Jobs at UNDP in Uganda- Coordination Specialist

Location :     Kampala, UGANDA
Application Deadline :    12-Oct-12
Additional Category    HIV/AIDS
Type of Contract :    Individual Contract
Post Level :    National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    05-Nov-2012
Duration of Initial Contract :    12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :    12 months
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The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Uganda is supporting the Government of Uganda in addressing key development challenges based on the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Government of Uganda’s five-year National Development Plan (NDP).  This is in line with the UN Reforms, the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. Accordingly, upon request of the Government, the UNCT has adopted a “Delivering as One” approach to enable UN in Uganda to respond jointly and more effectively to national development priorities and its mandate. The UNCT in Uganda has identified a number of areas for joint programming, including several joint programmes as a key implementation modality for the UNDAF. One of these is a Joint UN Programme of Support on AIDS (JUPSA) that brings together the efforts and resources of UN system organizations to support the national AIDS response.

Within this context, UNAIDS through UNDP is looking for a dynamic and experimented Co-ordination Specialist to support the activities of the UN Joint Team on AIDS and management of the Joint Programme. The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator and work closely with the JUPSA Core Management Group.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate the UN Joint Team to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the  JUPSA:

    Prepare annual consolidated work plans and reports for submission to the Government of Uganda, through the Resident Coordinator’s Office, as well as periodic narrative and financial progress reports as per the Joint Programme document.
    Co-ordinate participating agencies in annual work planning, review and reporting processes in line with the agreed monitoring and evaluation framework of the Joint Programme, within the context of the UNDAF.
    Support regular fund disbursement to partners through the pass-through funding modality and report on sources and uses of donor contributions received.
    Liaise regularly with the Resident Coordinator’s Office to provide regular progress reports and briefings to the UNCT members; and with the UNAIDS HQs, Joint Team, Administrative Agent to ensure timely reporting, disbursements and accountability.
    Facilitate knowledge building and results-based change management, through identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learned on effective implementation of the Joint Programme in the context of overall UN reform and Delivering as One as a UN System in Uganda.
    Ensure an operational and update JUPSA eMIS.
    Provide managerial, advisory and technical support to all participating UN agencies in the areas of programme development and implementation, fund management, monitoring and evaluation.
    Facilitate peer learning, dissemination of good practice and information exchange among members.

Provide technical support for the implementation of UCO workplan:

    Ensure harmonization of priorities and activities between JUPSA and UCO workplans.
    Participate and contribute to UNAIDS Country Office planning, review and reporting
    Provide sectional reports on top tasks that relate to both JUPSA and UCO workplan
    Participate in the mid-year and end of year review and consolidate reports.

 Provide Secretariat and coordination to the forum of AIDS Development Partners:

    Participate and contribute to AIDS Development Partners Group (ADPG) planning, review and reporting
    Ensure coordination with national stakeholders and other development partners in the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS.
    Work as a focal person between ADPG and UCO and ensure timely update and communication.

Perform any other related tasks that may be required

Key deliverables:

    Production of mid-year and annual consolidated reports.
    Production of reports on workshops, retreats and trainings undertaken by the Joint Team.
    Consolidated annual workplans, implementation and review reports – programmatic and financial.
    Meeting reports of the Joint Team, Core management Group, Joint Steering Committee and ADPG.


Key Competencies:

    A keen interest in helping make development policies more effective and commitment to excellence, Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence.
    Intellectual curiosity, analytical, strategic thinking and capacity to take initiative.
    The ability to multi-task, prioritize, establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment, to delegate work appropriately and to co-operate generously with others, while working under pressure, and having to meet strict deadlines.
    Proven ability to deal with politically sensitive issues in dialogue with decision-makers including effective communication. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    Proven ability to manage, organise dialogue, conduct fact-finding missions , learn, and disseminate results to a variety of audiences.
    Ability to contribute to the identification and solution of Joint Programme-wide management issues.
    Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment.

Functional Competencies:

    Results based programme development and management
    Leveraging the resources of partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships
    Job Knowledge /technical expertise

Required Skills and Experience

    A master’s degree in either Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics or Public Health with a specialized post-graduate training in the assessment, planning, design, management, monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programmes.


    At least eight (8) years of relevant experience at national levels in the area of HIV and AIDS monitoring and evaluation.
    The candidate should have worked/have experience in managing and coordination of Joint Programmes with an appreciation of the operations of the UN Joint team and programme, the pass through funding modalities and reporting procedures.
    Excellent understanding of the country M&E environment and the national HIV response.
    Evidence of joint planning / programming, budgeting, reporting, with at least knowledge and or participation in preparation of national and international reports.
     Strong results-based programme management experience, with particular focus on strategic planning, budgeting and capacity building.
    Proven achievement in managing a complex multi-partner, cross sector and cross cutting initiative is essential.

Language requirements:

    Fluency in English (both written and spoken)

How to Apply:
Applicants are requested to apply online at by the 12th October, 2012, and should submit an application and proposals, which include the following:

Job Proposal:

The job proposal should include:

    Letter of Interest.
    Explanation as to why you consider yourself suitable for the assignment.
    A brief methodology on the approach and implementation of the assignment.

Personal CV:

    Highlighting past experience in similar projects.
    Work references - contact details (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) of referees.

Deadline: 12th Oct 2012


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