UN Careers – Lead Specialist – Transport Infrastructure at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: National
Programme Manager
Post Level: NOC
About US:
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital
investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. It creates new
opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to
microfinance and investment capital. 
UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and the
Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or
crisis.  It provides seed capital –
grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions
reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance
the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation
schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
Key Duties and
Ensures the strategic alignment of the Output with the other project
components and DINU programmatic activities and high-level policy advice focusing
on achievement of the following results:
  • Tasked with continuous monitoring of other
    project and programme activities and identification of the areas where
    coordination and alignment is necessary and/or desirable;
  • Design and suggest to the implementing
    partners (responsible parties) and the Programme Manager specific actions
    for better alignment of project activities, thematically and
  • Provide high-level policy advice to the
    participating government agencies and non-government partners (including
    private sector partners) on the area of transport infrastructure;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the
    operating environment, quick readjustment of the operations, advice on
    legal considerations and risk assessment;
  • Monitoring and analysis of key
    developments in the country that are likely to impact on  output intervention areas,
    identification of development needs and potential solutions relevant to
    output activities.
Ensures effective and accurate overall management of the relevant
activities focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Prepare and submit for approval inputs for
    the Project annual plans and budgets;
  • Final formulation of district multiannual
    road rehabilitation  programmes and
    their inclusion in the planning and budgeting process;
  • Preparation, management and oversight of
    contracts for dedicated technical assistance for district road
    rehabilitation and improvement programmes, including preparation of
    detailed engineering designs, scope/prioritisation, cost estimates and implementation
    timeframe of the rehabilitation works, support to tender preparation and
    assistance and contracting, due diligence, supervision and management of
    works contracts on behalf of the Contracting Authority, mid-term and
    ex-post evaluation of the projects;
  • Preparation, oversight and management of
    contracts for dedicated capacity building in road maintenance, including
    labour based and low cost sealing methods; Rehabilitation and Maintenance
    Planning System (RAMPS); Community Access Support (CAS) and Planning, etc;
  • Provide guidance and advice to the
    participating local governments on integration of the road rehabilitation
    and maintenance component in the LG annual and mid-term planning,
    budgeting and implementation frameworks;
  • Day-to-day management of the output
    implementation including effective financial, administrative and
    logistical processes to enable implementation of output activities to
    ensure coherence between the partners (MoWT and participating LGs) and
    delivery towards the stated common objectives;
  • Prepare and issue in a timely manner the
    memoranda of understanding, letters of agreement with the partners and
    other legal instruments to enable their engagement and implementation of
    the activities for which they are responsible;
  • Follow up with the participating districts
    to ensure timely submission of accountability reports and with MoFPED and
    MoWT for prompt disbursements of DRRF funds to the participating
  • Ensure timely publication and public
    access to all relevant information pertaining to the output activities;
  • Prepare inputs on output activities for
    the DINU quarterly and annual reports in accordance with the EU and other
    donor requirements;
  • Take part in communication and media
    activities; ensure project web-site updates; coordinate distribution of
    the project related information;
  • Ensure visibility of the Donor and
    Implementing Partners in all output activities.
Ensures efficient support to tasks related to advocacy, output
monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and representation focusing on achievement
of the following results:
  • Support gathering of quarterly and annual
    data/information from the implementing partners (responsible parties) for
    project monitoring and evaluation processes ensuring compliance with EU
    and UNCDF M&E requirements in reporting on project results and
    progress towards outcomes;
  • Ensure proper monitoring and evaluation
    procedures are instituted in all project activities;
  • Ensure proper monitoring of project
    progress against annual and quarterly work plans and budgets;
  • Develop in collaboration with the partners
    and implement the output monitoring and evaluation plan, compliance and
    accordingly utilize the findings as to justify adjustment of the funds
    disbursement schedules and to introduce corrective measures in the case of
  • Regularly update the risk log for the
    output and conduct appropriate budget and operation risk management,
    mitigation and responses;
  • Analyze and monitor the financial
    situation, present forecasts for the output (DRRF), and monitor for
    unusual activities and transactions;
  • Support the design, preparation and
    implementation of regular independent audits of the project; prepare
    inputs to management responses and follow up on the audit recommendations
    as appropriate;
  • Support field verification and inspection
    visits by OPM and MoWT officials and other stakeholders.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and implements the
resource mobilization strategy for the project focusing on the achievement of
the following results:
  • Establish and maintain dialogue with
    government officials, NGOs, partners, donors and communities to provide
    knowledge and understanding, ensuring accurate interpretation of the
    project’s mission;
  • Identify areas of cooperation and
    coordination with other UN agencies for the implementation of joint
    activities related to the project;
  • Identify opportunities for the
    implementation of the project making specific recommendations on actions
  • Support resource mobilization efforts.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on
the achievement of the following results:
  • The incumbent will prepare knowledge
    products, related to the output activities, particularly on the role of
    local governments in maintaining and developing road assets;
  • Facilitate learning and experience sharing
    for government officials, private sector representatives, local community
    leaders and experts;
  • Actively contribute to national, corporate
    and global knowledge networks;
  • Represent UNCDF in meetings that are
    relevant to the project;
  • Contribute to UNCDF cross-practice
    synergies with the development finance interventions at country level.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Lead Specialist – Transport Infrastructure
    job placement should a Master’s degree or equivalent in Road/Civil
    Engineering, Development Studies, Economics, Public Administration or
    other development-related field.
  • Five or more years of relevant experience
    at the national and/or international level with the UN and/or national or
    international organizations in the area of advising and managing road
    construction and rehabilitation programmes with direct participation of
    local governments;
  • Experience in managing staff and
    operational systems in accordance with the government and/or EU/UN
    procedures and standards and establishing interrelationships with
    international organization and national governments in the area of
    governance and development
  • Knowledge and experience of UN system
    policies and programming is desirable
  • Previous experience in design and
    implementation of programmes for local government capacity development in
    planning, budgeting and implementing road construction and rehabilitation
  • Clear understanding of government policies
    on local government finance and service delivery, particularly in the
    works and transport sector
  • Knowledge of government/UNDP
    financial/accounting systems and regulations is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of
    primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of
    related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area
    of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Stays abreast with new developments in
    area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop
    him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of
    information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding
    and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and
    utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
Personal Competencies:
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented
    Analysis and creation of messages and strategies. Uses the
    opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work
  • Results-Based Programme Development and
    Contributes into results through primary research and
    analysis. Assesses project performance to identify success factors and
    incorporates best practices into project work; researches linkages across
    programme activities to identify critical points of integration; monitors
    specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Building strategic partnerships:
    • Identifying and building
      partnerships; identifies needs and interventions for capacity building
      counterparts, clients and potential partners; displays initiative, sets
      challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work
      assignments; takes responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set
      deadlines and strives until successful outputs are achieved; innovation
      and marketing new approaches.
    • Developing new approaches,
      looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into
      the design of the new approaches; identifies new approaches and promotes
      their use in other situations; documents successes and uses them to
      project a positive image; creates an environment that fosters innovation
      and innovative thinking; makes the case for innovative ideas from the
      team with own supervisor.
  • Promoting organizational learning and
    knowledge sharing: 
    Developing tools and mechanisms. Makes the case
    for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the
    design of new approaches; identifies new approaches and strategies that
    promote the use of tools and mechanisms.
  • Client Orientation: Contributing
    to positive outcomes for the client; anticipates client needs; works
    towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between
    the clients and service provider, demonstrates understanding of client’s
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join
the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) 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: 3rd October
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