Jobs at UNDP in Uganda - Project Officer Pulse Lab



Job Title: PROJECT OFFICER- PULSE LAB (OPEN TO UGANDAN NATIONALS ONLY)
Location :     Kampala, UGANDA

Additional Category    Millennium Development Goals
Type of Contract :    Service Contract
Post Level :    SB-4
Languages Required :
    English 
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    01-Oct-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :    1 Year (full time)

Background

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing today's new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world's most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.

Global Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse Labs, bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action.

Global Pulse is establishing a Pulse Lab in Kampala in 2013. Pulse Lab Kampala will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience.  Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

    Provide substantive backstopping to the Resident Coordinator in stakeholder consultations, including convening donor meetings and high-level dialogue with Government;
    Identify fora for dialogue between Government and partners to discuss and build common understanding on emerging challenges that pertain to the goals and objectives of Global Pulse;
    At the direction of the Resident Coordinator, represent Global Pulse to working groups and multilateral development partners;
    Provide liaison and feedback to Global Pulse on UN Country Team deliberations, UN Inter-Agency Task Forces and Working Groups;
    Act as Secretariat for Pulse Lab Kampala governance mechanisms (Steering, Technical and Advisory committees), including identifying strategic agenda topics, preparation of agendas, minutes, documents and presentations, etc.;
     Advise and provide support to the Resident Coordinator in defining the role, priorities and strategies of Global Pulse within the various UN and government coordination mechanisms, including theme groups and inter-agency task forces;
    Provide guidance and advice on key socio-political issues of relevance to the objectives of Global Pulse in Uganda;
    Support and facilitate the inclusion of Global Pulse in joint UN activities and initiatives in Uganda, including commemorations, special events and launches of UN publications;
    Draft various documents, i.e., reports, talking points and briefing notes for senior officials meetings with donors, the media, UN-wide reports, etc;
    Advise and provide support to consolidate inter-agency support for Global Pulse through the dissemination of relevant documentation to UN Agencies, and as agreed by the Resident Coordinator and the Country Team;
    Support the Lab Manager in partnership building and strategic interaction with national partners, donor aid agencies, civil society and the private sector, adhering to UN principles and values;
    Support fundraising activities, including assisting with the drafting of donor proposals and periodic reports;
    Promote Pulse Lab Kampala through events and information sharing with donor countries and potential funding partners;
    Advise Management on communication needs and opportunities both within and outside the UN;
    Perform other duties as required.

Competencies
Core Competencies:

    Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
    Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN;
    Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
    Demonstrates and promotes the values of the UN in actions and decisions and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants;
    Shows willingness to work without bias with all persons regardless of gender, nationality, religion or culture;
    Contributes effectively to team-based activities, working collaboratively and sharing information openly; works effectively with colleagues inside the UN as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals
    Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
    Remains calm, composed and patient when facing conflict, manages conflict productively, focusing on mutually acceptable solutions;
    Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action;
    Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to collect and share knowledge;
    Actively seeks learning opportunities; demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development;
    Proposes innovative ideas and new solutions to work.

Functional Competencies:

    Demonstrated ability to create and build networks, partnerships and alliances;
    Good understanding of UN strategic priorities, especially from field-based perspective;
    Solid knowledge and understanding in at least one of these areas (ie. common country programming, UN business operations, humanitarian assistance and coordination, Delivering as One and/or human rights)
    Very good understanding of multilateral coordination issues, tools and challenges, especially in programmatic areas;
    Good understanding of the UN common system, especially at the regional and country levels;
    Anticipates and understands internal and external issues and opportunities that may impact on the organization
    Demonstrated ability to promote organizational agenda and develop strategies to enable Management to deal with challenges effectively;
    Ability to contribute effectively in team-based setting, especially in the area of knowledge-sharing and learning; leverage the different experiences and expertise of team members to achieve better outcomes;
    Keeps abreast of new developments in areas of focus;
    Ability to speak and write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences
    Strong writing skills;
    Proven ability to advise and develop strategic and operational solutions.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

    Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in, international relations, economics, law, public or business administration or other related area. A first-level university degree in combination with five years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

    A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in development or humanitarian work, international relations, public sector, or related area.
    Two years of work experience with the UN or international development agency, and experience in partnerships and fundraising, are desirable.

Language Requirements:

    Fluency in both written and spoken English;
    Knowledge of a language widely spoken in Uganda would be an asset.


How to Apply:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=39507

Deadline: 19/08/2013


Jobs at UNDP in Uganda - Project Associate




Job Title: PROJECT ASSOCIATE - PULSE LAB (OPEN TO UGANDAN NATIONALS ONLY)
Location :     Kampala, UGANDA

Additional Category    Millennium Development Goals
Type of Contract :    Service Contract
Post Level :    SB-3
Languages Required :
    English 
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    01-Oct-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :    1 Year (full time)
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Background

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing today's new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world's most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.

Global Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse Labs, bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action.

Global Pulse is establishing a Pulse Lab in Kampala in 2013. Pulse Lab Kampala will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience.  Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.

Reporting to the Lab Manager, the Project Associate will support a team of up to fifteen people, managing administrative tasks and ensuring efficient day-to-day operation of the office.

Duties and Responsibilities

    Support the management of project budget in relation to operational expenses;
    Co-ordinate with other UN finance and budget staff on related issues during preparation of budget reports;
    Manage administrative and human resource processes according to UN rules and regulations
    Coordinate recruitment and staff administration in collaboration with appropriate UN partners;
    Ensure that the office premises meet UN security requirements;
    Contracts administration including supporting the process for the identification, selection, supervision and payment of appropriate vendors;
    Asset management including ensuring the safekeeping of office property, annual physical inventory, preparing reports and cost analysis, and recommending replacement/disposal of equipment and supplies;
    General office management, including cleaning services and the procurement, maintenance and repair of equipment and supplies;
    Support the planning and execution of two large annual events;
    Undertakes all administrative arrangements for meetings, workshops, seminars and visitors;
    Support with protocol matters and travel arrangements (i.e. airline tickets, visas, hotels, daily subsistence allowance)
      Ensure compliance with all UN Rules and Regulations regarding operational systems and procedures, and establish relevant internal controls.

Competencies
Core Competencies:

    Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc;
    Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations;
    Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations;
    Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Functional Competencies:

    Working knowledge of United Nations Rules and Regulations relating to procurement and administration;
    Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
    Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
    Strong IT skills, knowledge of ATLAS;
    Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems;
    Ability to supervise and train support staff;
    Leadership and Self-Management;
    Excellent computer skills (including finance and administration systems);
    Ability to maintain a variety of complex records and to prepare reports from such records;
    Excellent communication, documentation and presentation skills;
    Experience managing contracts with consultants and vendors.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

    Degree in business, finance, accounting, administration or related discipline;
    A combination of a high school certificate and ten years relevant experience may be accepted.

Experience:

    At least five years experience in administrative and office operational support roles;
    At least two years experience managing office operations;
    UN experience desirable.

Language Requirements:

    Fluency in both written and spoken English;
    Knowledge of a language widely spoken in Uganda is required.


How to Apply:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=39509

Deadline: 19/08/2013




Data Engineer Job Vacancy at UNDP in Uganda




Job Title: DATA ENGINEER
Location :     Kampala, UGANDA

Additional Category    Millennium Development Goals
Type of Contract :    Service Contract
Post Level :    SB-4
Languages Required :
    English 
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)    01-Oct-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :    1 Year (full time)

Background

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing today's new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world's most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.
 Global Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse Labs, bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action.

Global Pulse is establishing a Pulse Lab in Kampala in 2013. Pulse Lab Kampala will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience.  Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
 The Data Engineer will report to the Technical Team Leader. H/she will work to access and derive insights from large data sets to solve problems. He or she must be able to work with a variety of data types, programming languages and platforms, must be comfortable with both hands-on development and research support, and must be adept at both understanding the information content of data and transforming and preparing it for analytical and reporting purposes.


Duties and Responsibilities

    Help define, design and build projects harnessing Big Data to address development and humanitarian challenges;
    Develop and use software tools to extract, process and analyze data sets from a variety of sources;
    Develop algorithms that can scale to very large data sets;
    Develop systems for classifying content;
    Produce interactive data visualizations and user interaction environments;
    Develop working prototypes and applications for the Pulse Library that will be used by UN agencies and partners.

Competencies
Core Competencies:

    Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
    Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN;
    Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
    Demonstrates and promotes the values of the UN in actions and decisions and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants;
    Shows willingness to work without bias with all persons regardless of gender, nationality, religion or culture;
    Contributes effectively to team-based activities, working collaboratively and sharing information openly; works effectively with colleagues inside the UN as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals
    Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
    Remains calm, composed and patient when facing conflict, manages conflict productively, focusing on mutually acceptable solutions;
    Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action;
    Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to collect and share knowledge;
    Actively seeks learning opportunities; demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development;
    Proposes innovative ideas and new solutions to work.

Functional Competencies:

    Familiarity with statistical programming and discrete mathematics;
    Comfortable working with diverse programming languages, design patterns, frameworks, libraries and platforms;
    Independent and driven, and able to manage and lead without close supervision;
    Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable working in a start-up environment;
    Ability to work directly with internal and external clients to define requirements for analysis and reporting;
    Excellent communication skills;
    Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable working in a start-up environment.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

    MS in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field;
    A combination of a first degree and additional two relevant experience may be accepted.

Experience:

    At least 3 years of experience in the following.
    Experience working on machine learning algorithms or other aspects of AI;
    Experience with stream computing and data warehousing;
    Experience with rapid application development (agile, extreme, scrum, lean);
    Experience working with Amazon EC2 or Hadoop or similar;
    Experience working with open source data processing frameworks is a plus.

Language Requirements:

    Fluency in both written and spoken English;
    Knowledge of a language widely spoken in Uganda would be an asset.

UN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=39505

Deadline: 19/08/2013





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