Project Manager

  • Added Date: Monday, 18 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 March 2019

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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.

Functional Responsibilities

Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Stake Holders Management and Partnership Building

In consultation with the Cities Alliance country office and under the overall guidance of the Project Steering Committee, the Project Manager will guide and support the implementation and management of the project:

  • Manage and motivate the different implementation organisations and procured consultants.
  • Prepare quartely work plans with activities, performance targets, human resource allocations and budgets.
  • Manage and oversight all aspects of project implementation according to the projects’ grant agreements and annual work plan ensuring delivery of activities and outputs;
  • Working with the Programme Support Officer ensure that a monitoring and evaluation plan is developed and all relevant data is collected.
  • Working with the Programme Support Officer ensure that all project reporting is undertaken in accordance with the quality requirements of the funder.
  • Ensure the Projects' governance structures are opearational ;
  • Organize all project-related meetings and events, including but not limited to Steering Committee meetings and workshops.
  • Support the Urban Advisor in representing the Cities Alliance and its activities within the country and engage with a wide range of national, local government, international development, private sector and civil society actors. Most specifically, ensure that the EU-Funded project is fully integrated with the programming of Cities Alliance members and partners in Uganda;
  • Provide support to the Urban Advisor in analyzing in-country donor funding patterns and practices and identify opportunities to leverage additional funding. Oversee the preparation of funding proposals, donor briefings and presentations in support of the project’s goals and more broadly Cities Alliance’s mission and vision;
  • Support the Urban Advisor and the Cities Allance secretariate in engaging the International financial Institutions and private sector linking them to the activities planned in the programme with the view of promoting follow-up investment in the project identified during the programme planning processes;
  • Working with the Urban Advisor develop a network of contacts and scope out potential opportunities for the project or other related CA activities in Uganda;
  • Liaise with the UNOPS Kenya Operational Hub to support oversight and implementation of the Programme as appropriate;
  • Support fiduciary management and monitor fiduciary risks in line with UNOPS policies and procedures;
  • Procurement of goods and services with assistance from the CA Secretariat – drafting TORs, contract management and ensuring service providers deliver on-time and to quality standards;
  • Budgeting, reporting against budgets and using UNOPS ERP systems to track, monitor and produce reports;
  • Identifying, together with CA-S, solutions for operational and programmatic challenges and managing the implementation of solutions which ensure accountability, compliance and efficiency.

Technical and Specialist Services
Project set-up, Governance and Consultation Structures

  • Support the Urban Advisor in the establishement of an inter-ministerial, project steering and technical committees;
  • Establish structured communication with households and small businesses to be relocated, including potential host communities;
  • Maintain registry of all informal households and businesses living and operating within the Right of Way (ROW);
  • Proactively engage with the EU Delegation and involve CA in policy dialogue with the Ugandan stakeholders.

KJE Corridor Low Cost Housing and Urban Renewal Initiative

  • Oversight and quality control on the feasibility study related to improved tenure rights and, based on feasibility study, negotiate development rights on the land owned by the National Housing and Construction Company;
  • Oversight and quality control on development of in-situ upgrading plan for Kasokoso and Kinawataka based on secure tenure and approval by relevant authorities. Maintain land registry for both sites;
  • Oversight and quality control on the land audit study of the greenfiled land suitable for housing the surplus households needed to be resettled from the ROW identified and made available for settlement. Support and commission the accessibility plan and market framework document.

KJE Community Assistance Initiative

  • Oversee and support the development of a tailored resettlement housing strategy targeting the needs of the most vulnerable male and female headed households in the ROW of the Kasokoso and Kinawataka informal settlements; ensure that the most vulnerable male and female-headed households receive additional support enabling them to make the transition from the ROW to a new situation;
  • Oversee and support the development of tailored livelihood strategy targeting the needs of the most vulnerable male and female owned micro enterprises located within the ROW and Nakawe market.

KJE Small Business Transition Initiative

  • Oversee and support the provision of a range of business development services to micro and small enterprises required to relocate from Nakawe market that enables such enterprises to successfully transition to the new chosen location;
  • Provide oversight and support to market research and feasibility study on new market opportunities, and training to the beneficiaries.

Kinawataka Sustainable Wetland Management Initiative

  • Oversight and quality control of feasibility studies to explore the potential enhancement of the current agricultural practices and engagement of communities in wetland conservation activities.

Gender mainstreaming

  • Ensure that gender considerations are actively promoted and adequately mainsteamed through production, implementation and monitoring of a gender mainstreaming strategy for the Programme.
  • Ensure that the projects activities, outputs and indicators mainstream gender.
  • Promote a gender friendly institutional environment for the office in accordance with the Cities Alliance Gender Equality Strategy.Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

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.

Fluency in English is required.

This vacancy is archived.

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