Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Settlements-UNHABITAT-87069-J-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

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• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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. The post is located in the Capacity Development Unit-CDU, formerly known as the Training and Capacity Building Branch. In the new organizational structure of UN-Habitat, there are seven different branches amongst them the Research and Capacity Development Branch-RCDB led by a Branch coordinator. CDU is one of the operational units of the RCBD led by a chief of unit. The other units are the Research, the Best Practice and Global Urban Observatory-GUO. The RCDB is responsible for the UN-Habitat's flagship reports, the World Cities Reports, the Global Sample of Cities, and Best Practice Database, the sample of Cities adopting the City Prosperity Index-CPI and the global monitoring of slums and custodian of several targets of the SDG 11- Sustainable Development Goal 11. This turns the RCDB the knowledge hub of UN-Habitat hosting data and indicators about global urbanization that supports the monitoring of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The CDU, in its new mandate, combines knowledge, research, tools, skill development and training into a coherent capacity development strategy focusing on cities and national government institutions, Habitat Agenda partners, training institutions and UN-Habitat staff, making use of all the knowledge and information generated from the other units of the RCDB and UN-Habitat in the production of learning and capacity building tools, products and course companions for global application. It works closely with universities, training institutes, think tanks and private companies in the development and delivery of in-situ and online workshops and training in various thematic areas.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Capacity Development Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1.Promote and Develop Habitat University Partnerships by; a) Identifying and engaging potential and actual partner Universities to support the normative and operational activities of UN-Habitat; b) Keeping up to date database of partner Universities and Preparing progress reports and briefs; c) Exploring funding opportunities and develop programme documents to support University partnerships.

2. Provide technical and substantive support to regional and global University networks by: a) Identifying complementarities, emerging issues, innovation and other opportunities which would stimulate networking and engagement with UN-Habitat global normative activities and policy research and development; b) Developing concepts and proposals to support and implement Habitat Partner University networks to promote sustainable urbanization; c) Developing the design and architecture/structure of networks and supporting tools; d) Organizing roundtables, collaborative and networking events for Habitat Partner Universities.

3.Supporting the development and implementation of University curricula and courses by: a) Identifying key UN-Habitat messages, tools, approaches and practices, and work with universities on mainstreaming them into education and development of a new generation of urban professionals; b) Facilitating Habitat Universities access to UN-Habitat tools, publications and expertise and vice-versa; c) Developing and implementing continuing professional development; d) Preparing expert group meetings to support curricula development and its Implementation.

4. Supporting the mobilization and involvement of University partners in national and regional initiatives by: a) Facilitating operational links between Habitat Partner Universities and UN-Habitat regional offices; b) Identifying opportunities for university collaboration in country programme activities of UN-Habitat;

5.Mobilize UN-Habitat inputs to the Decade for Education for Sustainable Development by:a)Identifying areas of collaboration, engage with other UN Agencies and other education-related agencies, promote institutional synergy with other initiatives linked to education and capacity building within the UN System.

6. Support the Development of Relevant Training and Capacity Development products, tools and courses in response to the needs of the New Urban Agenda and the SDG’s by: a) engaging training institutions, universities and trainers in development and delivery of training programs; b) developing technical and content proposals for meeting the capacity needs of UN-Habitat programs and partners; c) undertaking training needs assessment within programs and organizations involved in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs. d) developing online training.

7.Provision of capacity development services to national and local governments, Habitat Agenda Partners by; a)Undertaking activities covering the various stages of the training development cycle, and identification of institutional and individual capacity development gaps, b)Developing project proposals based on results-based management principles, liaise with potential funding agencies, and take part in resource mobilization and project acquisition strategies of the unit and the branch.

8.Contribute to the team work of the Capacity Development Unit and the Research and Capacity Branch by; a) Taking part in branch-level and unit-level activities; assist in the reporting to senior management of UN-Habitat, revise and comment on reports to the UN secretariat; support the development of the work plan and its implementation, progress reporting and evaluation and monitoring. b) Performs other related duties as required.


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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in architecture, urban planning, economics, finance, public administration, social development, human resource development, development studies or related area. 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 five years of experience in human settlements projects and programmes a national and local levels, of which at least two at the international level. Proven experience in human settlements development field, projects/programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies will be an advantage


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat, For this position fluency in oral and written English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. 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.

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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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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