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Tuesday 25 March 2014

Coordinator (Research & Partnerships - Global Pulse Lab)

Vacancy: Coordinator (Research & Partnerships - Global Pulse Lab)
Recruiting Company: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project: Global Pulse
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country: Uganda

Job Summary:
The Research and Partnerships Coordinator will build and grow partnerships and lay the groundwork necessary for launching a fully operational Pulse Lab. The incumbent will work with the Data Scientist and Global Chief of Research to engage with stakeholders across the UN system, government and private sector to solicit Big Data project ideas, develop scopes of work and project proposals, identify appropriate research partners, and manage the execution and delivery of research project results.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Establish and coordinate UN Global Pulse partnerships in Uganda;
Support initial research project discussions, design and implementation;
Establish and maintain relationships with relevant Government entities, UN specialists and other partners involved in research projects;
Advocate for the objectives of Global Pulse.

1. Partnership Building:
Routinely review the partnerships landscape in Uganda to ensure optimal win-win partnerships for Pulse Lab Kampala;
Identify and mobilize key strategic private sector partnerships to enhance impact of Global Pulse’s strategic priorities;
Maintain, build and grow effective relationships with counterparts in the UN system to promote and strengthen coordinated support for Pulse Lab Kampala;
Monitor and analyze the latest developments in areas of relevance to Pulse Lab Kampala, including emerging technologies for social change, mobile data collection and advocacy, data visualization etc. Identify issues and trends of significance to Global Pulse and advise Pulse Lab Kampala on appropriate responses and actions;
Actively keep track of events and conferences of interest to Global Pulse.
2. Coordination:
Develop and implement the Pulse Lab Kampala partnership strategy in line with the overall Global Pulse partnerships strategy;
Review and refine the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to anticipate changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to make mid-term adjustments;
Take lead of Pulse Lab’s engagement with the local innovation sector, while advocate the goals of Global Pulse in relevant forums (e.g. meet-ups, workshops, conferences, etc);
Lead the establishment and achievement of specific private sector resource mobilization/partnership goals and objectives;
As necessary offer technical support to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in partnership consultations, including convening meetings and events.
3. Project Management:
Ensure the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of assigned research projects;
Act as the principal operational liaison for research partners;
Monitor the progress of research activities, develop and maintain research records, and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports as required;
Implement quality control process throughout the research process;
Coordinate Pulse Lab Kampala’s ongoing research projects by ensuring that work scope, research protocol and UN Rules and Regulations are followed;
In charge of final output and delivery of completed research projects, and related output materials (reports, write-ups, presentations) on deadline;
Perform any other job-related duties as assigned.

Key Result Areas:
Key strategic private sector partnerships mobilized;
Pulse Lab Kampala partnership strategy developed and implemented;
Achievement of specific private sector resource mobilization/partnership goals and objectives;
UN Resident Coordinator’s Office effectively supported to coordinate UN collaboration and advocacy;
Research records effectively managed and timely and effective reporting and communication on results.

The ideal candidate for the UNDP Coordinator (Research & Partnerships - Global Pulse Lab) should hold an advanced university degree in social sciences, international development, law, public or business administration, economics, or related area;
At least a first-level university degree with seven years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Skills and Experience:
Ideally, five years of relevant experience, preferably in business management, setting up/managing diverse and innovative partnerships, producing workable process documentation for technical innovation projects;
Past experience with technology innovation and demonstrated ability to translate between technical non-technical stakeholders;
Work experience in a Start-up, and proven ability to start initiatives in rapidly changing environments highly desirable;
Extensive background in project management or consulting is highly desirable;
Demonstrated success in multilateral negotiations with government and private sector actors;
Excellent computer literacy skills;
Software development skills will be an added advantage.
Fluency in both spoken and written English;
Knowledge of a local language is desirable.

Personal Competencies:
Functional Competencies:
Strong leadership skills;
Excellent communication, public speaking and documentation skills;
Ability to forge and manage relationships for results;
Demonstrated sense of initiative and problem-solving skills;
Understanding of government partner workflows and agendas;
Understanding of UN workflows and agendas.
Core Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

If you believe you are one of the ideal candidates for this opportunity in working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), then visit the web link below for full job details and How to Apply.

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NB: UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified Women are encouraged to apply.

Deadline:  4th April 2014