United Nations UNDP Job Opportunities – HIV JP Coordination Specialist

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Starting Date: 5th November, 2012
About UNDP:
The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Uganda is supporting the Government of Uganda in addressing key development challenges based on the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Government of Uganda’s five-year National Development Plan (NDP).  This is in line with the UN Reforms, the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. Accordingly, upon request of the Government, the UNCT has adopted a “Delivering as One” approach to enable UN in Uganda to respond jointly and more effectively to national development priorities and its mandate. The UNCT in Uganda has identified a number of areas for joint programming, including several joint programmes as a key implementation modality for the UNDAF. One of these is a Joint UN Programme of Support on AIDS (JUPSA) that brings together the efforts and resources of UN system organizations to support the national AIDS response.
Within this context, UNAIDS through UNDP is looking for a dynamic and experimented Co-ordination Specialist to support the activities of the UN Joint Team on AIDS and management of the Joint Programme. The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator and work closely with the JUPSA Core Management Group
Duties and Responsibilities:-
1.      Coordinate the UN Joint Team to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the  JUPSA:
·         Prepare annual consolidated work plans and reports for submission to the Government of Uganda, through the Resident Coordinator’s Office, as well as periodic narrative and financial progress reports as per the Joint Programme document.
·         Co-ordinate participating agencies in annual work planning, review and reporting processes in line with the agreed monitoring and evaluation framework of the Joint Programme, within the context of the UNDAF. 
·         Support regular fund disbursement to partners through the pass-through funding modality and report on sources and uses of donor contributions received.
·         Liaise regularly with the Resident Coordinator’s Office to provide regular progress reports and briefings to the UNCT members; and with the UNAIDS HQs, Joint Team, Administrative Agent to ensure timely reporting, disbursements and accountability.
·         Facilitate knowledge building and results-based change management, through identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learned on effective implementation of the Joint Programme in the context of overall UN reform and Delivering as One as a UN System in Uganda.
·         Ensure an operational and update JUPSA eMIS.
·         Provide managerial, advisory and technical support to all participating UN agencies in the areas of programme development and implementation, fund management, monitoring and evaluation.
·         Facilitate peer learning, dissemination of good practice and information exchange among members.
2.     Provide technical support for the implementation of UCO workplan:
·         Ensure harmonization of priorities and activities between JUPSA and UCO workplans.
·         Participate and contribute to UNAIDS Country Office planning, review and reporting
·         Provide sectional reports on top tasks that relate to both JUPSA and UCO workplan
·         Participate in the mid-year and end of year review and consolidate reports. 
3.     Provide Secretariat and coordination to the forum of AIDS Development Partners:
·         Participate and contribute to AIDS Development Partners Group (ADPG) planning, review and reporting
·         Ensure coordination with national stakeholders and other development partners in the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS.
·         Work as a focal person between ADPG and UCO and ensure timely update and communication.
·         Perform any other related tasks that may be required
Key Result Areas:
        i.            Production of mid-year and annual consolidated reports.
     ii.            Production of reports on workshops, retreats and trainings undertaken by the Joint Team.
   iii.            Consolidated annual workplans, implementation and review reports – programmatic and financial.
    iv.            Meeting reports of the Joint Team, Core management Group, Joint Steering Committee and ADPG.
Key Competencies:
·         A keen interest in helping make development policies more effective and commitment to excellence, Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence.
·         Intellectual curiosity, analytical, strategic thinking and capacity to take initiative.
·         The ability to multi-task, prioritize, establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment, to delegate work appropriately and to co-operate generously with others, while working under pressure, and having to meet strict deadlines.
·         Proven ability to deal with politically sensitive issues in dialogue with decision-makers including effective communication. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
·         Proven ability to manage, organise dialogue, conduct fact-finding missions , learn, and disseminate results to a variety of audiences.
·         Ability to contribute to the identification and solution of Joint Programme-wide management issues.
·         Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment.
Functional Competencies:
·         Results based programme development and management
·         Leveraging the resources of partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships
·         Job Knowledge /technical expertise
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
·         A master’s degree in either Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics or Public Health with a specialized post-graduate training in the assessment, planning, design, management, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programmes.
·         At least eight (8) years of relevant experience at national levels in the area of HIV and AIDS monitoring and evaluation.
·         The candidate should have worked/have experience in managing and coordination of Joint Programmes with an appreciation of the operations of the UN Joint team and programme, the pass through funding modalities and reporting procedures.
·         Excellent understanding of the country M&E environment and the national HIV response.
·         Evidence of joint planning / programming, budgeting, reporting, with at least knowledge and or participation in preparation of national and international reports.
·         Strong results-based programme management experience, with particular focus on strategic planning, budgeting and capacity building.
·         Proven achievement in managing a complex multi-partner, cross sector and cross cutting initiative is essential.
Language requirements: Fluency in English (both written and spoken)
How to apply: 
Applicants are requested to apply online at http://jobs.undp.org by the 12th October, 2012 and should submit an application and proposals, which include the following:
Job Proposal:
The job proposal should include:
·         Letter of Interest.
·         Explanation as to why you consider yourself suitable for the assignment.
·         A brief methodology on the approach and implementation of the assignment.
Personal CV:
·         Highlighting past experience in similar projects.
·         Work references – contact details (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) of referees.
Financial Proposal:
·         Financial proposal indicating consultancy fee, lump sum fee or unit price together with any other expenses related to the assignment (e.g. travel costs, translation interpretation, holding of workshops/focus group discussion etc). A lump sum fee will be paid against the completion of specific, measurable deliverables as identified in ‘Key Deliverables’
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
Please note that the system will only allow you to upload one document, therefore all the technical and financial proposals are to be attached to the CVs and uploaded together at once/as a single document.
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