Director Research and Development Performance Employment Opportunity – National Planning Authority (NPA)

Organisation: National
Planning Authority (NPA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Ref No: NPA/ADV/03/2017
Reports to: Executive
Director
About US:
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 Director
Research and Development Performance will oversee the Directorate of Research
and Development Performance. The officer will be responsible and accountable
for ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of the Directorate are
effectively and efficiently performed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 Macroeconomic analysis;
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Oversee
the macroeconomic analysis of the fiscal, monetary, external and the real
sectors to inform development planning, policy formulation and assessment of
economic performance;
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Spearhead
effective independent assessment of the economy of Uganda;
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Coordinate
the development and utilization of macroeconomic modal to facilitate assessment
of impacts of socioeconomic programs and budgetary interventions;
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Institute
models for determining the Country’s short and medium term macroeconomic
frameworks;
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Lead
the development of the medium-term expenditure frameworks (MTEFs) for NDPs, and
regularly track expenditure against the approved MTEF and budgets;
·        
Liaise
with key players in tracking performance of the financial services
sector to inform the Authority’s reports;
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Participate
in the preparation of the National Development Plans
Research and Innovation;
·        
Spearhead
the designing and conducting of statistical surveys and other data collection,
in collaboration with relevant stakeholder Institutions to inform
planning and monitoring and evaluation activities of the Authority;
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Establish
databases and long-term time series data sets to support planning and
production of realistic analyses;
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Provide
manpower data for planning and policy actions, including forecasts of
short, medium and long-term manpower requirements within the Country;
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Develop
the Authority’s strategy and Action Plan for innovation;
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Design
and implement innovations frameworks for key sectors of the economy;
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In
collaboration with other departments within the Authority, review high priority
development issues and needs and make recommendations;
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Establish
and actively maintain close links with national policy research institutes and
organizations, both to promote economic and other thematic research
within their structures and to promote frontier research into issues bearing on
national development;
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Coordinate,
facilitate and provide leadership in field research; data / information
collection, electronic data processing, analysis, storage / management
and retrieval whenever required, as well as information dissemination;
·        
Develop
and manage a robust, reliable and state of the art National Electronic Data
Bank to service and support all other departments in executing the
various dimensions of NPA mandate;
·        
Develop
and maintain NPA’s networking capacity with stakeholder institutions so as to
ensure reliable data / information flow and sharing between NPA and its
partners in development planning, monitoring and evaluation;
·        
Coordinate
and provide leadership in efforts to develop national Innovation Policies and
Systems, as well as NPA’s efforts to identify, follow up and support all forms
scientific research, development and innovations in the Country;
·        
Oversee
the management of NPA’s Library and Resource and Documentation Centre
Monitoring and Evaluation;
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Develop,
operationalize and maintain the monitoring and evaluation system for tracking
progress on the National Development Plan and the National Vision;
·        
Monitor
and evaluate the internal and external activities of the Authority and
coordinate and facilitate the monitoring and evaluation work of the Authority;
·        
Prepare
Annual Reports of NPA’s activities as well as reports on the performance of
Sectors, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Local Governments and their
performance relevant to implementation of the planning;
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Prepare
annual National Development Report (NDR) comprising an assessment of the
Country’s annual development progress, the National Development Plan (NDP)
implementation performance and the macroeconomic performance.
·        
Prepare
reports from time to time on emerging national, regional and global macroeconomic
issues to inform policy actions;
·        
Review
departmental quarterly and annual reports and consolidate them into the
Directorate’s respective overall reports.
Management;
·        
Review
directorate annual and quarterly work plans and budgets, and consolidate
them into the Directorates’ overall work plans
·        
Ensure
that all Directorate staff are properly supervised and their performance
appraisals are properly and timely done.
·        
Oversee
development and implementation of Directorate programs and activities;
·        
Provide
quality assurance for any other deliverables under the Directorate;
·        
Mobilize
financial resources to undertake major projects in NPA
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Perform
any other duties as and when directed by the relevant authority.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
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The ideal candidate for the National Planning
Authority (NPA) Director Research and Development Performance job opportunity
should hold a Master’s degree in
Economics, quantitative economics, Economic Policy and Planning,
Statistics, Development economics, or a Master of Science or Arts degree in
relevant areas from a recognized University or Institution.
·        
Honors
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics and any other related disciplines
from a recognized university. The following are added advantages;
·        
Relevant
Ph.D and Other post-graduate qualifications, diplomas, certificates etc. in any
of the areas specified in the minimum qualifications is considered as an
advantage.
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A minimum of ten years’ experience in
development planning, policy analysis and evaluation, applied research;
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Previous exposure and experience in professional work at senior management level in a
reputable organization
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Demonstration
of experience and knowledge in project development and appraisal.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of Public Sector Management and information systems
·        
Possession
of skills and knowledge in Management Information Systems.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to align current economic development agenda action with
strategic goals, objectives and priorities of NPA and Government
·        
Lobbies
key stakeholders to support new policies
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Understands
the various Public Service Reforms and other Government Reforms
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Adequate
knowledge of Central Government operations, policy formulation is desirable
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Proven
skills in decision-making or policy formulation, implementation, analysis and
evaluation roles in national or international settings.
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Excellent
analytical skills
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Good
computing skills
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Excellent
communication skills (Oral and written)
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Age: Between 35- 54 years
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send two sets
of applications with detailed curriculum vitae clear 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.
Note:
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The preferred method of applications delivery is
physical delivery through the NPA Front Desk / Reception. However, postal
applications are also allowed provided they are received before the deadline
indicated below
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Shortlisted candidates shall be notified through
their email addresses and phone contacts indicated on the application or CV.
Deadline: Thursday 21st
December, 2017 by 16:55 hours.
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