Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer (Project Post), NOB
Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: RIO DE JANEIRO
Posting Period: 04 October 2021 - 02 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-162802-R-Rio de Janeiro (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is to promote sustainable development of human settlements and policies conducive to adequate housing for all. Within this framework, UN-Habitat supports central and state governments, as well as local authorities and other partners for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the 2030 Agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, more inclusive, compact, integrated, resilient and connected places with better opportunities where everyone can live with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.

The Regional Office for Latin American and the Caribbean – ROLAC – is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Agency puts emphasis in developing and managing activities in the host country. Indeed, for the past years, UN-Habitat has expanded its portfolio in Brazil by working with the three tiers of government in order to support the formulation and implementation of more effective, sustainable, participative and socially fairer urban economic, social and environmental policies.

UN-Habitat understands that urban poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon, in which the urban poor experience a complex condition of vulnerability and susceptibility to risks. Beyond the constraints on economic resources, poverty materializes through multiple deprivations, including limited access to basic services such as healthcare, water, electricity and sanitation, as well as access to education and employment opportunities.

In order to properly implement and expand UN-Habitat’s portfolio in Brazil, a Country Programme Coordinator is necessary to maintain a good execution of the work programme.

Under the supervision of of the Senior Human Settlements Officer in charge of Brazil, the incumbent of this position will perform the following functions:

Responsibilities

1.Provide technical support to project/programme partners:

• Provide technical support to the programme/team in the area of sustainable urban development.

• Facilitate and maintain relationships with national and subnational partners to support the implementation of the country programme and replication of international best practices, as advised by the Senior Human Settlements Officer.

• Identify risks for projects, including relevant challenges or omissions and other situations that may affect development and implementation of UN-Habitat’s initiatives in Brazil, and submit recommendations to the Senior Human Settlements Officer.

• Draft local initiatives within the overall guidance of international agreements and frameworks, such as the Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda.

2.Provide substantive technical inputs to consultants and financial management:

• Support the monitoring of budget implementation and budget re-alignments/revisions.

• Provide substantive inputs to financial reports.

3.Others:

• Support the Senior Human Settlements Officer in providing substantive inputs to the country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the Resident Coordinator system.

4. Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships, resource mobilization, communications and advocacy:

• Adapt and fine-tune communications and advocacy to the local context.

• Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies, analyzing and maintaining information and databases on donors and developing database of project profiles for presentation to donors, in support of the Senior Human Settlements Officer.

• Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events, in support of the Senior Human Settlements Officer.

• Identify best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and disseminate information.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban studies, architecture, international relations, political sciences, sociology, geography, or any other related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management on sustainable urban development, administration or a related area in Brazil is required.
Experience with technical international cooperation in Brazil and acquaintance with fundraising is desirable.
Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating urban programmes and projects is desirable.
Experience with the local network of stakeholders is desirable.
Experience working in inter-institutional environment, project management, monitoring-evaluation; approaches and strategies with regard to good urban governance and local and regional development is desirable/required.
Work experience dealing with interagency coordination with the United Nations, NGOs and donors is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in written and spoken and written English is required. Fluency in spoken and written Portuguese is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This project post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF BRAZIL ONLY. The National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Nationals of Brazil residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Brazil in the event of an employment offer.

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Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a current General Service staff member (not on Continuing or Permanent Appointment) be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the National Officer level.

Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.Master Degree (Stricto Sensu) in Urban Studies, Architecture, International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology, Geography, or any other related fields is required.

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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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