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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and human settlements. The role of the UN-Habitat New York Liaison Office is to ensure and maintain strong linkages between UN-Habitat Nairobi and the UN Headquarters in New York. The Liaison Office represents UN-Habitat at the intergovernmental and inter-agency level, and serves as the link between UN-Habitat Nairobi and Governments representatives, UN Secretariat departments and other offices, funds and programmes of the UN system. The NYLO contributes to UN-Habitat partnerships, public information and outreach efforts, and ensures that UN-Habitat voice and mandate are considered in these processes and platforms. The Liaison Office also provides briefings on UN-Habitat and its work to different stakeholders and organizes special events and exhibitions at UNHQ, including the observance of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day, in collaboration with UN-Habitat Headquarters, Member States representatives, the UN system, and external partners. Under the overall guidance of the Director for External Relations, the incumbent will perform the following duties.
1. Directing the work of the Office by providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing the Office's activities.
2. Plan, organize, and represent UN-Habitat as required in the debates and meetings of the General Assembly (GA), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and other relevant inter-governmental bodies, including
Contribute to the preparation of relevant reports of the Secretary-General, provide substantive advice and support to the inter-governmental bodies, and coordinate assistance to the inter-governmental processes promoting an integrated follow-up to the outcomes of major UN conferences, particularly the Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda, including the relevant Sustainable Development Goals related to Sustainable Urbanization, and other relevant global agendas.
3. Advise the Director for External Relations in ensuring a systematic follow up to and monitoring of the GA, ECOSOC, HLPF and other inter-governmental bodies relevant resolutions, decisions and conclusions.
4. Provide substantive support to deliberations in various committees such as the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ); and the Committee for Programme Coordination (CPC) on UN-Habitat’s biennial Strategic Framework and Proposed Programme Budget.
5. Promote the system-wide implementation of inter-governmental policies on operational activities for development through greater interaction between UN-Habitat and the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) and its subsidiary machinery, including the High Level Committee for Programme (HLCP) and the UN Development Group (UNDG), and their related working groups, the UN Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, and other UN coordination mechanisms and reform processes related to development and humanitarian issues. The Office provides substantive reports and policy analysis to UN-Habitat Headquarters on the outcomes of these meetings, including the required follow-up
6. Serve on the UN-Habitat Senior Management Board and contribute to the formulation of the overall strategies, policies and operations of UN-Habitat, with recommendations on follow-up to policy issues and reporting to relevant counterparts at Headquarters.
7. Direct substantive support to UN-Habitat New York-based partners, including Non-Governmental Organizations, Local Authorities, Women Organizations, Youth, Academia and the Private Sector, developing and maintaining active contacts with UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, the private sector, academic institutions and others relevant partners, building support among these partners for the Urban Agenda and promoting collaborative initiatives.
Ensure close and effective collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on matters related to UN-Habitat and its mandate.
8. Undertake the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the New York Office, including through the managing and guiding the staff.
9. Coordinate the engagement of UN-Habitat in the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) by facilitating substantive preparations of project documents, follow-up on EMG meetings and contribution to the development of strategic system-wide approaches to inter-agency coordination in the field of environment and human settlements through the EMG.
10. Liaise with key donor agencies to mobilize resources for both core and sustainable urbanization projects and operations; gain support from financial institutions, foundations, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility divisions and departments of large companies
11. Under the direction of the ERD Director, and in cooperation with the various ERD units, support the communications, Advocacy and Partnership activities of UN-Habitat.
12. Act as the geographical focal point for North America.
13. Perform other duties as required.
• Professionalism: 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; Expert knowledge and demonstrated ability in analyzing, interpreting, formulating and communicating complex policy and strategic issues on a broad range of development areas; Demonstrated ability to facilitate inter-agency coordination; Knowledge of the workings of the United Nations system; Demonstrated professional competence in the management of human and budgetary resources. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations and procedures in work stations. Shows pride in work and in achievements.
• 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.
• 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 improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibilities for incorporating gender 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.
• Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that affect them.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the social sciences, economics, urban and regional development, social sciences, development or related areas. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least fifteen years of progressive professional experience in economic or social development relevant to urban and human settlements development required. Exposure to, and demonstrated effectiveness in, diplomatic contacts and official representation; knowledge of the UN system, and its inter-governmental bodies in charge of economic and social development, including programming and planning, monitoring and programme performance assessment process is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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