European Union (EU) Career Jobs – Operations Officer – Infrastructure Economist

Organisation: European
Union (EU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Job No: 185755
About EU:
The European Union (EU) is a
unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries that
together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of
the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the
idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically
interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the
European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing
economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy,
Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been
created and continues to develop towards its full potential.
Job Summary: The
Operations Officer – Infrastructure Economist will be responsible, under the
overall guidance of the Head of Section and in close collaboration with other
members of the section, to facilitate the preparation, implementation,
monitoring, evaluation and closure of EC supported projects and programmes. The
projects and programmes of responsibility of the Operations Officer will be
related to the infrastructure (transport, energy, water and sanitation,
telecommunications) and regional portfolio of the Delegation, with particular
attention to the economic impact assessment of public investments in
infrastructure, cost-benefit analyses for financing proposals, and risk
analysis for grant financing by the EU in grant/loan blending operations. Part
of the portfolio may be the rural infrastructure component in a multi-sectoral
EU support programme for Northern Uganda. Where applicable, the Officer will
also be expected to participate and contribute to the policy dialogue between
the Government of Uganda and the European Commission on regional integration
related issues and to  insure a better
visibility of the EU action in the sector.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. General Program Management
– Management and monitoring of assigned programmes and projects in the
Infrastructures sector:
  • Analyse
    and instruct proposals for assigned programmes/projects submitted by the
    Government of Uganda. Prepare the decision of the Commission approving the
    proposal submitted.
  • Oversee,
    monitor and/or evaluate the implementation of assigned programmes/projects
    in Uganda in line with the conditions of the Financing Agreements and the
    objectives of the respective programmes and projects. Analyse annual and
    final implementation reports.
  • Offer
    technical guidance and assistance to national, regional or local
    authorities in implementing the assigned programmes and projects.
  • Prepare
    relevant updates/amendments of assigned programmes and projects during the
    implementing period.
  • Prepare
    contributions to section’s planning and reporting requirements (JAR, EAMR,
    AMP).
  • Ensure
    that CRIS is updated on a regular basis and all necessary documents are
    attached.
2. Procurement & Contract
Management:
Preparation and
management of calls for tender
  • Launch,
    manage and monitor calls for proposals/tenders, evaluation and selection
    of projects, in coordination with the Finance & Contract Section.
  • Make
    sure that the follow-up of the implementation of the projects and the
    performance of project managers and partners, monitor contractual
    obligations (via periodic reviews, audits, reporting and assistance, etc.)
    and gather and handle external expertise.
  • Deal
    with horizontal activities, coordination and networking aspects of
    programmes and projects in the Section.
3. Quality Management and
Evaluation
– Evaluation of the
implementation of programmes
  • Organise
    and lead evaluations as foreseen in the Regulations (ex-ante, mid-term,
    ex-post).
  • Assess
    the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the approved
    programmes/projects and the Commission strategy.
  • Intuitively
    analyse and follow up the results and recommendations of evaluation
    reports and audits.
  • Ensure
    the “retro-feeding” of experiences.
4. Procurement and Contract
Management
– Financial
management of programmes
  • Supervise,
    co-ordinate and/or act as operational initiator of contracts
  • Monitor
    the financial expenditure as reported in cost statements and provide
    reasonable assurance that claimed costs correspond to the work
    accomplished.
  • Provide
    the available information for audit and control by Commission services or
    the European Court of Auditors.
5. Policy Development – Policy development in the area of
Infrastructures in Uganda
  • Follow
    up policy developments particularly in the transport sector, at national
    and regional level. To act as focal point also for issues regarding
    Energy, Urban development, Telecom and Water and Sanitation
  • Significantly
    contribute to macro-economic assessment of sector policies, financing
    models, and questions of debt sustainability
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the European Union job opportunity must be a holder of
    a Bachelor of Science in Economics or Engineering, possibly with an academic
    training focusing on project financing and/or regional development.
  • Possession
    of a post-graduate degree (Master of Science or equivalent, PhD) in
    Economy or Engineering or relevant post graduate courses will be an
    advantage.
  • A
    minimum of five or more years of post- academic work experience in
    development cooperation, preferably related to economic development and/or
    the infrastructure sector.
  • Past
    exposure and experience with impact assessment will be highly desirable.
  • Prior
    experience with project management along the complete project cycle is
    highly desirable. 
  • Good
    working knowledge of Government practices and development partners
    organization and in particular EDF procedures will also be an advantage.
  • Broad
    experience of private and public sectors and good knowledge of the main
    actors of the Ugandan/EAC infrastructure sector would be a further asset.
Languages: Fluency in English. Knowledge of additional
EU Working languages or African local languages will be an advantage.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates seeking to join the European Union Delegation in Uganda
should send an application letter, a completed EU Standard Curriculum
Vitae, download
here
,  that must include three relevant referees, reference
letter(s) of previous employment(s)and  copies of education and training
certificates addressed to:
Head of Delegation
European Union
Delegation to
the Republic of Uganda
Crested Towers, 15th floor
Plot 17-23 Hannington Road
Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: DELEGATION-UGANDA@eeas.europa.eu
NB: Please
clearly indicate: Application – Operations Officer; Infrastructure – Economist
in the subject of the E-mail.
Deadline:  26th September, 2014 by 13:30
hours. 

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