23 June 2016

World Bank NUSAF3 Project Household Grants Specialist Job Placement - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

Organisation: Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Project Name: World Bank Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF3) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project Operations Specialist

About US:
The Government of Uganda has received a credit from the International Development Association/ World Bank towards the cost of the Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF3) Project. The development objective of NUSAF3 is to provide effective income support to and build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households in Northern Uganda.

Job Summary: The Project Household Grants Specialist will provide strategic direction and ensure systematic planning and implementation of Project activities under the Improved Household Investment Support (IHISP) Component. The incumbent will also offer technical support in programs execution under the Improved Household Income Support Component at National, District and Community levels to ensure maximum benefit to the Project beneficiaries.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for developing strategies for rolling out of component
  • Develop and implement strategies to provide component specific training and capacity building to district and sub-county staff
  • Providing technical guidance to the Local Governments on planning and implementation of subprojects under the Improved Household Livelihood Investment Support Component. This includes business planning for the attainment of enterprise profitability in subprojects to be financed under the Project.
  • Preparing annual and quarterly work plans and budgets for the Livelihood Component for consolidation and approval by Management
  • Take lead in guiding the establishment of innovation platforms for value addition chain development for community agriculture-related subprojects financed under the Project.
  • Carry out regular monitoring and supervision visits to the Districts and communities to support implementation of activities under the Livelihood Investments Support Component.
  • In charge of identifying component specific implementation gaps in districts, and accordingly executing capacity building events, workshops etc. for the district teams.
  • Keenly monitor the progress of implementation of Project activities under the Component to ensure adherence to implementation guidelines, targets, time schedules and sector standards and norms.
  • Offer support in the development of and maintain database for beneficiary communities including tracking systems that provides updates on fund flows, reporting , audit, budget revisions and project deliverables.
  • Strengthen system for better monitoring of component
  • Take part in the preparation and review of Project implementation guidelines , handbooks and manuals
  • Guide the project management and District Authorities on performance improvement measures and resolution of implementation bottlenecks under the Component.
  • In charge of identifying innovation happening around livelihood sector, consolidating learning out of it and rolling out strategies accordingly for value addition in delivery of the component
  • Identifying component related success stories/best practices and disseminating them across districts
  • Ensure implementation of the recommendations for improvements and innovative solutions for communities during the implementation of the project.
  • Significantly contribute to the generation of knowledge, documentation of experiences and lessons learned as well as dissemination to the various sub regions implementing the project.
  • Successfully mapping best practices of livelihoods existing in the districts (to draw lessons and feed them into district livelihood sub-project cycle for upscaling.
  • Review subproject requests submitted by the Districts to ensure accuracy, completeness, viability, sustainability and compliance with relevant sector norms and standards before financing.
  • Prepare and submit component quarterly progress reports
  • Formulate strategies to promote livelihoods through various kinds of partnerships that would allow for sector based technical assistance to districts.
  • Participate in the preparation and conduct of the GOU/World Bank Joint Implementation Support Missions and other supervision and evaluation missions
  • Participate in the preparation of Terms of Reference (ToRs) for Consultancies to be undertaken under the Project
  • Develop a plan for component-related capacity enhancement for the Project implementers
  • Perform any other duties assigned by management

Key Result Areas: 
  • Operationalize strategies for rolling out the component in districts
  • Developing resource team and capacity building products for providing continuous and need based capacity building support to target districts
  • Providing of technical guidance to the local Government on planning and implementation of sub-projects;
  • Preparation of annual and quarterly work-plans for the Improved Household livelihood component
  • Conducting quarterly assessment of gaps in implementation of the component, and streamline the component processes Guiding the establishment of innovation platforms for value addition chain development for community Agriculture related projects
  • Monitoring progress of the implementation of component activities in Districts and prepare quarterly component specific status reports;
  • Review the component specific MIS data every month and ensure it is updated by districts regularly.
  • Support the implementation project activities in districts;
  • Develop and refine the component norms and guidelines from time to time based on experience and learning from the field implementation. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the World Bank NUSAF3 Project Household Grants Specialist career placement should hold a Masters or equivalent in Human Resource Development, Livelihoods Management, Development Studies or related disciplines.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience of working on Household Income Support and livelihoods programs.
  • Previous exposure and experience of working with the Government and poor communities in low capacity environments.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of livelihood development processes including community mobilization, targeting, group formation, training, business plan development, management and monitoring of livelihood sub-projects etc.
  • Excellent project management skills, and should have demonstrated similar skills in the past.
  • Proven ability to work in teams and collegial attitude.
  • Strong writing skills especially in English language.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficient in using MS word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send cover letters and updated CVs via email only to hr@opm.go.ug

  • Please indicate the Post Title in the Subject line when applying
  • Submitted copies should strictly be in PDF and all in one document
  • Relevant academic documents will be required at the interview stage.
  • Only E-mail applications will be accepted
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline: Friday, 1st July 2016 by 5:00PM

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