Urban Development Expert - Uganda

  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • 09 Feb, 2020
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Job Description

The Urban Development Expert (PM) will be the technical expert on Urban Development within the implementation of the above-mentioned EU funded Project titled “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization”. The Expert will be leading on one of the Outcomes of the program and will be providing technical advisory to the other outcome areas (see all outcomes in Annex A).




  • Lead the implementation of at least one of the outcomes,depending on the technical background and experience this will be either Outcome 1 or Outcome 2 that will include policy support at National level, the development of masterplans/development plans, and the development of investment plans including pitching these to Financial Institutions. Details are provided in Annex A.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the other outcomes where applicable.
  • Responsible for parts of the budget management Monitoring and Evaluation, part of Donor, Government, and GGGI reporting for the assigned Outcomes and related activities.
  • Day-to-day management of one or more firms and international experts/consultants under supervision of the Project Lead.
  • Support the identification and development of spin-off opportunities of the Project, including potential additional resource mobilization to further accelerate Uganda’s shift to green urbanization and industrialization, specifically in relation to the Outcome led by the Candidate.
  • Assess issues and opportunities for development, within the candidates responsible areas.




  • Engage and participate in the day-to-day communication with the Ugandan Counterparts such as (but not limited too) the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), the National Planning Authority (NPA), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Makerere University, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Uganda Green Building Council (UGBC) and more.
  • Support and participate in the day-to-day communication with the EU and other development partners to ensure alignment and complementarity and identify opportunity for cooperation when possible.  
  • Will directly  manage at least one Firm for the assigned Outcome.
  • Coordinate when applicable with GGGI experts and other departments (legal, HR, Procurement etc) to ensure high quality delivery and delivery within the rules and regulations of GGGI and the EU.




  • Identify project delivery issues and ensure effective coordination of project activities and resources to ensure attainment of objectives against established time frames.
  • Develop execution modality and documents for the assigned Outcome. Capture lessons learned to support refinement/improvement of the execution modality.
  • Ensure successful completion of the project deliverables detailed in the Project Agreement 
  • Safeguards, Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion are key for this Project and need to be mainstreamed and/or applied in all deliveries and outputs.






  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Urban Development/Management/Planning, Civil Engineering, Solid Waste Management/Circular Economy, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Ecology or a comparable relevant field.
  • More than 7 years of relevant technical working experience within the theme of Urban Development, Green Cities and/or Industrialization at senior level, including participatory planning, report writing (in English) and financial management.
  • Proven experience with Policy Development and Support
  • Ability to engage the private sector to become project partners, co-developers, investors, etc.;
  • Exceptional skills in building productive working relationships with colleagues, field offices, stakeholders, donors and other partners
  • Strategic thinker and solutions-oriented person with good ability to multitask and work in a matrix environment
  • Good knowledge in monitoring and evaluation systems within a performance-based management context.




  • Proven strong Network within Uganda within the required themes, proven experience with working with Ugandan Government Entities especially with the ones involved in this Project (as mentioned above)
  • Good understanding of the local context and the relevant policy environment
  • Detail-oriented striving for quality and consistency in all outputs and communications.
  • Output-oriented, demonstrating creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial drive.
  • Highly organized and able to effectively and efficiently multi-task and prioritize.
  • Comfortable working both in a team and independently.
  • Excellent organizational and management understanding and demonstrated experience with successful mainstreaming of safeguards, gender, poverty reduction and social inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing projects that are supported and/or executed by both international and local consultants.
  • Understanding of green (climate) financing is an advantage
  • Experience in mobilization of resources from financial institutions and development partners is a benefit.




  • Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
  • Excels at problem solving, ask questions and seeks support when needed, shares easily information and knowledge with others both internally as externally.
  • Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
  • Strong ability to work independently and/or remotely, while maintaining productivity.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills; including public speaking.




GGGI, hosted in Uganda by the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, has been closely working together with its Government and Non-Government partners and the European Union (EU) and to design a 3-year program titled “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization”.

There is clear evidence that sustained economic growth is a major driver of poverty reduction and human development. Over the past decades, rapid economic growth has pulled more than 600 million people out of poverty and improved their quality of life. With about 900 million people worldwide still trapped in extreme poverty, the growth imperative remains strong, especially in developing nations. However, sustaining economic growth with the incumbent model is a serious concern. Growth came at the expense of unsustainable use of natural resources and massive negative impacts on the environment, leading to dangerous air pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Green growth is a development approach that seeks to deliver economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. It seeks opportunities for economic growth that are low-carbon and climate resilient, prevent or remediate pollution, maintain healthy and productive ecosystems, and create green jobs, reduce poverty and enhance social inclusion. Green growth aims at multiple objectives in economic, environmental and social dimensions, and recognizes that issues are inter-related, and development is specific to culture and context. Thus, an integrated approach, long-term thinking and local solutions with a global view are key aspects of the green growth approach.

While Uganda actively pursues rapid economic growth, to reach their ambition to become an upper middle-income country by 2040, the Government of Uganda increasingly recognizes the need to integrate multiple aspects of natural and social well-being within its economic development goals and plans. Which has been reflected in the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy 2017/18 – 2030/31 and its implementation roadmap that were launched in November 2017, supported by GGGI (and others).

In line with EU’s Inclusive Green Economy Program that is promoting a paradigm shift which better acknowledges the economic opportunities that ‘green’ policies, markets and business practices can deliver, the proposed project will support Uganda in transitioning towards a green growth path that will facilitate sustainable green investments (public and private) at national and subnational level as well as increased employment.

The “Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization” project (hereafter called the “Project”) impact objective is therefore: Uganda achieves strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The Uganda Vision 2040 specifically highlights Industrialization and urbanization as key focal are as it envisions that 60% of Ugandans will live in urban areas by 2040. Therefore, the project is aligned with these key sectors, and the impact will be delivered through linked outcomes defined as following:

  • Outcome 1: Green City Development is pursued and demonstrated in four Secondary Cities
  • Outcome 2: Green Industrialization is pursued and demonstrated at four locations
  • Outcome 3: Efficient and effective waste management is pursued and demonstrated
  • Outcome 4: Green Growth integrated into the National Development Plan’s planning and budgeting

The proposed project would take advantage of GGGI Uganda country program’s achievements so far and established relationship with key government partners. Moreover, it will be complemented by GGGI’s ongoing efforts on mainstreaming green growth and green city development in the country.




  • GGGI Uganda has a Host Country Agreement in place with the Government of Uganda.
  • The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Kampala, Uganda and will report directly to the Project Lead (also based in Kampala).
  • For more information on GGGI’s terms and conditions (allowances, health care, education etc) please familiarize yourself with GGGI’s Rules and Regulations that can be found here: https://gggi.org/policy-documents/.
  • The start of this position is still pending the signing of the contract between GGGI and the EU. The expected starting date for the Project Expert is the 1st of May 2020.

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