Job Opening

Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 10 November 2016 - 08 January 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-68472-R-Cairo (X)
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 United Nations agency for housing and 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 Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), Cairo duty station. Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Director Programme Division, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties:


1. Policy-making: Contribute to the overall policy and strategy development of UN-Habitat, including in the regional dimensions; Provide leadership in the development and implementation of UN-Habitat's operational strategy for the region and sub-regions; Encourage international cooperation to implement the Habitat Agenda and represent the organization at all high level events in the region. 2. Resource mobilization: Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy for the region in close cooperation with the Resource Mobilization Unit and Programme Division. 3. Programme development and implementation: Provide leadership in the formulation of the annual work programme of the region and coordinate its implementation; Monitor emergency needs and issues in the region in the context of human settlements, develop and implement appropriate response strategy and projects; Maintain productive relations with the host government and supporting institutions. Maintain close and regular liaison with headquarters, regional and country offices in the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) system framework and other multi- and bilateral partners on programme development and coordination, in close collaboration with the Director of External Relations; Ensure regional presence of UN-Habitat by undertaking or participating in activities that foster country-to-country cooperation, knowledge management, and exchange of experience in varied aspects of human settlements across the region. 4. Networking and information activities:-Organize advocacy and thematic activities within the Region related to the main policy messages promoted by UN-Habitat.- Represent UN-Habitat in major development programming exercises at the regional and national level, international conferences, major regional fora, expert meetings and Tri-partite Review Meetings. 5. Promote and implement operational activities and the implementation of UN-Habitat global programmes, global campaigns and Mid Term Institutional Strategic Plan. 6. Management and supervision of the office: Manage and supervise the work of the Office, including administration, personnel, procurement and financial management; Approve financial authorizations for accounts under the Office control. 7. Ensure timely reporting to Headquarters and all the agencies funding its operational activities, including annual and quarterly reports. 8. Perform any other duty as may be assigned.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas, including knowledge of housing and urban development issues in the Arab States; Ability to produce reports and papers, and to review and edit the work of others; Shows pride in work and in achievements including in programme development and fund raising; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, including conflict resolution amongst governmental and non-governmental partners; remains calm in stressful situations.
•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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
•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.
•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches takes to skills; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; and actively supports the development and career aspirations for staff.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban and regional planning, housing, or social sciences relevant to development and management of human settlements. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in multi-disciplinary human settlements development work, of which at least ten on the international arena is required. Experience in project/programme delivery, raising funds, and negotiating with high-level Government and multi and bilateral technical funding agency officials in the Arab States is required. Experience supervising a large multicultural office is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

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, 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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