National Programme Coordinator EDF Program Jobs – Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

Job Title:          National Programme
Organisation: Office
of the Prime Minister (OPM)
Project Name: Development
Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU)
Funding Source: European
Development Fund (EDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Permanent
Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister
About US:
The Government of Uganda has
received a grant from the 11th European Development Funds towards the
Development Initiative of Northern Uganda (DINU). The Programme is intended to
eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for
sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in the sub-regions of
Acholi, Lango, Teso, West Nile and Karamoja, and as such promote sustainable
and inclusive socio-economic development. It will provide support in the three
focal sectors identified in the National Indicative Programme (Food Security
and Agriculture; Transport Infrastructure and Good Governance).
Job Summary: The National
Programme Coordinator provides technical support to the Permanent Secretary in
the co-ordination and implementation of DINU activities in line with Government
policies, Financing Agreement (FA) for DINU, and subsequent Programme
Estimates, specific commitments, contracts and delegation agreements that may
be commissioned under the FA. The incumbent will head the Programme Management
Unit and as such holds the most senior position in the daily management of the
Programme. He/she will be assisted by a Technical Assistance Team (TAT), led by
a Chief Technical Adviser/Team Leader and 3 other key experts, and locally
recruited technical and support staff of approximately 20 persons based in
three offices in Kampala, Gulu and Moroto.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide
    overall strategic and managerial leadership to the Programme Management
    Unit (PMU)
  • Coordinate
    and supervise the execution of DINU in the different regions as per agreed
    Programme Estimates and grant, service, supplies and works contracts, and
    in accordance with the Financing Agreement and the 11th EDF rules and
  • Provide
    advice, assistance and capacity to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
    in the implementation of the Programme, and contribute to relevant
    management and consultation structures, functions and meetings in OPM, and
    other relevant bodies and persons within the overall PRDP framework;
  • Ensure
    regular dialogue and networking with other national and international
    programmes and international development partners to maximize synergies
    and coordination in the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda;
  • Provide
    technical inputs, advice and guidance in areas related to the specific
    objectives of DINU: rural development, agriculture, food security, water
    resources, energy, infrastructure and good governance etc.
  • Provide
    technical supervision, assessments, coaching and motivation to the PMU
    team to maintain a shared culture of collaboration and ensure individual
    and team performance;
  • Ensure
    the monitoring and reporting of Programme outputs and results in line with
    the Programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation tools and guidelines to ensure
    adherence to set targets and implementation time schedules;
  • Ensure
    the proper and efficient utilization of project resources and assets,
    including maintaining proper and accurate books of accounts, assets
    registers, stock and transport monitoring systems in line with EDF rules
    and the PMU’s operations manuals;
  • Report
    to the Permanent Secretary OPM periodically on programme activities and
    progress, and as required by the Financing Agreements and EDF rules.
  • Ensure
    branding, visibility and understanding amongst key stakeholders and the
    public at large about the Programme, its objectives, achievements and
    funding agency;
  • Perform
    any other duties from time to time within the framework of the PRDP as
    assigned by the Permanent Secretary or his/her delegate.
Key Result Areas:
  • Lead
    and manage the Programme Management Unit, in liaison and collaboration
    with the Permanent Secretary, Under Secretary P&D and the Chief
    Technical Adviser (CTA) of the DINU Technical Assistance Team (TAT) as
    well as the DINU Regional Coordinators based in Gulu and Moroto.
  • Ensure
    the timely and quality implementation of DINU according to the PRDP
    guidelines, Financing Agreements, agreed workplans and specific contracts;
  • Monitor,
    report and communicate the progress and achievements of the DINU and
    liaise and interact closely with all stakeholders and key programme
    partners at national, regional and local level
  • Ensure
    and maintain effective linkages and consultation with OPM in the
    coordination of the PRDP, and provide advice and support to OPM in this
    respect where required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate must hold an advanced Post graduate degree in a relevant
    area: rural development studies, agricultural, environmental science,
    civil or water engineering, project or business administration,
    agri-business development, or any other relevant area.
  • Honours
    Bachelors’ degree in any of the following areas: Development studies,
    project planning and management, economics, social sciences, public
    administration and management, business studies, agricultural economics,
    engineering or a related field from a recognized university.
  • Qualifications/training
    in project planning and management, monitoring & evaluation,
  • At
    least ten years, of experience in project/programme management, of which 7
    years in a senior function in a reputable national or international
    development institution, or a public organization;
  • Seven
    years’ experience of working with central, local governments and/or grass
    root communities as well as international development partners
Personal Competencies:
  • Extensive
    experience in project management of large-scale multi-sectoral
    interventions in areas such as rural development, agriculture, food
    security, water resources, energy, infrastructure and good governance etc.
  • Extensive
    experience of working in and coordinating with national government
    structures, decentralized government agencies and with international
    development partners etc.
  • Experience
    in human resource management, in terms of administration, individual
    coaching and team management;
  • Proven
    experience with EDF/EU rules and procedures (PRAG) and Government systems
    and procedures;
  • Excellent
    report writing and Monitoring and Evaluation skills;
  • Good
    networking, interpersonal, and oral & written communication skills;
  • Excellent
    computer skills;
  • Capacity
    to build harmony and consensus in his/her team and between the PMU and
    national and local government agencies, international development
    partners, civil society, private sector etc.
  • Have
    intricate knowledge of project cycle management, contract management and
    accountability system and procedures
  • Age: 35 years and above
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of
certificates and academic transcripts, three competent referees, one of whom
MUST be from your current employer or previous employer for those temporarily
unemployed plus a passport photo, contact details (mobile number and e-mail),
photocopy of the National ID should be addressed to:
The Permanent Secretary,
Office of the Prime Minister,
New Government Block,
Plot 9-11 Apollo Kaggwa Road,
P.O. Box 341, Kampala. Uganda
NB: The application
forms should be delivered at the Human Resource Office 3rd Floor, Office of the
Prime Minister
Deadline: Friday, 23rd February 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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