UN-HABITAT Sustainable Development Officer Jobs in Kenya

UN-HABITAT Sustainable Development Officer Jobs in 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.

UN-Habitat’s Strategic Planning and Monitoring Branch (SPMB) at the Division of External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation Division (ERSKI) is responsible for strategic planning, monitoring, and reporting on the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the annual work programme and budget. The incumbent will report to the Head of the Strategic Planning unit of the SPMB.


Within delegated authority, the Sustainable Development Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of assigned elements of the Strategic Plan and the annual work programme and budget, etc.; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.

  • Drafts inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on human settlements sustainable development issues.

  • Formulates, identifies, and analyses proposals for inputs in the Strategic Plan and the annual work programme and budget.

  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with strategic planning issues.

  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on human settlements sustainable development and strategic planning issues.

  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on human settlements sustainable development and strategic planning issues.

  • Prepares inputs for reports to governance and intergovernmental bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to human settlements' sustainable development and strategic planning.

  • Follows intergovernmental meetings, prepares summary reports and provides substantive support, as needed. And participates in missions on sustainable development issues, usually as a member of a team.

  • Organizes training seminars/ workshops for national experts addressing human settlements sustainable development issues and collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables, and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation, and reporting.


  • Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis on sustainable development topics, and determine suitability, validity, and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of
    decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

  • Planning and 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


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development or human settlements, economics, public policy and public administration in human settlements, iitenarnational development, urban planning, geography, social sciences or related field is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in policy and strategic planning programs is an advantage.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in management, policy-oriented work in a broad range of human settlements sustainable development issues is required

  • At least five (5) years of experience in developing and/or implementing international sustainable development programmes involving donor community, clients, and civil society groups is required.

  • Two (2) years or more of experience in strategic planning or related area is desirable.

  • Experience in the field of capacity development, institutional reform, or training with a focus on sustainable urban development is desirable

  • Experience in studying issues related to strategies in sustainable development is desirable


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN-HABITAT Sustainable Development Officer Jobs in Kenya

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