Programme Coordinator – UN-HABITAT

PROGRAMME
COORDINATOR
Location : KAMPALA, UGANDA  Application Deadline :27-Jan-12 Type of Contract :Service Contract Post Level :SB-3 Languages Required : English  
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is
expected to start)01-Mar-2012 Duration of Initial Contract :One year 
Background 
The United Nations
Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human
settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and
environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing
adequate shelter for all. It is the coordinating agency within the United
Nations system for human settlements and focal point for coordinated
implementation of the Habitat Agenda, as well as the human settlements chapter
of Agenda 21, and the MDG Goal 7 Target 11 of significantly improving the lives
of at least 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020.
UN-HABITAT was
mandated under a resolution GC 19/13 to work closely with local governments and
representatives of civil society to raise awareness and improve national
policies and local strategies to reduce urban poverty as well as to enhance
social inclusion and social justice. Under this mandate, UN-HABITAT is to
establish resource centres that would act as One Stop Youth Centre, a centre
where youth can access skills and information related to their development
needs.
The UN Joint
Programme on Population (UNJPP) developed four outcome areas where different UN
agencies were required to provide interventions geared to realizing the
developed outcomes. UN-HABITAT is expected to contribute towards outcome 3
which is “Youth and Vulnerable groups have competitive skill and opportunities
to participate in the economy including urban development”. This outcome
aims at contributing to building youth skills and opportunities to actively
participate in the economy for sustainable livelihoods.
Therefore, UN-HABITAT
having implemented One Stop centre models in other parts of the world including
Kampala, City Council – Uganda, is replicating the model in Arua
municipality.  The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity of
the Government of Uganda- the municipality of Arua to empower vulnerable urban
youth for socio-economic inclusion and development. Through the establishment
of a One Stop Youth Centre (OSYC) in Arua the Municipality will enhance the capacity
of youth and youth organizations to acquire and promote entrepreneurship skills
for income generation and livelihoods and governance . It will also strengthen
the capacity of Arua municipality to undertake youth development activities.
Under the overall
supervision and guidance of the Habitat Programme Manager, the  
Programme Coordinator will provide technical assistance to the HPM as well as
relevant partners for guaranteeing a smooth and coordinated implementation of
Arua One Stop Youth Centre project, Kampala One Stop Youth Centre and the youth
programme in Uganda. The Programme Coordinator who will be based in Kampala,
would primarily be responsible for guiding, facilitating, managing, and
coordinating the implementation of UN-Habitat and youth programme in Uganda.
Duties
and Responsibilities
  • Provide and develop a model
    for guiding development and replication of new youth centres in
    other municipal/town councils
  • Implement the goal of the
    UN-Habitat Global Partnership initiative for Urgan Youth Development.
  • Coordinate the organisation of
    training and capacity building activities, including workshops, expert
    meetings, Youth Assemblies etc as may require.
  • Ensure development and
    implementation of work plans and monitoring of programme activities.
  • Facilitate and monitor youth
    groups that have benefited from the UN-HABITAT youth.
  • Builds partnership and supports
    networks within and beyond the UN on sustainable youth centres.
  • Liaise regularly with other
    institutional counterparts involved, namely UNFPA, ILO, UNICEF, Ministry
    of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Arua Municipality; for
    coordination and joint planning purposes, providing needed technical
    assistance on all issues related with the implementation of the programme.
Competencies
  • Understanding and knowledge of UN
    system, and UN-HABITAT.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge
    and good understanding of key issues and challenges of young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding
    of concepts and approaches relevant to human settlements issues and
    youth-led development.
  • Good networking skills and
    building with partnerships.
  • Ability to work effectively
    fostering team spirit through building trust and commitment to common
    objectives.
  • Self management-ability to set
    goals and priorities to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans with
    minimum supervision as well as be able to identify priority
    activities/assignment and adjust priorities as required.
  • Ability to mobilize funds from the
    One UN.
Required
Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in
    Social Work and Social Administration, Development Studies or any other
    related field.
Experience:
  • Minimum of five years of
    progressively responsible experience in project management including
    monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in designing and
    facilitating trainings or capacity building programmes for young people.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare
    project proposals and project documents, work plans and progress reports.
  • Minimum of 4 years experience
    working with the United Nations on youth issues preferably the youth
    centre models.
  • Experience in working closely with
    local governments is desirable.
  • Experience in the use of computers
    and office software packages (MS. Word, Excel, Power point, Internet etc).
Language:
  • Fluency in written and spoken
    English.
UNDP is committed to
achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with
disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.
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