Climate Change/Disaster Risk Response Knowledge & Learning Specialist Job Placement - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

Organization: Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Funding Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager

About US:
Office of the Prime Minister with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing a Project on strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Change and Disaster Risks in Uganda, in cooperation with key government ministries and departments. Given Uganda’s high vulnerability to natural and human-induced disasters, the project will contribute to adaptation, transformation and resilience building by reducing vulnerability to climate and disaster risk, through provision of integrated and mutually reinforcing upstream and downstream support to address four bottlenecks, namely; a) gaps in policies and legal frameworks required to integrate and provide funding for climate change response and disaster risk reduction; b) gaps in capacities to implement climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction in an inclusive and coordinated manner, with guaranteed effectiveness and efficiency; c) weak capacities for adoption and adaptation of emerging technologies and methods for low carbon emission and climate change resilience; and d) weak public response to climate and disaster risk.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The incumbent designs and implements a KM Strategy to identify, analyze, document and disseminate best practices in CC &DRR, and lessons learned;
  • Considers the GIS/geospatial nature of products in KM outputs, including spatially analytical maps, while designing the KM Strategy;
  • Ensures that TORs for consultants recruited by the program also incorporate mechanisms to capture and share lessons learned through their inputs to the program, and to ensure that the results are reflected in the reporting system described above;
  • Consolidates a culture of lessons learning involving all program staff and allocate specific responsibilities, to document, package and disseminate lessons frequently;
  • Establishes and manage a Knowledge Management Fora for knowledge sharing on climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction and support the program in organizing related workshops and trainings events for climate change adaptation knowledge dissemination to all stakeholders;
  • Actively facilitates exchange of experiences by supporting and coordinating program participation in workshops and support development of the program website and any other existing network of local government;
  • Identifies and participate in additional networks, for example scientific or policy-based networks that may also yield lessons that can benefit program implementation.
  • Ensures effective KM of key program activities, including Climate Change Response-DRR learning and knowledge materials
  • Clarifies the responsibility to explore, introduce and manage various KM tools relevant to the program, with particular focus on climate change adaptation/ mitigation; disaster risk reduction and ecosystems based adaptation;
  • Ensures KM of important program activities
  • Supports all technical team members in the knowledge management of their respective fields, with particular attention to program activities
  • Supports in the assessment of national as well as program policies and processes, providing recommendations to improve program performance, and to make field implementation practical and effective;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Project Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: The applicant should preferably hold a Masters of Science degree in natural resource management, agricultural economics, information and communication technology or related discipline.

Personal Competencies:
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the Government of Uganda’s and UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
Functional Competencies:
  • Promotes innovation and knowledge management in the project and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of the project
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  • Ability to apply development theory to the specific project context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations
  • Ability to manage for results: translates strategic aims into achievable plans, with established priorities, monitors them, making periodic adjustments as required.
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 openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills oral and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills: capacity to work with diverse partners including Government, donors and civil society;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills

How to Apply:
All candidates should submit their applications to the Human Resource Office, 3rd Floor OPM Block, Apollo Kaggwa Road.

Deadline: 30th June 2017

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