UN Programme Management Officer - Human Settlements Jobs in Kenya

UN Programme Management Officer - Human Settlements Jobs in Kenya

Job Opening

Posting Title:Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: Nairobi

Job Opening Number: 19-Human Settlements-UN-HABITAT-120468-J-Nairobi (E)

Staffing Exercise N/A

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

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.

UN-Habitat works in over 90 countries supporting people in cities and human settlements for a better urban future. The agency has been focusing on urban development for over 40 years. Within UN Habitat, the Urban Planning and Design Branch supports governments and local authorities with tested approaches, guidelines, and tools to plan the growth of cities in an inclusive, sustainable.

The Branch has three Units which are closely related: (1) Regional and Metropolitan Planning, (2) City Planning, Extension and Design, and (3) Climate Change Planning.

This position is in the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit (RMPU). The Urban Policy Specialist will report to the leader of the Regional and metropolitan Planning Unit.


Within delegated authority, the Human settlement officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Substantive design, preparation, and administration of best practices interface on the Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Guinea on NUP Implementation Platform, to enable direct engagement by Member States and Stakeholders on practices and policies for implementing the National Urban Planning.
  • Analysis and selection of best practices/policies on urban development issues at the global, regional and national levels; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends, developments, and related policy issues relevant to the unit /departmental mandate, including urbanization, urban economics, spatial development, local economic development and regional planning.
  • Provides support to intergovernmental processes dealing with urban development issues by preparing best practice inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies and processes.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents best practices and policies on urban and human settlements information gathered from diverse sources for the NUP Implementation Platform.
  • Contributes to the preparation of qualitative information for the Quadrennial Report on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and other internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements
  • Contributes to the preparation and revision of the best-practice specific component of the guidelines for reporting on internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization.
  • Reviews, revises, summarizes and edits best practices/policies for regional and country reports on internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization.
  • Develops collaborative working relations on best practices and policies with UN-Habitat’s regional offices, other relevant branches and units within the organization and other UN agencies
  • Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of expert group and technical meetings, policy dialogues, development seminars.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Participates in Urban Policy programme, by contributing to expanding the NUP knowledge and capacity development resources providing by the Unit, assisting in the development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of NUP
  • Coordinates the implementation of corridor development projects while mainstreaming the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) principles and Urban-Rural Linkages Guiding principles, Metropolitan Development (MetroHUB) Initiative and approach.
  • Develops new concept notes, project proposals on Urban Policy, corridors development and land use planning;
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor for the support of the Unit work.



    Demonstrable understanding theories and concepts related to urbanization including social and economic development, urban economics, spatial development, local economic development and planning, urban, and regional and territorial planning.

    Strong research and writing skills. Ability to carry out research
    on the social, economic, political, spatial and planning dimensions of cities and human settlements at local, national and international levels.

    Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques and draw conclusions and assess impacts at different levels. Experience in preparing large/flagship reports.

    Ability to review, edit and summarize the work of others. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. 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


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or higher) in public/urban policy, regional planning, land use planning and management, and urban management is required.
  • 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

  • At least five (5) years of professional experience in land use planning, regional and territorial planning, metropolitan planning or policy analysis and assessment.
  • Proven and demonstrable experience in project management on urban policy, metropolitan planning issues preferably in francophone countries will be a requirement.

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Oral and written both in English and French is required.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee

    The United Nations Does Not Charge a Fee at Any Stage of the Recruitment Process (Application, Interview Meeting, Processing, or Training). The United Nations Does Not Concern Itself With Information on Applicants’ Bank Accounts.

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