Deadline: 17 September, 2020

Location: KAMPALA, Uganda

Job Type: Fixed Contract (6 Months)

Starting Date: 28 September, 2020


On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

UNDP support in Uganda is aligned to the key development frameworks such as the Vision 2040, the third National Development Plan (2020/21 – 2024/25) as well as the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation framework (2021-2025).  Anchoring on the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation framework, the logic of the UNDP Country Programme is that achieving good governance by 2025 creates enabling conditions for achieving high-quality human capital, which will in turn drive attainment of sustainable, inclusive economic development by 2035.

The present Country Programme Document (CPD 2016-2020) for UNDP Uganda has two pillars, i) Inclusive Effective Governance (IEG) and ii) the Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development (SIED), with gender equality and women’s empowerment, human rights and the transformational development approach  as the guiding dimension of the programme.  The two pillars are implemented through five flagship programmes including; Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy (RLCD); Institutional Effectiveness (IE); Peace, Security and Systems Resilience (PSSR); Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) and Climate Change Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCR DRR). 

The RLCD Programme, provides technical, operational and financial support for legal reforms and nurturing best practices with emphasis on: developing and updating select laws and ensuring their coherency; supporting the Justice Law and Order sector(JLOS) institutions to provide equitable access to justice and for human rights promotion; advocacy for strengthening the separation of powers; nurturing the capacity of institution of democracy to undertake mandated roles;  and  facilitating participation by rights holders such as the public, Civil Society Organizations and media in the development process.

The current Country Programme including the RLCD programme will be concluding in December 2020.  The Country Office has developed the new Country Programme Document for 2021-2025. The new CPD has been designed to fully align with the strategy articulated in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Uganda (UNSDCF). The new CPD is also aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and has been prepared based on a series of consultations with government, civil society, private sector and other and in-country stakeholders and partners.  It has been designed to contribute to three interlinked and mutually reinforcing development results namely: transformational and inclusive governance; inclusive and sustainable growth; and sustainable management of natural resources and resilient development.

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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.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Governance Specialist will support and contribute to:

•            Programme and Project management;

•            Programme and Projects design;

•            Nurturing of strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation;

•            Evidence based generation,  knowledge building, quality periodic reports and advocacy.

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 Programme;

•            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

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•            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 mobilization;

•            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

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•            Provision of periodic analysis and sharing of lessons learned reports.


Corporate Competencies:

•            Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

•            Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;

•            Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge 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 reporting;

•            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 Leadership:

•            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.

Required Skills and Experience


•            Bachelor’s Degree in Law.  Master’s degree in Law, Governance areas of Public Administration, Social Sciences or related field will be added advantage.


•            Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in the area of Governance;

•            Programme and Project development and management, with focus on planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder liaison;

•            Work experience with an international or local development organization;

•            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.


•            Fluency in English;

•            Proven ability to draft, edit and produce results-focused reports and papers.


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