Managerial Jobs – Director Policy Research and Innovation at National Planning Authority (NPA)

Organisation:  National Planning Authority (NPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director
About NPA:
Our Client, The National Planning
Authority (NPA) is the Principal Statutory Agency for management of national
and decentralized development planning in Uganda. The NPA is tasked with a
mandate to produce comprehensive and integrated development plans for the
country, elaborated in terms of the perspective Vision, long and medium–term
plans in the move to propelling sustainable socioeconomic transformation of
Uganda. The Authority strives to: Strengthen planning systems and, develop
comprehensive, participatory, inclusive and integrated development plans and
frameworks; Provide evidence based public policy advice and inform public
policy debates; Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of
development policies, plans and programmes, and performance of the economy of
Uganda and Strengthen the capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver its
mandate; among others things.

Job Summary: The Director Policy Research and
Innovation will have the purpose of leading the Directorate in providing institutional
capacity to carry out focused and coordinated innovative research into policy,
development planning and management issues; to ensure availability of adequate
data/information for planning and M&E purposes; and to provide leadership
and the necessary framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of National
Development Planning, as well as development programs and other interventions. The
Director Policy Research and Innovation will be responsible and accountable for
ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of the Directorate are
effectively and efficiently performed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Macroeconomics
analysis and Planning
  • Undertake
    macroeconomic analysis of the fiscal, monetary, external and the real
    sectors to inform development planning, policy formulation and assessment
    of economic performance;
  • Undertake
    an effective independent assessment of the performance of the economy of
  • Spearhead
    development and utilization of macroeconomic model to facilitate
    assessment of impacts of socioeconomic programmes and budgetary
  • Together
    with key players institute models for determining the country’s short and
    medium term macroeconomic frameworks;
  • Develop
    the medium-term expenditure frameworks (MTEFs) for the National
    Development Plans, and regularly track expenditure against the approved
    MTEF and budgets;
  • Liaise
    with key players in tracking performance of the financial services sector
    to inform the Authority’s reports;
  • Participate
    in the preparation of National Development Plans;
2. Research and
  • Design
    and conduct statistical surveys and other data collection, in
    collaboration with relevant stakeholder institutions, to inform planning
    and monitoring and evaluation activities of the Authority;
  • Establish
    databases and long-term time series data sets to support planning and production
    of realistic analyses;
  • Provide
    manpower data for planning and policy actions, including forecasts of
    short, medium and long term manpower requirements within the country;
  • Develop
    the Authority’s Strategy and Action Plan for innovation;
  • Design
    and implement innovations frameworks for key sectors of the economy;
  • In
    collaboration with other departments within the Authority, review high
    priority development issues and needs and make recommendations;
  • Establish
    and actively maintain close links with national policy research institutes
    and organizations, both to promote economic and other thematic research
    within their structures and to promote frontier research into issues
    bearing on national development;
  • Coordinate,
    facilitate and provide leadership in field research; data/information
    collection, electronic data processing, analysis, storage/management and
    retrieval whenever required; as well as information dissemination;
  • Develop
    and manage a robust, reliable and state of the art National Electronic
    Data Bank to service and support all the other departments in executing
    the various dimensions of NPA’s mandate;
  • Develop
    and maintain NPA’s Networking capacity with various stakeholder
    institutions (Governmental and Non-Governmental), so as to ensure reliable
    data/information flow and sharing between NPA and its
    stakeholders/partners in development planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Coordinate
    and provide leadership in efforts to develop national Innovation Policies
    and Systems, as well as NPA’s efforts to identify, follow-up and support
    all forms of scientific research, development and innovations in the
  • Oversee
    the management of NPA’s Library and Resource/Documentation Centre.
3. Monitoring
and Evaluation
  • Develop,
    operationalize and maintain the monitoring and evaluation system for
    tracking progress on the National Development Plan and the National
  • Monitor
    and evaluate the internal and external activities of the Authority and
    coordinate and facilitate the Monitoring and Evaluation work of the Authority;
  • Prepare
    annual reports of the NPA’s activities as well as reports on the
    performance of sectors, ministries, local governments and their
    performance relevant to implementation of the planning;
  • Prepare
    annual National Development Report (NDR) comprising an assessment of the
    country’s annual development progress, the National Development Plan (NDP)
    implementation performance and the macroeconomic performance;
  • Prepare
    reports from time to time on emerging national, regional and global
    macroeconomic issues to inform policy actions;
  • Review
    departmental quarterly and annual reports and consolidate them into the
    directorate’s respective overall reports
4. Management
  • Review
    directorate annual and quarterly work plans and budgets, and consolidate
    them into the Directorate’s overall work plans;
  • Ensure
    that all Directorate staff are properly supervised and their performance
    appraisals are properly and timely done;
  • Oversee
    development and implementation of directorate programs and activities;
  • Provide
    quality assurance for any other deliverables under the directorate;
  • Perform
    any other duties as and when directed by the relevant authority.
 Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • Master’s
    degree in: Economics, quantitative economics, Economic Policy and
    Planning, Statistics, Development Economics; or a Master of Science or
    Arts degree in relevant areas from a recognized University or Institution.
    Other post graduate qualifications, diplomas, certificates etc in any of
    these areas will be considered an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated
    experience of at least 10 years development planning, policy analysis and
    evaluation, applied research;
  • Experience
    of at least 10 years in professional work at senior management level in
    reputable organizations;
  • Understanding
    of public sector management and information systems;
  • Adequate
    knowledge of central Government operations, policy formulation is
How to Apply:
If you deem yourself credible for working
with the National Planning Authority in this capacity, please e-mail your application
quoting the relevant job title to Executive Selection Division, KPMG at the
following email address: .  Please attach your CV containing your e-mail
address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience,
present position and names & addresses of three referees together with a
cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising why you consider yourself
particularly well suited for the position. Do not attach any other documents at
this point. All applications should be sent via email. Please clearly state the
position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. All candidates
applying for these positions will be selected on merit and only those short
listed will be invited for interviews. Please note that the positions will
remain open until they are filled. For any questions regarding the application
process please contact Executive Selection Division, KPMG on +256 414 347833,
+256 414346294 or +256 414 340 315/

Deadline: 7th June, 2013
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