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Project Management Specialist (Design and Implementation)

Kampala (Uganda)

  • Organization: USAID
  • Location: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-03

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USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractor (PSC) – Project Management Specialist (Design and Implementation).

ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: “Cooperating Country National” shall mean the individual engaged to serve in the Cooperating Country under this contract.

“Cooperating Country” shall mean the foreign country in or for which services are to be rendered hereunder.

Opening date: January 4, 2021

Closing date: February 3, 2021

USAID/Uganda is seeking for qualified individuals to fill the Project Management Specialist (Design and Implementation) position.

The Program Design and Implementation Specialist provides leadership, technical expertise, and overall direction to the design and implementation of USAID interventions in Uganda throughout the program cycle. This includes the facilitation of Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) principles that are essential for smart designs and implementation practices that contribute to the achievement of USAID/Uganda’s development outcomes.

The position is located in the Program Office design and implementation team but works very closely with the office’s MEL team on programmatic learning and adaptation. As a leader of the design and implementation team, the PMS develops multimillion dollar programs, from concept to procurement, in various capacities. Depending on the type of support required by technical offices, the PMS either manages the design process; facilitates internal administrative processes to ensure that programs are created to Mission standards and in a timely manner; facilitates creative design sessions, such as results framework development or co-creation events with external partners; help synthesize evidence-based solutions to inform design teams and decision makers; develops agendas for new research and evidence gathering; weighs the costs and benefits of various approaches to solve development problems; or develops solicitations (such as writing scopes of work or program descriptions) and supporting documentation.

Within the MEL team, the PMS guides USAID/Uganda’s staff on how to realize CLA-oriented design and management practices throughout the program cycle. The PMS advances USAID/Uganda’s CLA efforts by working with the Mission’s MEL team and its support contracts to develop programmatic learning agendas, and design and facilitate forums and engagements that enable frank feedback among USAID representatives and key stakeholders, while enabling adaptive management strategies that translate learning into action.

The PMS is a self-starter, a strong facilitator, and an excellent verbal and written communicator. The PMS interacts with every office in the Mission, working closely with the Acquisition and Assistance team on policy, guidelines and specific program actions; with the Office of Financial Management on program budgeting and managing resources; and technical teams on design and CLA. The PMS exhibits the following values of USAID/Uganda’s Leadership Charter:

  1. Maintain a common vision for our goals and objectives
  2. Be field focused
  3. Take informed risks, adapt to and manage change
  4. Seek evidence and apply lessons learned so we leave things better than we find them
  5. Support and encourage work life balance
  6. Give credit where it is due
  7. Ensure effective and transparent communication and feedback
  8. Promote a working environment of mutual respect, trust and integrity
  9. Build relationships to achieve development objectives.


Bachelor’s degree in project development, public administration, development economics, organization design/improvement or related field is required.


--Minimum five (5) years’ experience in project management, including program/project planning, design, and monitoring and evaluation.

--Demonstrated experience with facilitating diverse sectors in developing programs and in CLA, and conducting or synthesizing research.

The detailed solicitation document Number: 72061721R10006 which provides the full position description, selection criteria, and specific instructions on how to submit an offer is found at: or send an email to copy

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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