Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, Nairobi

Closing date: Friday, 26 May 2017

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3

Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 27 April 2017-26 May 2017

Job Opening number: 17-HUM-UNHABITAT-74756-R-NAIROBI (E)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

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. This is a project post and is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and by the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your 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?' link.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UNHabitat, 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 Urban Planning and Design Branch (UPDB), Climate Change Planning Unit (CCPU) of UN-Habitat's Nairobi Headquarters. The Programme Management Officer directly reports to the Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit. The focus of the job is the development, implementation and monitoring of programmes, operations and other activities in the field of urban climate change.


Under the direct supervision of the Unit Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit, the incumbent will manage delegated Programmes and Projects of the Climate Change Planning Unit and coordinate the implementation of the work plan outputs and activities within the defined delivery areas; will promote and update UN-Habitat products and services on Climate Change; mobilize resources; help to coordinate UN-Habitat's cross cutting climate strategy; create linkages with other UN-Habitat Units, Branches and Regional Offices, other UN System Organizations and other partners with regard to the above substantive areas of work, and within authority delegated by the Unit Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit.

1. Technical Support and development of products and services on cities and climate change by:

  • Providing support in the design and development of partnership instruments for the Climate Change Planning Unit and related projects, including drafting of memoranda of understanding and cooperation agreements.

  • Supporting the planning and implementation of networking activities, expert group meetings, and seminars and prepare issue papers required for workshops and meetings.

  • Supporting the development of national and local level action plans for mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • Providing necessary technical inputs to the project team to develop stakeholder analysis tools; country and city level situational assessment tools; governance assessment tools for the partner countries.

  • Providing necessary technical inputs towards the design and implementation of demonstration projects on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and on Air Quality improvements.

  • Providing the required technical support towards the design and development of advocacy materials and activities in the selected countries and cities.

  • Undertaking missions as directed in support of networking and operational activities including backstopping and representation in meetings.

2. Management of the Climate Change Programmes and Projects and coordination of delivering for all activities within the delegated delivery areas:

  • Supporting establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive substantive and financial reporting and monitoring system for the logical framework for the climate change related activities of UN-Habitat.

  • Providing inputs to annual and biannual sub-programme work plans, according to existing budget.

  • Planning adequate delivery mechanisms according to available staffing and budget.

  • Supervising and guiding delivery of delegated programmes and projects.

  • Ensuring timely and accurate reporting.

3. Resource mobilization on cities and climate change:

  • Backstopping Regional and National projects and activities on cities and climate change.

  • Coordinating implementation of GC Resolutions on areas articulated to the Unit and Branch Mandate.

  • Supporting the development of new initiatives including the mobilization of additional resources.

  • Pursuing accreditation to and fundraising from major global climate change funds.

  • Supporting preparation and promotion of project concepts and proposals to donors.

4. Promote synergy with other UPDB units, UN-Habitat Branches and Regional Offices and UN System organisations:

  • Engaging with United Nations processes related to climate change, including the Paris Agreement, the Conference of Parties and related structures of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its working groups; the follow up of the Secretary General's Climate Change Summit.

  • Promoting collaboration with UNEP in the field of urban environment based on the principles of comparative advantage and synergy.

  • Liaising with the Habitat Programme Managers (HPMs), Habitat Regional Offices, other UN entities and other key partners to ensure synergy and coordination of activities with the 'One UN' and UNDAF country level assistance frameworks.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the topic of Cities and Climate Change. 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, youth and human rights 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.

    Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks 'outside the box'; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban and regional planning, environmental sciences relevant to development and management of human settlements.

  • A first-level university degree in combination of two years professional and academic qualifications 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 in the area of urban planning and climate change, or closely related area.

  • Of these years of experience, at least four involve work with one or more developing countries, in different regions.

  • Familiarity with UN policies, procedures and practices including those relevant to technical cooperation projects would be a strong 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.


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

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.

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 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: 
Friday, May 26, 2017