Senior Policy Advisor Job Placement – Office of the Prime Minister

Job Title:    Senior Policy Advisor  

Organisation: Office of the Prime Minister

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Director


About US:

In 2021, the European Union approved Phase 2 of the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN) to specifically consolidate and institutionalize it in Uganda by strengthening its strategic and analytical capacity to produce disaggregated information for more effective decision-making.


The Office of the Prime Minister plans to recruit critical staff to support the implementation of the second phase of NIPN as well as the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan.


Job Summary:  The main function of the position is to facilitate inter- sectoral discussions to identify topics for analysis, to undertake and supervise policy analysis, and to ensure that the analysis and evidence generated by the platform is responsive, relevant and useful for developing and implementing policies and programmes for nutrition.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • To support the Project Director and Project Coordinator in the OPM to deliver the objectives of the National Information Platform for Nutrition project.
  • To guide, facilitate and support the work of other MDAs that are members of the inter-sectoral Policy Advisory Committee to identify and priorities questions for analysis that could inform the process of developing policies and programmes to improve nutrition both for the national plan of action for nutrition and in for any sector that could contribute to improving nutrition
  • To undertake policy analysis; translate the findings into policy briefs and support staff of the OPM and ministries to undertake policy analysis for nutrition.
  • Disseminate the output of the analysis to policy analysis officers for relevant MDAs to promote the work of NIPN and explain the implications for policies and programmes.
  • To support and work with staff in both government and nongovernment institutions involved in the analysis done by the NIPN so as to ensure that the analysis responds to the needs of policies and programmes
  • To promote and disseminate the work and findings of the analysis within government so that decision makers are aware of the potential impact of investments in programmes and interventions
  • To ensure that the structures set up to implement the National Information Platform for Nutrition are functioning and efficient; that the platform responds to requests for information; and that the work of the project supports national governance mechanisms and multi-sectoral efforts for nutrition, in particular on issues around monitoring, evaluation and learning, and supports accountability for the national multi-sectoral plan of action.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The Senior Policy Advisor will have an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy; or Social Sciences majoring in Sociology; or Social Administration; or Economics; or Political Science and Public Administration; with a paper in Policy Analysis and Planning; or an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Economics; or Quantitative Economics; or Economics and Statistics; or an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics plus a Master’s Degree in Public Policy; or Economic Policy and Planning; or Economic Policy Management or global health policy, or food security and nutrition governance, ideally with a strong focus on developing countries
  • The Policy Advisor should have at least 10 years of relevant practical experience of working in a policy development, analysis and implementation environment such as a policy unit in a government ministry in Uganda or Multi-Lateral Organizations or may have worked as facilitator or knowledge broker to help develop policies and programmes in public health generally, in food security, or in nutrition specifically.
  • Experience in setting up and managing a knowledge and evidence use platform is an added advantage. As this is a technical advisory position, the expected outcomes are to contribute to the analysis of policies and programmes for nutrition in any sector; to maintain a strategic demand for the platform’s outputs; to stimulate and facilitate the involvement of government staff from all sectors in developing questions for analysis and seeking solutions through policies and programme ; and to connect people, train them, and build their capacity, particularly in soft inter-personal skills such as facilitation, animation, consensus building and communication for policy development.
  • A key attribute will be practical experience in leading the process of policy development in government. Priority will be given to national candidates with both international experience and a good working knowledge of the national context in which policy is developed.


How to Apply:

All candidates should send their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and academic transcripts, at least two competent referees, one of whom MUST be from your current or previous employer, passport photo, contacts both Mobile and Email, and 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.


Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Any form of canvassing shall automatically lead to the disqualification of a candidate.


Deadline: 4th October 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


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