Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 22 September 2020 - 21 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-140821-R-Dakar (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 town and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

The position is located with the Regional Office for Africa of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Dakar, Senegal. The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Human Settlements Officer overseeing Western Africa. The focus of this position is implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities related to the Center of Excellence on Housing (CEH) for the WAEMU (Western Africa Economic and Monetary Union) countries and UN-Habitat portfolio in the sub-region.

The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat's activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context.

UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa manages UN-Habitat’s project portfolio in the African region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from Member States.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer overseeing Western Africa, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

•Participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of programmes and activities, particularly the Center of Excellence on Housing (CEH) for the WAEMU (Western Africa Economic and Monetary Union) countries, as well as other UN-Habitat portfolio in the sub-region; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties including, donors, academic institutions and experts; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Performs assignments by planning and facilitating the delivery of activities particularly capacity building and training workshops and courses for urban stakeholders and assisting in developing action plans and monitoring tools.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources, including for national studies, as well as reports to donors and clients.
•Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends related to urban development and housing in Western Africa.
•Assists in ensuring the long-term institutional anchoring and operational set-up of the CEH within the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and the University of Dakar in Senegal and through partnerships with other academic institutions in the region.
•Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues, and prepares conclusions.
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g. capacity-building and training manuals and curriculum, draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., which includes proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Undertakes outreach activities; designs, conducts and facilitates capacity-building and training workshops and courses, seminars, study trips, expert exchanges etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participates in or leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials, academic institutions, private sector and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. Fosters partnerships with a large variety of structures and institutions working on housing and urban related issues in Western Africa.
•Coordinates activities related to reporting, budgeting and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urban disaster risk reduction, climate change and resilience. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

PLANNING AND 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, social sciences or a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management, administration or related area in the context of urban development and housing is required.
Capacity-building and training as well as networking and partnership management skills is required.
Familiarity with the context of urban development in Western African countries and work
experience in the region is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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.

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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.

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