Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, NOB
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: KAMPALA
Posting Period: 13 August 2018 - 11 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-101775-R-Kampala (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat is supporting the Government of Uganda by working with all relevant stakeholders and partners, to contribute to linking operational activities to policy development and capacity-building with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies, and countries’ policies and programmes in sustainable urban development in conformity with international practices and covenants.

The United Nations Human settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)is reestablishing a Country Office in Kampala, Uganda in collaboration with the Government of Uganda. The UNHABITAT Country Office in Kampala will become operational in January 2018. The Office is being established to promote cooperation with the Government of Uganda towards achieving the goals of the Habitat Agenda of “Adequate Shelter for All” and “Sustainable Human Settlements Development in an Urbanizing World”. The Office will also assist the government to work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals on poverty alleviation and slum upgrading. The Office will be part of the Regional Office for Africa (ROAf) of the UN-HABITAT and shall fall under the direct supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer (SHSO) of ROAf responsible for Uganda.


Under the administrative guidance of the UNDP Country Director, and Programmatic guidance of the UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Africa (ROAf), the UN-Habitat Programme Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. UN-HABITAT Representation in UN country team activities and Participation in Regional, interagency, and inter-organizational processes.
• Active participation in the UN Country Team activities, and other UN common strategic planning through his/her active involvement in the UNDAF, CAP, etc.
• Provide management leadership and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UN Habitat office in Uganda.
• Participate in the AU, UNDAF and other activities coordinated by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

2. Global Campaigns/Global Programmes
• In-country liaison officer for UN-HABITAT, particularly with reference to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, advocacy of the norms and principles of the Global Campaigns for Sustainable Urbanization and implementation of global programmes.

3. Project and Programme identification and monitoring.
•Supporting the Regional Office with identification of Programmes or Projects related to sustainable urbanization especially in the seven thematic focus areas of UNHABITAT including: Urban Legislation and Governance, Urban Planning and Design, Urban Basic Services, Urban Economy, Research and Capacity Building, Disaster and Risk Reduction, and Housing and Slum Up-grading.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree in either; Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering (including Urban/Municipal Engineering), and Architecture or a related Social Sciences field such as geography, environmental science, and public and/or business administration. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in human settlements issues, formulation and implementation of human settlements programmes and projects is required. Knowledge of procedures related to technical cooperation, programme/project identification/formulation/appraisal/implementation and evaluation and programme management is desirable. Experience in an international organization is an added advantage.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both Oral and written), Luganda or Swahili is required. Knowledge of any other UN working language is an asset.


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

Special Notice

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgment within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.
Recruitment for this post is exclusively local and is open to citizens of Uganda only.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis, with no entitlement to travel or any other international benefits. As such, the same staff regulations and rules which apply to other locally-recruited staff will be applicable to this national officer post. Should there be a need for examination the candidate will be responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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