Research Fellow – Roads Sector Employment Opportunity – Uganda Debt Network

Fellow – Roads Sector
Organisation: Uganda
Debt Network
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Program
Manager – Policy Analysis and Governance (PAG)
About US:
Uganda Debt Network
is a national policy advocacy organization that promotes and advocates for poor
and marginalized people to participate in influencing poverty-focused policies,
demand for their rights and monitor service delivery to ensure prudent,
accountable and transparent resource generation and utilization. With support
from the Democratic Governance Facility, UDN is implementing the,
“Strengthening Citizens’ Organisations Participation & Engagement (SCOPE),
May 2018- April 2021.” UDN now desires
to recruit a Research Fellow (RF-Health) focused on the Health sector in
Uganda. The RF-Health is a project specific job which will spearhead relevant
policy action research, development of high-quality policy advocacy products
and advocacy initiatives in the overall framework of the UDN Strategic Advocacy
Program and Plan (SAPP) 2017-2021.
Job Summary:   The
Research Fellow – Roads Sector will spearhead relevant Road Sector policy
action research in Uganda Debt Network and to ensure that the organization has
consistent analytical policy positions, high-quality engagement with the
policy-makers including Parliament, Ministry of Finance, Cabinet, Health
institutions, National Medical Stores), Development Partners (including World
Bank, Embassies, faith-based institutions) and sub-national Governments as well
as high-quality engagement with the policy-makers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provides sector strategic leadership;
    identifying trends and issues that enable UDN to meaningfully influence
    debt policy, general budget and Road Sector budget performance,
  • Initiates and develops sound Research
    processes and relevant policy analysis thorough understanding of the
    collective knowledge of policy-making in Government operational context in
    general, Development Aid and Road Sector in particular.
  • Supports the development of policy
    research tools, management, programming, budgets and advocacy strategies
    in line with the UDN Strategic Advocacy Programme & Plan (SAPP)
  • Contributes to policy researches and
    program reviews with regard to Development Aid and CSOs advocacy in the
    Road Sector to cover among others: Ministerial Policy Statements, Sectoral
    Financing Modalities including the Global Financing Facility-GFF, Policy
    Implementation/Regulation focused on UNRA country strategy, District,
    Urban, Community Access Roads- DUCAR and others
  • Contributes effectively to reviews of
    Sector Performance Outputs and Outcomes with major focus on the
    debt-funded projects in the Road Sector in Uganda.
  • Networks and coordinates partnerships
    with Non-State Actors at the sub-national and national levels including
    faith-based medical bureaus- Islam, Protestant, Anglican, Catholic, CSOs
    and private sector, to effectively influence relevant development
    processes of Government and Development Partners.
  • Builds the capacity of UDN constituents
    at the various levels of UDN work.
  • Mobilizes and provides technical
    backstopping of District CSOs and communities (especially the youths,
    marginalized men and women) living adjacent to Government protected areas,
    plus rural and peri-urban communities in respect to their needs in Roads
    and development in Uganda.
  • Plans and monitors activity budgets to
    optimize cost-effectiveness and accountability standards.
  • Represents UDN in relevant Sector
    Working Groups, at Inspectorate of Government, Auditor General, DEI/
    Inter- Agency Forum, sector reviews, EU Day, events and other relevant
    policy forums.
  • Works in collaboration with other UDN
    staff to contribute to the design, implementation and accountability of
    UDN programs, including delivery of the desired UDN products.
  • Ensures UDN’s effective participation,
    influence and visibility across the relevant Ministries, Departments,
    Agencies and Local Governments (MDALGs); and other relevant UDN
    stakeholders at the regional, continental and global levels.
  • Documents contribution of sectoral
    policy outputs and outcomes of UDN policy advocacy at the sub-national,
    national, regional (east and horn of Africa), continental and global
  • Carries out any other duties as may be
    assigned from time to time by the Programme Manager

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably
    hold a Bachelor’s degree in Development/ Transport/ Quantitative/
    Infrastructural Economics, Statistics, Public policy management,
    Development Studies or any other relevant qualification from a reputable
    University. A relevant Master’s degree and post-Graduate qualification
    will be an added advantage.
  • Three years of professional experience
    in Government and/ or NGO sector.
  • Demonstrable experience in public sector
    policy analysis or advocacy.
  • Technical competence in leading country-
    comparative policy research, analytical high-quality UDN informational and
    advocacy products.
  • Conceptual understanding of the current
    Development Aid discourse and development policy frameworks at the global,
    African, regional (east and horn of Africa) and national levels.
  • Knowledge and interest in working with
    District CSOs and communities.
  • Demonstrable experience in policy
    research, analytical writing and skills.
  • Conceptual appreciation and
    understanding of Government operational context and policy development in
    general and Roads sector in particular.
  • Knowledge of Roads sector, public sector
    debt and development analysis and advocacy.  
  • Leadership and project management
    skills, team-player and inter-personal skills.
  • Quick analytical thinker who understands
    contextual developments and refers to the (potential) implications for UDN
    and its membership;
  • Well-developed communication,
    presentation, advocacy, and representational skills appropriate for
    different audiences, including the ability to influence people;
  • Demonstrated understanding of research
    in Roads sector, cluster coordination and best practice in the NGO sector.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link
Deadline: 15th June 2018
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