UN Lead Specialist – Governance Careers – 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 Responsibilities:  
Ensures the strategic alignment of the Output with the other project
components and DINU programmatic activities and provides high-level policy
advice focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • 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 local governance, PFM, revenue
    mobilization and decentralized service delivery;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the
    operating environment, quick readjustment of the operations, advice on
    legal considerations and risk assessment;
  • Tasked with the 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;
  • Support and advise the central and local
    governments as well as non-government institutions participating in the
    programme in preparation and implementation of their medium-term and
    annual plans and budgets and execution of specific programmatic
  • Prepare, manage and oversee contracts for
    dedicated technical assistance and capacity building for the participating
    government and non-government partners;
  • Overall guidance and monitoring of
    implementation of the Local Government Excellence Fund (LGEF) including
    support to identification and development of LGEF projects in a
    participatory and inclusive way; preparation and structuring of the
    projects and provision of technical support and advisory services for
    co-financing arrangements; reviewing implementation progress and
    achievement of the LGEF results; providing support for implementation
    issues as well as institutional capacity building; ensuring timely
    implementation of all Fund’s operations and following up with MoFPED and
    MoLG on timely disbursements and consolidated reporting; application of
    performance measures to the grant allocation formula.
  • Overall guidance and monitoring of
    implementation of the District Revenue Mobilization Fund (DRMF) including
    advice on development of revenue mobilization action plans and programmes;
    setting specific revenue mobilization targets; development of medium-term
    and annual revenue mobilization actions and allocation of matching grants;
    monitoring of grant application and implementation of the revenue
    mobilization programmes.
  • 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 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;
  • 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;
  • Actively 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 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;
  • Keenly 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 MoLG 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:
  • 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;
  • Significantly 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 – Governance job
    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 five 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 local governance and local development programmes;
  • Significant exposure and 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;
  • Working knowledge and experience of UN
    system policies and programming is desirable;
  • Experience in design and implementation of
    programmes for local government capacity development focusing on PFM
    processes including resource mobilization planning, budgeting,
    implementation and reporting for results;
  • Knowledge of the government policies,
    rules and regulations in the area of local government and public
    administration, particularly in public financial management and
    decentralised service delivery;
  • Knowledge of government/UNDP
    financial/accounting systems and regulations is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Broad knowledge and 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 of 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: 25th January 2018
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