United Nations UNDP Jobs – Assistant Country Director

Organisation: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job Summary: Under the direct supervision of
the Country Director (CD), the Assistant Country Director for Programme (ACD-P)
serves as senior manager on all aspects of the Country Office (CO) programme,
with a particular focus on UNDP’s work in Northern Uganda.
The ACD-P assists the Country
Director with general programme development and implementation activities under
the country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), including the management, supervision
and coordination of Programme Unit Team Leaders and related programme staff.
The ACD-P also supports the Country Director with CO representation duties in
UNDP’s engagement with headquarters, other UN agencies, development partners,
technical advisors and experts, government officials and other programme
counterparts. In particular, the ACD-P supports the Country Director in UN
Country Team (UNCT) interagency coordination activities being implemented under
of the Delivering-as-One (DaO) initiative, and represents the UNDP CO at
relevant DaO forums whenever delegated to do so by the Country Director.

In addition, the ACD-P leads
& coordinates the CO’s work on all aspects relating to UNDP’s interventions
in Northern Uganda, including those being undertaken by UNCT under the DaO
initiative, with a view of ensuring a coherent approach that enhances the
effectiveness and impact of UNDP’s programme in that region. To this end, the
ACD-P provides strategic direction to UNDP’s work relating to Northern Uganda,
liaises with external partners working on similar issues and coordinates all
relevant CO activities, in order to ensure that programmatic interventions that
have a bearing on that part of the country are undertaken in a coordinated way
that maximizes synergies and efficiency gains and, more broadly, UNDP’s
development results in that region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assists
the Country Director in the management of the Country Office programme and the
supervision of programme staff, focusing on quality control of the full cycle
of programming, from formulation to implementation, and seeking to achieve the
following results:
  • Assisting in
    the effective strategic monitoring and evaluation of CO interventions,
    measuring the impact of the CO programme and, when relevant, its timely
  • Assisting
    and, where designated, leading on behalf of UNDP UNCT inter-agency programme
    coordination tasks and activities implemented under the Delivering as One
    (DaO) framework;
  • Contributing
    to the effective application of Results-Based Management (RBM) tools,
    establishing Balance Scorecard (BSC) management targets and monitoring achievement
    of results;
  • Providing
    analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and their implementation in the
    Country Office.
  • Assuming
    acting functions in the absence of, or by delegation from the Country
    Director, of all programmatic matters, including the supervision of
    programme staff;
  • Performing
    the function of Manager Level 2 in ATLAS for development projects
    transactions approval.
2. Maintains
strategic partnerships, supports resource mobilization efforts in cooperation
with the Management Support team, actively participates in inter-agency forums
and, when delegated by the Country Director, represents the Country Office
externally, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Implementation
    of the CO Partnerships and Resources Mobilization strategies to achieve
    programme outcomes.
  • Coordination
    of partnerships with UN Agencies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development
    partners, private sector, civil society etc;
  • Analysis and
    research of information on donors’ activities and resources, preparation
    of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, and identification
    of opportunities for cost-sharing;
  • Assisting the
    Country Director and UNDP senior management to ensure the representation
    and effective participation of UNDP in engagements with project counterparts,
    government officials, development partners and other relevant national and
    international counterparts;
  • Represents
    the Country Director in UNCT coordination groups, including the UNCT
    Programme Management Team (PMT) as well as other forums set up under the
    Delivery as One (DaO) framework.
3. As
a member of the Country Office management team, supports and facilitates the
development of the country office programme’s strategic direction with a
special focus on Northern Uganda and with a view of achieving the following
  • Providing
    continued analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the
    country and, in particular, in Northern Uganda;
  • Ensuring the
    collaborative preparation, monitoring and review of the CCA, the UNDAF,
    the CPD, the CPAP, project AWPs and other relevant documents, especially
    in areas relating to Northern Uganda;
  • Supporting
    the operationalisation of the UNDAF and CPD, with a particular focus on
    Northern Uganda and in close collaboration with UNDP’s main partners,
    including government, development partners, non-government national
    counterparts and, under the framework of the delivering as one (DaO)
    initiative, other UN agencies in Uganda;
  • Contributing
    to the identification of strategic programme areas of cooperation, especially
    those focused on Northern Uganda, based on strategic goals of UNDP,
    country needs and development partners’ priorities.
4. Under
the direct supervision of the Country Director, leads &
coordinates UNDP’s work in Northern Uganda, with a view of maximizing the
impact and effectiveness of Country Office interventions in that region,
focusing on achieving the following results:
  • Providing
    strategic management and oversight of planning, budgeting and implementing
    of all CO programme interventions in Northern Uganda;
  • Ensuring the
    effective monitoring of CO programme interventions in Northern Uganda and
    the evaluation of development results, in terms of progress made towards
    achieving intended programmatic goals in that region;
  • Coordinating
    CO activities with a bearing on Northern Uganda across all programme
    Units, with a view of maximizing programmatic synergies and efficiency
    gains in UNDP’s operations in that part of the country;
  • Advising
    programme counterparts and UNDP’s senior management and guiding relevant
    CO units on the design and formulation of programme interventions in and
    directly affecting Northern Uganda, contributing to translate UNDP and
    national priorities into local interventions.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The candidate should possess a masters
    degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Business Administration,
    Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other related fields.
  • At least seven (7) years of relevant
    work experience at the national or international level in management
    positions and/or in the provision of strategic management advisory
  • Extensive work experience in the design,
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Demonstrated experience of having worked
    on Northern Uganda issues.
  •  Familiarity with area-based approaches to
    development programming would be an asset;
  • Experience of working in development and
    aid environments with development partners, government agencies and other
    national counterparts;
  • Proficiency in the use of computers,
    standard office software packages and integrated software management
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Excellent written and presentation
  • Knowledge of other UN official languages
    is an asset.
Personal Competencies:
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates
    integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the
    vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays
    cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Management and Learning
  • Promotes
    knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office
    through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively
    works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more
    Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Development
    and Operational Effectiveness;
  • Ability to
    lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to
    lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development
    programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Ability to
    formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage
    transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery;
  • Good
    knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit;
  • Good ICT
    skills, knowledge of Atlas;
  • Ability to
    implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.
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
is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women are encouraged to apply
Deadline: 30th September, 2013
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