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Vacancy Announcement at UNDP


Against the background of a rapid increase, and now record number, of refugees in Uganda, primarily from South Sudan but also including DRC, Somalia and Burundi, combined with a deterioration of the food security and vulnerability situation across Uganda and a deterioration of the security situation in several neighbouring countries, the UN in Uganda is re-enforcing its support to the Government in Uganda in nationally-led efforts to address humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities within the broader development efforts.

The UN in Uganda is the main partner of the Government in Uganda as it works towards the achievement of the second National Development Plan and its long-term development goals set forth in Vision 2040, in line with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

In respect of refugees, the Government has a world-leading, progressive and solutions-oriented approach as outlined in the Settlement Transformative Agenda. Complementing this agenda, as outlined in the UN Development Assistance Framework and the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) strategy, the UN is committed to working with the Government to empower refugees to become self-reliant, while also working to improve and the development outcomes of host communities. Uganda is also a pilot country for roll-out of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), spearheaded by UNHCR with support from the UN system, Government and other partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working under the direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, the Humanitarian-Development Nexus Advisor is expected to support four inter-related areas:

Strengthen the capacity of the Office of the Resident Coordinator to enhance leadership and coordination of humanitarian and development actors to ensure better synergy between humanitarian and development planning, financing, strategies and programmes;

Provide strategic advice to the UN Resident Coordinator on humanitarian-development nexus issues, including policy and programme integration, programme development and inter-agency planning and coordination to ensure collective outcomes;

Advise on financing mechanisms and opportunities to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus;

Identify programmatic entry points and engagement and collective outcomes on the humanitarian-development nexus with stakeholders against the backdrop of the National Development Plan and its long-term development goals set forth in Vision 2040, and provide expert support in the preparation of UN responses to government requests related to initiatives aimed at bridging the humanitarian-development divide, including the integration of prevention, risk reduction and crisis response plans into the broader development framework as preparedness measures in the event of future crisis;

Initiate and/or support initiatives to make the national environment more conducive to the new business model (vis-à-vis The Grand Bargain) of promoting joint action between development actors and humanitarians on issues such as refugee hosting, climate vulnerability, peacebuilding and cross-border security;

Support the UNCT in developing innovative resilience and multi-dimensional risk management strategies.

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