Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 07 February 2020 - 20 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-131429-J-Cairo (X)
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. The post is located in the Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) at the Cairo duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Representative, ROAS, the incumbent will perform the following functions:

1. Project Development, Implementation and Management: Contribute to the implementation of the Organization's vision, work programme and advocacy role; Provide input to the development, launching and operation of global campaign on sustainable urbanization; Identify priority interventions in human settlements; Provide input to human settlements analyses and needs assessment and other activities aimed at housing and urban development policy, strategy and programmes development; Participate in the appraisal, revision and approval of project/programme design; Negotiate with donors for resource mobilization and promote, coordinate joint activities of strategic importance; Provide support to ongoing projects, ensure efficient and effective management of project resources; Participate in project evaluation.

2. Technical Assistance, Advisory Services and Outreach: Promotion of policy dialogues with national constituencies and development partners; Review and analyze issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies; Provide technical assistance and implementation support to relevant parties; Build regional capacity for improved management; Conduct training workshops, seminars; Provide quality technical input and management advise into project activities in line with the Strategic Plan (2020-2023) and the relevant thematic area; Assist local institutions and government with developing relevant policies, organizing and participating in meetings.

3. Representation and Liaising with key stakeholders: Represent UN-HABITAT vis-à-vis project partners, local and national government; Manage, develop and maintain close working relationships with relevant stakeholders; Ensure proper knowledge management.

4. Technical and Managerial Support: Provide technical support to the development of the division and take the lead in project development; Provide input to ROAS communication strategy and development of web-based information exchange; Participate in regional events, meetings, conferences, including preparation of communication material and presentation; Act as focal point to the Headquarter; Ensure implementation of UN-HABITAT Resource Mobilization Strategy in the region; Coordinate/facilitate Programme Advisory Group; Extend technical support in content management for country and sub-regional offices in relation to Project Accrual and Accounting System; Prepare inputs including policy recommendations on the Regional Office; Establish ROAS evaluation and monitoring mechanism; Prepare the project and programme portfolio; Contribute to recruitment activities and supervising national staff and international experts and consultants; Act as a focal point for respective countries in the region in the preparation of World Urban Forums.

5. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years working experience in areas related to human settlements, project or programme management and/or development.
Experience in the Arab States Region is an added advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic 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 August 2020. 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

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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