Associate Administrative Officer, Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, P2 (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 20 April 2017-26 April 2017

Job Opening number: 17-ADM-UNHABITAT-76675-J-NAIROBI (T)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

Appointment to this position is limited to a finite period of six months, due to the regular incumbent being on assignment in a different Department. Further extension/s of appointment will be dependent upon the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations 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 with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.

Under the overall coordination of the Coordinator of the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch and under the direct supervision of the Leader of the Housing Unit, the Associate Human Settlements Officer will undertake the following tasks: Responsibilities

  • Act as a focal point for the Unit in overall substantive and operational support related to the implementation of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme coordinated by the Housing Unit, with a specific focus on vulnerable groups;
  • Assist the Housing Unit, and relevant branches of UN-Habitat, on policy dialogues, representational and advocacy issues on the Right to Adequate Housing and cases of unlawful forced evictions, within the framework of the UN Global Housing Strategy;
  • Assist in partnership building efforts with other UN Agencies, bi-lateral and multilateral organizations, and civil society institutions involved in urban poverty, human rights and housing policy development, focusing on vulnerable groups and the most poor;
  • Design and coordinate the evidence management system on the housing policy development and housing rights-based projects of UN-Habitat;
  • Provide input to global UN-Habitat policies, programmes, and activities, including input to post-MDG Agenda negotiations from an urban poverty and housing rights perspective;
  • Contribute to the assessment of national housing policies, providing technical inputs to national housing profiles and housing strategies;
  • Contribute to the assessment of cases of unlawful of forced evictions and contribute to the Universal Periodic Review from the perspective of the right to adequate housing;
  • Coordinate relevant meetings and prepare background materials, notes, and act of follow-up activities, as required;
  • Carry out research, compile and support preparation of relevant background and briefing materials for policy discussions on specific topics of relevance to housing policy development, human rights and forced evictions.
  • Support in the development of the overall communication and advocacy strategy of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme;
  • Assist in planning, preparing and facilitating training events for UN-Habitat staff.
  • Support and organize international events and consultations and prepare relevant background papers.
  • Contribute to broader initiatives coordinated by the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, as requested.



  • Professionalism: 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 and remains calm in stressful situations.

  • 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 the 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.


Education: A first level university degree in Social sciences, Political sciences, Law (with specific specialization on Human Rights Law), International Development, International Relations, or related area. A combination of the above will be an asset.

Work Experience

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination (G to P).


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations, for this post fluency in oral and written English is required is required. Knowledge of Spanish or French is an asset. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


As YPP, NCRE and G to P candidates have been through a rigorous assessment process, no formal competency based interviews or assessment tests will be conducted

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Source: UN-Jobs

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017