United Nations UNDP Jobs – Project Officer – Pulse Lab

Organisation: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About UNDP:
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the
United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data
and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human
well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better
information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on
track, protect the world’s most vulnerable populations, and strengthen
resilience to global shocks. 
 Global Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse
Labs, bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and
the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches
for harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action.
Global Pulse is establishing a Pulse Lab in Kampala in 2013. Pulse Lab
Kampala will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together
with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new
types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance
both public policy decision-making and community resilience.  Following
the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support
institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Officer will offer substantive
    backstopping to the Resident Coordinator in stakeholder
    consultations, including convening donor meetings and high-level dialogue
    with Government;
  • Identify fora for dialogue between
    Government and partners to discuss and build common understanding on
    emerging challenges that pertain to the goals and objectives of Global
    Pulse;
  • At the direction of the Resident
    Coordinator, represent Global Pulse to working groups and multilateral
    development partners;
  • Provide liaison and feedback to Global
    Pulse on UN Country Team deliberations, UN Inter-Agency Task Forces and
    Working Groups;
  • Act as Secretariat for Pulse Lab Kampala
    governance mechanisms (Steering, Technical and Advisory committees),
    including identifying strategic agenda topics, preparation of
    agendas, minutes, documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Advise and provide support to the Resident
    Coordinator in defining the role, priorities and strategies of Global
    Pulse within the various UN and government coordination mechanisms,
    including theme groups and inter-agency task forces;
  • Provide guidance and advice on key
    socio-political issues of relevance to the objectives of Global Pulse in
    Uganda;
  • Support and facilitate the inclusion of
    Global Pulse in joint UN activities and initiatives in Uganda, including
    commemorations, special events and launches of UN publications;
  • Draft various documents, i.e., reports,
    talking points and briefing notes for senior officials meetings with
    donors, the media, UN-wide reports, etc;
  • Advise and provide support to consolidate
    inter-agency support for Global Pulse through the dissemination of
    relevant documentation to UN Agencies, and as agreed by the Resident
    Coordinator and the Country Team;
  • Support the Lab Manager in partnership
    building and strategic interaction with national partners, donor aid
    agencies, civil society and the private sector, adhering to UN principles
    and values;
  • Support fundraising activities, including
    assisting with the drafting of donor proposals and periodic reports;
  • Promote Pulse Lab Kampala through events
    and information sharing with donor countries and potential funding
    partners;
  • Advise Management on communication needs
    and opportunities both within and outside the UN;
  • Perform other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The Project Officer should possess an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in, international
    relations, economics, law, public or business administration or other
    related area.
  • A first-level university degree in
    combination with five years of qualifying experience may be accepted in
    lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Three or more years of progressively
    responsible experience in development or humanitarian work, international
    relations, public sector, or related area.
  • Two years of work experience with the UN
    or international development agency, and experience in partnerships and
    fundraising, are desirable.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in both written and spoken
    English;
  • Knowledge of a language widely spoken in
    Uganda would be an asset.

Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the
    UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision,
    mission, and strategic goals of the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race,
    nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without
    favoritism;
  • Demonstrates and promotes the values of
    the UN in actions and decisions and acts in accordance with the standard
    of conduct for international civil servants;
  • Shows willingness to work without bias
    with all persons regardless of gender, nationality, religion or culture;
  • Contributes effectively to team-based
    activities, working collaboratively and sharing information openly; works
    effectively with colleagues inside the UN as well as its partners and
    other stakeholders to pursue common goals
  • Facilitates and encourages open
    communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Remains calm, composed and patient when
    facing conflict, manages conflict productively, focusing on mutually
    acceptable solutions;
  • The applicant should exhibit high personal
    initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action;
  • Actively produces and disseminates new
    knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to collect and share
    knowledge;
  • Actively seeks learning opportunities;
    demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • Proposes innovative ideas and new
    solutions to work.
Functional Competencies:
  • Demonstrated ability to create and build
    networks, partnerships and alliances;
  • Good understanding of UN strategic
    priorities, especially from field-based perspective;
  • Solid knowledge and understanding in
    at least one of these areas (ie. common country programming, UN business
    operations, humanitarian assistance and coordination, Delivering as One
    and/or human rights)
  • Very good understanding of multilateral
    coordination issues, tools and challenges, especially in programmatic
    areas;
  • Good understanding of the UN common
    system, especially at the regional and country levels;
  • Anticipates and understands internal and
    external issues and opportunities that may impact on the
    organization 
  • Demonstrated ability to promote
    organizational agenda and develop strategies to enable Management to deal
    with challenges effectively;
  • Ability to contribute effectively in
    team-based setting, especially in the area of knowledge-sharing and
    learning; leverage the different experiences and expertise of team members
    to achieve better outcomes;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in areas
    of focus;
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and
    convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Proven ability to advise and develop
    strategic and operational solutions.
How to Apply:
If you believe you are one of the ideal candidates for this opportunity
in working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), then visit the
web link below for full job details http://jobs.undp.org
NB: UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women are
encouraged to apply.
Deadline:  19th August,
2013
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