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Wednesday 23 October 2013

Senior Adviser (N1) – Water Resource Management Adviser - Danish Embassy (DANIDA) Uganda

Job Title: Senior Adviser (N1) – Water Resource Management Adviser
Organisation: Danish Embassy (DANIDA)
Project: Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme Uganda
Duty Station:  Ministry of Water and Environment/Directorate of Water Resources Management, Kampala, Uganda
Reference number: DK-50990-2013/UGA.02-W

About US:
The Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme (JWESSP) has commenced with a six months inception phase from September 2013 to April 2014. The Water Resource Management Adviser for the Directorate of Water Resource Management will therefore collaborate with two Danida recruited advisers as well as with advisers recruited by other Development Partners and the Government of Uganda.

Job Summary: The Senior Adviser (N1) – Water Resource Management Adviser to the Directorate of Water Resources Management (DWRM) will support DWRM in realising its mission of sustainable and integrated catchment-based management of water resources of Uganda.  The job holder will also effectively and efficiently plan, organise, direct, and control all the human and financial resources made available to the Directorate (from Government of Uganda and various donors, including the JWESSPS); S/he will also have the overall purpose of the Directorate through its various managed activities and outputs, while contributing to

safeguarding the principles of alignment, harmonisation, accountability, and transparency.

Main Roles
The scope of work of the Water Resource Management Adviser will include advisory services with the aim of strengthening DWRM’s overall performance. It will include but not be limited to:
1. Improved Sector Performance:
The Water Resource Management Adviser shall support the DWRM in its catchment-based approach to water resources management. The Water Resource Management Adviser will support the DWRM in its efforts to:
Improve planning, monitoring and reporting with a special focus on application of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles and approaches in the water and environment sector including, but not limited to, the relevance and reliability of data and information systems in which they are used;
Continuously improve the institutional, organisational, staffing, and financial managerial structures in DWRM, with the aim of enhancing the Directorate’s contributions to sector performance;
Strengthen implementation of all water resources management functions of monitoring (quantity and quality), assessment, information services, planning, regulation, policy making and trans-boundary water resources management and priority issues as summarised from time to time in the DWRM annual work plan:
In collaboration with the Good Governance & Financial Management Adviser, maintainand/or establish financial management mechanisms in the DWRM that are well-working, transparent and accountable, and aligned to government rules and procedures;
Refine and implement the framework for catchment-based water resources management, ensuring synergy with the MWE’s other de-concentrated structures (i.e. Technical Support Units, Water Supply Development Facilities, Umbrella Organisations, etc.);
Actively involve all levels of stakeholders, from governmental decision-makers down to civil society beneficiaries, in the management and development of water and related resources through application of sound Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles;
Ensure systematic implementation of a water resources management communication strategy at all levels, leading to increased appreciation of water resources management issues and the importance of sound management and development of the country’s water and related resources to socio-economic development, thus increasing the visibility of the DWRM, leading to tangibly increased allocation/share of budgetary resources for sustainable management, development and use of the water resources in the country
Popularise and operationalise the WRM performance indicator framework.
2. Harmonisation and Alignment
The Water Resource Management Adviser shall assist DWRM/MWE in:
Strengthening and consolidating Sector Wide Approach arrangements, based on a consolidated sector investment plan (SIP) as the point of departure for continuously increased alignment and harmonisation of contributions from JWESSP as well as non- JWESSP donor partners;
Identifying strategic dialogue issues for the annual Joint Sector Reviews and Joint Technical Reviews, as well as for issues for discussion in the Water and Environment Sector Working Group (WESWG);
Supporting the development and/or implementation of internal DWRM administrative and financial management mechanisms for i) coordinating the utilisation of GoU, JWESSP and other donor financial resources and ii) preparing comprehensive work plans, budgets and reports – based on departmental inputs – for presentation to the WESWG and subgroups;
Establishing a system, based on the WESWG, for interaction between government and development partners, which allows for strategic dialogue and informed decisions on work plans, budgets and reports. Supporting rational, uniform and integrated planning and reporting systems that satisfy both government and development partners;
Identification and formulation of new water resources management projects and programmes for future funding.
3. Strengthening the Involvement of the Private Sector and Civil Society
The Water Resource Management Adviser will provide support and advice to DWRM on issues relating to the private sector and civil society involvement in water resources management:
Promotion and training of civil society in application of IWRM approaches in water and related resources management;
Ways of strengthening private sector and Civil Society Organisations’ (CSO) involvement in application of IWRM approaches in water and related resources management and development;
Facilitate the involvement of Private Sector Organisations (PSOs)/CSOs in catchment based planning and implementation.

The applicant should possess a master’s degree or corresponding qualifications in subjects relevant to the water resources management and/or public sector restructuring and reform;

 Skills and Experience:
Significant experience in comprehensive water sector reform, including institutional reform and enhanced involvement of the private sector and civil society, or equivalent experience of institutional reforms in other sectors, where institutional reform of the public sector is combined with private sector and civil society involvement;
Profound knowledge in IWRM/catchment based planning and implementation;
Extensive work experience from central governments and/or donors;
Strong experience from developing countries and, preferably, from Eastern Africa;
Fluency in written and spoken English
Analytical, outgoing and robust with a pragmatic approach and appreciation for the dynamics in a politically managed organisation;
Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team with relations to different ministries and stakeholder.

Terms of employment: The contract period is three years, with the third year pending budgetary approval.  Attractive remuneration package reflecting family status. Contribution to a pension scheme,  health insurance and reimbursement of school fees. Free housing. Grant for relocation.

 Apply To
Information about the mandatory application procedure can be found at: www.danidajob.dk. Reference number DK-50990-2013/UGA.02-W should be stated in the application.
Preliminary interviews and personal evaluation: week 47 (18-19 November 2013). Mercuri Urval will conduct a personal evaluation of selected candidates.
Language test: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided that all candidates called in for interview - except for those to whom the relevant language is mother tongue - shall be language tested in Denmark in the working languages of the duty station (i.e. English).
Presentation to the appointments committee: 20 November 2013.
Decision: A decision is expected shortly after 20 November 2013.
Deadline: 24th October 2013