Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 23 November 2022 - 06 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-195820-J-Nairobi (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. This post is located in the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge Innovation Division (ERSKID) of UN-Habitat.

The Division for External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation (ERSKID) is responsible for strategic planning, programmatic direction and operationalization of UN-Habitat's focal point role for the New Urban Agenda, and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the UN system and for coordination of Emergency Programmes. ERSKID is organized into three Branches, the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Branch, Knowledge and Innovation Branch and the External Relations and Partnerships Branch. The External Relations and Partnerships Branch is charged with promoting strategic alliances to support achievement of the goals of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. The Knowledge and Innovation Branch is responsible to lead the development of policies and procedures on results-based management and coordinates the preparation of the strategic plan, programme and budget plans and monitors and reports on global agendas and policy implementation; it leads and facilitates an enabling environment for use and deployment of innovation and data. The Strategic Planning and Monitoring Branch ensures Urban Agenda Platform is used as a vehicle for monitoring and encouraging action on implementing the NUA.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, ERSKID and overall supervision of the Director, Management, Advisory and Compliance Service (MACS) of UN-Habitat, the incumbent will perform a broad range of financial and administrative support tasks associated primarily with project/programme activities. Specifically, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1) Programme Implementation Functions:
a) Assist the Programme Managers and coordinate the preparation, appraisal, approval and revision of project proposals and documents, drafting of institutional contracts and agreements;
b) Prepare project budgets, review and analyse the cost estimates and budget proposals;
c) Participate in the formulation of policies, guidelines and operating procedures for efficient and effective delivery of project/programme management services;
d) Maintain liaison and coordination with donor representatives, project/programme staff and other partners on financial and administrative matters related to project/programme initiation and implementation;
e) Ensure consistency and compliance with UN-Habitat’s policies, agreements, directives, guidelines, rules and regulations in the implementation of projects/programmes and initiate appropriate remedial actions.


2) Financial Management and Budgeting Functions:
a) Act as the focal point for financial and administrative matters in the respective Division’s work programme and budget and provide advice on financial and administrative matters;
b) Act as Certifying Officer within delegated authority for the Division’s projects/programmes and ensure effective and efficient utilization of project resources, ensuring compliance with UN rules;
c) Monitor the Division’s programme/project budgets, including but not limited to the annual/biennial budget, allocations and allotment advice; prepare mandatory and other budget revisions to meet changing needs and other requirements; and prepare financial progress reports as required.

3) Management/Administrative Support Functions:
a) Provide inputs in setting up proper administrative procedures and systems;
b) Facilitate recruitment actions by preparing and/or reviewing job descriptions and terms of references for staff and consultants;
c) Facilitate the contracting and procurement actions including appraisal of bids, issuance of contracts and certification of payments of the programmes/projects;
d) Prepare regular and ad hoc reports, financial reports, vacancy lists and recruitment/staffing status and any other reports related to the programmes of the Branch.

4) Monitoring and Reporting Functions:
a) Manage information on the status of programme related contributions, ensuring counterpart contribution resources are made available, utilized and reported in accordance with underlying agreements;
b) Coordinate actions required for closure of completed projects, including required reports, evaluation, final accounts and disposal of project equipment;
c) Respond to audit queries as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection.. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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 and/or Public Administration and Management or a first level university degree with relevant combination of academic and professional qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. CPA/ACCA or equivalent qualifications would be an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressive experience in project or programme management, administration, financial management or related area including at least two in an international organization is required

Experience in project or programme management, design, development, deployment and ongoing delivery of projects involving strategic planning is desirable.

Work experience of working in an international setting is desirable.

Work experience in Enterprise Resource Management, e.g. Umoja is required

ACCA or CPA certificates is desirable

Experience in budget planning, project implementation and reporting to Donor 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 other UN official language(s) would be an asset.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of 364 days 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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