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Project Officer job in Uganda

Application Deadline : 31-Dec-10
Additional Category: Women’s Empowerment
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-4
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : 01-Mar-2011
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 8 months
II. Background
The United Nations (UN) in Uganda in collaboration with the Government of Uganda is implementing a Joint Programming on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with current funding from DFID. The programme is being coordinated by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, Part of UN Women). The programme includes resources for strengthening strategic institutions within government in gender mainstreaming activities.

The Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) is responsible for the coordination of gender mainstreaming across government, mainly through the Department for Gender and Women’s Affairs within MGLSD. The roles and responsibilities of the MGLSD in relation to gender, as laid out in the National Gender Policy, are coordination and support: Establish appropriate mechanisms for coordinating gender mainstreaming at different levels; Provide technical support on gender mainstreaming to sectors (including Gender Focal Points and Sector Working Groups), institutions, local governments, civil society and the private sector; Set standards, develop gender guidelines, disseminate and monitor their implementation; Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of the National Gender Policy and gender responsive development in the country
It is in the above context that MGLSD requires the services of a Project Officer on Gender Equitable Capacity Development to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Duties and Responsibilities.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of Gender, and in collaboration with the programme officers and staff of the Ministry, the Project Officer on Gender Equitable Capacity Development to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, hired at Service Band 4, SC level 9, will perform the following functions:
● Develop and implement an institutional and capacity development plan that considers the findings and recommendations of the participatory gender audit and related capacity assessment reports on the Ministry, to ensure that the Department of Gender technical staff has the required skills and knowledge to support gender mainstreaming in the identified sectors of the Joint Programme
● Strengthen the Gender Focal Points (GFPs) at sectoral and local government levels through the development of clear Terms of Reference (TOR) for Gender Focal Points and support for their implementation
● Design and implement gender training and mentoring programme for the gender focal points in national sector agencies
● Facilitate the harmonization of capacity development plans, training curricula and materials, monitoring and evaluation systems between the MGLSD and other sectors; viz, Finance, Agriculture, Education, the National Planning Authority, the Justice Law and Order Sector, Health and Public Services, Water and sanitation
● Assist in the conduct of gender audit of sector agencies and local governments; and in related project assessment and monitoring activities
● Coordinate gender advocacy strategies with key stakeholders from Government, Parliament, women’s groups, CSOs and the private sector to monitor the effective implementation of gender related laws and policies and address implementation gaps
● Systematize the documentation of capacity development activities and results into a compendium of validated knowledge products that will be packaged for publication and web uploading
● Develop partnerships with civil society organizations, academic institutions, and development partners with relevant work
● Prepare, consolidate and submit periodic reports in relation to the tasks above
● Work closely with UNIFEM, other collaborating UN agencies, Ministries and civil society organizations working on the Joint Programme on Gender Equality
Qualifications and Experience.
● Advanced University degree or equivalent in social sciences, development, gender or a related field
● Minimum of 7 years relevant gender and development experience in Uganda, preferably with government and/or with women’s non-governmental organizations at a senior level
● Proven track record in training or institutional capacity development especially in the area of gender, development, and women’s empowerment
Application Procedure.
Interested and qualified Ugandan Nationals are advised to apply online through: . The detailed Terms of Reference including the deliverables & competencies can be found in the link.This vacancy is only open to Ugandan nationals

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