Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements (Project Post), P5
Job Code Title: Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: KUWAIT_ISC
Posting Period: 18 June 2018 - 17 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Settlements-UNHABITAT-96673-R-Kuwait (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 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 post is located in UN-HABITAT at the Kuwait duty station.

Under the supervision of the Regional Director the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


Programme Policy-Making: •Maintain good work relationship with the government counterpart and members of the United Nations Country Teams; •Contributing to the overall programme, urban policy and strategy development, including any sub-regional or regional dimensions for the region; •Providing leadership in the development and implementation of UN-Habitat’s operational strategy for the sub-region; •Represent UN-Habitat in the United Nations Country Team in Kuwait.

Resource mobilization and partnerships strengthening: •Develop and implement resource mobilization and partnership strategy targeting Gulf-based donors, and agencies; •Facilitate resource mobilization for programmes and projects in the sub-region and for other countries in the Arab region. •Ensure sub-regional and national presence of UN-Habitat by undertaking or participating in activities that foster cooperation, knowledge management, and exchange of experience in varied aspects of human settlements across Saudi cities.

Programme Development and Implementation: •Providing leadership in the formulation of country programmes in the Gulf region, and coordinating implementation; •Monitoring needs and issues in the countries in the context of human settlements and developing and implementing appropriate response strategy and projects; •Lead the project formulation and development of any new UN-Habitat programme in the sub-region. •Promote and implement Programme operational activities and the implementation of UN-Habitat global programmes, global campaigns and the Mid Term Institutional Strategic Plan 2014-2019 in the sub-region; Ensure the effective and efficient execution of programme activities and deliverables within the available resources (time, manpower, and funds) and provide guidance in the conduct of the programme scheduled monitoring evaluation. •Liaise with relevant partners and stakeholders to facilitate collaboration for the Programme(s) activities so as to achieve the required assigned deliverables for the outputs, and successful completion of the overall programme.

Management and Supervision of UN-HABITAT Programme Offices: •Managing and supervising the work of the Offices in the sub-region, including technical support, administration, personnel, procurement and financial management; •Approving financial authorizations for accounts under the Office control and with the delegated authority; •Supervise, lead and inspire Programme staff towards effective programme delivery and maintain team spirit; •Ensuring timely reporting to involved Ministries as necessary, Regional Office, Headquarters and all the agencies funding its operational activities, including annual and quarterly reports.

Representation and Visibility: •Guiding the conduct of high level conferences for advocacy on inclusive planning practices through sharing of good practices and lessons learned from the Programmes. •Facilitating partnerships (i.e. government, UNCT, etc.) through visits of Programme sites and attending organized visibility activities like World Habitat Day and other conferences. •Guiding publication of programme good practices and impacts in the UN-Habitat websites and other venues.

•Any other duties as required by the Regional Representative for Gulf States.


Professionalism: Ability to negotiate with high-level Government, multi and bilateral technical and funding agency officials. Proven capacity to motivate and manage a multi-national team of staff. Ability to present and debate in public fora and events the main policy and substantive messages related to the development issues identified with the Programme’s work. The candidate should be familiar with UN policies, procedures and practices, including those relevant to technical cooperation projects; 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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; anticipates and resolves conflict by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; 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; demonstrated 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 tasks to skills; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; and actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff.

Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organizations; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in urban and regional planning, development planning, 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 ten years of progressive work experience in multi-disciplinary Human Settlements programmes and operations out of which 7 years should be at the international level and a minimum of five years in management and leadership of human settlements related programmes. Experience in urban development, housing and planning in the Arab region is required and knowledge and work experience in the Arab Gulf States is an asset. Past experience with the United Nations in management/representation positions, is desirable.


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


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. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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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