Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 28 October 2021 - 11 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-165538-R-Bonn (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Urban Basic Services Section the position reports to the Chief, Urban Basic Services.

Responsibilities

• Takes the lead in developing and implementing the vision for strategic direction of GWOPA; leading the development of the GWOPA Secretariat work programme and budget with active participation of the Secretariat staff members; ensuring the alignment of the GWOPA Secretariat work programme with UN-Habitat’s strategic plan and work prgramme and organizational priorities; leading the GWOPA Secretariat efforts in operational support of regional, sub-regional, and national WOP platforms in all regions where GWOPA is active; leading the implementation of knowledge management, advocacy, and Alliance strengthening activities of GWOPA Secretariat; and ensuring that the quality of all the GWOPA Secretariat products and activities is up to the UN-Habitat standards.
• Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
• Directs research and programme evaluation and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
• Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads efforts, as required, to keep strong presence of GWOPA in key high level international and regional fora, and coordinating the preparation of GWOPA Secretariat events, and actively participating, in such fora
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements,) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget,).
• Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
• Leads and implements, in line with UN Habitat policies and processes, all necessary financial resource mobilization activities and advocating and, supports UN Habitat in liaising, with donor agencies and regional development banks to maintain and enhance financial support to GWOPA Secretariat; establishing and maintaining professional relationships with substative partners of GWOPA; support UN Habitat in maintaining strong relationships with governmental agencies and development partners to ensure political support to GWOPA and the global WOPs movement;
• Managing the GWOPA Secretariat Office and running its day-to-day operations by recruiting the needed personnel; managing and supervising the GWOPA Secretariat staff members in the implementation of the developed Secretariat work programme; managing staff performance, and overseeing staff training and development.
• May perform other duties as required.

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.Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


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.


Judgement/decision making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Vision:
Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, environmental science, resource management, urban planning or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, change management, human and finance management, and administration or related area is required.

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in one or more of the
fields of water and sanitation development, sustainable urban development, global network
establishment and support is required.

Work experience in financial resource mobilization is required.

A minimum of two (2) years of work experience in an international organization is desirable

Experience with Water and Wastewater Operators is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an added advantage.


NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, 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 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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