IFAD PRELNOR Grant Jobs – Project Coordinator at Ministry of Local Government

Job Title:    Project Coordinator 
Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Project Coordinator has the primary
responsibility for the day-to-day activities of PRELNOR. The incumbent will
oversee the project management unit (PMU) and report directly to the Ministry
of Local Government (MoLG). He/she will act as Secretary to the Project Policy
Committee (PPC), liaise with and report to the agencies directly funding
PRELNOR, and coordinate implementation activities with other projects engaged
in support for community and rural development in the project area. The
incumbent will provide frequent technical support and supervision visits to
district local governments and field sites, with occasional travels to the
ministry headquarters whenever necessary to update the Permanent Secretary.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offer
    overall strategic guidance to PMU staff relating to PRELNOR strategy and
    implementation and the related administrative functions required.
  • Offer
    technical and policy assistance to PMU staff and implementing agencies for
    effective project implementation.
  • Coordinate
    and supervise functions and activities of the PMU staff and regularly
    appraise them on job performance and otherwise. Ensure that work
    disciplines and ethics are adhered to by staff.
  • Coordinate
    and follow up on the activities of the specialists responsible for
    implementation of project components to ensure effective delivery of
    project activities.
  • Approve
    all procurement and accounting transactions performed at PMU, and
    facilitate disbursement of loan and grant funds needed for the
    implementation of PRELNOR.
  • Work
    closely with MoLG, MFPED, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
    (MTIC), IFAD and other financiers on matters of policy and project
    administration.
  • Work
    in liaison with other projects, partners and agencies supporting the rural
    development and commercial sectors in the project area to ensure
    consistency and complementarity.
  • Oversee
    and guide the preparation of project annual work plans and budgets (AWPB)
    and procurement plans.
  • Ensure
    timely and appropriate reporting on progress and problems of project
    implementation and submit semi-annual reports to PPC, MoLG, MFPED and
    IFAD.
  • Ensure
    gender mainstreaming in the project through the timely development, review
    and implementation of a Gender Action Plan.
  • Take
    ultimate responsibility, with the assistance of the community development
    specialist, for ensuring that the project’s poverty, gender and youth
    targeting mechanisms are respected by government and implementing partners
    at all administrative levels
  • Ensure
    climate change, resilience and adaption activities are mainstreamed
    through the project activities.
  • Undertake
    any other responsibility assigned by MoLG that will ensure smooth and
    effective implementation of the project.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Project Coordinator should possess Master’s degree in environment or
    natural resources management, or agriculture, or management, or social
    sciences from a recognised University / Institution, with experience in
    rural and/or SME development and in managing a major programme/project or
    institution. Experience and other skills should include:
  • Eight
    or more years’ experience, including four years in management of financial
    institutions and/or government/donor-funded programmes and a track record
    as a successful manager and administrator in the Ugandan context.
  • Proven
    ability and capacity to take on a leadership position with strong
    managerial skills and capacity to manage people and interact with a wide
    range of private sector partners and public sector representatives, as
    well as managers and implementers of large-scale rural / community / SME
    development projects.
  • Strong
    organizational skills and knowledge of strategic planning.
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of climate change, capacity building and
    gender issues.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 16th November, 2015

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