UN Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements Jobs in Kenya

UN Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Human Settlements Programme, (UN-Habitat), is the United Nations agency for Human settlements.

It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.

UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities.

The External Relations Division promotes strategic alliances to support achievement of the goals of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable urbanization and human settlements development.

ERD assists to advance UN-Habitat image and relationships with its partners and the public at large, and to build and strengthen partnerships, facilitate policy impact and developmental change, and increase delivery of programmes.


  • Drive UN-Habitat’s portfolio advocacy and campaigns strategy including overall direction, providing framework for development of specific plans; developing strategy and content of UN-Habitat’s corporate advocacy and campaigns to enhance public outreach and engagement activities and developing and disseminating compelling content
  • Lead in developing advocacy and campaign strategies for UN-Habitat key corporate events such as UN-Habitat Assembly, World Urban Forum (WUF), Urban October and other key conferences. This includes ensuring advocacy and campaigns for UN-Habitat branches and regional offices are pro-active, timely and of high quality to the expected standards of the UN system and UN-Habitat
  • Take the lead within ERD in coordination with Liaison and Regional offices on advocacy and campaign matters
  • Lead the development and management of UN-Habitat’s advocacy and campaign policies and practice for programme (s) outreach, crisis, and political and social affairs
  • Assess the overall effectiveness of the advocacy and campaigns and make needed changes in approach and technique
  • Take the lead in developing and implementing a global campaign on key aspects of implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda in close collaboration with the Programme Division with new themes every two years
  • Give guidance in developing UN-Habitat campaigns by identifying relevant topics / issues highlighted in global agendas
  • Give required support to UN-Habitat relevant offices / branches in developing programme / project advocacy and campaign strategies and implementation of related activities;
  • Provide technical and policy advice on highly complex advocacy and campaign issues to all divisions and offices;
  • Ensure technical integrity of advocacy and campaign content and representation of relevant functions, geographies and perspectives in integrated programme / project workplans.
  • Identify opportunities and coordinate UN-Habitat’s participation in key and high-level global events, international expositions, exhibits and campaigns that aim at advancing UN-Habitat’s mandate especially its focal point role in Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) in the achievement of SDG11 through the implementation of the NUA
  • Lead the advocacy and campaign team in ensuring integration of its activities and workplans with those of UN-Habitat’s substantive branches and units.
  • This is to be done through direct management of the portfolio and matrixed supervision of advocacy and campaign focal points.
  • Provide clear rhythm of business to ensure smooth and timely engagement among staff across the agency
  • Work in close partnership with the ERD director and other managers within the division to ensure that vision for portfolio is being met
  • Provide intellectual leadership and guidance in the development and forward planning of UN-Habitat’s Flagship Events & Campaigns. This includes: World Urban Forum (WUF) and the World Urban Campaign (WUC);
  • In consultation with the Senior Management Committee further institutionalize the World Urban Forum as a platform for stakeholders’ contribution to monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda
  • Develop and lead a global campaign on
    key aspects of implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, in close collaboration with the Programme Division, with new themes every year or two years;
  • Conduct a review of the World Urban Campaign and a develop a strategy for its positioning within the new campaign requirements of UN-Habitat
  • In collaboration with the Governing Council Secretariat, engage effectively with Member States and Advocacy stakeholders on matters pertaining to advocacy on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat’s work, on the advocacy flagship programmes and the World Urban Campaign.
  • Review official communications including speeches, speaking points or video messages to ensure these are in-line with strategies aimed at generating high-level correspondence;
  • Develop and manage an effective UN-Habitat and sustainable urbanization Advocates (Ambassadors) programme
  • In collaboration with key staff within UN-Habitat’s ERD and Programme Division, interact with governments, civil society organizations, private sector, research institutions/academia, the media and the public to develop partnerships and/or new forms of collaboration for awareness raising and/or campaigns activities
  • Oversee advocacy and campaigns annual planning process, and make relevant connections to broader institutional and external initiatives and trends related to the portfolio
  • Mobilize and manage resources for the branch and the division
  • In consultation with the ERD Director, establish and maintain effective and efficient resource scheduling and workflow management systems and processes for advocacy and campaigns
  • Play a key role in the conceptualization and implementation of corporate social marketing campaigns in support of resource mobilization initiatives with member countries and other partners
  • Identify opportunities for development among the staff to build capacity to correspond to skills required by UN-Habitat
  • Give substantive support to the Head of Communications to build media capacity to enable them report on Sustainable Urban Development
  • Manage (and develop where they do not exist) the systems, structures, processes and cadence for portfolio budget, M&E framework, annual portfolio performance report.
  • Manage a budgetary framework for effective implementation of UN-Habitat’s advocacy and campaigns strategies
  • Supervise and manage projects under the advocacy and campaigns portfolio by verifying compliance with established rules and guidelines for all actions well as congruence with UN policies

  • Advanced university degree in International Relations, Political Science, International Development, International Communications or Journalism.
  • A first university degree with a combination of two years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

    Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in journalism, communications or public relations, of which at least five at the international level which should have involved political judgment, successful management of public information communications.
  • Experience with various UN agencies in a similar job group is an added advantage.

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required.
  • Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 24th July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Senior Programme Officer, Human Settlements Jobs in Kenya

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