Job Opening

Job Code Title: Senior Technical Adviser
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 09 December 2015 - 07 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Economic Affairs-UNHABITAT-49423-R-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 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. The post is located in the Regional Officer for Africa (ROAf) at the Nairobi duty station.


Under the general guidance of the Director of ROAf and in active consultation with the Senior Human Settlements Officer in ROAf, relevant Branches and members of the Somalia UN Country Team and Somali partners, the incumbent will perform the following functions:(A). Leadership and representation: (1) Promotes a positive and accurate image of UN-Habitat within the wider UN Somalia Programme, the Integrated Mission of UNSOM and the UNCT, including through engagement in high-level policy dialogue and through participation in the UNCT and relevant strategic policy and programme. (2) Builds strong partnerships with relevant Ministries of the Federal Government of Somalia and of the Somali regions and zones to support policy formulation and capacity development related to sustainable urbanization. (3) Represents UN-Habitat at the Somalia UN Country Team meetings and ensures that UN-Habitat is able to provide state of the art technical expertise to strengthen the urban planning, local governance, housing, land and urban services, infrastructure and livelihood dimensions in emerging Somali policies, legislation, and programmes. (4) Fosters partnerships and collaboration with donors, and other international agencies to mobilize resources for projects and programmes on sustainable urbanization; (5) Builds strategic alliances with Habitat Agenda partners and other development agencies in Somalia working in the field of sustainable urbanization. (B) Programme Development and Management: (1) Leads in the development and monitoring of UN-Habitat's contribution to the National Development Plan in Somaliland, the New Deal for Somalia and support to the Government and notably the local authorities in their implementation. (2) Promotes and guides the development and implementation of effective joint programmes with sister agencies to address priority local governance and service delivery issues within the framework of the emerging new frameworks for cooperation between the UN and Somalia. (3) Provides strategic guidance on programme development in areas of urban planning and governance, land management and administration, pro-poor and IDP housing and urban infrastructure, services and livelihoods for sustainable urbanization with Somali partners at federal and local levels. (4) Supervises communications including timely and high quality visibility through website, newsletters, other publications and consolidated programme reporting to various internal and external stakeholders. (C) Financial and Human Resource Management: (1) Staff management: ensures effective management, career development and security of all staff and consultants. (2) Financial management: ensures proper financial management of and timely reporting on programme/project resources. (3) Strategic management: ensures effective and efficient management of partnerships with all key development partners.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of concepts and approaches relevant to the land and natural resources tenure rights and ability to conduct independent analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. The ability to develop and manage implementation of a complex multi-disciplinary programme covering a range of technical areas from policy development in urban governance, land and housing; implementation of urban planning, architectural and construction projects as well promoting new programmatic areas such as safer cities, public private partnerships and durable housing solutions. Strong planning and organizational skills; Should demonstrate practices that are cost effective as well as inclusive and apply a team. • COMMUNICATION: Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills and ability to articulate ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to prepare and edit a variety of documents, reports and briefs. • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Ability to work under pressure, establish priorities and plan, coordinate own work plan, use time efficiently and apply judgment in the context of competing deadlines. 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. • LEADERSHIP: Proven track report of excellent management and technical leadership skills and ability to delegate appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. A proven track record in building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment that addresses complex human resources, budgetary, financial and administration issues. Ability to effectively supervise, mentor and evaluate staff, including the design of training initiatives to effectively transfer knowledge and skills. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work and commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing. • VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organizations’ 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Architecture, Planning Engineering or related area. A first university degree with a combination of two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the area of urbanisation, housing, urban planning, land, urban infrastructure or related field of which five should be field based with an international organization. Experience in the East Africa Region and in Somalia is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official language(s) Is an advantage.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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