Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Assistant, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Programme Management Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 21 September 2020 - 27 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-141781-J-Nairobi (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 United Nations 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. As the United Nations focal point on human settlements, UN-Habitat will lead advocacy efforts to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization issues; provide evidence-based policy advice; build capacities; develop tools, norms and standards based on best practices; work on demonstration projects and provide assistance to national Governments, local authorities and other public institutions responsible for urban issues.

The External Relations and Partnership branch, which reports to the Director of External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation Division, is responsible for coordinating UN-Habitat’s strategic and operational work on resource mobilization. This includes support for a harmonized decentralized fund-raising model, providing tools to help manage and report on non-earmarked income and earmarked contributions, undertaking and supporting donor consultations as well as other activities related to strengthening relations with donors and enhancing predictable funding for UN-Habitat’s work on sustainable urbanization.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Officer in Charge of the Unit, the incumbent’s responsibilities are to:
1.Assist in the preparation, update and analysis of financial information and verify accuracy of data published on UN-Habitat’s public sites including the donor website, International Aid Transparency Initiative site open.unhabita.org as well as the Donor Information System used by all staff in the organization to support their fundraising efforts and management decisions 15%
2.Monitor and ensure quality assurance on donor reporting including analysis and review of feedback received from donors on reports submitted and provide information and analysis to management team on issues raised by donors 15%
3.Assist with monitoring of contribution grants to minimize return of funds to donors, overdue contributions ensure compliance with contribution grants agreements as well as timely submission of donor reports 10%
4.Support for fundraising events including large multi-partner consultations at Headquarters, field visits and high-level bilateral meetings, and other events; this includes organizational, administrative, logistical, and documentation support 10%
5.Assist in the maintenance of the system of monitoring contribution grants for timely reporting to the donor 10%
6.Provide income projections based on contribution history and ongoing negotiations and consultations with donors. 10%
7.Assist in the streamlining, compilation and drafting core contribution letters and reminder letters to Member States to Mobilize for Foundation General Purpose Funding. 10%
8.Support implementation of donor relations module in Umoja Enterprise Resource Planning System and provide Umoja reports to support the functions of the Donor Relations and Income Management unit 10%
9.Assist with the preparation and monitoring of activities on the unit’s annual work plan and prepare progress reports 5%
10.Performs other duties as assigned. 5%

Competencies

•Professionalism – Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. Experience in supporting resource mobilization efforts including market research, donor profiling, monitoring of contribution agreements and analysis of financial information. 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.

•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.

•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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent. Post-secondary school qualifications an advantage

Work Experience

At least 5 years’ experience part of which must be related to financial analysis, grants management, donor relations and resource mobilization including engagement with Member States.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 temporarily available for 364 days. 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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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No Fee

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