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Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

This is a Full-time position in Nairobi posted September 14, 2019.

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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 position is located in the Housing
and Slum Upgrading Branch, Slum Upgrading Unit. The incumbent will report to
the Leader, Slum Upgrading Unit. The focus of the job is the implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities in
the slum upgrading field.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the
following duties:
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the slum
upgrading programme/projects; monitors and analyzes programme/project
development and implementation; 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
• Performs assignments in planning and facilitating participatory design
workshops and assisting in developing the action plan for the project to
manage the change.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues
and trends of slums, informal settlements and inadequate housing, preparation
of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews,
analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis,
sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive support to meetings, conferences, etc., which includes
proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of background
documents and presentations, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.;
makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external
consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission
reports, etc.
• Coordinates activities related to budget and funding programme/project
preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc. and
prepares related documents/reports pledging, work programme, programme
budget, etc..
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and
approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized
field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution
of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods.
Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research
and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various
research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and
other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments
given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree Master’s degree or equivalent in urban planning,
architecture, social, environmental or political sciences, geography or GIS or
other urban development oriented studies with focus on urban poverty reduction
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

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or
programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience
in direct engagement with communities and participation is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance
in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this
position. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as
possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline
stated in the job opening.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through
the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two
years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to
this position.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL
professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date.
This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your
eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN
Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity,
are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term
positions and their applications will not be considered.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible
after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in
the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email
address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement
within 24 hours of submission, hour application may not have been received, in
such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem
persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?”

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations,
the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of
securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if
they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations
of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or
sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they
have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual
exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of
vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including,
but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the
sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or
threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under
unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any
unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be
perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with
work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or
offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the
termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have
committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a
geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on
the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under
conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United
Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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

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.
No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to
applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration
for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information
provided in the application.

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