UN Senior Programme Management Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

UN Senior Programme Management Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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 Management and Operations Division.


Under the supervision of the Director of Management and Operations Division, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Supervision of country and regional Programme Officers;
  • Provide sound resource management services for programme implementation at UNHabitat country and regional offices.
  • Oversee and supervise the work programme of the programme officers in UNHabitat regional and country offices and evaluate their performance in timely manner.
  • Provide advice, guidance and training to new country and regional programme officers on budgetary and financial procedures and operating procedures for project implementation.
  • Provide updated reports /guidelines that have a a bearing on project design, project approval, project implementation and project evaluation at regional and country level.
  • Provide support to country and regional Programme Managers to ensure the monitoring implementation of projects to assure sound utilization of resources, proper financial accountability and timely reporting.
  • Promote information sharing among programme officers this involves organizing country and regional programme officers meeting as necessary.

    Financial and Budgetary Function:

  • Act as the Certifying Officer for the organization to ensure that proposed obligations and expenditures are in accordance with the budget and established regulations and rules.
  • Ensure that budgetary management control and monitoring of core regional allotment for country and regional officers are carried out.
  • Oversee management of country and regional projects implementation.
  • Define requirements with respect to improving budget reporting systems and cost effective utilization of programme resources.

    Human Resources and General Administration:

  • Ensure timely action at Headquarter on administration of human resources in country and regional offices.
  • Oversee the timely provision of goods and services for regional offices by supporting the procurement processes. This includes close liaising with various sections in UNON.
  • Support the administration of Delegated Authority for country and regional offices.

    Monitoring and Reporting Functions:

  • Manage information on the status of project delivery, income generation and income forecast.
  • Coordinate actions required for country and regional offices adequate use of the PAAS.
  • Perform other related work as reasonably required.

  • Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks.
  • Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction.
  • Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow:
  • Empowers others to translate vision into results;
  • Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support;
  • Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
  • Drives for change and improvements;
  • Does not accept the status quo;
  • Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
  • Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Finance/Accounting/Business Administration.
  • A first level university degree with relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • CPA or equivalent qualifications will be an asset.

    Work Experience
  • Having a minimum of 10 years of experience in complex managerial, finance or administrative functions preferably in the UN system.
  • At least 4 years of experience in technical cooperation project/programme implementation.
  • Practical experience in development, implementation and management of projects is required.
  • Familiarity with the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) and the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are required.
  • Understanding of UMOJA and IPSAS is an asset.

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of other UN official language(s) would be a strong advantage.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 13th May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Senior Programme Management Officer Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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