25 November 2016

UN Jobs - Programme Officer - Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About UNDP:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s 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.

Job Summary: The Programme Officer - Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy will be tasked with providing advisory services and ensure programme quality assurance support with emphasis on synchronization of RLCD related activities with other activities of the Inclusive Governance portfolio (IE and PSSR programmes) under a matrix reporting arrangement in order to ensure complementarity and mutual reinforcement.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Contributing to evidence based generation and advocacy through the following actions:
·         The incumbent will provide quality support to analytical works to support evidence based decision-making in the pursuance of good governance
·         Offer technical support to the processes of policy reform toward a rule-law-rooted democracy in Uganda;
·         Provision of timely and relevant technical and operational information in preparation of UNDP CO’s participation in inter-agency and other development group meetings, focusing on issues of thematic and institutional linkages and coordination
Contributing to good programme design and management through the following actions:
·         Provision of Quality Assurance support during programme planning, implementation and progress monitoring and reporting
·         Assist the processes of adoption and application of RBM and Transformational Development Approach (TDA) methods and tools at sub-national level;
·         Provision of quality input to the RLCD Team Leader for the design and formulation of the RLCD components of the IG Portfolio, translating UNDP priorities and strategies into local interventions; and coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies;
·         Actively contribute to continuous monitoring and assessment of the programme impact (intended or non-intended/positive or negative), with special attention to potential perverse effects to political, social and economic governance including human rights corruption, in order to inform strategy readjustments;
·         Rigorously contribute to continuous risk assessment, analysis and management; identification of operational and financial problems; development of solutions and participation in programme audit planning, implementation and follow up; and Ensure full compliance to audit recommendations;
·         Performance, if required, of functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval and participation in recruitment processes for programme assistants and below.
·         Undertake other duties assigned by the RLCD Team Leader.
Contributing to the nurturing of strategic partnerships at the field level through the following actions:
·         Render support to targeted Local Governments toward identification, mobilization and engagement of key stakeholders (CSOs, CBOs, Social Networks, Community leadership) at the district level to ensure broad ownership of the programme at the local level – and report on the extent of stakeholders’ ownership of development strategies promoted by UNDP;
·         Actively seeking collaboration, complementarity with other UN agencies and international partners operating at the district level; and
·         Provision of sound contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice
·         Support the development/reform of the justice and legal systems, including by advising national counterparts and providing training;
·         Offer technical guidance to programme partners in the area of constitutionalism and rule of law;
·         Actively contribute to the identification and maintenance of contacts and effective relations with national rule of law institutions, legal professional bodies and civil society organizations including women's groups, non-governmental organizations.
Contributing to provision of top quality input to knowledge building and periodic reports on RLCD programme through the following actions:
·         Provision of periodic analysis and presentation on programme implementation and lessons learned in the CO;
·         Prepare and send regular updates on programme component activities, outputs and outcomes as input to aggregate RLCD programme reports.
·         Guide on and prepare complex legal research and analysis; and prepare outputs such as thematic reports and assessments, policy documents and guidelines, and participate in legislative reviews and drafting of commentaries;
·         Coordinate periodic rule of law project performance reports and responsible for their dissemination;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Programme Officer - Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy career placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.  Master's degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Science, Social Sciences or related field will be added advantage
·         At least three to five years of progressive relevant work experience at the national or international level involving:
·         Skills and experience in legal, research, analysis and policy formulation project implementation, advocacy monitoring and evaluation in the practice areas of rule of law, access to justice and human rights.
·         Previous experience with Government of Uganda, a multilateral or international organization is helpful but not mandatory.
·         Computer literacy skills i.e. experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based information management systems.

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
Functional Competencies:
Knowledge 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
·         Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change
·         Strong IT skills, Atlas
·         Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting
·         Excellent knowledge of Results Management Guide and Toolkit
Management and Leadership:
·         Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
·         Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
·         Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.

Deadline: 1st December 2016

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