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Through USAID/Uganda’s Regional Coordination Initiative (RCI), the mission is supporting a regional leadership and coordination platform for Karamoja. A Steering Committee representing this platform is in the process of developing a regional strategy and regional investment plan; they are working closely with the Gulu Constituent College (GCC) in Moroto, the Resilience Africa Network (RAN) at Makerere’s School of Public Health, and with the Center for Basic Research (CBR) in Kampala, to conduct and coordinate research. They are also hosting local consultations to refine their priorities.
Senior counselors, partners and members of the Regional Steering Committee have described the need to develop narrative around the framework so that the presentation to LC5s and the Minister clearly articulates the rationale, including constraints, opportunities, and assumptions which influence their prioritization. Further, the USAID/RCI recognizes a need for technical assistance to communicate priorities of the Steering Committee verbally, through presentations and collaboration, in addition to developing written products needed rather urgently. USAID/Uganda RCI will support the development of this narrative, communication and collaboration, and recommends that engaging an expert from the CBR to accomplish this task is fitting as a task for the Uganda Learning Activity (ULA).
Strategy Development and Investment Development Support: (to be further defined in terms of feasibility and value-add, upon engagement of the contractor, and to be refined through subsequent dialogue with the Steering Committee): Based upon consultations and research to date, finalize the prioritization framework developed by the Karamoja Steering Committee, including recommending sub-results, cross-cutting themes and illustrative signature investments aligned to the KIDP and the NPA, i.e. investments most likely to come to fruition, and to leverage the work of other actors (development partners, GoU, private sector) while maintaining focus on what has been prioritized through consultations and from the Steering Committee.
Further Regional Research, Advocacy, Communication and Collaboration: Assist to research, communicate and advocate on behalf of the regional Steering Committee. This will include producing written documents and presentations as well as attending meetings when needed. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the planning and agenda setting of one Karamoja regional coordination and cluster collaboration meeting in partnership with the Uganda Learning Activity.
Disseminate Research with key Stakeholders: As needed and feasible, share research and learning with development partners, collaborate with GCC-Moroto and other universities, USAID Implementing Partners, and coordinate support across other regional fora that USAID is advancing.
Deliverables of the Consultancy:
- Produce and demonstrate expertise as a regional researcher for Karamoja
- Liaise with local government officials
- Input, organize, and analyze data
- Identify the need for new research, desk reviews or policy briefs
- Draft SOWs for needed research, desk reviews and policy briefs
- Coordinate with the USAID Learning activity to support Regional Stakeholder Platform meetings
- Other tasks, as assigned
- A minimum of a Doctoral Degree from a recognized university
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English
- Expert knowledge of the Karamoja
- Expert Communication skills
- Politically astuteness, including demonstrated ability to have meaningful insights into national counterpart and other stakeholder priorities.
- Resourcefulness, and initiative to identify and gather relevant data
- Willingness to work with local government officials and development partners to achieve stakeholder goals
To apply for this position please follow the following steps:
- Complete the online application.
- Attach your resume/CV.
- Click on this link to complete a USAID Biodata/1420 form, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application.
- You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
- Submit your application, resume/CV, completed biodata, and any additional documents.
Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without either a resume/CV and/or biodata may not be considered. Only finalists will be contacted; no phone calls please.
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