United Nations UNDP Careers – National Coordinator SWITCH Africa Green Project

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Kampala, Uganda
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.
The United Nations in Uganda is committed to
Delivering as One. The initiative was launched in October 2012 following a
request by the Government of Uganda. The United Nations in Uganda has
undertaken an Action Plan to deliver UNDAF results in the remaining period of
the current UNDAF (2013-2015) and the design of the next UNDAF has already been
initiated.  In line with Paris and Accra
principles the next UNDAF will be closely aligned with the next National
Development Plan (currently under development) as well as the Sustainable
Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development agenda.
In support to this, UNEP, with financial support
from the European Union and in collaboration with UNDP, UNOPS and other
regional and national partners, is implementing SWITCH Africa Green project.
The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in
Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda) to achieve
sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green
economy, based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, while
generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective
will be achieved primarily through support to private sector led inclusive
green growth. The project period is 2014-2017.
The National Environment Management Authority will
be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the project.  Major stakeholders, including the Ministry of
Water and Environment, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Tourism and
Wildlife, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries and; National Planning Authority will be part of the
National Technical Coordination Committee (NTCC).  Also represented on the committee will be the
Private Sector Foundation; Uganda Manufacturers Association, the EU Delegation
to the Republic of Uganda, and the UNCT.
The National Coordinator will operate
under the overall supervision of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC)
in Uganda, who chairs the United Nations Country Team (UNCT).  On a daily basis, the National Coordinator
will work under the direct guidance of the UN Coordination Specialist in the RC
Office and indirectly through the Team Leader of the Environment and Energy
unit in the UNDP country office, with a strong matrix management line to the
Regional Project Coordinators at the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Addis
Ababa, the UNEP Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi, and the UNOPS.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Launch and management of the inception phase
of the Project:
  • Initiate national roundtable
    with relevant government ministries, private enterprises and investors,
    relevant business intermediaries, experts, civil society and relevant
    development partners to better define the necessary outputs of the project
    in the national context.
  • Technically support the
    establishment of the National Technical Coordination Committee (NTCC) and
    serve as its secretary.  The NTCC
    will be established to guide implementation of the project.  The EU Delegation in the country will be
    involved from the onset, and will be a member of the NTCC.
  • Develop a ‘Country
    Implementation Report’ detailing: management structure for SWITCH Africa
    Green at the national level; composition of the NTCC; national level
    delivery plan and log frame.
  • Develop a ‘Country Inception
    Report’ covering the results of policy support analytical work, i.e.
    analysis of focal areas, existing policies, regulations, review of
    business environment and green business opportunities.
2. National Coordination and Leadership:
  • Provide timely information on
    the project to all relevant partners and stakeholders.
  • Respect of visibility guidance
    provided by the EU in its Communication and Visibility Manual.
  • Work closely with the
    government focal points and the NTCC.
  • Provide detailed description
    of focal areas/activities through consultations at national level/national
    coordinators, and of the key stakeholders in the public and private sector
    and civil society that should be engaged.
  • Technically support the
    organization of national and local training to be carried out under the
  • Support in conducting
    thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic
    issues impacting the transformation towards an inclusive green economy in
  • Support in mapping out UNCT
    activities in Uganda that are related to green economy transformation, as
    well as mapping out of the relevant technical resources available within
    the UNCT.
  • Actively facilitate synergy
    and coordination of the implementation of the SWITCH Africa Green project
    with on-going UN programmes and activities as well as next UNDAF
    development, building on existing collaborative projects and working
    closely with UN Country Teams under the leadership of the UN Resident
3. Policy Support and Research:
  • Identification of sources of
    information related to policy-driven issues.
  • In collaboration with the
    Government and other strategic partners, contribute to: inventory of
    existing policies, regulations, standards and instruments and mapping of
    gaps; assessment of the business environment in focused sectors and
    identification of capacity building needs; review of green investment
    opportunities in the selected sectors.
  • Review or initiate green
    economy scoping studies.
  • Support in identification of
    green economy opportunities for new UN engagement within the context of
    the next UNDAF and share these with UNCT members for consideration and
    support development of new UN initiatives.
4. Monitoring and Risk Management of Grants:
  • In support the green business
    development component, and in close collaboration with the UNEP-UNDP-UNOPS
    Regional Project Coordinators, support the preparation of the call for
    proposals (e.g. drafting of guidelines for grant applicants) and the
    review of proposals (e.g. assessment of formal requirements and physical
    verification of grant applicants).
  • Effective application of
    Results Based Management tools, establishment of management targets and
    monitoring achievement of results.
  • Ensure financial and
    substantive monitoring and evaluation of the grants, identification of
    operational and financial problems, development of effective and efficient
  • Constant monitoring and
    analysis of the grant implementation as per the monitoring framework to be
    provided by UNOPS.
  • Prepare and submit grant
    monitoring reports (quarterly and annual) to the UNEP-UNDP-UNOPS Regional
    Project Coordinators, and the NTCC, as per the requirements of the
  • Prepare and submit progress
    reports to the UNEP-UNDP-UNOPS Regional Project Coordinators, and the
    NTCC, as per the requirements of the project.
5. Facilitate Knowledge Building and Management:
  • Identification of sources of
    information related to policy-driven issues.
  • Identification and synthesis
    of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to grant
  • Promote knowledge management,
    document best practices and lessons learned from project implementation,
    and facilitate dissemination in appropriate format to relevant
  • Support capacity enhancement
    through knowledge sharing among key stakeholders.
  • Work closely with advocacy
    networks at national level and regional networks (ARCSP and RECP-net).
  • Significantly contribute to
    knowledge networks and communities of practice as appropriate.
Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the
    United Nations UNDP Job should hold a Master’s Degree in Sustainable
    Development, Economics, Natural Sciences or other relevant field.
  • At least five years
    professional experience, with three years in project management in Green
    Economy related areas such as, but not limited to, energy and resource
    efficiency, manufacturing, tourism, sustainable agriculture and fisheries,
    waste management, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in
    multi-stakeholder coordination.
  • Proven experience in research
    and design of research methodologies.
  • Working knowledge of Web
    based Computer Applications
Language Skills: Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement.
  • Excellent conceptual,
    analytical, and critical thinking.
  • Strong good communication
    skills, both oral and written, including the ability to write clearly and
    concisely on technical, socio-economic and financial issues.  Proven ability to analyse and
    communicate complex information at a simpler level to a wide audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to
    efficiently and effectively manage complex issues with partners in the
    public and private sectors.
  • Proven ability to think
    strategically, including the ability to think beyond the country context
    and to act within a regional and global framework.
  • Excellent organisation,
    problem-solving, teamwork and coordination skills and strong ability to
    manage demanding and complex programmes.
  • Ability to establish
    effective working relations with people of different national and cultural
  • Excellent knowledge of the
    public and private sectors of Uganda.
  • Ability to work under
    pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to the values of
    the United Nations.
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.
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.
13th February 2015
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