Project Lead, Greening Uganda's Urbanization and Industrialization
Project Lead, Greening Uganda's Urbanization and Industrialization
The Project Lead will conduct the implementation of the EU funded Project titled “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization” with support and guidance from the Uganda Country Representative. The person will lead a small team of 4 staff members, several firms, as well as internal (GGGI) and external part-time experts and consultants to ensure timely and high-quality delivery within the assigned budget.
- Lead the implementation of the Project, including budget, program design and development, staff planning and management, and project monitoring and evaluation. This includes both Donor, Government, and GGGI reporting tasks when applicable.
- Manage a multi-disciplinary team of staff members, consultants, firms and other experts
- Originate and develop spin-off opportunities of the Project, including potential additional resource mobilization to further accelerate Uganda’s shift to green urbanization and industrialization.
- Assess effectiveness of program activities and recommmend improvements to meet key milestones for the progream scoping and set-up
- Ensure synergy and alignment of the Project with the Government of Uganda’s strategies and directions, as well as GGGI Uganda and Head Office Strategies.
- Oversee the quality of the results as well as the effective and efficient delivery of results.
- Lead the day-to-day communication, supported by the team members, with the Ugandan Counterparts such as (but not limited too) the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), the National Planning Authority (NPA), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Makerere University, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Uganda Green Building Council (UGBC) and more.
- Lead the day-to-day communication with the EU and other development partners to ensure alignment and complementarity and identify opportunity for cooperation when possible.
- Coordinate with GGGI experts and other departments (legal, HR, Procurement etc) to ensure high quality delivery and delivery within the rules and regulations of GGGI and the EU.
- Organize project execution consistent with the project objectives engaging national counterparts and building reputation for quality design and reliable delivery.
- Provide technical leadership to staff members/consultants and build capacity of internal staff and government officials where applicable.
- Adapt project cycle and enhance project implementation process to ensure project outcomes are delivered as planned
- Ensure successful completion of the project deliverables detailed in the Project Agreement
- Successful team management, ensuring GGGI’s core values are at its heart at all time making sure staff wellbeing is key for the implementation
- Safeguards, Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion are key for this Project and need to be mainstreamed and/or applied in all deliveries and outputs.
- An advanced degree (Masters) relevant to green growth policies is a requirement; a specialization in Urban Development/Management/Planning, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Project Management, Industrial Ecology, or a comparable relevant field (additional relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a post graduate degree)
- Preferably 10 years of relevant project management experience in developing countries at senior levels (e.g. leading projects), ideally in East Africa and including participatory planning, report writing (in English) and financial management.
- Experience with the management (as Project Manager or Team Leader) of EU funded projects. Solid understanding of EU/European Development Fund (EDF) procedures is an advantage.
- The Candidate needs to demonstrate previous work in similar project (multi-year, multi sector, complex operations, etc) under the EDF in another country or Region - preferably ACP (this is Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific states).
- Proven experience in one of the key technical sectors that are part of the Project, meaning Urban Development, Industrialization (industrial zone development), or Sustainable Waste Management.
- Ability to engage the private sector to become project partners, co-developers, investors, etc.;
- Proven success as a People Manager, with exceptional skills in building productive working relationships with team colleagues, field offices, donors and other partners
- Exceptional skills in building productive working relationships with colleagues, field offices, stakeholders, donors and other partners
- Strategic thinker and solutions-oriented manager with good ability to multitask and work in a matrix environment
- Good knowledge in monitoring and evaluation systems within a performance-based management context.
- Able to think strategically and in close collaboration with others.
- Detail-oriented striving for quality and consistency in all outputs and communications.
- Able to perform analysis of management and administrative matters in tandem and under time constraints.
- Output-oriented, demonstrating creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial drive.
- Highly organized and able to effectively and efficiently multi-task and prioritize.
- Comfortable working both in a team and independently.
- Excellent organizational and management understanding and demonstrated experience with successful mainstreaming of safeguards, gender, poverty reduction and social inclusion.
- Demonstrated experience in managing projects that are supported and/or implemented by both international and local consultants.
- Proven and strong reporting skills as reporting requirements are significant within this position.
- Understanding of green (climate) financing is an advantage
- Experience in mobilization of resources from financial institutions and development partners is a benefit.
- Experience in policy formulation, capacity building and multi-stakeholder engagement within the technical areas
- Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
- Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
- Excels at problem solving, ask questions and seeks support when needed, shares easily information and knowledge with others both internally as externally.
- Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
- Strong ability to work independently and/or remotely, while maintaining productivity.
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills; including public speaking.
Green growth is a development approach that seeks to deliver economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. It seeks opportunities for economic growth that are low-carbon and climate resilient, prevent or remediate pollution, maintain healthy and productive ecosystems, and create green jobs, reduce poverty and enhance social inclusion. Green growth aims at multiple objectives in economic, environmental and social dimensions, and recognizes that issues are inter-related, and development is specific to culture and context. Thus, an integrated approach, long-term thinking and local solutions with a global view are key aspects of the green growth approach.
While Uganda actively pursues rapid economic growth, to reach their ambition to become an upper middle-income country by 2040, the Government of Uganda increasingly recognizes the need to integrate multiple aspects of natural and social well-being within its economic development goals and plans. Which has been reflected in the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy 2017/18 – 2030/31 and its implementation roadmap that were launched in November 2017, supported by GGGI (and others).
In line with EU’s Inclusive Green Economy Program that is promoting a paradigm shift which better acknowledges the economic opportunities that ‘green’ policies, markets and business practices can deliver, the proposed project will support Uganda in transitioning towards a green growth path that will facilitate sustainable green investments (public and private) at national and subnational level as well as increased employment.
The “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization” project (hereafter called the “Project”) impact objective is therefore: “Uganda achieves strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth”. The Uganda Vision 2040 specifically highlights Industrialization and urbanization as key focal are as it envisions that 60% of Ugandans will live in urban areas by 2040. Therefore, the project is aligned with these key sectors, and the impact will be delivered through linked outcomes defined as following:
- Outcome 1: Green City Development is pursued and demonstrated in four Secondary Cities
- Outcome 2: Green Industrialization is pursued and demonstrated at four locations
- Outcome 3: Efficient and effective waste management is pursued and demonstrated
- Outcome 4: Green Growth integrated into the National Development Plan’s planning and budgeting
The proposed project would take advantage of GGGI Uganda country program’s achievements so far and established relationship with key government partners. Moreover, it will be complemented by GGGI’s ongoing efforts on mainstreaming green growth and green city development in the country.
- GGGI Uganda has a Host Country Agreement in place with the Government of Uganda and therefore in case of international candidates this is a Diplomatic Post.
- The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Kampala, Uganda and will report directly to the Country Representative (also based in Kampala).
- For more information on GGGI’s terms and conditions (allowances, health care, education etc) please familiarize yourself with GGGI’s Rules and Regulations that can be found here: https://gggi.org/policy-documents/.
- The start of this position is still pending the signing of the contract between GGGI and the EU. The expected starting date for the Project Lead is the 1st of May 2020.
Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.