11 November 2016

UN Jobs - National Project Officer - SITA Project Implementation at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Coordinator, SITA
Job Opening Number: 6699

About UNDP:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

About SITA Project:
The project “Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa” (SITA) is a project implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and financed by the United Kingdoms’ Department for International Development (DFID). It runs from 2015-2020. SITA’s outcome is to improve the competitiveness of select value chains: coffee, cotton, textiles and apparel, pulses, spices, sunflower oil, leather, ITES-BPO and emerging sectors of five East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania through the provisions of partnerships from institutions and business from India.

Job Summary: The National Project Officer - SITA Project Implementation will represent the SITA project in Uganda and has the main role of acting as the key communicator between the Ugandan project’s stakeholders and the Geneva based Project Coordination Unit (PCU).

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Management & Coordination: SITA representative and liaison in Uganda
·         In charge of managing the project office in Uganda: includes supervising the administrative assistant, oversight of all SITA activities in Uganda, providing logistical support and back-stopping;
·         Communication with UNDP Uganda for implementation of activities;
·         Organize SITA Uganda National Consultative Committee meetings: call for meetings, ask for updates on implementation, prepare presentations, prepare final report;
·         Provide leadership on strategic direction for Uganda SITA;
·         Representing SITA at national meetings and events, including donor and stakeholder coordination;
·         Support Task Team leaders and PCU Unit in Geneva in smooth implementation of activities in Uganda;
·         Regular communication with key institutions / organizations in Uganda and follow up to ensure smooth implementation of activities;
·         Participate in the development of annual, of work plans;
·         Oversee in the maintenance and updating of  files and records of documentation e.g. of inventory of asset procured under the project;
·         Where needed, provide informal written and oral translation between English, and native language of engagement country;
·         Provide advice to the Project Coordinator and the Project Implementation Adviser as well as the sector task teams as appropriate, on local technical and political considerations.
·         Supervise admin assistant in maintaining an up to date Uganda stakeholders’ contact list
·         Perform administrative duties to support project activities as and when the need arises;
Communication and Knowledge Management:
·         Represent SITA at international and local events; regular networking and raise awareness of SITA and SITA result;
·         Provide inputs to SITA communications team for communications products (e.g. newsletter articles, blogs)
·         Offer support in the dissemination of knowledge products of SITA in Uganda: e.g. investment profiles Research / write on policy level issues as need arises (e.g. investment legislation changes) 
·         Actively participate and contribute Uganda specific updates to SITA PCU internal planning and reporting meetings;
·         Prepare monthly reports to PCU, including update on activities implemented, results, and any relevant documents / mission reports / evaluation forms etc
·         Connect ITC Geneva staff with relevant individuals in Uganda.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
·         Responsible for tracking all activities ongoing in Uganda - Includes following up with the responsible person for the activities’ outputs and with participants/stakeholders
·         Raising early- warning / risks with PCU unit for lagging implementation, or poor performances. Provide advice on mitigation and ways forward.
Technical Support for Trade and Investment Support Institution (TISI) strengthening support SITA’s activities under Output 5 on TISI strengthening, across the region:
·         Provide advisory services to the PCU and other ITC experts on the institutional landscape in East Africa
·         Support in the development of project activities related to TSI strengthening

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNDP National Project Officer - SITA Project Implementation career opportunity should hold a Master degree in Agriculture, International Economics, Trade, Business, Development or a related subject.
·         A minimum of ten years’ experience in trade promotion/ export development/ sector development with a focus on developing countries.
·         Previous experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
·         Prior exposure and experience building and maintaining partnerships with Government, other development partners and the private sector;
·         Work experience in the United Nations System projects would be an advantage.
·         Substantial experience in institutional assessments and strengthening would be an asset
·         Working experience in a United Nations field office in a developing country is an asset;
·         Willingness to travel;
·         Management experience in relevant field at the national or international level.

Personal Competencies:
Corporate Competencies:
·         Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
·         Demonstrates integrity by displaying ITC and UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
·         Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of ITC and UNDP;
·         Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
·         Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
·         Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
·         Self-development, initiative-taking;
·         Informed and transparent decision making.
Functional Competencies:
·         Ability to perform a broad range of specialized activities aimed at effective and efficient functioning of the project;
·         Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, internet, power point; 
·         Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with project partners and stakeholders;
·         Ability to manage data, documents, correspondence and report information and workflow
·         Excellent interpersonal skills, proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills;
·         Ability to organize and prioritize work independently;
·         Excellent writing and presentation skills;
·         Familiarity with the economic and institutional situation in the country;
·         Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 16th November 2016

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