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Friday, 30 August 2013

Urban Specialist job Vacancy in Uganda at the UN

Urban Specialist,
City Kampala,
Country Uganda
Category Administration
Organization UN
Closing Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013

Background / General description:
The World Bank Africa Region's Urban Development and Practice unit (AFTU1) and the Urban Development and Resilience unit (UDRUR) through Cities Alliance (CA) are working with the Government of Uganda (GoU) to support the urban development agenda in its National Development Plan (NDP). World Bank (IDA) through AFTU1 has on-going support for the Uganda urban sector through the Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development (KIID) project - for Kampala City, and the newly approved Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program using the new lending instrument - Program for Result (PforR) - for fourteen Municipal Local Governments (LGs). In addition, Cities Alliance has provided a grant under TF097675 & TF096260 to GoU that includes:
(i) support the formulation of a national urban policy and
(ii) the Transformation of Settlement of Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) covering five municipal LGs. A further grant in support of strategic planning in the 14 municipalities (corresponding with USMID) will be awarded by the Cities Alliance from its new operational platform.
To support the growing urban programme within Uganda and to ensure synergy between the TSUPU initiatives and the USMID and KIID projects, CA/IDA requires the services of an Urban Specialist to be hired as an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) on a one year appointment (subject to renewal) to assist the implementation of CA/IDA funded urban programs in Uganda and to help facilitate the linkages between the various projects, communication between the partners, and reporting back to the Bank and Cities Alliance.
The ETC will provide assistance to the AFTU1 staff in the Uganda Country Office in respect of the implementation of the CA and World Bank funded projects/Program specifically and generally to ensure synergy between the various interventions, compliance with projects/Program legal agreements and achievements of the intended development objectives. The consultant will report to the Task Team Leader (TTL) of the USMID (AFTU1) in the Uganda Country Office, and liaise as requested with the Cities Alliance programme through UDRUR staff in Washington.
Duties and Accountabilities:
The key tasks of the consultant will include the following:
Assist in the implementation of the TSUPU project and USMID Program by providing technical back-stopping support to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD).
Review quarterly progress reports of Projects/Program implementation and draw the attention of the AFTU1 staff in the Country office on key issues which require action or management attention.
Participate in all professional aspects of the projects/Program which include, inter alia, review of consultants' reports, documenting key project milestones/outputs, and drafting of project/Program briefs.
Ensure consistency between financial/cost projections against the proposed procurement plan;
Ensure compliance with legal agreements governing the implementation of Projects/Program;
Participate in and provide support for joint Bank/CA Projects/Program implementation support missions (ISM), including field visits to engage with LG officials and the communities to assess projects/Program impact on the ground.

Selection Criteria:
The successful candidate should have a Master's degree in Engineering (or related field) with experience in transport planning or municipal works, or Urban/Physical Planning with at least 5 years working experience in project management. Experience in managing World Bank funded projects will be an added advantage. Applicants should have a proven integrity record.
In addition to the above criteria, the successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies:
Urban Policy, Strategy, and Institutions:
Has a foundational familiarity with the urban policies, strategies, local government and institutions relevant to the project or analytical work.
Is familiar with the Bank's accumulated knowledge as well as that of other partners and a can apply it to assignments.
Has a general understanding of what roles each institution would play.
Urban Services Delivery:
Applies a foundational knowledge of urban services delivery to operations and analytical work.
Produces work that is based on sound principles, knows current state of the art work on Urban Services Delivery and is able to bring to bear on assignments.
Urban and Regional Planning:
Applies a foundational knowledge of urban and regional planning to operations and analytical work.
Is familiar with the knowledge on Urban Planning and Management accumulated by previous Bank work and that of other partners and is able to apply these to assignments.
Design and Construction of Urban Infrastructure:
Has direct experience with the design and construction of urban infrastructure, including deeper experience in at least one area.
Can identify common planning and implementation issues, and propose solutions.
Consults to clients to ensure project success.
Client Orientation:
Proactively addresses client needs.
Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs.
Anticipates client needs and responds based on clear understanding of needs and concerns.
Seeks to understand the World Bank strategies at a global level and within the context of diverse internal and external stakeholders.
Asks probing questions to understand the client's underlying needs; offers solutions to meet those needs.
Works to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success. Demonstrates a disposition and willingness to value and adjust to other cultures.
Drive for Results:
Accepts accountability for work tasks.
Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results and has the personal organization to do so.
Follows up for completion, coordinates with others, and ensures that others with whom he or she is working deliver on time and to quality standards.
Aligns own goals and results with WBG results agenda and links targets and goals to development impact and sustainability.
Allocates and prioritizes resources to get the job done in the context of the defined goals for highest priority/impact assignments.
Identifies and acknowledges risks and actively employs strategies and solutions, working collectively with others to mitigate them.
Treats barriers and problems as opportunities and is straightforward in tackling issues that impact the business.
Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion:
Values working in collaboration and respecting views of others.
Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team's work and output.
Fully involves others in the work of the team.
Shows respect for different points of view and incorporates into own work program.
Contributes as required to the work of others in the department.
Understands differences in culture and values and the importance of including others' views in achieving the strategic goals of the World Bank and its partners. Solicits feedback from others and negotiates and resolves differences in a constructive manner.
Works collaboratively and effectively within the Bank's culture as well as within own and others' cultures.
Knowledge, Learning and Communication:
Shares, seeks out and uses global good practices and operationally relevant knowledge to improve development impact.
Uses available resources from within and outside the WBG to build knowledge and acquire new skills.
Shares knowledge across the World Bank Group and seeks input and feedback from others.
Communicates and presents information and ideas in an organized and clear way and responds to requests to share knowledge with others in a timely and respectful manner.
Seeks knowledge related to WBG and subject areas assigned and applies knowledge to own work. Identifies own competencies, biases, and learning gaps and seeks to reduce any gaps.
Documents lessons learned from own work and shares within own department and other Bank Group staff as appropriate.
Listens and participates;
contributes actively in the workplace and delivers information effectively, verbally and in writing.
Listens to others and expresses ideas and concerns openly and constructively. Resolves conflict in a respectful, non-personalized and tactful manner in a multicultural context.
Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making:
Analyzes available information and makes evidence based ethical decisions.
Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others' work.
Makes good cost/benefit decisions to meet work program objectives.
Anticipates problems and potential barriers to achieving results or meeting time demands.
Identifies, assesses and ensures that all pertinent stakeholder data is considered in the analysis, giving proper weight to making decisions.
The World Bank is committed to achieving diversity of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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