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: RIYADH
Posting Period: 09 March 2021 - 22 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-151456-J-Riyadh (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 office in KSA has been working in a number of projects to support the UN-Habitat mandates and to boost the implementation of the NUA and the SDGs especially goal 11 as well as support the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030 and its different programs that corresponds with the mandate of UN-Habitat. The Saudi Arabia Office is affiliated to The Regional Office of Arab States (ROAS), which is responsible for the implementation of the UN Habitat Work Programme at Regional and at Country level for all domains of change under the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan(2020-2023). The KSA country programmes and projects is establishing a wide program to enhance UN-Habitat's capacity of delivery at the country level.

UN-Habitat has established a historical strong relationship with the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs (MOMRA) through the 6 years successful program of the Future Saudi Cities Program(FSCP). Following this project, UN-Habitat jointly with UNDP have signed a new project titled “Support for National Spatial Strategy 2030 in Saudi Arabia”. This project has been designed to boost the capacity of the Government to achieve the objectives of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) along with their alignment with the Vision 2030. The project envisages the support to the NSS implementation Office established inside the deputyship of town planning with specific focus on the following outcomes:
Improved capacity for the Implementation of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) 2030
Improved access to urban data between line ministries in NSS 2030 platform
Improved localizing sustainable urban development at national, regional and local authorities.
In addition to these outputs, the project is designed to provide advisory services in novel areas of interest to the urban planning and management sector. The project, based on available budget, will provide technical assistance to various activities operated within the deputyship of Town Planning including the emerging urban planning issues within the deputyship mandate. The new project will be mostly a follow up building on the lessons of the FSCP to enhance the urban planning practice in Saudi Arabia at national, regional and local levels.

The position is mainly to support the above project and especially outcomes 3 which is the responsibility of UN-Habitat in this project. Under the direction supervision of the Team of UN-Habitat in Saudi Arabia, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:


•The incumbent should use the available UN-Habitat relevant tools, norms and guidance in the field of urban and territorial planning in support of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the SDGs and the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning localization in the project context
•Contribute to the implementation of the project workplan and activities with specific focus to urban planning and design
•Review the urban planning and design outcomes submitted by the different consortiums working with the ministry for the assigned strategy tasks for regions/cities and give sounding feedback on these submissions on timely basis and in line with the ToR, the review guide that will be prepared for this task and inline with UN-Habitat principles.
• Identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Performs a variety of urban planning policy and practice assessments, develop recommendations and produce advisory reports.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
•Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
•Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participates in or leads local field missions, in close collaboration with UN- Habitat's regional and country offices and by informing the UN-HABITAT team Leader in KSA, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinates the different project outputs as well as integrating urban planning with finance and economy as well as good governance for the effective and innovative delivery of the project.
•Monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; submit technical and financial reports on regular basis as per the project document.
•Supervise different local and international expertise that will support the project delivery in the different substantive areas such as urban planning and design, urban economy and finance, urban governance and other consultants who will work on short term assignments for the project
•Undertakes resource mobilization activities and analyzes risk and opportunities for increasing the efficiency of delivery of the project.
•Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
•Using his knowledge and expertise to support the development of UN-Habitat portfolio in Saudi Arabia as well supporting other country offices of the Regional Office of Arab States.
•Attend UNCT and represent UN-Habitat if needed at the country level in close coordination with the team leader of UN-Habitat in Saudi Arabia
•Performs other duties as required.


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to territorial and urban planning. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems in the fields of urban and territorial planning. 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. Familiarity with decision making process, participatory processes and tools for urban planning. 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.
• 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in architecture, urban planning or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in urban development, regional and urban planning with direct proven experience in management of programmes is required.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization.
Saudi previous experience, GCC or relevant Arab context is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations 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 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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