National Planning Authority Jobs

The National Planning Authority (NPA) was established by an Act of Parliament No.15 of 2002 in compliance with Article 125 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995). It is a Principal Statutory Agency responsible for management of National and Decentralized Development Planning in Uganda. The primary function of the Authority is to produce comprehensive and integrated development plans for the country elaborated in terms of the perspective Vision, Long and Medium-term Plans. Following the review of the Strategic Plan and the Organization Structure, new positions have emerged. In this regard, the Authority is desirous of filling those positions.

JOB TITLE: PERSONAL/TECHNICAL ASSISTANT TO THE CHAIRPERSON

Reports to: The Executive Chairperson NPA

Main function: This is a middle managerial position in the Authority. The officer will be responsible for planning the day to day activities and assist in drafting presentations for the Chairperson in advance.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Officer will be responsible for;

Monitoring progress of planned activities / projects in the Office of the Chairperson
Collecting data from the field
Drafting Chairperson’s speeches , presentations and manage his protocol
Drafting monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the Office of the Chairperson
Taking minutes for technical meetings chaired by the Chairperson and ensuring that action points are delivered on time.
Carrying out research on topical areas for specific information using electronic resources and or networking relations with internal and external key stakeholders
Drafting general replies on behalf of the Chairperson

Key Result Areas:

Produce Monthly, quarterly and Annual reports for the Office of the Chairperson
Minutes produced and circulated in time
Produce reports on the progress of planned activities
Produce reports on research topical areas as required by the Chairperson.

Requirement:

Person Specifications/ Minimum Qualifications:

An Honors Degree in Social Sciences or Economics or Development Economics or a closely related field from a recognized university.
A Masters Degree in Economics or Economic Policy and Planning or Economic Policy Management or a related field from a recognized university.
A related professional experience of at-least 5 years
Professional competence in at least one of the following areas; Economic Policy Analysis or Development Management
Must have knowledge in carrying out research.

Special personal character / attribute:

Be a self starter and able to work with minimal supervision
Possess critical thinking and analytical skills
Be able to network with others effectively

Additional skills or requirements:

Excellent Command of both spoken and written English.
Analytical skills
Excellent Communication skills
Good interpersonal skills.
Good report writing skills
Ability to work under tight dead line

JOB TITLE: SENIOR PLANNER-HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (1 POSITION) RE-ADVERTISED

Reports to: Head, Human Resource Planning and Development.

Major Function: This is a middle managerial position where the senior officer will be assisting the Head, Human Resource Planning and Development in harmonizing the

plans, strategies and interventions aimed at improving development and utilization of manpower in the country.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Officer will be responsible for:

Developing and implementing work plans and activities related to planning and development of the country’s human resources at the national and local levels
Assisting the Head Human Resource Planning and Development in working with educational and training institutions in developing programmes and curricular that addresses the country’s critical skills and capacity requirements.
Participating in carrying out assessment of the human resource situation in the country.
Carrying out projections of the human resource development needs of the country.
Participating in harmonizing and formulation of new policies for Human Resource Planning and Development.
Participating in developing the National Human Resource Plan.

Key Result Areas:

Produce reports on National skills stock, and projections.
Produce the National Human Resource Development Plan.
‘ Produce the National Human Resource Development Policy.
Produce reports on harmonized National Capacity Building.

Requirement:

Person Specifications/ Qualifications

The Senior Officer must have the following qualifications:

An Honors Degree in Economics or Statistics from a recognized institution
An Advanced Degree (Masters Degree) in Economics, Statistics, Human Resource Planning and Development with emphasis on Human Resource Planning from a recognized institution
Training in Human Resource forecasting models from a recognized institution.
A related professional experience of at-least 3 years.
Professional competence in at least one of the following areas; Economic Policy Analysis; Development Management; and National Statistics
Superior computer skills (i.e. Excel, SPSS and other Research packages)
Experience in working with HR forecasting models and demonstrated strong research and analytical skills.

JOB TITLE: SENIOR PLANNER-TRADE & TOURISM (1 POSITION) RE-ADVERTISED

Reports to: Head Production and Trade Planning.

Major function:

This is a middle Managerial position in the Authority. The Officer will be responsible for coordinating and harmonizing the development planning and formulation of plans and strategies particularly in the trade sector

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Officer will be responsible for,

Assist the Head of the unit in the Formulation of National Development Plans and address issues of Trade Tourism.
Monitoring & evaluating the implementation of key policies, projects, programmes and development initiatives in the trade sector
Conducting research in the area of trade so as to inform development planning processes
Providing input and advice on the National sect oral budgeting processes in line with the National Development Plan
Participating in the preparation and implementation of the departmental work plans.
Carrying out any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of the Department and top management of NPA.

Key Result Areas (KRAs):

Produce Trade sector development plans as part of the National Development Plan
Develop Strategies for improving the performance of the Trade Sector
Produce Annual performance reports on the Trade Sector
Produce Planning guidelines and standards on the Trade sector

Requirement:

Person Specification /Qualification: The applicant must have the following qualifications:

Holder of a Honors Degree in Economics, Marketing , Development Economics or a closely related field from a recognised institution
A Masters Degree in Economics or Economic Policy and Planning or a closely related field to trade from a recognized University.
Good Knowledge of National, Regional and Global trade policies, regulations, laws and conventions is an added advantage.
Working experience, of at least 3 years in a related position from a reputable organisation.

Additional Skills and Other Requirements:

Excellent command of both spoken and written English.
Analytical skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills.
Good report writing skills
Ability to work under tight dead lines.

JOB TITLE: SENIOR PLANNER, GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) RE-ADVERTISED

Reporting to; Head ICT

Major Function: This is a middle Managerial position in the Authority and the Officer will be responsible for performing Geospatial information processing by planning, organizing, and evaluating GIS/SDI operations and managing staff.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Officer will be responsible for:

Coordinating the geo-spatial datasets, data standards, quality products, analysis, and dissemination of Information used in the development of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Developing, maintaining and managing NPA’s information systems required to help easy storage and accessibility of geo-spatial information.
Coordinating activities related to NSDI global standard Information Management (IM) tools as well as be the NPA Uganda focal point for the NSDI platform:
Drafting materials, and conducting continuous in-house training for NPA staff;
Carrying out periodic training needs assessment for NISDIC members and participating institutions, and recommend specialized courses.
Maintaining current system; evaluate, recommend, test and install new geospatial technology; contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems;
Identifying trends, determining system improvements implementing change.
Provide information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends in new Geospatial technologies.Compiling, describing, and, where necessary, reformatting key quantitative data sets including data from several sources such as surveys of households and firms: administrative records: and statistical abstracts, among others.
Organizing and expanding an extensive collection of spatial (GIS) data sets for Uganda.
Provide analysis upon demand of the data sets compiled, including the spatial data sets, in order to serve the requirement of the Spatial Planning activities at NPA, make spatial information at NPA available to other researchers and policy analysts.

Key Result Areas (KRAs)

Coordinate with all key stakeholders regarding geo-spatial datasets, data standards, quality products, analysis, management and dissemination of Information used in the development of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Ensure that the National Planning Authority’s Geographical Information systems are developed and maintained.
A periodic report on training needs assessment for NISDIC members and participating institutions, and offering support on NSDI matters to the end-Users produced.

Requirement:

Person Specifications/ Qualifications:

The applicant must have the following qualifications:

Honor’s Degree in Computer Science: Information Systems: Information Technology; Mathematics; Statistics; Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography & Geo-information Management; Physical and/or Urban Planning; Surveying or a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field to any of the above mentioned areas from a recognized university.
Master’s Degree in Computer Science or Information Systems/ Technology, Geo-informatics; GIS, or in a closely related field from a recognized University.
Working experience of at least 6 years of progressive responsibility in the area of GIS and IM. Advanced knowledge and extensive high- level practical working experience of GIS application, related tools and software (such as the Arc GIS platform), database development, processing and integration with GIS applications, web application technologies, and Map-Servers are essential.
Familiarity with NSDI development and implementation is essential.
Demonstrable experience in systems development using NET technologies and Geo-databases like MS SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Spatialite

Additional Skills and other Requirements:

Excellent command of both spoken and written English.
Analytical skills
Excellent Communication skills
Good interpersonal skills.
Good report writing skills
Ability to work under tight dead line.

JOB TITLE: SENIOR MACROECONOMIST (1 POSITION) RE-ADVERTISED

Reports to: Head, MacroEconomics

Major Function: This is a middle managerial position in the Authority. The Officer will be responsible for providing a wide range of reports on Macroeconomic developments in the economy.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Officer will be responsible for:

Ensuring collection of relevant macroeconomic indicators/database, for the real, fiscal, monetary and external sectors
Ensuring maintenance of a statistical database to support macroeconomic modelling analysis and forecasting.
Periodically studying historical trends for the whole economy as well as analyzing the macroeconomic developments (for example, inflation, domestic demand, exchange rate, unemployment, public expenditure and other related policy variables)
Using quantitative techniques in formulating and estimating economic models that help to explain economic relationships/inter- linkages and can be used for forecasting future trends.
Monitor and report on periodic trends and forecasts of major National Development issues and assess their potential impact on Uganda’s economy.
6 Regularly monitor the performance of the private sector and how it responds to major Government interventions particularly those that are intended to improve the overall business operating environment.
Liaise with other departments in National Planning Authority in Producing National Development Reports (NDR).
Liaise with Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Bank of Uganda and policy research institutions like the Economic Policy Research Centre on matters concerning the measurement and monitoring of major economic and socio indicators of the economy.

Key Result Areas (KRAs):

Produce relevant macroeconomic indicators on real, fiscal, monetary and external sectors.
Produce quarterly and half yearly reports on the national trends and forecasts of major development issues.
Analyze the economy and come up with strategies for improving the investment/business environment for the private sector.
Prepare Macroeconomic performance Chapter in the Annual National Development Report(NDR)

Requirement:

Person Specifications/Qualifications: The applicant must have the following:

Holder of a Honors Degree in Economics or Quantitative Economics or a closely related field from a recognized University.
A Masters Degree in Economics or Economic Policy and Planning.
Good knowledge of economic modelling techniques and use of econometrics packages/soft ware is essential.
Working experience of 5 years as an Economist with emphasis on macroeconomic issues with at least 3years at senior level in a reputable institution / organization.

Additional Skills and Oilier Requirements:

Excellent Command of both spoken and written English.
Analytical skills
Excellent Communication skills
Good interpersonal skills.
Good report writing skills
Knowledge and use of econometric /analytical softwares e.g STATA, Eviews, SPSS etc
Ability to work under tight deadlines.

JOB TITLE: SENIOR PLANNER- DEVELOPMENT POLICY (1 POSITION)

Reports to: Head, Economic and Strategic Planning

Main Function: This is a middle managerial position where the Senior Officer will be responsible for initiating and providing a wide range of analytical reports and policy analysis.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Officer will be responsible for;

Coordinating the Authority’s efforts to study and analyze National economic policies, plans and programs to establish their impact on the economy.

Liaising with Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Bank of Uganda and the Economic Policy Research Centre on matters concerning the measurement and monitoring of major economic and socio indicators as well as analyzing and documenting macro-economic trends of the economy.
Studying and analyzing the National medium-term recurrent and development budgets, with a view to advising on the rationale and cost-effectiveness of resource utilization.
Producing briefs, reports, reviews and other documentations on the state of the economy.
Analyzing trends of aid in-flows and utilization and advise on it’s effectiveness as well as implications.
Facilitating the production of NPA’s Ministerial policy statement/ Budget Framework paper, Strategic Plan (including its review) and Sector performance reports.
Facilitating the formulation of medium-term and long term plans and strategies for the country by coordinating and cooperating with the respective stakeholders.
Compiling and analyzing data as may be required for the department and the Authority in line with the Government’s National Development Ran.
In collaboration with the Macro department, providing quantitative techniques to formulate economic models that help to explain economic relationships that can be used to forecast the future and analyzing the impact of global economic trends on the micro level units in Uganda.
Giving technical assistance to the various departments of the Authority in regard to strategic planning functions.
Any other duties assigned by the Head of Department

Key outputs /Result Areas

Key relevant policy advisory and policy briefs produced.
Evaluation reports of key government policies and programs
Government policies for improving the public service delivery analyzed.
Contribute to the development of key government medium/long-term plans
Policy research in collaboration with the appropriate departments/ institutions undertaken.
Briefs, reviews and reports on state of the economy produced.

Requirement:

Person Specifications/Qualifications:

The applicants must have the following:

Holders of an Honors Degree in Economics, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics from a recognized University,
A Masters Degree in Economics, Quantitative Economics, Economic Policy and Planning or Development Economics from a recognized university.
Good knowledge of economic modeling techniques and econometrics is essential.
Worked for 5 years as an Economist or in, Government and/or development/research organization in a similar position and at least 3years of which must be at senior level in a reputable development/ research related institution/ organization.
Good analytical skills using econometric software such as STATA, SPSS are critical.
Good report writing skills.



Experience: 5
How to apply:

Remuneration: Remuneration to all the above positions will be attractive and commensurate with the responsibilities attached to them. Submission of Applications: Applicants should send their application letter including an up to date curriculum vitae, certified copies of all academic and professional qualifications and names and contacts of three referees one of which must be a professional and another from your current or previous work place and their complete addresses (postal, telephone, fax and e-mail). Those who had applied for re-advertised jobs need not apply. Deadline for submission: All applications must be in sealed envelopes clearly indicating the NPA address and position applied for on the top right hand corner not later than 5:00p.m on Friday, 17th February 2012 and should be hand delivered or posted to the address given below. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please note that any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be accepted. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL PLANNING AUTHORITY 15B CLEMENT HILL ROAD P. 0 BOX 21434, KAMPALA
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