01 November 2016

Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit Career Jobs - Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Organization: Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: IDDRSI Coordinator
About Us:
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was  founded in 1986. The recurring and severe droughts and other natural disasters between 1974 and 1984 caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Eastern Africa region. Although individual countries made substantial efforts to cope with the situation and received generous support from the international community, the magnitude and extent of the problem argued strongly for a regional approach to supplement national efforts.

Job Summary: The Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit (CBDFU), will be charged with the overall responsibility for the unit, including its leadership, day to day management and the execution of the activities and functions of the unit.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Direct and oversee the day to day management of the CBDFU and provide overall coordination, and leadership of the activities and staff of the unit.
·         Assisted by the staff of the CBDFU, prepare work plans and budget for activities of the unit
·         Work closely with relevant officials in national and local governments in the 4 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan) on all matters related to the planning and implementation of activities related to the implementation of IDDRSI in cross-border areas
·         Coordinate the formulation, execution and monitoring of cross-border integrated development plans
·         Provide harmonized and coordinated technical support in programming, knowledge management and capacity building and related activities, as may be required (by governments, development partners and non-state actors ) to facilitate cross-border cooperation and enhance development
·         Link the local and national IDDRSI coordination centers relevant to the cross-border area with with the regional coordination centre.
·         Through the IGAD Secretraiat (IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit), report to the affected countries and the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee.
·         Implement decisions as may be assigned by the IDDRSI Platform Project Steering Committee
·         Monitor and facilitate compliance with the implementation, legal, financial and technical requirements of the project.
·         Undertake the monitoring and evaluation of performance indicators and outcomes against the targets of the project.
·         Maintain active and effective contact with local authorities, development agencies, community organisations, sector heads, coordination centres and any other stakeholders relevant to the implementation of the drought resilience initiative in each of the 4 countries
·         Identify issues of relevance to cross-border development and make arrangements to discuss possibilities for improving cross-border cooperation to enahance the implementation of IDDRSI
·         Submit quarterly progress reports to the IGAD Secretariat and to the relevant centres in the 4 countries
·         Facilitate the mapping of partners contributing to the resilience agenda and form alliances with them rallying them to effectively support the national Platform, national level coordination mechanisms, initiatives and processes relevant to resilience thereby enhancing coordination
·         Ensure that information relevant to coordination of resilience initiatives at the country level is collected, collated, analyzed and disseminated effectively. This will foster an upward momentum and mobility in terms of quality of programming and resource utilization through evidence based information, best practices and lessons learnt on the implementation of the interventions at national and regional levels
·         Facilitate Regional Capacity development and learning and help promote and facilitate coherence and effectiveness among research and capacity building centres of excellent in the country, as appropriate.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate should preferably hold a post graduate degree in socio-economics, agricultural sciences, rural development, international relations and other related disciplines with suitable experience in drought resilience and sustainable livelihoods interventions applicable to resilience building and sustainable development of drylands
·         Studies of regional cooperation, integration or conflict resolution; Monitoring and Evaluation and experience in project management will be an added advantage
·         At least five years hands-on experience in national, organizations programme leadership and coordination;
·         Sound knowledge of and experience with the policies and procedures employed by the various development partners active in the region will be an advantage.
·         Proven excellent understanding and several years experience of spatial and territorial planning at both planning and operational scales/levels.
·         Proven experience in integrated rural development, land use planning and use the service of GIS, M&E carry extra preferential advantage.
·         Knowledge of resilience, climate change and related issues;
·         Innovation and networking;
·         Knowledge of the issues in the 4 countries sharing a common border in the Karamoja Cluster
·         Ability to mobilise and coordinate a wide range of partners is critical;
·         Evidence of being a goal driven dynamic animator, with a proven track record of successful completion of assigned tasks
·         Good Communication and interpersonal skill;
·         A good knowledge of computer applications;
·         Ability to prepare concise, timely, analytical and informative documentation.
·         Knowledge of the local languages spoken in the Karamoja Cluster is an advantage
·         Familiarity with the systems and procedures in the country of assignment would be an added advantage
·         Fluency in English and a working knowledge of any of the local languages spoken in cross-border areas of the Karamoja Cluster is an added advantage.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above  should send their applications accompanied by the candidate’s detailed CVs, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees and give the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).

The applications should be addressed to:

The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD,
P. O. Box 2653, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti; and send via E-mail to the following E-mail address: hr@igad.int, with a copy to bedru.muzein@giz.de

Deadline: 25th November, 2016

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