Vacancy: Operations Manager - Global Pulse Lab
Recruiting Organisation: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project: Global Pulse
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: UN Resident Coordinator
About Pulse Lab Kampala:
Global Pulse is establishing an innovation hub for real-time monitoring in Kampala. The Lab will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies to evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience. Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
Job Summary: The UNDP Operations Manager will take lead in the successful implementation of Global Pulse in Uganda. The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and bear primary administrative responsibility for all activities aimed at fulfilling the Lab objectives. The jobholder is expected to ensure the Lab’s technical approach remains cognizant of local realities on both technical and infrastructural environments, and is responsible for forging high-value relationships and building sustainable and effective solutions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide the overarching strategy, direction and management for Pulse Lab Kampala in line with the overall Global Pulse strategy and goals;
Provide high level programmatic/technical support and capacity building to local partners as appropriate to build support for the project;
Ensure inclusion into and demonstrate added value to delivering the United Nations mandate in Uganda;
Coordinate and network effectively with Government and other stakeholders regarding project planning, monitoring, execution and deliverables;
Manage and oversee a highly skilled team and foster a culture of intellectual curiosity, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and commitment to embodying the highest ideals of the United Nations;
Advocate the goals of Global Pulse and the work of Pulse Lab Kampala in relevant forums (e.g. conferences, workshops);
Ensure adherence and compliance to the UN guidelines, rules and regulations in financial management and accountability;
Offer strategic and substantive innovation-related content for high level communications, speeches, publications, and statements;
Seek private and public funding for Pulse Lab Kampala activities;
Steer the Big Data for Development and Data Philanthropy movements through Thought Leadership in Uganda and the greater East Africa region;
Maintain relationships with Pulse labs in other countries, sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise.
The prospective United Nations Development Programme candidate must hold an advanced University Degree in social sciences, public or business administration, international development, international relations, or a technical field relevant to the work of Global Pulse;
A first-level university degree with nine (9) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Skills and Experience:
At least seven seven(7) years’ experience in project or knowledge management, design, and implementation;
At least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in innovation management, project management, management consulting, organizational development, business or public administration management, including three (3) years of which were in a supervisory capacity;
Good knowledge and Understanding of big data and analytics;
Past exposure and experience in the technology sector or innovation in the private or public sector highly desirable;
Past experience working in international development an advantage;
Proven administrative management and supervisory skills, including experience working with a culturally diverse staff;
Excellent communication, public speaking and documentation skills;
Excellent ability to interact with senior management and top government officials;
Proven ability to build and manage internal and external relationships;
Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
Language Requirements: Fluent in English.
Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Good understanding of big data and data analytics;
Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
Capacity to adapt policies, approaches and models to meet emerging needs;
Ability to lead formulation and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
Ability to apply economic theory to the specific country context, carry out high-quality economic research.
Management and Leadership:
Knowledge of utility of data in non-traditional situations;
Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
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.
NB: UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Highly qualified Women are encouraged to apply. Short listed candidates will be required to send certified copies of academic credentials
Deadline: 7th April 2014