Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
UN - Habitat
3d ago
source : BrighterMonday Kenya

Job Summary

Provision of capacity development services to national and local governments and UN-Habitat partners

  • Minimum Qualification : Bachelor
  • Experience Level : Mid level
  • Experience Length : 5 years
  • Job Description

    Org. Setting and Reporting

    The United Nations Human Settlements Program,UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It ismandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially andenvironmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providingadequate shelter for all.

    The position is located in the CapacityDevelopment and Training Unit in the Programme Development Branch,Global Solutions Division.

    The Unit combines knowledge, research,tools, skill development and training into a coherent capacitydevelopment strategy.

    The capacity building activities focus on nationaland local government institutions, partners, training institutions andUN-Habitat staff, making use of the knowledge and information generatedfrom across UN-Habitat in the production of learning and capacitybuilding tools, manuals and course companions for global application.

    Itworks closely with universities, training institutes, think tanks andprivate companies in the development and delivery of in-situ and onlineworkshops and training in various thematic areas.

    Under thedirect supervision of the Chief, Capacity Development and Training Unit,the incumbent will perform the following duties :


    1.Provisionof capacity development services to national and local governments andUN-Habitat partners by : a) Undertaking activities covering the variousstages of the training development cycle, and identification ofinstitutional and individual capacity development gaps, b) Developingproject proposals based on results-based management principles, liaisewith potential funding agencies, and take part in resource mobilizationand project acquisition strategies of the unit and the branch.

  • 2.Support the development of relevant training and capacity developmentproducts, tools and courses in response to the needs of the New UrbanAgenda and the SDGs by : a) engaging training institutions, universitiesand trainers in development and delivery of training programs;
  • b)developing technical and content proposals for meeting the capacityneeds of UN-Habitat programs and partners; c) undertaking training needsassessment within programs and organizations involved in theimplementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.

    d) developingonline training.

  • 3.Contribute to the work programme of the Unitand the Branch in support to the Strategic Plan of UN-Habitat by : a)Taking part in branch-level and unit-level activities;
  • assist in thereporting to senior management of UN-Habitat, revise and comment onreports to the UN secretariat; support the development of the work planand its implementation, progress reporting and evaluation andmonitoring.

    b) Performs other related duties as required.

  • 4.Promoteand Develop Habitat University Partnerships by : a) Identifying andengaging potential and actual partner Universities to support thenormative and operational activities of UN-Habitat;
  • b) Keeping up todate database of partner Universities and Preparing progress reports andbriefs; c) Exploring funding opportunities and develop programmedocuments to support University partnerships.

  • 5. Providetechnical and substantive support to regional and global universitynetworks by : a) Identifying complementarities, emerging issues,innovation and other opportunities which would stimulate networking andengagement with UN-Habitat global normative activities and policyresearch and development;
  • b) Developing concepts and proposals tosupport and implement Habitat Partner University networks to promotesustainable urbanization;
  • c) Developing the design andarchitecture / structure of networks and supporting tools; d) Organizingroundtables, collaborative and networking events for Habitat PartnerUniversities.

  • 6.Supporting the development and implementation ofuniversity curricula and courses by : a) Identifying key UN-Habitatmessages, tools, approaches and practices, and work with universities onmainstreaming them into education and development of a new generationof urban professionals;
  • b) Facilitating Habitat Universities access toUN-Habitat tools, publications and expertise and vice-versa; c)Developing and implementing continuing professional development;
  • d)Preparing expert group meetings to support curricula development and itsImplementation.

  • 7. Supporting the mobilization and involvementof university partners in national and regional initiatives by : a)Facilitating operational links between Habitat Partner Universities andUN-Habitat regional offices;
  • b) Identifying opportunities for universitycollaboration in country programme activities of UN-Habitat;
  • Competencies

    PROFESSIONALISM : Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g.,budget / work programme, human resources, database management, etc.

    Familiarity with UN policies and procedures. Ability to apply knowledgeof various United Nations administrative, financial and human resourcesrules and regulations in work situations.

  • Shows pride in work and inachievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery ofsubject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments,observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • is motivated by professionalrather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced withdifficult problems or challenges;
  • remains calm in stressful situations.Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuringthe equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • COMMUNICATION : Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others,correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-waycommunication; tailors language, tone, style and format to matchaudience;
  • demonstrates openness in sharing information and keepingpeople informed.

  • TEAMWORK : Works collaboratively with colleaguesto achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuingothers’ ideas and expertise;
  • is willing to learn from others; placesteam agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance withfinal group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflectown position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts jointresponsibility for team shortcomings.

  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING : Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities asrequired; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources forcompleting work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies whenplanning;
  • monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses timeefficiently.


    AdvancedUniversity Degree (Masters or equivalent) in architecture, urbanplanning, public administration, social development, development studiesor similar area related to sustainable urban development is required.

    Afirst-level University Degree in combination with two additional yearsof qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanceduniversity degree.

    Work Experience

    Aminimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience inhuman settlements projects and programmes at national and local levels,of which at least two qualifying years must be at the internationallevel is required.

    Proven experience in human settlements developmentfield, projects / programme design and implementation with the UN orother international agencies is desirable.


    Englishand French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

    Knowledge of another French is a desirable.


    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

    Appointmentagainst this post is for an initial period of one year and may besubject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of theSecretary-General and to assignment by him or her.

    In this context, allstaff are expected to move periodically to new functions in theircareers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    Forthis position, applicants from the following Member States, which areunrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January2020, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola,Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, CaboVerde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros,Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, EquatorialGuinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan,Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia,Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States ofMicronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua NewGuinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, SaintVincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, SaudiArabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste,Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America,Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

    The United Nations isSecretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance in its staff.Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon aspossible after the job opening has been posted and well before thedeadline stated in the job opening.

    On-line applications will beacknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do notreceive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, yourapplication may not have been received.

    If the problem persists, pleaseseek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

    Pursuantto section 7.11 of ST / AI / 2012 / 2 / Rev.1, candidates recruited throughthe young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum oftwo years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligibleto apply to this position.

    Internal Applicants when completingthe PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contactinformation are completed and up to date.

    This information is the basisfor the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability forthe position and to contact you.

    Individual contractors andconsultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last sixmonths, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible toapply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions andtheir applications will not be considered.

    United Nations Considerations

    Accordingto article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, theparamount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessityof securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, andintegrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with theUnited Nations if they have committed violations of international humanrights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexualexploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there arereasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in thecommission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation meansany actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability,differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but notlimited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from thesexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actualor threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by forceor under unequal or coercive conditions.

    The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably beexpected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when suchconduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment orcreates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and whenthe gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of theperpetrator’s working relationship.

    Candidates who have committedcrimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered foremployment.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance ofrecruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. TheUnited Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men andwomen to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality inits principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is anon-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to followcarefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform,inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manualfor the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holderhomepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on thebasis of the information submitted in the application according to theevaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internallegislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the UnitedNations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations andRules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must providecomplete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profileand qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira tobe considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition,deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications thathave been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration forselection will be subject to reference checks to verify the informationprovided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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