Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Project Post), P4
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 05 October 2018 - 03 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-103477-R-Addis Ababa (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 the agency for human settlements. It 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. The Human Settlements Officer reports to the Senior Human Settlements Officer, Task Manager for Ethiopia, stationed in the Regional Office for Africa.


1).Project Implementation: Project Management and Implementation: Ensuring effective and efficient execution of UN-Habitat projects, through technical guidance, quality, cost control and management support. Ensuring efficient and effective management of the project resources as per approved project document or substantive work plan. This activity includes coordinating overall work plans and budgets, preparing relevant documentation and reports, initiating procurement and recruitment of human resources, and liaising with implementing partners to ensure quality and timely delivery of UN-Habitat’s projects and programmes. Identifying issues of constraints relating to the work plan of the specific country and proposing suitable solutions for these.

2).Technical Assistance, Advisory Services and Outreach: Policy Development: Including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.

3).Technical Assistance: Providing technical assistance and implementation support to the government, project partners and key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of projects and programmes. Builds regional capacity for improved management.

4).Outreach Activities; conducting training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.

5).Advisory Services: Providing quality technical input into project activities as well as to national institutions in line with MTSIP and the relevant thematic area. Assisting local institutions and government with developing relevant policies, organizing and participating in meetings with strength in the relevant focus area(s).

6).Representation and Liaising with key stakeholders: Representation role: Representing UN-Habitat vis-a-vie project partners and local and national government as per work pan or project document.

7).Manage Developing and maintaining close working relationships with relevant national and international partners, stakeholders, and other UN Agencies in the Duty Station.

8).Knowledge management: Ensuring proper knowledge management.

9).Others: Prepares the project and programme portfolio by providing inputs to the Regional Office through submission of status reports as required, developing performance criteria, contributing to recruitment activities and supervising national staff and international experts and consultants.

10).Undertaking any other duties relevant to the position defined as per country/region project and work plan approved.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in one or more of the seven UN Habitat focus areas (Urban Land Legislation and Governance, Urban Planning and Design, Urban Economy, Urban Basic Services, Housing and Slum Upgrading, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation, Research and Capacity Development); 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the 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-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in an urban planning, architecture, engineering or a related field (geography, anthropology, environmental management, political science, land administration, basic urban services or relevant social science discipline). A first-level University degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in areas related to human settlements, project or programme management and/or development, including at least three (3) years of experience at the international level.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat 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 online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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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