UN Governance Specialist Job Careers – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Job Title:    Governance

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network. UNDP
advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.


Job Summary:  As the Country Office concludes the ongoing
Country Programme and transitions to a new Country Programme the services of a
Governance Specialist are required. 
Under the overall guidance of UNDP Senior Management and direct
supervision of the Team Leader, RLCD, the Governance Specialist will contribute
to delivery of the UNDP Governance portfolio notably the Rule of law and Constitutional
Democracy programme.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Contribute to
programme and project management through the following actions:

  • Support partners in the implementation of ongoing activities under
    the Country Programme such as for the RLCD and the Spotlight Country
  • Provide quality assurance support during programme planning,
    implementation and progress monitoring and reporting;
  • Provide timely and relevant technical and operational information in
    preparation of UNDP Country office‘s (CO) participation in inter-agency
    and other development group focusing on issues of thematic and
    institutional linkages and coordination.
  • Support the adoption and application of the 2030 agenda for
    development and the Sustainable Development Goals, Results Based
    Management(RBM), Gender Mainstreaming and Transformational Development
    Approach (TDA) methods in project implementation and reporting;
  • Contribution to continuous monitoring and assessment of the
    programme impact with special attention to potential perverse effects to
    political, social and economic governance including human rights, in order
    to inform strategy readjustments;
  • Preparation of regular updates on programme component activities,
    outputs and outcomes as input to aggregate RLCD programme reports;
  • Contribution to continuous risk assessment, analysis and management;
    identification of operational and financial problems; development of
    solutions and participation in programme audit planning, implementation
    and follow up; and
  • Contribute to project closure processes for the concluding projects
    and transition to the new CP and projects;
  • Undertake other duties assigned by the RLCDP Team Leader.

Support to
Programme and projects design:

  • Contribute to the ongoing programming for the new Country Programme
    and projects through translating UNDP priorities, strategies and lessons
    learn to inform local interventions;
  • Conduct research on topics as assigned, analyze information and
    synthesize into a clear summary to facilitate strategic programme and
    projects design and
  • Coordination of consultations as guided.

Contributing to the
nurturing of strategic partnerships with focus on:

  • Prepare bankable concept notes/papers, project proposals;
  • Provide analytics to inform policy and programming and resource
  • Support to identification, mobilization and engagement of key
    stakeholders at the national and local levels (CSOs, CBOs, Social
    Networks, Community leadership and private sector) to foster  programme ownership and partnerships;
  • Reporting the extent of stakeholders’ ownership of development
    strategies promoted by UNDP;
  • Provide technical guidance and input to partner support in programme
    thematic support areas such as rule of law, access to justice, human
    rights, accountability, Parliamentary Development and elections; and
  • Contribute to the identification and maintenance of contacts and
    effective relations with partners.

Contribute to
evidence based generation, knowledge building, quality periodic reports and
advocacy through:

  • Provision of quality support to analytical works to support evidence
    based decision-making in the pursuance of good governance;
  • Prepare legal research and analysis for informing development and
    advise on  products such as thematic
    reports, assessments, policy briefs, 
    guidelines and communication materials;
  • Participation in legislative reviews and drafting of commentaries ;
  • Support to the processes of policy reform toward a rule-law-rooted
    democracy in Uganda;
  • Provision of timely and relevant technical and operational
    information in preparation of UNDP CO‘s participation in inter-agency and
    other development group meetings, focusing on issues of thematic and
    institutional linkages and coordination;
  • Contribution to knowledge networks and relevant communities of
    practice; and
  • Provision of periodic analysis and sharing of lessons learned


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Governance Specialist job must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.  Master’s degree in Law, Governance areas
    of Public Administration, Social Sciences or related field will be added
  • At least five years of progressive experience in the area of
  • Programme and Project development and management, with focus on
    planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder liaison;
  • Work experience with an international or local development
  • Legal, research, analysis, policy formulation and advocacy;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages,
    good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based information
    management systems.
  • Proven ability to draft, edit and produce results-focused reports
    and papers.
  • Language: Fluency
    in English;




  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age
    sensitivity and adaptability.


Management and Learning:

  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in
    the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
    in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly
    acquired skills.

Development and
Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and
    evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and
    investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting
    and cost-recovery;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/
    attitudinal change;
  • Strong IT skills, in Enterprise Resource Tools;
  • Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Management.

Management and

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and
    result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive,
    constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.


How to Apply:

All Interested
candidates please apply online at the link below


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Note: UNDP
reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy
announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider
candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the
same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational


Deadline: 17th September 2020


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