NPA Career Jobs – Head Policy Research and Innovation Department

Organisation: National Planning Authority (NPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director – Policy Research and Innovation
Job Reference: NPA/ADV/02/2015 (3)
About NPA:
The National Planning
Authority (NPA) was established by an Act of Parliament No.15 of 2002 in
compliance with article 125 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda
(1995). Accordingly NPA is the principal statutory agency responsible for the
management of national and decentralized development planning in Uganda. The
primary function of the Authority is to produce comprehensive and integrated
development plans for the country elaborated in terms of the perspective Vision,
Long and Medium-term Plans.
Job Summary: The Head Policy Research and Innovation
Department will build and enhance the institutional capacity focusing on
coordinated innovative research in development planning and management issues
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    strategic leadership and management Department of Policy Research &
    Innovation.
  • Actively
    coordinate and integrate Departmental activities
  • Manage
    the integrated and harmonized Policy Research and Innovation function
  • Participate
    in designing policies and conduct research that will enhance the country’s
    development planning system.
  • Carry
    out  in-depth research regarding the
    impact and cost of selected development programmes
  • Prepare
    report of the Authority’s activities containing such information as may be
    required from time to time
  • Work
    closely with the responsible Director, establish and actively maintain
    close links with National Policy Research Institutes and organizations to;
  • Promote
    economic and other thematic research within their structures
  • Promote
    frontier research into issues bearing on national development.
  • Take
    part in the Development of the Authority’s Strategy and Action Plan for
    innovation
  • Plan,
    organize, and supervise the work of a growing research team at the
    Authority
  • Develop
    a research plan, in collaboration with other units, for policy studies of
    interest to the Authority and Government.
  • Position
    the directorate as a research and data analysis arm of the organization by
    reviewing and refining systems to ensure data quality and compliance with
    national policies and standards
  • Design
    and implement innovations frameworks for key sectors of the economy
  • Actively
    participate in the preparation of technical papers by ensuring
    availability of adequate data / information to support formulation of
    relevant related policies.
  • Establish
    databases and long-term time series data sets to support planning and
    production of realistic analyses
  • Be
    a facilitator of innovative approaches and change in planning and
    programmes design and implementation
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s degree; majoring in any of the
    following fields is a must in; Economics, Development Planning, Economic
    Policy and Planning; Development Economics; Management Information
    Systems, Research / Policy analysis or a closely related discipline,
    relevant Masters’ from a recognized University or Institution.
  • The
    applicant must have evidence of at least 3 past Publications- through
    reputable Journals
  • Added
    advantage qualifications:
  • Additional
    training in Econometrics, Research Methodologies and Statistical Methods
    from a reorganised Institution is desirable
  • Other,
    Post-Graduate qualification in relevant field and or Certification in
    fields relevant to the job.
  • A
    minimum of ten or more years’ experience; five of which, must be at Senior
    Officer level in the areas of , Research, Innovation, Statistics,
    Management Information Systems, Development Management, Policy Analysis or
    any other area relevant to the job and in a reputable development-related
    institution/organization.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge in the field of research.
  • Past
    experience in Government Systems, operations, and reporting and
    coordination mechanisms is desired
How to Apply: 
All candidates are encouraged
to send two sets of applications with detailed curriculum vitae clearly phone
and email contacts, photocopies of academic and professional certificates and
transcripts should be directed to: The Executive Director, National Planning
Authority, P.O. Box 21434 Kampala, Uganda; Planning – House Plot 17B Clement
Hill Road. The applicant should indicate the Ref No. of the post applied for in
the top hand right corner the application envelope. On delivery, the
applications shall be registered at the NPA Reception / Front desk.
Deadline: Thursday 30th April
2015 at 16:55 hours.

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