Project Manager United Nations GEF Jobs – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Job Title:         Project Manager
Organization: Ministry of
Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
Funding Source: Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator
About Us:
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) supported by FAO and UNDP is implementing the 5
year project on Fostering sustainability and resilience for food security in
Karamoja sub region. This project seeks to respond to chronic food insecurity
in the Karamoja region, which is a result of combined pressures, including
environmental degradation and climate changes.
About GEF Project:
The Government of Uganda received financing from the Global Environment
Facility through UNDP and FAO towards the project. The project will seek to
increase food production through sound and resilient production techniques, and
will also support efforts to diversify production to increase income and reduce
vulnerability to climate shocks. A strong emphasis will be placed on
rehabilitating ecosystem services, particularly land-based services, through
Agro-forestry, natural regeneration and sound pasture management. The project
will also target specific activities towards women and youth, who are among the
most vulnerable, to ensure equality of participation and underlying
vulnerabilities are removed.
Job Summary: The Project
Manager will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination,
implementation, execution, control of the project and ensuring that project
outputs are completed on time and within budget and that the project’s
objectives are met and d results are achieved.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Organizing and managing project activities
    consistent with the project document, GoU, UNDP and FAO policies and
    procedures for nationally executed projects;
  • Facilitating establishment of Project
    Steering Committee;
  • Leading timely preparation and updating of
    the project work plans, design project activities, budgets and reports
    quarterly and as required; and formally submit updates to MAAIF, UNDP, FAO
    and to the Project Steering Committee for consideration;
  • Facilitating timely preparation and
    submission of financial reports and settlement of advances, including
    progress reports and other substantial reports;
  • Monitoring and reporting project
    performance and delivery to the Project Steering Committee, MAAIF, UNDP
    and FAO as well as the progress towards achievement of the project’s
    national development objectives and global environmental benefits;
  • Tasked with drafting documents and reports
    for Project Steering Committee, act as the Secretary of the Project
    Steering Committee and responsible for execution of their recommendations;
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting
    records are kept, and financial procedures for NIM are followed, and
    facilitate and cooperate with audit and evaluation processes at all times
    as required including elaboration of management responses and providing
    required documentation to MAAIF, UNDP and FAO;
  • Facilitating and Supervising the work of a
    finance and administrative officer, monitoring and evaluation officer,
    district-level technicians as well as the national and international
    consultants;
  • Managing the mobilization/procurement of
    project inputs under the responsibility of GoU and Implementing Partner
    Agencies;
  • Facilitating collaborative and
    consultative processes to ensure participation by government stakeholders
  • Maintain close interaction with the IAP
    Regional Hub team (ICRAF and executing agencies) to facilitate synergies
    and use of tools/training material and knowledge exchange developed
    through the Hub, as appropriate;
  • Facilitating effective communication and
    decision-making between the Project Steering Committee, MAAIF,UN DP, FAO
    and all stakeholders to ensure ongoing stakeholder cohesion and effective
    process management;
  • Coordinating and manage the project’s
    inception Workshop, the completion of evaluation reports (midterm,
    terminal etc.) to MAAIF UNDP, FAO and GEF, including elaboration of
    management responses;
  • Perform any other duties that may be
    assigned from time to time by the Project Coordinator on behalf of the
    Project Steering Committee.
Partnerships:
  • Overseeing dissemination of project findings
    to relevant Government departments and internationally.
  • Overseeing implementation of the M&E
    plan.
  • Building working relationships with
    national and international partners in the sector.
  • Ensuring coordination of project
    activities with related work of partners.
  • Establishing and maintain relationship and
    act as the key focal point with UNDP and FAO to ensure all the
    programming, financial and administrative matters related to the project
    are transparently, expediently and effectively managed, in line with
    established UNDP and FAO rules and regulations.
  • Liaising with main stakeholders to ensure
    their roles are integrated into the project as envisaged and monitor work
    of agencies managing specific output/component.
  • Ensuring disbursement and accountability
    for funds to and by partners as per requirements of GoU, UNDP and FAO
    guidelines.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold an Honors
    Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Social Work and Social
    Administration, Business Administration (Management option) Development
    Studies, Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Agriculture and
    Agricultural and rural innovation, Agricultural Land use and Management
    from a recognized University or Training Institution;
  • MUST have a Master’s Degree in Project
    Planning or Monitoring and Evaluation Management from a recognized
    University or Training Institution;
  • At least seven years of experience in the
    field in environmental and natural resource governance from a reputable
    organization, five of which should have been with local communities in
    Uganda and different
  • Project management skills
  • Working knowledge of the Ugandan
    Agriculture sector with extensive contacts in the public, private sectors,
    civil society organizations, ministries and agencies.
  • Ability to coordinate activities involving
    a large contingent of multidisciplinary professional consultants drawn
    around the country and/or internationally
  • Results-oriented management profile with
    strong reporting and financial management skills.
  • Understanding of food security and climate
    change issues
  • Previous experience and familiarity with
    government-donor funded projects and procedures
  • Language requirements
  • Excellent written and fluent spoken
    English
  • Ability to communicate in Karamojong
    language is an asset
How to Apply:
All applicants should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae,
certified copies of academic certificates and testimonials, appointment letters
as evidence of working experience and at least three referees one whom must be
a current or previous employer. Applications should be addressed to the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries,
P.O Box 102, Entebbe, Open Registry.
Applicants subsequently short-listed for oral interviews and their names
displayed on the Ministry website or on the MAAIF Notice Board, shall be
required to present certified copies and originals of their academic
transcripts and certificates at the time of sitting the oral interviews.
Deadline: 12th January 2018
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