking/writing/reading English language is required. This will be tested.
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications online at the link below.
Deadline: 3rd October 2019


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