UN National Coordinator, MARKUP Job Careers – United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Job Title:      National
Coordinator, MARKUP
Organisation: United
Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Vacancy Code:
VA/2018/B5119/16264
About UNOPS:
United Nations
Office for Project Services (UNOPS)’ mission is to expand the capacity of the
UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and
development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the
world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy
partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality,
speed and cost effectiveness. By assisting UN organizations, international
financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes
significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.
About MARKUP Project:
The MARKUP projects
implemented by the ITC are part of a bigger MARKUP programme for which other
partner organizations are involved and working all under the same umbrella.
More specifically, ITC has the responsibility to implement a regional component
for the EAC (EAC-Window) as well as country specific components (Tanzania and
Burundi Windows) which are all integrated and delivered as one and in close
collaboration with other programme stakeholders.
Job Summary:  The function of National Coordinator requires
a combination of managerial and technical skills relevant to a
capacity-building programme in regional trade and selected value chains. The
incumbent shall be capable of working with a broad range of national, regional
and international institutions that are involved in the successful execution of
the MARKUP programme. The National Coordinator will assume full responsibility
for the effective delivery of the MARKUP Programme at country level within a
results-based management framework. To this end, s/he will report to the Senior
Regional Technical Officer in Arusha and will work in close cooperation with
the MARKUP Programme Coordination Unit in Arusha as well as Officers based in
Geneva.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Coordinate the delivery of all project activities and events at
    national level, ensuring coherence and synergies between components and
    other related interventions;
  • Represent the project in relevant trade-related technical assistance
    (TRTA) coordination networks to ensure project visibility and effective
    linkages and synergies with other relevant initiatives.
  • Ensure regular contacts with EU Delegation in the country to create
    synergies and align project interventions with the strategic technical
    direction of MARKUP national projects;
  • Work in close cooperation with partner institutions, identify
    SMEs/participants/trainees with relevant expertise/needs to ensure maximum
    impact and country coverage, incl. in provinces;
  • Provide technical inputs to develop customized capacity building
    tools and materials, ensuring coherence between the various results, with
    other capacity building projects targeting the same beneficiaries, and against
    beneficiaries’ needs and expectations;
  • Mobilize beneficiaries and partners organizations to participate in
    project events and technical workshops;
  • Support national institutions in the delivery of technical capacity
    building exercises so that efficient project delivery and sustainability
    are guaranteed;
  • Provide coaching support to national experts and provide technical
    guidance as required;
  • Maintain permanent liaison with local EU Offices and national
    Government authorities for MARKUP visibility as well as technical and
    communication needs;
  • Assist international/national consultants as well as ITC technical
    and coordination staff in the implementation of project deliverables;
  • Collect information for project monitoring, feedback and evaluations
    from project beneficiaries and analyse the results as inputs to project
    reporting and lessons learned;
  • Develop local MARKUP specific communication strategy, in line with
    ITC corporate strategy and needs of EU and EAC;
  • Translate working document into local languages as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Office for Project
    Services (UNOPS) National Coordinator, MARKUP job opportunity hold an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business
    administration, management, economics or agriculture development or
    quality and standards. A combination of a first university degree
    (bachelor’s or equivalent) with an additional 2 years of relevant work
    experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined
    above.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience
    in providing advisory and technical services on programme management
    and/or agro-processing services for exports
  • Experience working with African development partners desirable.
  • Experience in agro-processing and value chain enhancement for
    selected sectors: coffee and cocoa desirable.
  • Language (s): Fluency
    in written and oral English required. Knowledge of French and Swahili
    desirable
Competencies
  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long
    term and externally in order to positively shape the organization.
    Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions
    and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to
    differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational
    and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model
    for diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners
    and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong
    external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant
    to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or
    others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment
    through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the
    initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources
    maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively
    adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements.
    Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is
    consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic
    decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks.
    Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner.
    Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of
    others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles
    conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding
    common ground.
Functional Competencies
  • Knowledge of trade finance and investment, quality and standard
    issues desirable.
  • Familiarity with the UN system and EU reporting requirements
    desirable.
  • Knowledge of EAC rules, strategy and functioning desirable.
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Suite).
How to Apply:
If interested in
joining the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the
aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create
profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system.
Deadline: 5th September 2018
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