Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 06 June 2018 - 20 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-98179-R-Nairobi (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. Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch and general guidance of the Director, Programme Division, and within the framework of the Strategic Plan and priorities established by the Governing Council of the Human Settlements Programme through its biannual Work Programmes, the Programme Management Officer is responsible for the development of the housing unit portfolio and the operationalization of the unit’s programmes and initiatives.


1. Management of the Housing Unit and coordination of delivering for all activities within the defined delivery areas
-Establish and maintain a systematic and comprehensive substantive and financial reporting and monitoring system for the logical framework for the housing related activities of UN-Habitat.
-Providing inputs to annual and biannual sub-programme work plans, according to existing budget and assisting in the development of individual work plans and targets for the Unit’s Staff
-Planning adequate delivery mechanisms according to available staffing and budget
-Supervise and guide overall delivery and performance of the Unit team
-Ensure timely and accurate reporting

2. Develop products and services on housing policy development
-Provide support in the design and development of partnership instruments for the initiatives led by the housing unit, including drafting of memoranda of understanding and cooperation agreements.
-Support the planning and implementation of networking activities, expert group meetings, and seminars and prepare issue papers required for workshops and meetings.
-Support the development of national housing strategy and the formulation of national housing policies.
-Provide necessary technical inputs to the project team to produce housing policy development tools, methodologies and profiles.
-Provide necessary technical inputs towards the design and implementation of demonstration projects on sustainable and affordable housing solutions.
-Provide the required technical support towards the design and development of advocacy materials on global housing issues.
-Undertake missions as directed in support of networking and operational activities including backstopping and representation in meetings.


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

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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, housing or related field. A discipline in Sustainable development with emphasis on public policies , planning and management issues is desirable . 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 7 years of progressively responsible experience in urban development planning or project management including 4 years at the international level is required. Understanding of urban social dynamics and urban governance systems in developing countries is an asset. Experience in working in large multi-cultural environments, sustainable development fields, project design & implementation with International Agencies is desirable .


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both Oral and written) is required. Working knowledge any other UN language is an added advantage.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position 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. 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 "NeedHelp?" 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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