Tuesday, 24 July 2012

HIV/AIDS Program Officer Job in Uganda at WellShare International

Job Title: HIV/AIDS Program Officer, Arua, Uganda
Closing Date: Wednesday, 01 August 2012

WellShare International is an international U.S.-based non-governmental organization headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota whose mission is to improve the health of women, children and their communities around the world. In anticipation of the CSF award for Scaling up HIV/AIDS Prevention Services project in Arua District, WellShare is recruiting for the following position: HIV/AIDS Program Officer.


Acts as key field-level implementer of HIV/AIDS project activities under WellShare’s at Scaling up HIV/AIDS Prevention Services in Arua District project at district level. Works closely with each member of the district-level WellShare team to accomplish HIV/AIDS implementation responsibilities. Collaborates with district stakeholders, sub-partners and volunteers in implementation of HIV/AIDS activities in district.


The position is based in Arua with frequent travel within the district. The HIV/AIDS Program Officer may also travel outside the district based on project and organizational needs.


The HIV/AIDS Program Officer must meet a level of qualification and exhibit a mix of skills and capabilities, including:

Educational requirement: Diploma in Community Development , Social Work , Health Education or a clinical degree such as nursing or midwifery Minimum three years experience implementing a HIV/AIDS project in Uganda, preferably a community-based HIV/AIDS project. Demonstrated technical knowledge in HIV/AIDS topics, including HCT, PMTCT, ART Therapy, PHDP and home-based care; prior HIV/AIDS technical experience essential. Background in training community-owned resource persons in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support. Familiarity with the Uganda district health system,. Understanding of best practices in psychosocial support and behavior change communication, MARPS HIV prevention, and experience in application thereof. Ability to produce high-quality written documents, including reports to line managers and district stakeholders. Experience budgeting and planning for field activities. Experience implementing M&E activities for HIV/AIDS according to an M&E plan. Advanced computer skills, including the ability to type quickly and to use Microsoft Office products, email, and internet; ability to operate a scanner/printer machine. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to ride on and/or operate a motorbike for great distances. Sensitivity to gender. Strong commitment to improve the health of the community. Fluency in English (written & spoken); proficiency in Lugbara preferred. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists Program Manager in rolling out training and capacity building activities and with planning quarterly, monthly and annual review meetings Leads HIV prevention activities among MARPs activities at sub-county level, contributes to development of BCC strategy for the project and development of communication materials and messages Supports Program Manager in sub-partner related project activities, support supervision, and technical oversight of partners Collaborates with district stakeholders in implementation of HIV/AIDS activities in district. Submits high-quality programmatic reports, drafts activity budgets and obtains budget approval prior to implementation. Demonstrates transparency and accountability in all areas of work.
How to apply:

To apply: To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, salary history and expectations, and 3 references by email (preferred) to: jobsug@wellshareinternational.org with the position name in the title of the email, or by mail to WellShare International, P.O. Box 35514, Kampala, Uganda.

*Please do not send certificates. Failure to submit complete applications will result in disqualification.

ApplicationDeadline: Open until filled. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

PEPFAR Communication Specialist Job Vacancy at US Mission Kampala

Job Title: PEPFAR Communication Specialist; FP-6
Vacancy announcement

U. S. Mission, Uganda

Number: 045/2012 Date: 07/19/2012

OPEN TO: U.S. Citizen EFMs only – All Agencies
POSITION: PEPFAR Communication Specialist; FP-6
OPENING DATE: July 19, 2012
CLOSING DATE: August 02, 2012
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week


The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Coordinator in planning, developing, scheduling and administering a country-wide media and public diplomacy program to promote wider exposure to, and understanding of PEPFAR among U.S. Government agencies, implementing partners and key audiences in Uganda. In consultation with the Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator and Strategic Information Liaison, the Communications Specialist will lead the public diplomacy and in-country media relations for PEPFAR in consultation with the Public Affairs Office (PAO) and agency press officers. She/he will provide high quality and sustained technical assistance in the development, implementation and analysis of a communications and media relations program to support the PEPFAR/Uganda program.
A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on http://kampala.usembassy.gov/job_opportunites.html

NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
1. Education required: Completion of two years of university studies in business, science and liberal arts is required.
2. Work Experience: Three years experience of progressively responsible experience in report writing in an administration or management field at a mid to senior level is required.
3. Language required: Level IV English (fluent knowledge) ability is required.
4. Knowledge required: Basic knowledge of PEPFAR and United States Government development and public health agencies' visions for international health care is required.
6. Skills and Abilities: Ability to develop and maintain extensive contacts within the USG, media outlets, and with contacts in the host government and among PEPFAR Implementing Partners is required. Standard level keyboard and computer skills to include specialized software, word processing and spreadsheets and excellent written and oral skills in order to effectively communicate, make formal presentations and draft public relations material and reports in the performance of PEPFAR duties is required. Ability to coordinate, prioritize and oversee multiple projects and to work within the existing mission structure is required.


After an initial application screening, applicants will be invited to a testing process that may include a written examination and oral interviews. The selected candidate must pass pre-employment medical and security investigations before beginning work. The initial appointment period is one year, subject to renewal.

Normally, candidates for employment are hired at the first step of the designated pay grade. In some instances, candidates may be hired at a higher step when exceptional qualifications or previous governmental service and pay level so warrant. The Human Resources Officer will make the decision with the concurrence of the employing section.


1. Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and visa status in determining successful candidacy.

2. Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.

3. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.

4. Currently employed US Citizen EFMs who hold a Family Member Appointment (FMA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their appointment.

5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.


Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:

1. Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174); or

2. A combination of both; i.e. Sections 1-24 of the UAE along with a listing of the applicants work experience attached as a separate sheet; or

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information found on the UAE (see section 3A below for more information); plus

4. Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

5. Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

3A. If an applicant is submitting a resume or curriculum vitae, s/he must provide the following information equal to what is found on the UAE.

Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.

A. Position Title
B. Position Grade
C. Vacancy Announcement Number (if known)
D. Dates Available for work
E. First, Middle, & Last Names as well as any other names used
F. Date and Place of Birth
G. Current Address, Day, Evening, and Cell phone numbers
H. U.S. Citizenship Status (Yes or No) & status of permanent U.S. Resident (Yes or No; If yes, provide number)
I. U.S. Social Security Number and/or Identification No.
J. Eligibility to work in the country (Yes or No)
K. Special Accommodations the Mission needs to provide
L. If applying for position that includes driving a U.S. Government vehicle, Driver's License Class/Type
M. Days available to work
N. List any relatives or members of your household that work for the U.S. Government (include their name, Relationship, & Agency, Position, Location)
O. U.S. Eligible Family Member and Veterans Hiring Preference
P. Education
Q. License, Skills, Training, Membership, & Recognition
R. Language Skills
S. Work Experience
T. Reference

Human Resources Office
Plot 1577 Nsambya Road
P. O. Box 7007, Kampala
Telephone: 0414-259-791/5
By Fax:
Or by e-mail:


1. Eligible Family Member (EFM): An individual related to a US Government employee in one of the following ways:
• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610);
• Child, who is unmarried and under 21 years of age or, regardless of age, is incapable of self-support. The term shall include, in addition to natural offspring, stepchildren and adopted children and those under legal guardianship of the employee or the spouse when such children are expected to be under such legal guardianship until they reach 21 years of age and when dependent upon and normally residing with the guardian;
• Parent (including stepparents and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or of the spouse, when such parent is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support;
• Sister or brother (including stepsisters and stepbrothers, or adoptive sisters or brothers) of the employee, or of the spouse, when such sibling is at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support, unmarried, and under 21 years of age, or regardless of age, incapable of self-support.

2. US Citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM): For purposes of receiving a preference in hiring for a qualified position, an EFM who meets the following criteria:
• US Citizen; and,
• EFM (see above) at least 18 years old; and,
• Listed on the travel orders of a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member assigned to or stationed abroad with a USG agency that is under COM authority, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; and either:

1. Resides at the sponsoring employee's or uniformed service member's post of assignment abroad or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan; or
2. Resides at an Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (ISMA) location authorized under 3 FAM 3232.2.
3. Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM): EFM (see above) eligible for a Family Member Appointment for purposes of Mission employment:
• Is a U.S. citizen; and
• Spouse or same-sex domestic partner (as defined in 3 FAM 1610) or a child of the sponsoring employee who is unmarried and at least 18 years old; and
• Is listed on the travel orders or approved Form OF-126, Foreign Service Residence and Dependency Report, of a sponsoring employee, i.e., a direct-hire Foreign Service, Civil Service, or uniformed service member who is permanently assigned to or stationed abroad at a U.S. mission, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and who is under chief of mission authority; and
• Is residing at the sponsoring employee's post of assignment abroad or, as appropriate, office of the American Institute in Taiwan.
• Does not receive a Foreign Service or Civil Service annuity
4. Member of Household (MOH): An individual who accompanies a direct-hire Foreign, Civil, or uniformed service member permanently assigned or stationed at a U.S. Foreign Service post or establishment abroad, or at an office of the American Institute in Taiwan. An MOH is:
• Not an EFM; and,
• Not on the travel orders of the sponsoring employee; and,
• Has been officially declared by the sponsoring USG employee to the COM as part of his/her household.

A MOH is under COM authority and may include a parent, unmarried partner, other relative or adult child who falls outside the Department’s current legal and statutory definition of family member. A MOH does not have to be a US Citizen.

4. Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) – An individual who:
• Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
• Does not ordinarily reside (OR, see below) in the host country; and,
• Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
• Has a US Social Security Number (SSN).

NOR employees are compensated under a GS or FS salary schedule, not under the LCP.
5. Ordinarily Resident (OR) – A Foreign National or US citizen who:
• Is locally resident; and,
• Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
• Is subject to host country employment and tax laws.

EFMs without US Social Security Numbers are also OR. All OR employees, including US citizens, are compensated in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan (LCP).


The US Mission in Kampala) provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.
The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief

Legal Officer Jobs at Platform for Labour Action (PLA) Uganda

Job Title: Legal Officer, , , Uganda
Closing Date: Monday, 30 July 2012

Key Role: The Legal Officer is responsible for attending to clients under primary legal aid and conducting outreach legal aid clinics to all Platform for Labour Action (PLA) in Kampala, Lira, Dokolo, Amolatar and other areas as may be required and ensuring that the services are offered accurately and effectively and reflect the mission and vision of PLA.

Primary Working Relationships: Team Leader Human Rights, Team Leader Social Protection, Legal Assistant, Program Officers, Volunteers/ Interns, Legal Clerk, All PLA staff and all PLA clients.

Areas of Responsibilities: 1. Provide legal and advisory services through direct one-on-one primary legal aid services and legal outreach mobile clinics to vulnerable, marginalized and undocumented workers in Kampala and PLA's geographical area as may be required. 2. Hold consultations with the Team leader Human Rights for the next steps and appropriate action. 3. Draft legal documents and prepare submissions for PLA cases. 4. Carry out legal research and prepare briefs. 5. Maintain a record of complaints received and action taken and follow up of cases/disputes handled. 6. Attend court and prepare summary briefs. 7. To provide legal advice to the different Community Based Organizations and partners of PLA. 8. Work with program staff and provide legal advice and legal awareness to the communities under the different projects. 9. Enter data in the PLA Legal aid services information system 10. Attend staff meetings and represent the organization at meetings and workshops. 11. Prepare weekly, quarterly, monthly and yearly work plans and activity reports, file time sheets to supervisor. 12. Update and manage the clients' database on a regular basis.

Supervisory Responsibilities: As may be determined

Job requirements: 1. Bachelor's Degree in Law and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. 2. Sufficient understanding of issues of vulnerable and marginalized groups. 3. Experience of working with disadvantaged groups is an added advantage. 4. Good computer skills, good written and oral communication. 5. Experience working with NGOs or development organizations shall be an added advantage.

Required Skills:
1. Alternative Dispute Resolution.
2. Negotiation and mediation skills.
3. Strong written and oral communication.
4. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
5. Excellent computer skills.
6. Strong team work skills.
7. Excellent time and project management skills and attention to detail.
8. Ability to meet tight deadlines.
9. Ability to work under minimum supervision.
10. Interest in and knowledge of labour related issues.
How to apply:

To apply: Submit your application with copies of Curriculum Vitae with three referees, copies of academic certificates, day time telephone by mail to: Executive Director Platform for Labour Action . Plot 68, Kanjokya Street, Kamwokya, P. O. Box 9714, Kampala –Uganda on E-MAIL: admin@pla-uganda.org

Closing date for receipt of applications is 30th July 2012.

Information System Coordinator Jobs In Uganda at Médecins Sans Frontières

Job Title: Information System Coordinator, Uganda
Closing Date: Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Epicentre is a non-profit organisation created in 1987 by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which groups health professionals specialised in public health and epidemiology. In 1996, Epicentre became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Response to Emerging Diseases.

Epicentre carries out operational research studies, mainly within MSF movement from its headquarters in Paris, satellites in Geneva, Brussels, New-York, and two field research bases in Mbarara, Uganda, and Maradi, Niger. Further, Epicentre offers its expertise to organisations requesting short-term field epidemiological studies in developing countries.

Within the scope of clinical research, Epicentre focuses on infectious diseases, particularly malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, African trypanosomiasis, bacterial meningitis, measles, diarrheal diseases, and hemorrhagic fevers.


In 1995, Epicentre created a permanent research base in Uganda to support MSF projects in the region. In 1997, Epicentre conducted its first survey on shigella resistance in Mbarara. The primary role of Epicentre in Mbarara is to conduct clinical research following Good Clinical Practice (GCP) requirements, on critical public health burdens in Uganda and Africa. To reach this objective, Epicentre collaborates closely with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). A full-time experienced research team is based at the Epicentre Mbarara Research Base (EMRB). After a period characterized by research projects mainly oriented toward clinical trials on malaria, our research activity has been recently extended to include projects on tuberculosis, infectious diseases in children and HIV/AIDS.

The Mbarara research base is located in Mbarara Municipality, a town of 69,000 persons located 300 km South-West to Kampala. Mbarara District has a population of approximately 600,000 inhabitants, and is mainly rural. The main health facility is Mbarara National Referral Hospital which is also a teaching hospital for the MUST. This is the referral hospital for the Western region of Uganda with a capacity of 240 beds. The research base is structured into several departments: medical, administration, logistics, laboratory and information systems.


The Information Systems Coordinator will participate with the Director of the Research Base, the Logistics Coordinator, the Financial and Human Resources Coordinator, the Laboratory Coordinator and the Medical Coordinator in the development and implementation of the research base strategic plan. He/She will contribute to the good running of the research base by managing all issues related to IT, data management, record keeping and archiving.


The Information System Coordinator is the head of the Information System department. He/She will work with a team of 10 people: an IT manager, data managers, a records officer, data entry clerks and a clinical registrar. He/She is under the hierarchical position of the Director of the Research Base in Mbarara and is part of the management team.

Principal responsibilities

Participation to the overall coordination of the Research Base With the Director of the Research Base, the Laboratory Coordinator, the Medical Coordinator, the Logistics Coordinator and the Financial and Human Resources Coordinator :

Participate in management meetings .
Contribute to the annual strategic review .
Participate in coordination meetings with study representatives.

In charge of System and Network Administration of the research base Under responsibility of the System Administrator based in Paris headquarter :
Participate to the implementation, operation, maintenance and security of the local area network of the research base.
Participate to the implementation, operation, maintenance and security of scientific IT equipment and accessories.
Participate to the process for backup operations and disaster recovery of scientific data on backup media so as to guarantee the integrity of archives and online files for scientific users.
Contribute to the definition of an information system master plan for frequency of hardware and software upgrades and replacement.
Contribute to the technology watch in system and network administration.

Responsibility for the data management activities of the research base
Ensure all data management activities are GCP compliant.
Contribute to the development of study-specific case report forms (CRF).
Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to standardize data management procedures, and ensure their compliance.
Develop study-specific data management plans, including the data validation plan, error verification and data cleaning.
Develop study-specific databases and data entry templates.
Ensure timely data entry and double data entry validation, if needed.
Under request, produce reports on status of data collection, data entry and data clarification forms generated through data cleaning.
Ensure the appropriate specifications for data management softwares.
Ensure scientific staff training on new data management softwares as needed.

Supervision of record management and archiving
Ensure the development and implementation of an Archive and Records management policy.
Ensure the records are kept in adequate conditions.
Ensure the development and maintenance of a logbook to trace all records movement.
Ensure record management and storage are compliant with GCP standards.

Candidate requirements

Bachelor degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or Biostatistics
Experience in computer information systems and network maintenance and support
Experience in data management in clinical research
Experience in using relational databases in SQL and in database modelling
Experience in programme language such as PHP, Java, Python, C++
Working knowledge of EpiData
Experience in team supervision
Strong interest in clinical research
Previous professional experience in developing countries
Fluent in English (written and oral)
Good communication and negotiation skills

Knowledge of GCP
Intermediate knowledge in biostatistics, use of statistical software such as STATA.

Volunteer MSF/Epicentre status 1 year contract starting mid-september 2012
Place: Mbarara, UGANDA
Deadline of application: 15 august 2012

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a motivation letter by e-mail to Nathalie Guérineau at job@epicentre.msf.org with ref CIS/UG .

For additional information, please contact the Director of the research base in Mbarara: yap.boum@epicentre.msf.org

Applied Learning Officer Job Vacancy at IIRR Uganda

Job Title: Applied Learning Officer, Uganda
Closing Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Key Responsibilities: -Review the current Applied Learning Strategy and come up with simple and clear plan with specific action for its implementation - Develop or strengthen the Business Development tools/methods and ensure their effective use for promoting IIRR products and services in Uganda and in the region - Work with IIRR communications team to effectively use the IIRR website and social media to effectively market IIRR products and services. -Work with Applied Learning teams to improve on our services for our client's satisfaction. -Lead or participate in Applied Learning assignments (based on competence) such as CMDRR, Climate Change Adaptation, IWM, PPM & E, Advocacy, etc This position will involve developing responses to TORs, designing program materials, delivery of assignment and reporting. -Maintain effective external relations with partner agencies, national and government officials, media and general public -Secure adequate funding from Applied Learning to boost country program revenues -Ensure all Applied Learning reports are of high standard and submitted on time -Coordinate comprehensive and systematic documentation of lessons, best practices and ensure sharing the same for the promotion of IIRR -Supervise and guide the Applied Learning team in Uganda -Initiative customized trainings, technical consultancies, publications and study missions are stepped up. -Establish net work of alumni and IIRR friends to help in promoting the various services of IIRR. -Conduct periodic market survey (formal and informal) and Gather feedback to inform IIRR management to make necessary adjustments. -Set up marketing and promotion/involvement systems and recruitment targets with all program staff and monitor its implementation. Essential Qualifications: -At Least a Bachelor's Degree in development studies, or organizational Business development or any other related field of study. -A minimum of 3 years experience working in an international development NGO, with strong business development and management. 2 -Skills in facilitation of adult learning -Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of others. -Good networking and marketing skills -Ability to work under pressure and go the extra mile to meet required deadlines -Strong communication, problem solving and analytical skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training) Other Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required -Excellent communication and report writing skills -Excellent business management skills -Strong analytical skills -Computer skills (MS Office, Publisher etc) -Good presentation and facilitation skills -Strong negotiation skills (a) Relevant Job Experience At least three years relevant experience.
How to apply:

Candidates should submit (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information (telephone, email); and (4) three letters of references with address and contact email/phone numbers not later than 31 st July 2012 to: recruitment@iirr.org with copies to: iirr@utlonline.co.ug, ugandaprogram@iirr.org

Pilot Job Vacancy at Desert Locust Control in Kampala

Job Title:Pilot DLCO-EA (02 POSTS)

Job Description:
Vacancies FOR PILOTS (02 POSTS)

Applications are invited for the post of Pilots existing in the Air wing Division of Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA), a Regional Organization which specializes in Agricultural Aviation.

Applicants must:
• Be nationals of contracting Governments of the Organization viz: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

• Be willing to work anywhere within the Region.

• Have the ability to work in harmony with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

• Be fluent in English language. Knowledge of French language will be an added advantage. The Pilots will be responsible to the Chief Pilot. Duties include pest control operations, and other general aviation activities.


Pilot: DLCO-EA
Salary Scale R4B (US$ 17,787-US 19,146 p.a.)

Entry point is negotiable for qualified candidates.
Other benefits are as per Organization’s Service Regulations.

An application letter, together with copies of Certificates and Testimonials, including CV’s should be addressed to:-

The Director,
Desert Locust Control
Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA)
P.O. Box 4255, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia.

Or: Post to:
Desert Locust Control
Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA)
P.O. Box 9134, Kampala, Uganda.

Or: Hand deliver at:
DLCO-EA Country Offices,
Plot 32/36 Bombo Road (Bat Valley)

The deadline for all applications will be one month (30 days) from the date of this publication (i.e. deadline is 25th July 2012).
Preferred Skills:
• Valid CPL or ICAO recognized Licenses with twin engine rating.

• 2000 hours command plus instrument rating with minimum 500 hours tail wheel experience. Preference shall be given to candidates with Instrument Rating and crop spraying experience

• Diploma or University level in Sciences is an added advantage.

• Optimum age 30 - 50 yrs.

UNDP Uganda Jobs - Disaster Risk Management Advisor Job Vacancy

Location : Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline : 03-Aug-12
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Sep-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 Year

Uganda has witnessed increasing and highly devastating disasters, both climate and human-induced that have exerted a significant human and economic toll on its population and which, to an extent affected the country’s ability to fully maximize the benefits from its economic growth and social development. The country remains vulnerable to a range of hazards that, if not prevented and/or mitigated, can result in disasters. To address this situation, the Government of Uganda (GoU) developed and approved a National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management in 2012 with the purpose of creating and promoting a disaster preparedness and management system that safeguards the country against disasters and ensures continued productive capacity of the people.

To respond to this challenge, the GoU in collaboration with UNDP is in the process of developing aprogramme dedicated to the strengthening of the capacity for disaster preparedness and humanitarian response, including mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and the provision of protection and other assistance to citizens and refugees affected by conflict or natural disasters. The programme entitled, ‘Strengthening Uganda’s Disaster Preparedness and Management Capacities’, will undertake this by strengthening the capacity of institutions to enhance community security and disaster risk reduction and establishing systems and mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.

To support the finalizationand implementation of the programme document, Strengthening Uganda’s Disaster Preparedness and Management Capacities, the GoU in partnership with UNDP seeks to deploy - an International DRM Advisor for an initial period of twelve (12) months to undertake the following specific assignments;(1) finalization of the DRM project document; (2) development of the Uganda DRM strategic programme and investment framework (SPIF); and (3) oversight and overall coordination of the DRM programme initiation phase and the implementation and attainment of the project expected outputs

Duties and Responsibilities
Provides policy and advisory services to determine optimised approaches for enhanced development effectiveness in support of DRM processes, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Provide technical leadership in the development of a Strategic Programme and Investment Framework (SPIF) for Uganda that is participatory, inclusive, and which operationalizes the National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management;
Lead advocacy efforts related to mainstreaming of DRM into Government systems, the UN and other development partner supported development initiatives in the country;
Perform additional tasks as may be assigned.

Provides management support to DRM processes which is needs-based and conducted in an effective and principled manner in the best interests of affected and vulnerable populations, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Support the mainstreaming of the relevant CPAP strategic objectives within UNDAF operationalization where appropriate;
Analyze the UNDAF and ensure that a disaster risk reduction approach and risk reduction strategies are duly integrated into its operationalization;
Lead the finalization and implementation of the programme document " Strengthening Uganda’s Disaster Preparedness and Management Capacities";
Facilitate the presentation of the programme document to the Local Project Appraisal Committee and its approval and signing by the GoU and UNDP;
Oversee initiation of the programme "Strengthening Uganda’s Disaster Preparedness and Management Capacities";
Advise the OPM on DRM issues including: promoting the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures, linkages with climate change adaptation, utilization of emergency grants, post-disaster needs assessments, reorientation, as appropriate, of existing programs to meet risk reduction and recovery needs; and planning for longer term recovery;
Advise the OPM in the coordination and implementation of the National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management and it s complementation/link with the SPIF;
Provide technical support to the OPM in the running of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management
Technically provide support in the design, development, and implementation of DRM initiatives in support of the National Policy and the DRM SPIF;
Identify specific needs and demands of the programme and help build partnerships at the national and sub-national levels to meet those needs. Where possible, serve as a broker in harnessing regional and global support to respond to such needs;
Advice and support the OPM in the coordination of programme efforts with the other system partners – government agencies, UN agencies, the World Bank, national and international NGOs, academic and research institutions at the country and international levels;
Support monitoring mechanisms and reporting of DRM activities in a timely, transparent and consolidated manner, identifying gaps and proposing alternatives.

Works with UNDP work planning, in the particular areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, including advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Advise and follow up on strategic partnership opportunities with Government, Development Partners, regional bodies and other relevant actors in successfully positioning the UNDP within the DRM environment;
Support DRM resource mobilization activities and oversees the management of fund requests and allocations from UNDP and other donors.

Ensures the establishment of a knowledge culture with effective advocacy tools, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Create synergies between relevant stakeholders involved in DRM efforts, while promoting national ownership of coordination processes through increased participation of national and local stakeholders;
Facilitate the flow of information between UN global systems, UNCT, Government and development partners on DRM issues Support to provision and application of the latest policy guidelines and technical standards;
Liaise with and participate in the Global Cluster Working Group on DRM, other relevant expert networks and derive lessons learned.

Functional Competencies:

Policy Advice and Knowledge Management

Proven experience and leadership in the development of a DRM Strategic Programming and Investment Framework
Knowledge of the international DRM system and agenda
Knowledge of the country’s hazards, vulnerabilities and risks
Ability to provide inputs for disaster risk assessment and its application to risk management decision-making
Knowledge of DRM coordination mechanisms
Proven experience in project development processes, especially in the context of UNDP
Ability to develop evidence-based policy advise
Ability to develop planning and advocacy documents involving multiple stakeholders
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture
Knowledge on joint programming and operational issues
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in relevant practice areas

Development and Operational Effectiveness

Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead and manage corporate strategic initiatives
Excellent computer and information system skills

Management and Leadership

Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates advanced oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates strong team management skills
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Strategic thinking, strategic decision-making and proven leadership qualities and experience in management of teams and large groups
Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively and plan programmes effectively
Resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the common UN system
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favouritism
Demonstrates excellent analytical and organizational skills

Required Skills and Experience

Advanced university degree in social sciences, rural development, and management or a discipline relevant to disaster risk management.


At least 7 years of increasingly responsible international development experience;
Proven leadership and experience in planning and managing technical co-operation strategies/investment frameworks and in disaster risk management;
Extensive field experience in disaster environments and an in-depth knowledge of issues in the country;
Extensive experience in project development especially in the areas of DRM and crisis prevention and recovery;
Well proven analytical and writing skills;
Demonstrated abilities and contributions to policy and guideline formulation, resource mobilization, team leadership and management;
Experience in establishing inter-organizational networks and partnerships at the operational level;
Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS word, Excel, etc) and knowledge

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is essential.
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