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Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements, P5
Job Code Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 09 October 2017 - 22 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Settlements-UNHABITAT-85628-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 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. This mandate of the organization is detailed in the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. Its activities contribute to the over-all objectives of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context of a rapidly urbanizing world. This position is located at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) in Cairo, Egypt. The incumbent reports to the Regional Director ROAS and will work in close collaboration with the respective colleagues at headquarters (Office of Executive Director, Programme Division, Operations Division, External Relations and Management) and country offices in the Arab region.


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Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director, ROAS, the incumbent is responsible for:

I. Programme implementation:
Promote broad policy dialogues with national constituencies and development partners in Arab countries;
Provide inputs to human settlements analysis and needs assessments and other activities aimed at housing and urban development policy, strategy and programmes development to contribute to poverty alleviation; Coordinate relevant activities within the Strategic Framework focus areas, the work programme and Habitat country programme documents;
Contribute to knowledge management and facilitate dissemination of information on good practices and their promotion and adoption at the national and local levels.

II. Programme/Project development:
Identify priority interventions in human settlements within the UN-Habitat Strategic Framework, New Urban Agenda, country strategy notes, national plans and strategy for poverty reduction, with particular attention to the issues of conflict, displacement and youth;Provide inputs to the development, launch and operation of global campaign on sustainable urbanization in the respective countries to improve awareness of sustainable urbanization issues.Participating in the appraisal, revision and approval of project/programme design;Negotiating with bilateral/multilateral donors for resource mobilization and promoting/coordinating joint activities of strategic importance.

III. Project management and advisory services:
Providing timely and appropriate technical and management advice on the projects;Drafting Terms of Reference, identifying, selecting and making recommendations for recruitment of staff and consultants.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in resolution of problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 situation.

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; 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. 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; 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; 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, sociology, economic or physical sciences relevant to development and management of human settlements or related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressive experience in multi-disciplinary human settlements projects and programmes, including international level experience. Proven experience in human settlements development fields, project/programme designs and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable.

Languages

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 Arabic and French is desirable. Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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