UNDP Project Jobs - Climate Change & Disaster Risk Specialist at 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:  
  • Offers technical assistance in support of effective project implementation. The Climate and Disaster Risk Specialist shall have the prime responsibility to strengthen the capacities of the Project Management Unit and participating Government and community institutions to facilitate effective project implementation.
  • Implements and oversees Climate Change responses and Disaster risk management projects.
  • Provides policy and advisory services to determine optimized approaches for enhanced development effectiveness in support of disaster and climate risk management processes;
  • Provides management support to resilience and disaster and climate risk management processes which is needs-based and conducted in an effective and principled manner in the best interests of affected and vulnerable populations
  • Ensures the establishment of a knowledge culture with effective advocacy tools,
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the Project Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Master of Science Degree in any of the following areas; Natural Resource Management, Climate change, Disaster risk management, Environmental management, Agricultural Economics, metereology, or any related discipline;
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in relevant fields with at least 3 years of working experience in disaster risk management and climate change;
  • Broad knowledge and skills in documentation and dissemination
  • Strong research and report writing skills
  • Significant experience in institutional strengthening and participatory processes
  • Ability to develop and foster external organizational relationships and applied representation skills
  • Proficiency in computer, information and communication technology
  • Previous experience with government-donor funded projects, especially with UNDP supported projects.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure.
  • Working knowledge of the Ugandan Environment and Disaster management sectors with extensive contacts in the public, private sectors and civil society organizations.
  • Prior experience working with government or international organizations will be preferred

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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