Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: SAO TOME
Posting Period: 10 September 2018 - 23 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-103492-J-Sao Tome (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 Human Settlements Officer, Task Manager for Sao Tome and Principe, stationed in the Regional Office for Africa.


Implementing the Participatory and Sustainable Resettlement Project (PSRP) in Principe Island:
-Coordinating the PSRP through direct project management and supervision of the team in Principe Island;
-Leading and coordinating UN-Habitat's interaction with all project stakeholders in Principe Island, as well as with other local actors;
-Undertaking outreach activities and making presentations on the PSRP as well as guaranteeing, through effective and straightforward communication with the community, the donor and the Regional Government of Principe, the support from all relevant stakeholders to key project activities;
-Empowering the community to be the leader of the Project implementation and the owner of the Project outputs;
-Proper communicating the Project document and objectives to all relevant stakeholders, especially community members;
-Leading, with the support of the Project team, the planning, design, support, production and/or review of project;
-Leading project activities in the Implementation and Sustainable phase, as well as supervising their good execution; and
-Ensuring efficient and effective management of project resources, including budget, as per approved project document and substantive work plan.

Developing and implementing activities, projects and programmes in sub-Saharan African regarding Housing and Slum Upgrading:
-Developing, coordinating and supporting the implementation of the housing and slum upgrading portfolio of the Regional Office;
-Liaising with the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme and the Urban Planning and Design Branch (UPDB), for internal coordination purposes on slum upgrading iniatives in countries managed by the HSO and SHSO;
-Supporting the identification and development of housing and slum upgrading projects and initiatives at the country level; and
-Supporting PSUP implementation in selected countries where ROAf has In-House agreements with the PSUP.

Developing and implementing activities, projects and programmes related to UN-Habitat's portfolio in Sao Tome and Principe:
-Supporting the identification and development of projects at country level related to the seven thematic areas of UN-Habitat (namely: 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) and liaise with the respective branches for internal coordination;
-Formulating project proposals and follow-up with potential donors; and
-Undertaking field missions as necessary to support the implementation of the different activities at country level;
-Supporting reporting and communications with the Government of Sao Tome and Principe.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to programme management, urban development, housing and slum upgrading. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.

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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (MSc degree or equivalent) in urban planning, architecture, engineering or a related field (geography, anthropology, environmental management, political science, or relevant social science discipline).

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 (five) years of relevant work 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. Relevant experience in Slum Upgrading projects in the African context is required. Knowledge of UN Secretariat rules and regulations would be considered an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. A good working knowledge of Portuguese is desirable. 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

• This position is temporarily available until 1 September 2019. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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