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Kampala, Uganda



October 23, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Uganda.

Job Title

Emerging Voices Exchanges/Education Outreach Coordinator job at U.S. Embassy Kampala

Job Description

Manages Ugandan components of Department of State (DOS)-funded programs and develops Mission-designed virtual and in-person exchange activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Development and Implementation (60% of time)


  • Plans, implements, and coordinates exchange programs to engage youth and non-traditional audiences and to expand Mission access to priority EV communities.

  • Manages Ugandan components of Department of State (DOS)-funded programs and develops Mission-designed virtual and in-person exchange activities.

  • Is responsible for carrying out all aspects of Ugandan inbound and outbound exchange programs for EV audiences.

  • For U.S. government (USG) programs implemented by Ugandan organizations, ensures that partners comply with USG requirements.

  • Engages high school and university students, teachers, and professors to expand Mission access to EV communities that are priorities for Mission interests.

  • Plans and implements activities and projects to provide students and community leaders with access to accurate information about the United States, encourage and support increased study in the United States, and identify school and community leaders as prospective Mission contacts.

  • Draws on the full range of programs funded by DOS PD bureaus; develops Mission-designed education activities, projects, and initiatives; and recommends opportunities for grants and public/private partnership agreements to expand the impact of USG investment.

  • Recruits credible Ugandan voices and institutions to support Mission education outreach. Collaborates with the Strategic Content Coordination (SCC) team to produce and disseminate multimedia content to market and promote awareness of Mission EV exchange programs and Mission education outreach activities. Assesses progress toward performance goals; evaluates and reports on project outcomes.

Outbound Exchanges:

  • Identifies and recruits Ugandan participants for U.S. exchange programs and participates in applicant review and selection.

Inbound Exchanges:

  • U.S. Youth Exchanges (often minors): Identifies placement options for inbound participants. Particularly if participants are minors, develops policies to mitigate the risks of placement with Ugandan families/institutions. Organizes arrival orientations; maintains smooth communication among local implementers, participants, and the Mission; solves problems arising from Ugandan implementer deficiencies; U.S. Subject Matter Experts: Identifies and recommends strategic objectives for programs and the appropriate host institutions to meet those objectives; concludes agreements with host institutions for work plans, including cost sharing. Coordinates/provides logistical and administrative support for visiting experts; conducts arrival orientations.

American Studies:

  • Develops broad contacts among professors and students to advocate for and create opportunities to enhance American Studies content and curricula.

Study in the United States:

  • Provides accurate and comprehensive information and advice to students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and local and national government officials regarding study abroad opportunities at U.S. higher education institutions (HEIs).

  • Outreach to Schools and Communities: Identifies schools that facilitate Mission access to communities of particular importance to Mission priorities.

Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (15% of time)

  • Designs and actively plans at least one year in advance virtual, academic-year, and short-duration exchange programs to engage EV audiences; coordinates planning with PD and Mission colleagues and works with Ugandan secondary and tertiary education students, teachers, and professors.

Administrative Functions (15% of time)

  • Budgeting and Financial Resources: Prepares and monitors the annual and individual project budgets for EV exchanges, initiatives, and education outreach programs. Contributes to the overall PD annual budget submission in consultation with the Public Engagement Specialist (or PAO designee) and Resource Coordination unit.

  • Fundraising: Works with the PAO (or PAO designee) on PAO-led fundraising for countrywide EV exchange and education programs.

Intra- and Interagency Coordination (10% of time)

  • Develops strong working contacts with Mission offices and agencies whose goals and objectives align or overlap with EV exchanges. Coordinates exchange programs across the Mission.

Qualifications and Competencies

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • Three years of experience is required, with communications, public engagement management, or education duties as components of the work.

  • Prior experience in an international, academic, or governmental work environment is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • Must have general knowledge of project management, including defining project objectives, outcomes, and assessment methods.

  • A thorough understanding of the attitudes and preferences of the EV audience sector in Uganda, including the regional, ethnic, social, cultural, linguistic, and other factors and institutions that shape those attitudes, is required.

  • Detailed knowledge of Ugandan secondary and tertiary academic institutions, education, exchanges, and youth programs is required.

  • Detailed knowledge of Ugandan standards of instruction and curriculum relating to the United States, and general standards and practice for education systems and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is required.

  • Detailed knowledge of the U.S. higher education system, the college application process, standardized entrance exams, and financial aid is required, as is knowledge of the U.S. political system, American history, literature, culture, and geography.

  • General knowledge of the latest trends within the academic field of American Studies is required. Familiarity with virtual applications and technologies, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital tools used by students, teachers, and professors, is required.

Education Requirements:

  • A university degree in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Education, Social Sciences, or local equivalent is required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree



  • English: Level (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. This may be tested.


  • 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.


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

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