UN Jobs – Humanitarian, Development and Peace Specialist – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:  Humanitarian, Development and Peace Specialist

Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network. UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.


Job Summary:  UNDP Uganda seek to recruit an HDP Nexus Specialist to join the Governance and Peace Strengthening Unit. This role involves applying Nexus principles across programmatic pillars and coordinating with relevant components for UNSDCF implementation in Uganda. The Specialist will offer high-level policy advice internally and externally, oversee programs design and development in the area, advocate for policies, and engage with various stakeholders including UN agencies, government officials, donors, and civil society on HDP Nexus matters. Further s/he will work in collaboration with UNDP HQ and Addis Ababa Regional Hub Units in ensuring quality assurance for Nexus initiatives and advancing programming in consultation with national partners and other relevant units. The Specialist will work across units, functions, and projects, fostering horizontal collaboration to achieve strategic goals.  Specifically, s/he will contribute to the implementation of the following projects and initiatives i) Building Resilience in Conflict and fragile communities of Karamoja and ii) Promoting Socio-Economic Development and Peace in the Borderlands of the Karamoja-Uganda-Kenya Cross-Border Project. Additionally, s/he will assist in resource mobilization through coordination with the Partnerships Unit.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic guidance and advice for the country office’s programming and delivery on the Humanitarian, Development and Peace nexus approach

Building Strategic partnerships and Resource mobilization

Strategic planning, quality assurance of the strategic and results framework of Humanitarian, Development and Peace interventions

Knowledge management and reporting

  • Strategic guidance and advice for the country office’s programming and delivery on the Humanitarian, Development and Peace nexus approach
  • Lead development of new opportunities for HDP work including at the level of policy and programming within the context of the Country Programme, the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDF) and other strategic frameworks;
  • Provide advice on identifying entry points to achieve a mixture of short-term, medium-term and long-term results which produce tangible improvements to cross-section of interrelated issues at local and national level;
  • Provide strategic guidance and advice to national HDP institutions and actors on policy issues: strategic planning, research and monitoring and evaluation, including key performance indicators, strategic plans for various organizations and research into various issues which impact on institutional performance;
  • Provide strategic guidance and advice to UNDP Senior management on the ongoing support to integrated HDP initiatives, on strategies, responses and changes in the broader HDP context;
  • Ensure the integration of cross-cutting issues, such as, cross-border, gender, peace building, youth and human rights into programme/project design, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensure that technical work undertaken across projects is adapted to the local context and in line with international good practice; and
  • Contribute to building a strong understanding of the political dimension of HDP application to identify the drivers and blockers of change and develop strategies to ensure that project implementation and strategic approaches achieves impact.

Building Strategic partnerships and Resource mobilization

  • Engage in dialogues with development partners and donors, identifying funding opportunities and endeavor to ensure sufficient resource mobilization for the programmes/projects in close consultation with Senior Management and the partnerships unit and be responsible for reaching the annual resource mobilization targets;
  • Support UNDP efforts for resource mobilization for current and envisaged programmes/projects across the programmatic pillars of portfolio of integrated programmes;
  • Liaise regularly and forge close linkages with other UN programmes, agencies, funds, as well as other international and national stakeholders concerns with or providing assistance on HDP issues in general;
  • Coordinate programme activities with other UNDP initiatives, as well as, other United Nations agencies, donors, and other international partners, to develop inter-agency synergies and build complementarities with other programs;
  • Develop pilot initiatives for functional partnerships between HDP stakeholders and non-governmental organizations, local media and the public;
  • Ensure high-quality and timely reporting to donors and other partners involved in the programmes/projects; and
  • Contribute to harnessing effective partnerships for implementation of UNDP programmes/projects, and promote joint programming, and collaborate effectively in established frameworks for UN and other international coordination.

Strategic planning, quality assurance of the strategic and results framework of Humanitarian, Development and Peace interventions for select projects and initiatives:

  • Provide advice and guidance for the strategic planning and the implementation of the programmes/projects under the HDP nexus area, including joint UN projects and workplans, ensuring appropriate coordination and integration with the country programme components;
  • Ensure the linked HDP results specified in the annual work-plan of Programmes/Projects meet the required standard of quality, in a coordinated way and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
  • Based on analysis, briefs and relevant policy notes, advise UNDP Country Office on the overall implementation of the HDP oriented initiatives and portfolio of projects that are ongoing at the National and Local levels;
  • Working alongside the Quality Assurance Unit, support the development and maintenance of an effective monitoring and evaluation system oriented to HDP nexus programming including reporting to UNDP, UN entities, development partners and national stakeholders on systematic progress;
  • Facilitate and ensure quality assurance of reports including Progress Reports, Financial Reports, Annual Progress Reports, etc. and ensure timely completion of technical reports for the Programme/Project portfolio in the HDP Nexus area of responsibility; and
  • Facilitate and lead the coordination mechanisms put in place with UN entities to ensure coherence and coordination on issues pertaining to HDP issues in the context of the UNSDCF.

Ensure knowledge management and reporting focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Learnings from implementation, mechanism for their continued alignment with a systems approach linked to implementation of HDP interventions and that they are communicated;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned from the programme/project areas for organizational sharing and learning, as well as, external information;
  • Active participation in UNDP knowledge networks and taking advantage of best practices and lessons learned that are available in the region and globally, and encouraging project staff to do so by creating a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Promoting the participation of UNDP Uganda in regional programmes and regional activities related to the HDP area as appropriate;
  • Support in carrying out joint assessments, analyses, planning and programming, with humanitarian and development partners seeking to systematically reduce the risks of vulnerabilities and enhance social cohesion;
  • Supporting capacity and knowledge building of national counterparts and officers as applicable;
  • Advocate for UNDP work in the area of responsibility and raise visibility of UNDP’s action on the HDP through knowledge sharing and well -developed communication materials; and
  • Support UNDP Uganda’s joint communication efforts on the subject.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Humanitarian, Development and Peace Specialist job should hold a university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Social Science, Political Science Public Policy and Public Administration, Law, Environmental Management, or related discipline is required.


  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience working with the Humanitarian, Peace and Development nexus approach and its integration in development programming;
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel is required;
  • Advisory and management experience on programmes and projects in the areas of governance, peace and security and in local, national and cross-border contexts;
  • Experience working with major actors of the Humanitarian, Governance, Peace and Security areas;
  • Experience in developing and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships is desired;
  • Experience in identifying relevant technical cooperation needs in a humanitarian, development and peace context is desired;
  • Knowledge of the UNDP or the UN systems is desired;
  • Experience with UN/UNDP programmes in the area of Humanitarian, Governance, Peace and Security is an asset;
  • Previous experience in humanitarian and conflict contexts is an asset;
  • Experience of working in a technical advisory, policy development and capacity building is an asset;
  • Experience of monitoring and reporting on human mobility, migration and displacement issues is desired;
  • Demonstrated programme management skills including: results-based orientation, preparation of work plans, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience and strong knowledge and experience of country programme and projects development and management.
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills required.




  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Management: Portfolio Management   

  • Ability to select, prioritize and control the organizations programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment

Business Management: Communication

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Business Direction and Strategy: System Thinking            

  • Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Management: Results-based Management       

  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Management: Project Management     

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Partnership Management: Relationship management     

  • Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
  • Business Development: UNDP Representation
  • Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations should apply online at the link below


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Deadline: 2nd June 2024


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Date Posted 2024-05-26T09:15
Valid Through 2024-06-03T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization UNDP Uganda
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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