UNDP - Programme Management Specialist Jobs in Uganda

UNDP - Programme Management Specialist Jobs in Uganda

  • The Programme Management Specialist will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Deputy Director of the Inclusive Finance Practice Area, with matrix reporting line to Chief Management Support Unit (MSU), UNCDF New York, and work closely with Global Digital Manager, Regional Hub Managers and country/regional technical specialist, on a regular basis. The Programme Management Specialist is responsible for promoting a collaborative, client-oriented approach, in compliance with UNDP/UNCDF Programme & Operations policies & procedures.

  • This position is based in Kampala, Uganda as part of FIPA Strategy Support Unit (SSU). This role may supervise 1-2 local GS staff, part of Kampala based Strategy Support Unit.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Summary of key functions

  • Ensures Support to the implementation & management of the “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” global, regional and country programme management strategies, adapts processes and procedures;

  • Facilitates programme planning across the global, regional and country programme teams of the Digital Strategy:

  • Support resource mobilization and donors reporting requirements for the Digital Strategy including narrative and financial reporting:
    Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing withall FIPA stakeholders on programme matters
    Ensures support for implementation and management of the “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” global, regional and country programme management strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of the following results:
    Programme support to technical staff for the full programme-cycle for implementation of the digital strategy, including quality assurance of performance-based agreements primarily with private sector partners to promote market development (Grants, Technical Assistance);

  • Full compliance with UNCDF/UNDP rules, regulations, and policies of programme activities, closely coordinating with Chief MSU on practice-wide compliance

  • Ensure implementation of internal controls, in full operationalization of the Digital Strategy at global, regional and country levels.

  • Provide technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, resource management, quality assurance, risk and management,
    Programme financial resources management through planning, guiding, analysis and monitoring of the resources; preparation and monitoring of development project budgets; identification of operational and financial problems, and proposal of solutions.

  • Develop and maintain control mechanisms for all programme activities. Including business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Support FIPA´s thematic portfolio teams in the design and formulation of programme/ project initiatives;

  • Reviews and provide feedback to project/ programme strategies and documents, workplans, case studies and related knowledge products and publications, as needed

  • Supervise & manage two Programme Associates including daily supervision, staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting development opportunities;

  • Facilitates programme planning across the global, regional and country programme teams of the Digital Strategy:

  • Review of work plans of programme teams, ensuring that clear targets are established;

  • Reporting of project achievements, disbursement delivery and other areas of accountability;

  • Work closely with the Country Technical specialists and respective regional Digital Hub Managers, to manage the country budget revisions, reporting and analysis;

  • Working closely with the Management Support Unit (MSU) of UNCDF and the Digital Programme Manager, ensure UNCDF/FIPA has available a complete range of human resource tools (staff, consultants, consulting firms) so that a range of flexible tools are available to support implementation of the digital strategy.

  • Support resource mobilization and donors reporting requirements for the Digital Strategy including narrative and financial reporting:

  • Review draft proposals prior to submission to funders to ensure budgets are aligned to maintaining our regional and
    country technical infrastructure; cost recovery principles and costs of delivering on proposed results, working together with Regional/Country Technical Specialists;

  • Planning, elaboration & follow-up of a reporting strategy, based on donors’ agreements, corporate requirements for reporting schedules for both programmes and projects;

  • Drafting and finalization of donors’ narrative reports including progress, annual and ad-hoc ones focusing on highlighting progress of targets against agreed upon indicators; analyzing impact, reflecting on lessons learned and operational challenges;

  • Review financial reports as per donors’ agreements, in collaboration with PPC & PMSU colleagues.

  • Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing with all FIPA stakeholders on programme management matters

  • Identification and formulation of global Digital Strategy programme implementation lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader FIPA/UNCDF knowledge management efforts;

  • Work closely with UNCDF Management Support Unit, for suggesting updates to UNCDF’s Operations Manual based on lessons learned and evolving programming practices;

  • Centralize information management across the global Digital Strategy portfolio (Including archiving, configuration management, version control);

  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

  • Organization and conduct of trainings on relevant programme management areas aimed at building the capacity of field teams;

  • Promoting transparency and information sharing with all relevant stakeholders.

    Core Compentencies

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work;

  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow;

  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;

  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;

  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

    Technical/ Functional Competencies

    Subject Matter Expertise

  • Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in to digital & financial inclusion, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures.

    Knowledge Management

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

    ​Project Management

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

    Relationship Management

  • Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships.

    Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, Finance, Economics or related field.


  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in the field of programme management, project management and/or operations or related fields, out of which at least three years of work-experience in programme /project planning & implementation.

  • Demonstrable project management, budget/financial management and coordination skills.

  • Work experience of and/or in Least Developed Countries LDCs is preferred.

  • Experience in Compliance & Quality Assurance is preferred.

  • Experience supporting market development programmes with digital financial services focus is preferred.

  • Previous experience /familiarity with results monitoring and reporting is preferred.

  • In-depth knowledge of relevant UN organizational policies and procedures; Knowledge of UN/UNDP/UNCDF ERP Systems & Policies is preferred.

    Language Requirements

  • Fluency, both oral and written in English & French required;

  • Excellent Communication Skills (Comprehension, verbal communication) in both languages, English and French required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP - Programme Management Specialist Jobs in Uganda

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