Industrial Development Officer
Industrial Development Officer
Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
GGGI, hosted in Uganda by the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED), working together with its government and Non-government partners and the European Union (EU) and have commenced the implementation of a 3-year project titled “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization”.
There is clear evidence that sustained economic growth is a major driver of poverty reduction and human development. Over the past decades, rapid economic growth has pulled more than 600 million people out of poverty and improved their quality of life. With about 900 million people worldwide still trapped in extreme poverty, the growth imperative remains strong, especially in developing nations. However, sustaining economic growth with the incumbent model is a serious concern. Growth came at the expense of unsustainable use of natural resources and massive negative impacts on the environment, leading to dangerous air pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change.
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 attain the ambition of becoming 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. This 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 pathway which 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 areas 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 project takes advantage of GGGI Uganda country program’s achievements so far and established relationship with key government partners. Moreover, it is also complemented by GGGI’s ongoing efforts on mainstreaming green growth and green city development in the country.
The Industrial Development Officer will be the technical expert on green industrial development within the implementation of the above-mentioned EU funded Project titled “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization”. The Officer will be leading on one of the Outcomes of the program and will be providing technical advisory and support to the other outcome areas (see all outcomes in Annex A).
- Lead elements of the implementation of Outcome 2: Green Industrialization is pursued and demonstrated at four locations. This shall include policy support at national level, the development of industrial masterplans, and investment plans including pitching these to Financial Institutions. Details are provided in Annex A.
- Contribute to the implementation of other project outcomes where applicable.
- Responsible for parts of the budget management and monitoring and evaluation
- Support Donor, Government, and GGGI reporting for the assigned output(s)/outcome(s)
- Day-to-day management of one or more firms and international experts/consultants under supervision of the Project Lead.
- Support the identification and development of spin-off opportunities of the Project, including potential additional resource mobilization to further accelerate Uganda’s shift to green urbanization and industrialization, specifically in relation to the Outcome 2.
- Assess issues and opportunities for development, within the green industrialization thematic area
- Engage and participate in the day-to-day communication with the Ugandan counterparts such as (but not limited to) the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), the Ministry of Trade Cooperatives and Industry (MTIC), Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA), Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), the National Planning Authority (NPA), Makerere University, and others when relevant.
- The Officer shall also remain in constant contact and liaise on a daily basis with district and city administrators at project sites of Entebbe, Pakwach, Gulu and Soroti as well as support ongoing complementary engagements in Mbarara, Jinja and Arua cities.
- Support and participate in communication with the EU and other development partners to ensure alignment and complementarity and identify opportunity for cooperation when possible.
- The officer shall directly manage all Firms and Individual consultants for the assigned Outcome and provide additional support to other supervisory work in agreement with the Project Lead.
- Coordinate when applicable 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.
- Ensure successful completion of the project deliverables detailed in the Project Agreement and summarized in Annex A. With a special focus on the identification of potential green investment projects, policy development support and the coordination and design of the Industrial Masterplans and Investment Plans.
- Identify project delivery issues and ensure effective coordination of project activities and resources to ensure attainment of objectives against established timeframes.
- Develop execution modality and documents for the assigned Outcome. Capture lessons learned to support refinement/improvement of the execution modality.
- Safeguards, Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion are key for this Project and need to be mainstreamed and/or applied in all deliveries and outputs.
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Industrial Ecology, Civil engineering, Environmental Engineering/science, Industrial chemistry, Business administration or a comparable relevant field.
- More than 8 years of relevant technical working experience within the theme of green Industrialization at middle technical level, including participatory planning, report writing (in English) and financial management. International experience and exposure to (green) industrialization is an advantage.
- A Bachelor’s degree in these relevant fields with 10+ years of relevant experience is also acceptable.
- Proven experience with Industrial policy development, strategy development and support programs
- Practical understanding of physical/spatial and land use planning; and use of geo-spatial mapping systems is an advantage
GGGI Uganda has a Host Country Agreement in place with the Government of Uganda. The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Kampala, Uganda and will report directly to the Project Manager (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/.
Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). The expected starting date for the Industrial Development Officer is the 1st of November 2020.
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