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Friday, 10 May 2013

Regional Manager - The Nile Basin Discourse in Kampala

Job Title:Regional Manager

Nile Basin Discourse (NBD)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reference no.: RM/15/04/2013
Reports to: Chairperson, Nile Basin
About NBD:
The Nile riparian countries have long recognized that cooperative management and development hold the greatest prospects of bringing mutual benefits to the region. In 1999, the Council of the Ministers of Water Affairs from the Nile Basin Countries jointly established the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) as an intergovernmental mechanism for cooperation. NBI’s long-term Shared Vision is “to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.”

Job Summary: The job holder will be responsible for the successful leadership, management and implementation of the Secretariat and its activities, including day-to-day decision making, technical oversight, financial and technical reporting, coordination of project partners, line management of support staff, continuous resource mobilization and liaison with stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
Lead the development and implementation of NBD strategy and workplan
Manage the implementation of NBD Secretariat activities, including project planning, technical oversight, financial and technical reporting, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and coordination of project partners.
Supervise all functions and tasks of the Secretariat.
Manage and support the Secretariat team, including staff development, performance management, and teamwork.
Develop and nurture relationships with key NBD partners and other stakeholders.
Serve as spokesperson for the NBD network as required
Liaise and manage relations with NBD Board members
Provide leadership and coordination to National Discourse Forum offices for active engagement of NBD network
Resource mobilization, including grant proposal development, liaising with development partners and cultivating additional partners
Develop briefings, trip reports, meeting materials as needed

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in economics, public policy, urban planning, disaster risk management, environmental science, or similar relevant discipline.
A sustained record of achieving high quality, substantive results in a relevant development sector over an extended period (at least 8 years).
Technical and policy literacy in water resource and/or environmental management
Experience in public policy, political and/or campaign, consulting, with a civil society engagement focus preferred;
Demonstrated management experience overseeing and managing teams;
Demonstrated experience managing and providing professional development guidance for staff;
Excellent command of English; superior oral and written communication skills;
Superior analytical capabilities;
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to take ownership of problems and use good judgment in decision-making;
Strong facilitation, participatory analysis and planning, and meeting management skills.
Experience in managing grant funded projects and in resource mobilization;
Outstanding organizational and project management skills with an ability to develop project
plans from concepts and execute to conclusion;
Ability to successfully multi-task and deliver in a timely manner, with outstanding attention to detail and sense of urgency;
Computer proficiency – Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, with prior international travel experience required;
Ability to manage confidential information and situations with efficiency, flexibility and diplomacy;
Intellectual curiosity and a passion for impact-driven philanthropy.
A flexible, ‘go getting’ and pro-active approach to work, and commitment to team work.
Willing to be based in Uganda, travel outside duty station to accomplish work requirements and work in difficult conditions and outside usual office hours on a regular basis.
Ability to develop and maintain reporting and project management systems
Fluency in French, Arabic and / or Swahili.
A proven track record in managing staff, budgets and complex multi-stakeholder projects.
Experience of working in Uganda, and/or on research and advocacy initiatives.
Knowledge of Climate Change Adaptation and/or resilience building approaches
Experience of managing World Bank grant funded projects.

How to Apply:
All interested and suitably qualified candidates should send the following attachments in an email with ‘NBD APPLICATION’ as the subject heading to info@nilebasindiscourse.org and send a copy to aonencan@nilebasindiscourse.org with;
A covering letter explaining why they are interested in undertaking this work and how they meet the person specification using clear examples from their previous experience.
A current CV with email addresses and telephone numbers of three referees.
NB: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview and selection process.
Deadline: 15/05 /2013