Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 04 February 2019 - 17 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-111155-J-Kabul (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. To represent and oversee UN-Habitat programmes and projects, UN-Habitat is looking for a senior development professional as Senior Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements who will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer and Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).


Representation of the Organization
•Represent UN-Habitat at UN country team meetings, meetings with the Government and at various other forums and ensure garnering of support to the mandate and to the programmes of UN-Habitat in Afghanistan.
•Serve as an effective spokesperson and establish collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization. Identify strategic areas of partnership with diverse stakeholders, and find creative and innovative solutions to development challenges while appreciating political sensitivities.
•Lead UN-Habitat Afghanistan as Senior Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements in developing, implementing and evaluating programmes/projects, and explore further resource mobilization to advance UN-Habitat’s mandate in Afghanistan.

Programme Management
•Supervise and provide technical and management support in Human Settlements analysis, needs assessments and other activities, participate in advisory missions to carry out high level consultations and other activities aimed at development of human settlements policies, strategies and programmes.
•Coordinate policy development, review the assessments of issues and trends, prepare evaluations or research activities and studies and contribute to wider knowledge management initiatives within the organization (regional offices/excellence centres/HQ) and to external stakeholders.
•Ensure coherence amongst various projects and between programmes, by guiding respective programme/project managers and their teams to share common sets of strategic principles (some of which will be derived from UN-Habitat’s normative work) and performance standards.
•Review progress made, problems encountered and concerns identified for four purposes: (i) to ensure that all projects are achieving their set targets, (ii) to promote synergy across the projects/programmes in terms of lessons learned (iii) maintaining coherence in implementation (especially where projects share a common geographical area), and (iv) to report periodically to ROAP.
•Ensure implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
•Undertake survey initiatives, guide design of data collection instruments, review/analyse and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.
•Supervise preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, reports, studies and inputs to publications etc.
•Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensure preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Through advocacy and campaign work in the related field, develop and supervise the execution of priority projects and programmes in a cost effective and efficient manner to meet the expectations of governments, donors, partners and the organization.

Project Management
•Supervise and ensure effective and efficient execution of projects, within the limit of the allocated resources, by providing appropriate technical support to projects through project design, field visits, training and evaluation, coordination and monitoring activities related to the following areas: effective advocacy, monitoring and partnership, participatory urban planning, management and governance, land and housing, environmentally sound urban infrastructure and services and disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation/reconstruction.

Capacity Development
•Provide capacity development support through documentation of knowledge management, tool development and by facilitating networking with partners and programmes that contribute to the enhancement of policy dialogues at UN-Habitat Afghanistan and the region.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to all sectors, functional areas or other specialized fields. Ability to identify issues and then analyze and participate in their resolution. Ability to conduct data collection exercises 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, 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. Show pride in work and achievements, demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observe deadlines and achieve results, be motivated by professional rather than personal concerns, show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remain calm in stressful situations.

Teamwork: Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicit input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; be willing to learn from others; place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary; use time efficiently.

Leadership: Serve as a role model that other people want to follow: empower others to translate vision into results; be proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drive for change and improvements; not accept the status quo; show the courage to take unpopular stands. Provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrate knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgment/ Decision-making: Identify the key issues in a complex situation, and come to the heart of the problem quickly; gather relevant information before making a decision; consider positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; take decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the organization; propose a course of action or make a recommendation based on all available information; check assumptions against facts; determine the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; make difficult decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, economics or physical sciences relevant to development and management of human settlements. 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 10 years of progressive experience in human settlements projects and programmes at national level including at least seven years of similar experience at the international level. Proven experience in human settlements development fields, projects/programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable.

Other skills:Knowledge of technical cooperation and development issues are required. Fully proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, email and internet. Experience with other relevant software and UN applications e.g. internal databases is desirable. The ability to think creatively, work in a team, and perform under challenging circumstances is crucial.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post 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

• This position is temporarily available until 31 May 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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