Job Opening

Posting Title: Inter-Regional Adviser
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 19 January 2016 - 18 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Social Affairs--52335-R-Nairobi (R)
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 mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. This post is located in the Programme Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the general supervision of the Director, Programme Division, the post incumbent will perform the following tasks:


1. Programme Implementation: a) Promoting broad-based policy dialogue with national constituencies and development partners in the respective countries; b) Contributing to the world urban campaign and to the overall policy and strategy development within UN-HABITAT; c) Providing inputs to analyses and needs assessment and other activities aimed at human settlements policy, strategy and programme development; d) Coordinating activities within the work programme; e) Facilitating dissemination of information on good practices and their adoption at the local and national levels in the countries of Asia. 2. Project/Programme Development: a) Identifying key areas for interventions in human settlements within the framework of the Habitat Agenda, Habitat Country Programme Documents and sector reviews; b) Participating in the development and review of project documentation; c) Negotiating with multi-lateral/bilateral partners for resource mobilization and promoting/coordinating joint activities; d) Identifying and working with stakeholders and providing assistance in the development of training programmes. 3. Project Management: a) Providing management support, policy guidance and technical capacity; b) Conducting the process of identifying and selecting staff and consultants; c) Monitoring financial and technical performance of the activities and projects. 4. Advisory Functions: a) Contributing to the overall policy and strategy development within UN-HABITAT; b) Undertaking technical advisory missions. c) Assisting governments in organizing and convening meetings on National Plans of Action; d) Assisting governments and their associations in developing cooperation activities; e) Assisting governments and their associations in seeking financial support from other UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors and regional organizations; f) Representing UN-HABITAT in major regional and national conferences and meetings; g) Advising the Executive Director on relevant programme and policy issues related to the region. 5. Administration: a) Ensuring effective implementation of operational activities; b) Organizing and participating in project evaluation; c) Addressing issues pertaining to audit and monitoring; d) Supervising and monitoring the staff performance. 6. Performing other relevant duties as may be required.


• Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the area of specialization of the post; Proven ability to produce reports and technical papers; Ability to prepare project documents and funding proposals ensuring that the quality of the project design and their implementation meets all partners’ expectation; Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction by promoting sustainable human settlement development and related programmes, policies and strategies in the countries of assignment in the framework of the Work Programme of Habitat; Demonstrated ability to provide expert advisory services and developing and supervising the execution of priority projects and programmes in cost effective and efficient manner; Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks at the regional, country and city level.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; Ability to present clear ideas to different audiences.
• 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.
• Leadership: Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; 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.
• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, environmental engineering, economics, physical sciences or related field. A first university degree with a combination of two additional years of professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of responsible experience in human settlements projects and programmes at national level, of which at least five of similar experience at the international level in the region of Asia. Experience in human settlements development fields, projects/programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is highly desirable.
Practical and relevant experience of at least six years in the Region is required. Working experience in Technical Co-operation is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment 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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