Job Title: PROJECT OFFICER (OPEN TO UGANDA NATIONALS ONLY)
Location : Kampala, Uganda
Application Deadline : 10-Oct-12
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Nov-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 Year (full time)
United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa will be implementing an ECHO funded project entitled “Integrated Drought/Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa (GHA)”. The project is designed to target government institutions in charge of drought risk reduction as well as practitioners and community members in drought prone areas in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia as well as the IGAD and EAC Secretariats. Building on existing initiatives, UNISDR supports state and non-state actors to integrate disaster risk reduction in development and relief efforts. UNISDR is looking for a National Project Officer based in Uganda to support the overall management of the project and follows up on the implementation of the project in Uganda through field missions, interventions where necessary and reporting in close liaison with the national and regional DRR Advisors working under this project as well as UNISDR Staff in Nairobi.
Duties and Responsibilities
Work with the Uganda National Platform for DRR to develop technical task teams on priority thematic areas such as drought risk reduction, develop a 12 month work plan with funding strategy and other capacity building measures to be determined
Support multi-stakeholder reporting process on the Hyogo Framework for Action
Develop inputs for high-level policy advocacy forum
Technically support partners in developing drought contingency plans
Train government officials in applications of disaster loss database
Establish committee for development of easy-understandable early warning messages out of meteorological forecasts and other data
Establish dialogue between traditional and modern early warning providers and support activities to integrate the two
Conduct advocacy activities on drought risk reduction in three drought prone communities in Uganda
Mobilize teachers and medical personnel for mainstreaming of DRR into education and health
Provide local and national inputs to UNISDR publications and reports
Ensure coordination among state and non-state partners for all national project activities as appropriate, as well as close cooperation with the other ECHO coordinating partners
Ensure proofs and verification of activities undertaken and support project reporting tasks
Policy Advice and Knowledge Management
Proven experience and leadership in the development of a DRM Strategic Programming and Investment Framework
Knowledge of the international DRM system and agenda
Knowledge of the country’s hazards, vulnerabilities and risks
Ability to provide inputs for disaster risk assessment and its application to risk management decision-making
Knowledge of DRM coordination mechanisms
Proven experience in project development processes, especially in the context of UNDP
Ability to develop evidence-based policy advise
Ability to develop planning and advocacy documents involving multiple stakeholders
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture
Knowledge on joint programming and operational issues
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in relevant practice areas
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead and manage corporate strategic initiatives
Excellent computer and information system skills
Management and Leadership
Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates advanced oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates strong team management skills
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Strategic thinking, strategic decision-making and proven leadership qualities and experience in management of teams and large groups
Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively and plan programmes effectively
Resourcefulness, initiative and mature judgment
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the common UN system
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favouritism
Demonstrates excellent analytical and organizational skills
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in development studies, social sciences, environmental sciences or other related field.
Minimum 3 years of work experience in disaster risk reduction, project management and early warning systems.
Experience in community-based disaster risk management and multi-stakeholder coordination
Good knowledge of International Development Issues and/or Disaster Management.
Good research and analytical skills.
Good drafting skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
Fluency in English (oral/written), local languages an asset
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Word and Excel. Basic knowledge of online databases and MIS would be desirable.
How to Apply:
Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.
Please email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter, explaining why you consider yourself qualified and motivated for this particular assignment.
Completed P-11 Form
Deadline: 10th Oct 2012