United Nations UNOPS Careers — Country Team Leader

Organisation: United
Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Vacancy Code: VA/2014/B5115/6442
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Grade Level: LICA
About UNOPS:
UNOPS mission is to expand the
capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building,
humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working
in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always
satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of
quality, speed and cost effectiveness. By assisting UN organizations,
international financial institutions, governments and other development
partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the
Within these three core areas
of expertise(projects, infrastructure and procurement), UNOPS provides its
partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with
projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and
services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and
communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental
sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national
Working in some of the world’s
most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable
implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding
contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
The Cities Alliance is a global
partnership for urban poverty reduction and strengthening the role of cities in
sustainable development. Based in Brussels, the Secretariat is hosted by the
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The Work program of the
Cities Alliance consists of three pillars:
  • Country
    and Regional Partnership Programmes mobilize members and partners around
    longer-term, demand-oriented and customized interventions in selected
    regions and countries to engender a more effective urban agenda centred on
    inclusive, pro-poor cities.
  • The
    Catalytic Fund catalyses urban transformation processes that promote more
    inclusive cities and advance collective learning distilled from project
  • Knowledge
    & Learning Programmes between members and partners distill, leverage
    and advocate the Cities Alliance’s knowledge for targeted urban
    practitioners on Cities Alliance’s priority themes, such as slum-upgrading,
    national urban policies and city development strategies.
Within this context the Cities
Alliance will manage a project Future Cities Africa (FCA) to support at least 8
cities in Africa to become better future proofed to climate, environment and
natural resource challenges, so that they are inclusive and resilient, and have
growing economies. It will help make cities work for the urban poor. It will
conduct an in depth feasibility and scoping study and develop innovative tools
to enable rapidly growing African cities to realise their potential as centres
of growth and job creation; use research and evidence to develop targeted urban
action plans; and will deliver new research to fill data and evidence gaps to
maximise sustainable economic growth.
The project will involve
in-depth consultation with urban local authorities, other donors and
development actors and research institutions and will deliver outcomes for
cities in four African countries. The tools and knowledge generated in this
project could also be used more widely, to develop and design a scaled up
intervention to provide comprehensive support and targeted investment in a
greater number of African cities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Team Leader will be the key in country focal point in Uganda of the
FCA programme and will ensure the effective and efficient functioning of the
programme within Uganda. The Team Leader will undertake the following
Activity 1: Establish a Cities Alliance member Advisory
  • In
    each of the Countries where the FCA will be active an Advisory Committee
    comprising Cities Alliance members will be formed. Depending on the
    context and existing consultative mechanisms in each country the Advisory
    Committee may take a number of forms.
  • The
    Team Leader will be in dialogue with Cities Alliance members and national
    partners will design the most appropriate mechanism for such an Advisory
Activity 2: Provide a secretariat function to the
Advisory Committee
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure that the Advisory Committee has a functioning TOR
    and meets on a defined regular basis.
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure a clear line of communication between the project
    and the Advisory Committee.
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure that the Advisory Committee receives regular
    highlight reports as per the various stages of the project plan.
Activity 3: Convene partners and map activities
  • The
    Team Leader will represent the project within the country and will engage
    with a wide range of national, local government, private sector and civil
    society actors. He/she will map all activities that relate to urban
    programming and will identify key synergies where they exist between
    potential stakeholders. Most specifically the Team Leader will ensure that
    the FCA programme is fully integrated with the Cities Alliance Country
Activity 4: Communication
  • The
    Team Leader will undertake a detailed stakeholder analysis and will ensure
    that all stakeholders receive the appropriate flow of information
    regarding project progress and that the project is responsive to
    stakeholder feedback and identified needs.
Activity 5: Oversight of work packages
  • The
    Team Leader will manage a small country team and will ensure that work
    packages delegated by the project manager are implemented to the defined
    quality standards and time frames.
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure that the Project Manager is constantly apprised of
    progress and that appropriate mitigation strategies are in place to ensure
    effective delivery of outputs.
Activity 6: Ensure effective global and national
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure that all the necessary in-country background
    arrangements and work is in place enabling the effective use of
    internationally recruited specialist Team Leaders.
Activity 7: Core values
  • The
    Team Leader will ensure that all work undertaken in the name of the FCA
    encapsulates the core values of UNOPS and that gender equality a central
    pillar of the Cities Alliance Medium Term Strategy is incorporated in all
    aspects of the emerging programme.
  • Monitoring
    and Project Controls
Key Outputs: The Team
Leader will deliver the following outputs:
  • Monthly
    project stage progress reports including financials and narrative.
  • Attendance
    registers and minutes of the Advisory Committee.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidates for the UNOPS Country Team Leader vacancy should hold an undergraduate
    degree. Some weight will be given to an appropriate higher qualification
    in either a management or urban related discipline.
  • The
    Team Leader will have a minimum of nine or more years working experience
    across a wide range of issues including project management, financial
    management, urban programming both with international agencies and with
    local development institutions.
  • The
    Team Leader should have considerable experience in stakeholder management
    and communication.
Personal Competencies:
  • Understanding
    of project management principles
  • Ability
    to manage contracts or grants
  • Broad
    appreciation of urban systems and development challenges
  • Ability
    to convene stakeholders
  • Ability
    to communicate clearly and respectfully at the highest levels of
  • Ability
    to communicate clearly and respectfully with civil society
  • Willingness
    to travel
  • Fluency
    in spoken and written English
  • Proven
    ability to write well-structured reports
  • Show
    commitment to and understanding of the role of cities in poverty reduction
  • Proven
    ability to engage with partners and other stakeholders and maintain
    cordial constructive relationships
  • Proven
    ability to manage a team and work in an autonomous manner
Languages: Fluency in English, both writing and
speaking, is required. Good knowledge in other UN language will be considered
as an advantage
How to Apply:
If interested in this job
opportunity, please click on http link below to visit website and create
profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system
Deadline: 5th January 2015

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