Country Urban Adviser, Kampala

Closing date: Saturday, 26 January 2019

Cities Alliance

Cities Alliance, which is hosted by UNOPS, is the global partnership promoting the role of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Headquartered in Brussels and supported by a Secretariat, it is a unique partnership with a diverse membership which has come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development. Cities Alliance is a global leader, with a strong track record in grant-making to support strategic citywide planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. Through UNOPS, the Cities Alliance operates a Multi-Donor Fund supported by an efficient, flexible grant-making mechanism with global reach.


At the programmatic level, Cities Alliance is now implementing its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, with a recalibrated business model combining global programmes for normative work and country/city programmes for operations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the MENA region.

Country Programmes are longer-term programmes tailored to the country's context and government's needs, delivered by financing a series of key urban sustainability initiatives in a coherent, sustained manner to achieve impact at scale. Country Programmes are implemented in partnership with national and sub-national government and operationalised through Cities Alliance members and partner organisations active in the country. The Secretariat is generally responsible for ensuring the convening of members and partners that characterises Cities Alliance in-country activities, as well as technical coordination, financial support and fiduciary control and, when appropriate, technical execution.

The Cities Alliance has over the last decade designed and supported a number of urban operations within Uganda in collaboration with several institutions, development agencies and civil society organisation in the country. These operations and engagements have been firstly developed through the Land, Services and Citizenship (LSC) and Future Cities Africa (FCA) initiatives. They have more recently been maintained by the Equitable Economic Growth Joint Work Programme (EEG) but it is now needed to expand the portfolio into new directions and seek additional investments.

Cities Alliance is seeking highly motivated and dynamic Urban Advisor to support and strengthen the Cities Alliance presence in the country. The incumbent will guide and facilitate the implementation and coherence of new projects in the pipeline (Joint Work Programme on Migration and Cities and the Kampala-Jinja Expressway), seek expansion of the portfolio through business development as well as promote national ownership, coherence of effort and regular liaising with the UN and key national stakeholders.

The incumbent will report to the Country Programmes Coordinator/Africa Regional Manager and work closely to the Special Advisor.

4. Functional Responsibilities

  • Ensure a programmatic and coherent approach that effectively links a diverse portfolio. It is expected that the Cities Alliance Country Programme in Uganda will increasingly consist of a number of urban projects and initiatives funded by different donors, including specific pilot initiatives under both the Joint Work Programmes on Economic Growth and Joint Work Programme on Migration. A key feature of the urban advisory role is to provide for strong synergies between these different initiatives so that they feed into a coherent urban programme and to actively promote the importance of building coherence of effort and minimising duplication among national and international stakeholder. For the Joint Work Programmes, the role may also require specific stakeholders' and beneficiaries' management and facilitation.
  • Maintain contact with national and international stakeholders to identify needs and future opportunities. The Country Urban Advisor will ensure that all in-country national partners (national, local government and community) are constantly updated with regards to progress within the Cities Alliance urban portfolio and effectively informed how the Cities Alliance can both respond to identified needs and emerging opportunities. The Country Urban Advisor will also regularly monitor and scan the international urban programmes and will through direct engagement identify areas of potential collaboration. Particular attention should be paid to UNOPS and the UN which Cities Alliance is part of.
  • Draw on Cities Alliance business development strategy to identify and guide new fundraising opportunities for Uganda. This includes earmarked funding from Cities Alliance members, donors and open bidding. Use country resource networks and work with Secretariat staff to prepare bid documents, funding proposals and concept notes.
  • Ensure the presence of Cities Alliance in key national urban discussions and events. As the urban agenda gains currency in Uganda, a growing number of Ministries and development agencies are organising urban focused discussion and policy events. The Country Urban Advisor will ensure that the Cities Alliance is invited to such events and that as far as possible a platform is created for Cities Alliance messaging.
  • Review and comment on documents. The Country Urban Advisor will on request review and comment and guide stakeholder consultations on relevant documents both directly relevant to the Uganda Country programme, urban sector and business development. This may include also facilitation, collection and reporting urban sector data from different Ministries, local authorities and civil society.
  • Facilitate and design meetings and events. The Country Urban Advisor will organise meetings, set agendas as requested to ensure both the growth of the Cities Alliance Country Programme and of related Joint Work Programmes and the effective servicing of members of the Cities Alliance.
  • An advanced university degree (Masters' or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Urban Sociology, Politics, Economics or other related field is required.
  • Minimum five years' relevant working experience in the Uganda urban field covering a wide range of urban issues in diverse institutional contexts.

Fluency in English, both writing and speaking, is required

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

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  • Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
  • Contract level: Local Specialist Level 10
  • Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
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  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

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Deadline/closing date: 
Saturday, January 26, 2019