Project Manager

UNOPS, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th March, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific:

Background information – Cities Alliance (CA):

Cities Alliance, which is hosted by UNOPS, is a global partnership for the promotion 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 including – global organisations of local authorities, national governments, international non-governmental organisations, foundations, knowledge networks and multilateral organisations – which have 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, that supports strategic city planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. Members promote longer-term and integrated work programmes, while actively promoting gender equality throughout all activities.

Background information – European Union:

This programme is funded by the European Union and is a small part of a bigger cooperation in Africa. The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

The most long-standing cooperation is with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group with close collaboration with 48 states of sub-Saharan Africa. In this context, "treating Africa as one" has become a priority for both sides. Both continents therefore decided to put their relations on a new footing, and to conclude a strategic, trans-continental partnership. At the Lisbon Summit in 2007, the European Union and 54 African countries adopted the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) with the ambition of:

Moving 'beyond development', by strengthening the Africa-EU dialogue on issues of common concern and expanding their bilateral cooperation into promising new areas of common interest such as governance and human rights, trade and regional integration, energy, climate change, migration, mobility and employment, or science, ICT and space applications;

Moving 'beyond institutions' by working towards a people-centred partnership, ensuring the participation of civil society and the private sector and delivering direct benefits for African and European citizens.

Moving 'beyond Africa', by jointly addressing global common challenges such as climate change peace and security.

Background information – job specific:

Within the scope of the Uganda Country Program, Cities Alliance is managing an EU-funded project entitled “The Kampala - Jinja Expressway - Implementing the Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration Plan (RLRP) - No One Worse Off”, (2019 - 2020)’. The Ugandan Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) and the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) acts as the lead partner agencies for the Project while working directly with civil society and NGOs. The Project Manager will join a team of international and local specialists and in the short term will be accountable the Director based in Brussels.

Cities Alliance is seeking a highly motivated, experienced and skilled professional to manage the implementation of the various components of the project as a coherent programme ensuring time, quality and cost criteria. The project manager will be supported by the national office based in Kampala and by a task manager based in Brussels. The candidate will have strong Prince 2 project management experience. In addition, the candidate will have experience in project implementation involving local communities across multiple dimensions and relationship building skills. It will be advantageous to understand urban development and management, resettlement and security of land tenure.

The Project Manager will work in close collaboration with the Cities Alliance Urban Advisor and the Country Programme Support Officer as well as the Special Advisor based in Brussels. The project manager will be the key in-country focal point for the EU funded project in Uganda. He/She will work in partnership with Cities Alliance members and partners in Kampala to drive the effective and efficient functioning of the project.

Education/Experience/Language requirements:


  • Advanced university degree in management, engineering, international development or environmental studies; economics; or related disciplines. A bachelor’s degree with a combination of two (2) additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.
  • PRINCE2 Foundation or a similar foundation level project/programme management certification (i.e. PMP, PMI) required. Prince2 Practitioner or similar advanced certification will be considered an asset.


  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organizations.
  • Experience of promoting constructive dialogue between diverse stakeholders and of communicating clearly and respectfully at the highest levels of government and with civil society is required.
  • Experience managing operational aspects of project management required – preferably in UN context.
  • Experience in Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration is desirable.
  • Experience in managing EU-funded projects and/or working in country delegation is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the work of the Cities Alliance and other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners in urban development is desirable.

Language: Fluency in English is required.


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