United Nations UNDP Job Careers – Technical Advisor

Job Title: Technical Advisor
Organization: United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Post Level: SB-5
About UNDP:
The
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ 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.
As
a GEF Implementing Agency, UNDP-GEF further offers countries highly specialized
technical services for programme/project formulation, due diligence,
mobilization of required co-financing, project implementation oversight,
results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge
management. UNDP-GEF’s Green, Low-emission, Climate-resilient Development
Strategies team works to support countries to attract and direct public and
private investment towards catalyzing and supporting sustainable economic
growth through initiatives focused on integrated Climate Change Strategies, Advancing
Cross-sectoral Climate Resilient Livelihoods and Strengthening Climate
Information and addressing barriers to Climate Resilient Development. Given
that energy production and utilization is a significant contributor to green
gas emissions, efficient methods of production and utilization of energy ought
to be adopted. Charcoal is the preferred cooking energy in Uganda particularly
by urban consumers and is considered a relatively modern fuel rather than a
traditional one.  Uganda’s charcoal
sub-sector remains plagued by inefficient production practices, lack of
sustainable supplies of woody biomass and inadequate, and sometimes conflicting
policy statements. At the current rate of consumption, the pressure on biomass
resources will increase even further as communities produce more charcoal to
meet their livelihood demands and urban charcoal consumer demand.
About GEF-STAR 5
Project:
The
GEF-STAR 5 is supporting a full-size project that will address key barriers to
Sustainable Charcoal Production. This project aims at “Improved charcoal
production technologies and sustainable land management practices through an
integrated approach in Uganda.”, with an overall objective of securing multiple
environmental benefits by addressing the twin challenges of unsustainable
utilization of fuel wood (including charcoal) and poor land management
practices common in Uganda’s woodland through technology transfer, enhancement
of the national policy framework and the promotion of Sustainable Land
Management (SLM) and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) practices. The project
will contribute to realisation of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
objectives in Uganda by 2030: Ensuring universal access to modern energy
services, doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and Doubling
the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Job Summary: As part of
project implementation, a Technical Advisor is being sought to support
activities and deliver the objectives, outcomes and outputs of the project. The
Technical Advisor shall support the Sustainable Charcoal Production Project
implemented by Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Steer the development of project design
    including preparation of consultants ‘and sub-contractors’ terms of
    reference. Identification and selection of national and international
    sub-contractors/consultants, cost estimation, time scheduling, contracting
    and reporting on project activities according to the Project Document and
    project log frame
  • Prepare the project monitoring and evaluation
    plan and the sustainability plan
  • Offer strategic guidance to ensure the
    project’s progress towards the attainment of targeted outcomes and
    objectives
  • Ensure that the GEF funded project
    implementation strategies and outputs contribute to securing global
    environmental benefits at all levels
  • Guide the preparation of the Project Inception
    Report
  • Offer technical support to charcoal related
    policy discussions and development at national level
  • Actively coordinate activities of consultants
    including review of technical outputs/reports, and measurement/assessment
    of project achievements.
  • Technically support the completion of
    evaluation reports (midterm, terminal etc.) to MEMD and UNDP/GEF,
    including elaboration of management responses
  • Take lead in preparing the Annual Project
    Review/ Project Implementation Report (APR/PIR) to GEF
  • Provide sound technical advice to the PMU and
    MEMD as the basis for implementing project components
  • The TA will make a search on similar initiatives
    in the region and globally, and ensure that any emerging lessons are
    documented and best practices shared to inform the national Sustainable
    land management agenda.
  • Prepare technical publications on Sustainable
    Land Management and Sustainable Charcoal production in line with expected
    project outcomes/outputs.
  • Technically support government to integrate
    outputs of the Sustainable Land Management projects into the overall
    national strategy on sustainable charcoal production and marketing value
    chain
  • Take lead in undertaking studies highlighted in
    the project document, in line with UNDP policies and procedures.
  • Provide technical inputs into the review and
    updating of the Project Annual work plans and budgets to reflect the
    current implementation realities and the theory of change
  • Ensure that the Uganda Sustainable Energy for
    All (USE4All) objectives are integrated in the broader objectives of the
    Energy sector strategies.
  • Support technical aspects of the work by
    agencies involved in managing specific components of the project and
    provide technical support to the USE4ALL Secretariat
Qualifications, Skills
and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the United Nations
    UNDP Technical Advisor opportunity should hold a Master’s Degree in
    Biomass or  Renewable Energy and
    Energy Efficiency technologies, or 
    Natural Resource Management 
    or Environmental studies. Possession of a PhD shall be an added
    advantage
  • Working knowledge of carbon financing
    mechanisms and improved charcoaling regulations and technologies,
    sustainable Forest management is added value
  • Knowledge of innovative ways of increasing
    access to modern energy as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy
    in all sectors of the economy is also added value
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in the
    Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies or climate change
    mitigation sector and working knowledge of the Ugandan energy sector with
    extensive contact in the public and private sectors and civil society
    organizations;
  • Previous experience with Charcoaling
    technologies and National Policy on Renewable Energy is advantageous;
  • Strategic planning and results-oriented
    management profile with strong reporting and financial management skills;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of climate
    change mitigation strategies and emission reduction benefits accruing from
    low-carbon energy activities;
  • Practical experience with UNDP-GEF supported
    projects is an added advantage
Language
and IT Skills:
Excellent written and fluent spoken English
Personal Competencies:
Corporate
Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s
    values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race,
    nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism
Functional
Competencies:
  • Promotes innovation and knowledge management in
    the project and a learning environment in the office through leadership
    and personal example
  • In-depth practical knowledge of
    inter-disciplinary development issues
  • Actively works towards innovative development
    in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly
    acquired skills
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and
    best practices from within and outside of the project
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, change
    processes, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  • Ability to apply development theory to the
    specific project context to identify creative, practical approaches to
    overcome challenging situations
  • Ability to manage for results: translates
    strategic aims into achievable plans, with established priorities,
    monitors them, making periodic adjustments as required.
Management and Leadership
  • Builds strong relationships with clients,
    focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to
    feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a
    positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to
    manage complexities
  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well
    as conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills
    oral and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills: capacity to work with
    diverse partners including Government, donors and civil society;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even
    under pressure
  • Proven networking, team-building,
    organizational and communication skills
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.
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United
Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should
endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review
job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 27th January
2015
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