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Human Settlements Officer

Job Opening Number: 16-Human Settlements-UNHABITAT-66420-R-Nairobi (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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.

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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 the Programme Division, Technical Advisory Branch (TAB). Under the direct supervision of the Director, Programme Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

•Contributing to developing the work Programme for the major regions of the world with a focus on regional needs in accordance with UN-Habitat's Global Work Programme and within its overall policy framework.

•Facilitating the coordination and implementation of regional work plans, including the planning and organizing of regional meetings and events, through close strategic partnerships with UN-Habitat's key partners in the region and the integration of the projects and programmes of the regional office for maximum impact.

•Providing substantive leadership in conceptualization and vision-building for the preparation of the Project Office/TAB reports on the State of the Cities for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Europe States and Latin America-Caribbean regions.

•Through the conceptualization and preparation of UN-Habitat's regional reports, contributing to the information management component in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Arab States, Europe and Latin America-Caribbean regions, as a primary tool for transfer of normative messages on emerging trends and conditions to regional, national and local constituencies and for feedback to HQ for purposes of global thematic analysis and dissemination.

•Providing conceptual and other substantive leadership and guidance for the preparation of re-current Project Office/TAB publications, including but not limited to Annual Activities Reports and Annual Operational Reports.

•Preparing ad-hoc reports as requested to be submitted to the Office of the Executive Director (OED), donors and other UN agencies, including the Secretary General.

•Representing UN-Habitat vis-a-vis Government Authorities at the regional, national and local levels with a view to coordinating and enabling regional, national and local activities around the substantive and normative mandates of UN-Habitat as well as in high-level public events with crucial partner constituencies, Municipal Governments, Parliamentarians, UN Agencies, donor agencies, NGOs etc.

•Taking a proactive role in resource mobilization from multilateral, bilateral, national funding agents as well as multilateral and regional banks to ensure financial viability.

•Perform any other relevant duties.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 the audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Architecture, Planning or any other human settlements related discipline.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with a combination of two years professional experience and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Knowledge on current and emerging human settlements related issues is an added advantage.

    Work Experience
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience, preferably at the international level, in Architecture, Planning or any other human settlements related discipline is required.
  • Proven experience and solid knowledge of the normative activities of UN-Habitat is desirable.
  • Experience in Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean would be an added advantage.

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

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

    Closing Period: 5 January 2017

    For more information and job application details, see; Human Settlements Officer Job

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