Job Opening

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Project post), P4
Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 15 February 2018 - 16 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Settlements-UNHABITAT-89984-R-Kabul (E)
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 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 Kabul, Afghanistan and falls under the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of UN-Habitat.


Under the overall supervision of Senior Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements the incumbent will perform the following functions:

A. Project Implementation:
i) Effective and efficient execution of UN-Habitat projects, through technical guidance/ advice, quality, cost control and management support;
ii) Formulate and develop projects/programmes in partnership with the government, target communities and funding institutions;
iii) Effective and efficient management of project resources as per approved project document or substantive work plan, coordinating overall work plans and budgets, preparing relevant documentation and reports, initiating procurement and recruitment of human resources, and liaising with implementing partners to ensure quality and timely delivery of UN-Habitat’s projects and programmes;
iv) Develop on-the-job capacity building and knowledge transfer mechanisms for relevant government ministries and municipal authorities;
v) Undertake in-country missions to field sites to monitor programme implementation and strengthen partnerships with local authorities and partners;
vi) Coordinate and monitor project progress by defining performance criteria, ensuring periodic reporting from the field through assessment of results achieved and external reviews;
vii) Develop mechanisms for ensuring systematic mainstreaming of cross cutting issues of gender, youth, climate change and human rights in programme activities;
viii) Reporting regularly to and liaising closely with the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, target communities, donor agencies in the context of projects and programmes.

B. Technical Assistance, Advisory Services and Outreach:
i) Review and analyse issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;
ii) Provide technical assistance and implementation support to the government, project partners and key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of projects and programmes.

C. Liaise with Key Stakeholders:
i) Develop and contribute to close working relationships with relevant national and international partners, stakeholders, and other UN agencies in the duty station.
ii) Support resource mobilization initiatives by identifying new programmatic opportunities, developing concept notes/project documents and building partnerships with donors and partners.

D) Perform other tasks as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to all sectors, functional areas or other specialized fields. Ability to identify issues and then analyze and participate in their resolution.Ability to conduct data collection exercises using various methods. Conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.

• 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

• 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.



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in architecture, civil engineering, urban and regional planning, economics or physical sciences relevant to development and management of human settlements. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years’ of progressively responsible experience in human settlements projects and programmes at national level including at least two (2) years of similar experience at the international level, is required. Proven experience in human settlements development fields, projects/programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable. Experience in post conflict areas is an added advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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