UNDP Country Representative Jobs in Uganda

UNDP Country Representative Jobs in Uganda


  • UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

  • Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, with an estimated population of 45.7 million (51%, female) and is expected to reach 55 million by 2030 due to its population growth rate of 3.32%. The youth population of less than 30 years represents 77.6% of the population (54.3%, female youth). Close to 75% of the population live in rural areas of the country.

  • UN Women Uganda is the largest office in the region and carries strategic importance in terms of its partnership with host government and influence in the rest of the region. The country is host to 1.5m Refugees which is reflected in the UN portfolio of projects in Women Peace and Security, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Manage the strategic country programme planning and development

  • Develop and implement strategic direction of the country;

  • Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;

  • Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the CO; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;

  • Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

    Manage the Uganda Country Office

  • Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;

  • Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the CO;

  • Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;

  • Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;

  • Promote teamwork to ensure harmonization, linkages, collaboration and synergy; Ensure a respectful, inclusive safe and healthy work environment for personnel.

    Provide support to the Resident Coordinator and serve as a member of UN Country Team

  • Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation, and harmonization of programming, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights; report to the UN RC on these issues as required

  • Actively engage in regular UNCT and HCT consultations and decision-making processes

  • Actively engage in and contribute to UNCT strategic communications that advance UN system efforts and collective results to promote Agenda 2030, including for national goals and priorities for sustainable development to generate positive public support and ownership

  • Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development

  • Participate in RC and UNCT members’ performance appraisal, as requested

    Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies

  • Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;

  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;

    Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies

  • Build on the existing resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of appropriate actions, plans, and efforts to expand funding of the country’s Strategic Notes;

  • Establish and maintain relationships with international financial institutions, including AfDB, IMF and the World Bank on financing for Gender Equality;

  • Finalize donor reports and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

    knowledge management, innovation and capacity building

  • Manage the development and implementation on the CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;

  • Promote critical thinking and implementation of innovation and best practices in the CO

  • Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of personnel;

    Oversee safety, security and well-being of personnel, programmes and organizational assets

  • Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

  • Participate in the Country Humanitarian Team and contribute to the development and implementation of the UN Humanitarian/Emergency Response Plan

  • Serve as member of the Security Management team (SMT) and undertake relevant security and crisis management training. Guide and influence decisions and standards related to security of personnel, premises and assets

  • Oversee the implementation of the Security Mainstreaming & Compliance and Business Continuity Management and Organizational Resilience requirements.

  • Ensure all personnel are made fully aware of safety and security procedures and policies and undertake mandatory training.

    Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality development and implementation of the Country Strategic Note and Annual Workplan

  • Timely and quality delivery on operational goals

  • Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports, and audit responses

  • Performance of personnel, enabling work environment, security plans are in place and up to date, office produces quality knowledge products


    Core values:

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Respect for Diversity

    Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

  • Accountability

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Inclusive Collaboration

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Leading by Example

    Functional Competencies

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills

  • Excellent people management skills in a multicultural environment; ability to deal with individuals from all backgrounds

  • Results-oriented;

  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them

  • Ability to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all

  • Leading, developing and empowering people

  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers

  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment in country

  • Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking

  • Strong knowledge of UN system

  • Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country

  • Excellent networking skills, including within the donor community

  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

  • Excellent diplomatic and written and verbal communication skills

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education and Certification

  • Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level,

  • Experience in gender and women’s issues programming, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;

  • Experience mobilizing resources including from the private sector

  • Experience managing large and complex programmes, including in humanitarian settings

  • Experience in leading a large and decentralized team, preferably located on several different sub-offices.


  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Country Representative Jobs in Uganda ​

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