UN Careers – Programme Manager – DINU at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Regional
Technical Advisor
Post Level: NOD
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 direction of project focusing on achievement of
the following results:
  • Provide advice on strategies, policies and
    plans affecting project operations, delivery, knowledge and learning
  • Establish collaborative arrangements with
    project potential partners and appropriate operational partnership
  • Tasked with the 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  Project intervention areas  identification of development needs and
    potential solutions relevant to project activities;
  • Ensure that project objectives and
    activities are well coordinated with plans and activities of the other
    government and non-government partners participating in DINU.
Ensures effective and accurate overall management of the project
focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Effectively manage the project team,
    ensure proper training, guidance and coaching opportunities for all
  • Implement the project activities in
    accordance with UNCDF financial Rules and Regulations and the Internal
    Control Framework;
  • Manage day to day administrative matters
    for the project with the support from the programme administrative staff;
  • Create systems of effective financial,
    administrative and logistical processes to enable implementation of
    project activities;
  • Co-ordinate procurement of goods and
    services using UNCDF policies and procedures and support services provided
    by UNDP Country Office mainly on procurement;
  • Ensure full transparency and access to
    information about Project activities;
  • Participate 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 project outputs.
Ensures efficient support to tasks related to advocacy, project,
monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and representation focusing on achievement
of the following results:
  • Supports gathering of data/information 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;
  • Coordinate and oversee the preparation of
    the substantive and operational reports from the projects;
  • Formulates annual workplans, budgets draft
    report and other document for the management and reporting of project
  • Manage the accurate and timely reporting
    on the progress of the project with a specific focus on the activities and
    funds utilized;
  • Ensure that reports are provided to donors
    according to UNCDF’s contractual obligation;
  • Monitor project inventory, attendance
    records, filing system. Assure correct personnel management and
    procurement of goods and services.
  • Manage the Mid-term and final evaluation
    of the project and dissemination of the results.
  • Co-ordinate project missions by UNCDF,
    funding partners and other relevant stakeholders
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and implements the
resource mobilization strategy for the project focusing on the achievement of
the following results:
  • Establishes and maintains dialog 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:
  • Prepare knowledge products, related to the
    thematic areas under the project;
  • Facilitate learning and experience sharing
    for government officials, private sector representatives, local community
    leaders and experts;
  • 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) Programme Manager – DINU employment
    opportunity should a Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Studies,
    Economics, Public Administration, Political/Social Science or other
    development-related field.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant
    experience at the national and international level in the UN and/or
    international organizations in the area of advising and managing
    integrated governance and development projects;
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    managing staff and operational systems in accordance with the EU/UN
    procedures and standards and establishing interrelationships with
    international organization and national governments in the area of
    governance and development
  • Experience in Least Developed Countries,
    particularly in Uganda and East Africa
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of
    UNCDF and UN system policies and programming is desirable.
  • Experience in design and implementation of
    performance based grant systems and procedures
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    government policies on decentralization and poverty reduction
  • Broad knowledge of UNDP
    financial/accounting systems and regulations is an asset
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of
    the subject-matter
  • Broad understanding of 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 perspective.
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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