Job Opening

Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 03 November 2015 - 25 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-50204-D-Nairobi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Director, Programme Division is accountable to the Executive Director through the Deputy Executive Director, and is responsible for leading, supervising and coordinating Habitat’s thematic branches and technical cooperation activities as well as advisory services in the region.



-Coordinating the full portfolio of UN-Habitat, covering both normative and operational activities, through the Regional and thematic branches including supporting the institutional units in their efforts to incorporate and mainstream cross-cutting issues inter alia , youth, gender, human rights, environment.
-Providing overall direction, guidance and support in the implementation of the project management cycle, from the project strategy, formulation, approval and implementation to monitoring in line with best practices and UN-Habitat’s mandates and priorities.
-Support the External Relations Division and Resource Mobilisation Unit in spearheading the acquisition of new projects, working closely with potential donors and partners in formulating new strategic and fundable projects, supporting the negotiations with donors, and developing necessary tools to guide the project acquisition.
-Ensuring that thematic branches and Regional Offices work with UN’s Delivering as One policy and joint programming including within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and United Nations Development Group (UNDG)
- Facilitating a collaboration and interactive process of project formulation between Branches and Regional Offices, to ensure that all normative and operational aspects are taken into account.
- Overseeing the functioning as the Secretariat of the Project Advisory Groups (PAG). The PAG ensures quality at entry, results focus, coherence and alignment with planned results and the strategic plan of the organization.

-Contributing to the formulation of UN-HABITAT overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting as required in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director, contributes to the overall management of UN-HABITAT activities.
-work closely with the External Relations Division to co-ordinate and oversee the preparations of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT, the committee pf permanent Representatives, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy making organs as required.

-Directing and managing the normative and operational activities of the Organization.
-Ensuring that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensuring that all outputs produced by the division meet required standards and comply with relevant mandates.
-Undertaking and overseeing the programme administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance , preparations of inputs for result-based budgeting , evaluation of staff performance (PAS), Interviews of candidates for job opening and evaluation of candidates.
-Overseeing the recruitment of staff of the Division taking due accounts of the need for geographical and gender balance and for technical and managerial excellence.

-Overseeing the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within Division and with other organizations of the United Nations System, and external support agencies as appropriate.
-Managing and guiding staff under his/her supervision, fostering teamwork and communications amongst staff in the Division and across organization boundaries.
-Directs and supervises the work of all regional and sub-regional offices of UN-HABITAT


Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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. Have knowledge of housing finance, urban planning and urban policy development.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion. Manages in a deliberate and predictable way. Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda. Places confidence in colleagues, staff member and clients. Gives proper credit to others. Follows through on agreed upon actions. Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gains. Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in case of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in public policy, economic, urban planning and management, social sciences or other related areas. A first level degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

Over fifteen years of progressively responsible international experience in housing and urban development, including human and financial resources management and policy development.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised ,fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency based interviews.

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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