Monday, Dec 18, 2017




Position of Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit (CBDFU), Moroto, Uganda.


IDDRSI-projects, such as are being initiated in different parts of the IGAD region, comprise harmonized, mutli-sectoral, holistic interventions that require cross-border cooperation among neighboring countries for effective implementation. Cross-border cooperation in the implementation of IDDRSI is made imperative by the recognition that changes on one side of the border can have spillover effects, positive or negative, on the other. The Karamoja area, which straddles the common boundary between Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia, is considered as one ecological zone whose development is best perceived within the framework of a consolidated development plan that introduces the need for an institutional arrangement to facilitate cross-border cooperation. In this connection and within the framework of a recommendation by the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee, IGAD Member States decided that a Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit (CBDFU) be established in Moroto, Uganda to facilitate cooperation in the implementation of IDDRSI, among the 4 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan) that share boundaries in the Karamoja Cluster.

Scope of the functions of the Cross-Border Development Facilitation Unit

The Cross-Border Development Facilitation Unit is being established by the IGAD Secretariat within the framework of its role and mandate in promoting, leading and coordinating activities in cross-border development, in general; and the implementation of IGAD strategies, policies and programs, such as IDDRSI, in particular. The unit will thus be IGAD’s principal agent and representative on the ground, serving to execute the obligations of its role and mandate in cross-border development, including coordinating activities, harmonising policies and procedures, capacity buidling and technical backstopping, facilitating cross-border cooperation and being a key rallying point for trans-boundary development.

 The Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit will have the following functions: 

  • Liaise with the affected national and local governments in the planning and implementation of activities related to the implementation of IDDRSI
  • Coordinate the formulation of cross-border integrated development plans
  • Provide harmonized and coordinated support in knowledge management, programming and capacity building activities and other technical support to affected local and national government actors and non-state participants involved in cross-border development activities 
  • Provide the coordination and linkage of the regional, national and cross-border area coordination centers.
  • Report to the affected countries, the IGAD Secretariat and the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee through the IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit.
  • Provide such technical support as may be required in facilitating activities involved in cross-border cooperation, especially, but not limited to, aspects of programming, knowledge management and capacity building.

 Position of the Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit

Job title:

Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit, Moroto


Regional Drought Resilience Platform Coordination Unit, IGAD Secretariat

Program / Project Number

IGAD Drought Resilience and Sustainability Initiative – IDDRSI

Location of assignment


In Moroto, Uganda (accredited to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan).

Nationalities eligible to apply


Appropriately qualified applicants from countries in the IGAD Region are eligible to apply; but preference will be given to applicants from any of the 4 countries with borders in the Karamoja Cluster (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan or Uganda)

Expected Start Date

1 February 2017

Duration of the Assignment



The contract is for a period of one year, renewable at the end of each year, for a period of 5 years, based on the availability of funds and the performance of the incumbent to the satisfaction of the project management.

 2. General description of the tasks and functions of the position

The person appointed to serve in the position of the Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit (CBDFU), will be charged with the overall responsibility for the unit, including its leadership, day to day management and the execution of the activities and functions of the unit.

Working in close collaboration and liaison with the local authorities, government agencies, development partners, communities, sectors, coordination centres and stakeholders relevant to the implementation of the drought resilience initiative in each of the 4 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda), the Facilitator of the Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit, will promote and facilitate the development and implementation of programs in the Karamoja Cluster, ensuring that the  relevant and appropriate activities are initiated and sustained. This will require the Facilitator to be pro-active in all areas, playing the role of a dynamic animator on all fronts and endeavors related to enhancing cooperation and advancing development in general and the implementation of IDDRSI in the Karamoja area in particular.

The Facilitator, CBDFU, will serve under the general supervision of the Coordinator, IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit and in close consultations with (and guidance of) the respective operational heads of the ministries in charge of the implementation of IDDRSI in each of the 4 countries, sharing a common border in the Karamoja Cluster. The Facilitator, CBDFU will serve as the secretary of meetings of a Cross-border Cooperation Steering Committee, comprising 3 members at the level of Director (from different key sectors in each of the 4 neighboring countries) and chaired in one-year rotation by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in charge of IDDRSI implementation in the respective countries that share a common border in the Karamoja Cluster.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

The Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit (CBDFU), is expected to perform the following duties and functions:

  • Direct and oversee the day to day management of the CBDFU and provide overall coordination, and leadership of the activities and staff of the unit.
  • Assisted by the staff of the CBDFU, prepare work plans and budget for activities of the unit
  • Liaise with relevant officials in national and local governments in the 4 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan) on all matters related to the planning and implementation of activities related to the implementation of IDDRSI in cross-border areas
  • Coordinate the formulation, execution and monitoring of cross-border integrated development plans
  • Provide harmonized and coordinated technical support in programming, knowledge management and capacity building and related activities, as may be required (by governments, development partners and non-state actors ) to facilitate cross-border cooperation and enhance development 
  • Link the local and national IDDRSI coordination centers relevant to the cross-border area with with the regional coordination centre.
  • Through the IGAD Secretraiat (IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit), report to the affected countries and the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee.
  • Implement decisions as may be assigned by the IDDRSI Platform Project Steering Committee
  • Monitor and facilitate compliance with the implementation, legal, financial and technical requirements of the project.
  • Undertake the monitoring and evaluation of performance indicators and outcomes against the targets of the project.
  • Maintain active and effective contact with local authorities, development agencies, communitiy organisations, sector heads, coordination centres and any other stakeholders relevant to the implementation of the drought resilience –enhancing activities in each of the 4 countries
  • Identify issues of relevance to cross-border development and make arrangements to discuss possibilities for improving cross-border cooperation to enhance the implementation of IDDRSI
  • Submit quarterly progress reports to the IGAD Secretariat and to the relevant centres in the 4 countries
  • Facilitate the mapping of partners contributing to the resilience agenda and form alliances with them rallying them to effectively support the national Platform, national level coordination mechanisms, initiatives and processes relevant to resilience thereby enhancing coordination
  • Ensure that information relevant to coordination of resilience initiatives at the country level is collected, collated, analyzed and disseminated effectively. This will foster an upward momentum and mobility in terms of quality of programming and resource utilization through evidence based information, best practices and lessons learnt on the implementation of the interventions at national and regional levels
  • Facilitate Regional Capacity development and learning and help promote and facilitate coherence and effectiveness among research and capacity building centres of excellent in the country, as appropriate.


4. Qualification and Experience/Minimum requirements

  • Post graduate degree in socio-economics, agricultural sciences, rural development, international relations and other related disciplines with suitable experience in drought resilience and sustainable livelihoods interventions applicable to resilience building and sustainable development of drylands
  • Knowledgeable about regional cooperation, integration and conflict resolution; Capacity in Monitoring and Evaluation and experience in project management will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of 7 years hands-on experience in national, organizations programme leadership and coordination;
  • Fluency in English and a working knowledge of any of the local languages spoken in cross-border areas of the Karamoja Cluster is an added advantage.
  • Sound knowledge of and experience with the policies and procedures employed by the various development partners active in the region will be an advantage.
  • Proven understanding, with several years experience, of spatial and territorial planning at both planning and operational scales/levels.
  • Proven experience in integrated rural development, land use planning and use, including the use of of GIS and remote sensing and other geo-spatial planning tools carry an extra preferential advantage.

5. Core Competencies

  • Knowledge of resilience, climate change and related issues;
  • Innovation and networking;
  • Knowledge of the issues in the 4 countries sharing a common border in the Karamoja Cluster
  • Ability to mobilise, network and coordinate a wide range of partners is critical;
  • Evidence of being a goal driven dynamic animator, with a proven track record of successful completion of assigned tasks
  • Good Communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills;
  • A good knowledge of computer applications;
  • Ability to prepare concise, timely, analytical and informative documentation.
  • Knowledge of the local languages spoken in the Karamoja Cluster is an advantage
  • Familiarity with the systems and procedures in the country of assignment would be an added advantage

 6. Expected results during the first year of engagement of the Facilitator

The Facilitator is responsible to facilitate cross-border cooperation by delivering the following results:

  • Result 1. Stakeholder and resilience investments mapping (3W) shared and harmonized across the borders. Projects and implementing agencies with cross-border activities identified for further cooperation;
  • Result 2: Unified M&E-System introduced for resilience projects across the border;
  • Result 3.  Processes on spatial analysis and spatial planning coordinated and harmonized across the borders based on unified cartography and geo-data portal;  
  • Result 4. Prioritized thematic areas for cross-border cooperation identified and institutional arrangements for its implementation agreed and established (e.g. MoU, bilateral agreements, commission, coordination mechanisms, etc.);  
  • Result 5.  Prioritized intervention areas for cross-border cooperation (cross-border PIAs) identified and used for strategic planning by treating the Karamoja Cluster as “one socio-ecological zone” (Integrated Development Plan for Karamoja Cluster);  
  • Result 6. Preparation of “bankable projects” for drought resilience-enhancing interventions initiated as part of a cross-border investment plan initiated.

 7. Reporting

The Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit shall report to the Coordinator, IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit, IGAD Secretariat

8. How to apply

Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Submitted applications should be accompanied by the candidate’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees and the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).

The applications should be addressed to:

The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD, P. O. Box 2653, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti; and sent by E-mail to the following E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., bearing the subject line: Facilitator, Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit

 9. Deadline for submission of applications

Must be received at the IGAD Secretariat by c.o.b. 5th January 2018. 

IGAD is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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