British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Jobs – Governance Adviser

Organisation: Department for International
Development (DFID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About DFID:
The Department for International
Development (DFID) is leading the British government’s fight against world
poverty. DFID works in Uganda to improve the quality of essential services and
help protect the most vulnerable.
Uganda aspires to be a middle
income country by 2040. Revenue from oil production and successful regional
economic integration could help achieve this sooner. Since 2005, economic
growth has averaged 7% annually and inward investment has doubled. Less than a
quarter of the population now lives below the national poverty line, down from
a third in 2006.
Job Summary: The DFID
Governance Adviser will provide expert advice on Uganda’s governance context
and policies and to design and lead governance programmes for DFID Uganda, as
part of the Governance, Security and Humanitarian (GSH) Team. DFID Uganda has a
long history of supporting governance programmes in Uganda. As well as managing
our portfolio of programmes, the GSH Team also focuses on contextual analysis
and policy work on issues such as corruption, political space, natural resources
and democratic governance.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Offer
    political analysis and advise on democratic governance and accountability
  • Works
    closely with key governance stakeholders across Uganda to promote DFID’s
    objectives and brief the office on topical issues;
  • Proactively
    collaborating with the British High Commission, especially the Political
  • Provide
    governance analysis and advice for other DFID sectoral programmes;
  • Steer
    DFID’s support, oversight and review to the Financial Management and
    Accountability Programme (FINMAP);
  • Provide
    technical analysis and dialogue around public financial management reform
    and revenue management (including oil revenues);
  • Lead
    DFID’s oversight, advice and support on health accountability;
  • Be
    a core member of the Governance, Security and Humanitarian Team by
    supporting other policy and programme areas (to be agreed), dependent on
    post-holder’s areas of interest, experience and their need for
  • Proactively
    engaging with and respond to DFID corporate requests that relate to your
    areas of work (or the work of the team), including drafting Parliamentary
    Questions and correspondence, briefing for senior managers and Ministers,
    and arranging meetings and seminars for high-level visitors;
Key Result Areas: 
  • Democratic
    we are the
    largest contributor to the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) which
    includes support to deepening democracy (including the 2016 Elections),
    voice and accountability, natural resource governance and rights, justice
    and peace.
  • Anti-Corruption
    and Local Accountability:

    we have recently launched a new programme supporting eight national
    anti-corruption institutions and 35 district councils to improve local
  • Public
    Financial Management:
    are a key partner in the GoU’s Financial Management and Accountability
    Programme (FINMAP) – an initiative to implement reforms to the way public
    finances are managed in Uganda.
  • Oil
    we support the
    Uganda Revenue Authority with training and equipment to increase their
    readiness to manage oil revenue transparently and accountably.
  • Health
    work with
    CSOs in 16 districts to support citizens and health workers improve
    service delivery through encouraging information and accountability
  • Humanitarian: Funds to UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP to
    350,000 DRC and South Sudan Refugees.
  • Peacebuilding
    in Northern Uganda:

    support for three NGOs to monitor conflict risks and support transitional
    justice and reconciliation.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should have significant experience in at least three of the
    technical (governance) competencies listed below (Under Technical
  • The
    ideal candidate for the DFID Career placement must also hold a Master’s
    degree (desirable) in a relevant field (social science, development,
    economics). An undergraduate degree is essential.
  • At
    least five years’ experience working on governance programmes and/or
    policy – ideally for an international organisation or government.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge and understanding of Uganda’s governance context and politics.
Technical Competences:
  • Governance
    Political and Institutional Analysis:
    A Deep understanding of governance evidence, policy and practice as
    applied to Uganda and preferably internationally. The ability to apply
    political and institutional analysis and use this to influence strategic
    planning and programming decisions.
  • And
    then any TWO of the below
  • Corruption: Understanding of the causes and effects
    of corruption in Uganda (and preferably internationally) and the
    implications for DFID policy and practice. Ability to provide strategic
    advice, work with others in HMG and internationally, and deliver
    programmes and strategies on corruption.
  • Public
    Financial Management and Taxation:
    Knowledge and experience of the role of public financial management and taxation systems and their
    importance in development and statebuilding processes. Ability to provide advice to DFID on fiduciary
    risk, develop PFM and
    revenue programmes, and engage with
    government partners and other donors in policy dialogue around these issues.
  • Political
    Systems and Accountable Governance:
    Working knowledge of political systems and of political settlements
    in Uganda and different settings; the relevance of transparency,
    empowerment and accountability for development; and of the promotion and
    realisation of human rights and of political inclusion. Ability to provide
    advice, policy direction and programme leadership across these areas,
    working with HMG, country and international partners.
  • Security,
    Justice, Rule of Law and Human Rights:
    Broad understanding and experience of how security, justice, rule
    of law and human rights contribute to development, and their impact on
    different groups, particularly women. Knowledge of different legal systems
    (including Uganda’s), including informal justice systems, in a range of
    contexts, including fragile states. Ability to work with HMG, national and
    international actors to pursue DFID objectives.
  • Public
    Sector Governance and Institutional Reform:
    Knowledge of public sector governance and organisational and
    institutional change processes. Ability to provide analytical, advisory
    and programme support to public sector reform processes in a range of
    different political contexts that contribute to the sustainable
    improvement of public service delivery and an enabling environment for
  • Sector
    of the underlying institutional and political dimensions of service
    delivery, wealth creation/private sector development, and climate change.
    Ability to provide effective cross-cutting advice to strategies and
    programmes in these areas.
General Competencies:
  • Collating,
    analysing and presenting evidence/research using statistical and wider
    analytical skills
  • Ability
    to access, critically appraise and use evidence, demonstrating skills in
    the following areas:
  • Understand
    a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including
    the application of basic statistical methods
  • Critically
    appraise and assess the quality of published research and other potential
    sources of evidence
  • Interpretation,
    use and presentation of data and evidence in defining policy and practice
  • Comprehension
    of key concepts from social and cultural analysis and basic understanding
    of the use and application of political economy analysis
  • Critical
    appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining
    research to judge its trustworthiness and its value and relevance in a
    particular context
Generic Competences:
1. Seeing the Big Picture: 
Bringing together the views and perspectives of a wide variety of
stakeholders to understand the current and future political, governance and
security context in Uganda and advising DFID and HMG on the implications for
our own policies, programmes and strategies.
2. Collaborating and
Actively building
and maintaining a network of external contacts and internal colleagues to
achieve progress on objectives and shared interests. Encourage engagement on
Governance issues amongst a diverse range of staff and be a positive influence
on team dynamics.
3. Making effective decisions:
Being objective; using sound
judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional
advice. It also means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing
and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned
justifiable decisions.
4. Delivering at Pace: 
Delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility
and accountability for quality
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications via e-mail by
filling the application
and the Equal
Opportunities Monitoring Form
The completed forms must be
submitted together with typed copies of the applicant’s CV with the names and
contact information of three work related referees.
Indicate the Job position in the
subject title e.g. “Governance Advisor”
All documents should be sent to (Attachments may not fill more than 2 MB).
Deadline: Friday, 6th March 2015 by 17:00 Hours

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