UN Careers – Project Coordinator at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Organisation: United Nations
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Grade: NOA
Duty Station: Kampala,
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that
helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and
territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that
poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.
The Amplify Program:
The Amplify program is a collaboration between DFID and IDEO, a design
firm based out of San Francisco, USA. Through these challenges DFID is hoping
to find a new, more collaborative and human centred way to do development
projects. It is a series of ten innovation challenges over five years, of which
the third challenge aims to improve the quality and accessibility of education
in humanitarian crisis zones. The focus will be on refugee camps in Uganda and
Ethiopia, with an additional focus on engaging the Syrian refugee population
remotely. The challenge encompasses several phases including research trips,
prototyping ideas, and piloting of the best initiatives for 12-18 months. There
are several key actors involved in the challenge including DFID’s Humanitarian
and Education divisions, UNICEF Headquarters, UNHCR and a range of local
partners, to be determined based on needs identified during the research and
prototyping phases. In Uganda UNICEF is the leading partner. Being the lead
agency locally, UNICEF Uganda Learning section is recruiting a project
coordinator to provide crucial support during the identification, bootcamp,
prototype and piloting phases. The project was launched on 31st March and will
last approximately until end of 2016.
Job Summary: The UNICEF
Amplify Project Coordinator will provide coordination and logistics support to
The Amplify Project. The incumbent will also support UPortal project with Inter
Foundation and other KCL innovations. The consultant is expected to work as
part of a dynamic cross-functional team composed staff and consultants at
UNICEF and the MoES.
Key Duties and
1. Supporting the Amplify Project:
  • Participating in meetings with the larger
    Amplify team, and serving as liaison between the team, UNICEF Uganda,
    UNHCR, CBOs and MoES;
  • Processing all coordination and
    communication activities for the project;
  • Managing team logistics, particularly at
    the prototyping and piloting stages;
  • Identifying suitable partners for the
    pilot stage and preparing all legal and contractual arrangements related
    to the pilots;
  • Providing critical insights as to the
    local context, especially at the prototyping and piloting stages;
  • Identifying barriers inhibiting the
    prototyping and piloting processes, and escalating such issues
  • Managing fully the pilot stage including
  • Reporting to NYHQ and DFID as per the MoU;
  • Working closely with the in-country with
    all the partners both on idea-stage and pilot stage;
  • Highlighting areas of concern as well as
    mitigating strategies throughout;
  • Contacting local partners and working with
    UNHCR in Uganda as appropriate;
  • Responding to all requests for
  • Steering the assessment of the ideas that
    leads into shortlisting;
  • Liaising with technical officers in UNICEF
    and UNHCR
  • Providing technical support to the Amplify
    project and serving as the primary liaison between the Amplify team and
    UNICEF Uganda.
  • Ensuring that all documentation, coordination
    and logistic needs for the Amplify project are met.
  • Ensuring that UNICEF Education in New York
    is kept abreast of key project developments.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the UNICEF Amplify
    Project Coordinator vacancy should hold a university degree and relevant
    background in sociology, anthropology, design, or international
    development. An advanced degree in a relevant discipline is an added
  • Proven background in project management,
    especially in scaled initiatives with multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven background in mobile or digital
    project management and implementation.
  • Past exposure and experience in working
    with diverse stakeholders within the GoU.
  • Past experience in working with
    innovations (either technology or other innovative approaches)
  • Excellent communication skills, including
    the ability to convey complex concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Excellent data analysis and reporting
  • Good computer skills, including competency
    in Microsoft Excel.
  • Fluency in English.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant
  • Past experience working with local
    governments and communities in rural Uganda is advantageous
  • Working knowledge of Ugandan education
    system is also preferred
  • Fluency in some local languages, including
    Luganda, Luo, Runyankole and Lugbara.
How to Apply:
ONLY Ugandan Nationals will be considered.
UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff;
qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The applications will be considered only
    if accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, download here,
    as well as the most recent performance evaluation report.
  • If applications are sent by email, please
    clearly indicate the position applied for and use this order to name your
    file attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g.
    Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or Gold_ MukasaApplication.
  • UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
  • Only short listed candidates will be
All candidates who desire to work in the prestigious United Nations
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the above position should
send their resume to:
Human Resource Specialist,
UNICEF Kampala, Uganda,
Plot 9, George Street,
P.O. Box 7047, Kampala-Uganda.
Via email to:
Deadline: 6th May,

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