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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