Programme Specialist (Urban Research and Knowledge Management)

Closing date: 13 Jan 2017

Job ID:#1839834

Career categories: Information Management

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul

Job years of experience: 5-10 years

Job type: Consultancy

ORGANIZATION: UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)

DUTY STATION: Kabul, AFGHANISTAN; travel to other provinces will be required

DURATION: 6 months upon initial appointment (may be extended based on availability of fund and performance evaluation), from February 2017

SUPERVISORS: Country Programme Manager (CPM) and Knowledge Management Officer (KMO)

GRADE: IICA 2 (P3 Equivalent)


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with support from USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherland and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank and Govt. of Afghanistan. During this period, her programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale neighbourhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment to addressing sustainable urbanization in the country.

UN-Habitat works in close coordination and cooperation with key urban sector ministries and local authorities, namely, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Independent Directorate of Local Governance / Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (IDLG/DMM), Kabul Municipality, the Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI), and municipal authorities, in providing technical and professional advisory services, programme and project design and implementation, and capacity building.

UN-Habitat is currently providing technical assistance to Government of Afghanistan’s programs include City for All (CFA), Local Integration of Vulnerable Excluded & Uprooted Programme (LIVE-UP), Afghanistan Urban Peace building Programme (AUPP) and Sustainable Human settlements in Urban Areas for Returnees in Afghanistan (SHURA) with solid foundations of integration.

This position is to support UN-Habitat Afghanistan office (through Knowledge Management Unit) to systematically analyse ongoing projects/programs, and their communications, visibility and reporting issues and streamline and strengthen various functions of knowledge management and reporting. The overall objective of KMU is to facilitate capturing, collating, analysing and disseminating the knowledge products and feed into future programming and to global branches normative work.


Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat, Afghanistan country management (Country Programme Manager based in Kabul and Senior Human Settlements Officer based in Regional Office) and with guidance from Research and Capacity Building Branch and Corporate Advocacy, and Communications, HQ and the Programme Specialist (Urban Research and Knowledge Management) will be responsible for:

· To review existing best practices on programming on urban issues in Afghanistan and develop knowledge products (Data Analysis/ Research Reports/Knowledge Notes/Discussion Papers/High Quality publications/Long shelf life knowledge products etc.) that capture entire process, innovative approaches, lesson learnt of UN-Habitat or other UN/NGO/Government programs and draw on evidence of inter-linkages between the key issues (Urbanization, land, governance, and economic development) and to establish a case for bringing in the linkages at the policy level.

· Provide substantial support to implementation and roll-out of UN-Habitat’s communication and visibility strategy in (local, region and global) through quality inputs to relevant communication and visibility tools and materials.

· Support programs to develop Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), guidelines and manuals that works as tools for UN-Habitat and Government stakeholders to sustain and replicate similar activities elsewhere through quality publications

· Take lead in primary and secondary data collection at all levels (community, district, municipality and ministry) where Habitat mandated projects are being implemented and guide KMO office for capturing human impact stories

· Provide programmatic inputs in formulating concept notes and project proposals with the use of qualitative and participatory tools and secondary data collection from country and global flagship and baseline reports on urbanization, national policy review reports, and relevant laws, and statistical databases related to land, cities, population, and urban characteristics

· To review relevant international policies, agreements, outcome documents, position papers, and research papers on Urbanization, Local Economic Development, Municipal Finance, Urban Observatories and Indexing initiatives, and to utilize them for improving ongoing and future projects and programs in Afghanistan

· To review relevant PAAS project documents of the agency for innovative ideas that may suit for improvement of country programming in Afghanistan

· Support baseline/mid-point/end line surveys and evaluation of each programme and provide guidance to national staff on updating and complying corporate reporting requirements (IMDIS, CPR reporting, PAAS and Annual Report)

· Any other tasks, duties or specific assignments which may arise as directed by Country Management.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on New Urban Agenda, Land and Urban Development, Local Economic Development and Urban Economy, Community-based development (People’s Process) and Human Settlements; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis; Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations; 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.

COMMUNICATION: Logical and English writing capability; 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.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in Urban development, Urban studies, Human settlements, Economics, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with a combination of two years professional experience and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


At least five years of experience in research and analysis on urban development and/or community-based development. Experience in programme/project implementation on urban developments and/or community-based development funded by aid agencies desirable. Excellent drafting and communication skills and good editorial capacity required.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Earlier written knowledge products, research and technical papers of high quality are added advantage. Knowledge of another UN language and/or Dari/ Pashto would be an advantage.

International Travel (Home-Kabul):

For all international travel that are expected of the Urban Researcher, a returned air ticket on least-cost economy to Afghanistan, and visa fee will be paid only after completion of the mission and upon submission of Travel Claim form, copy of E-ticket, used boarding passes, visa receipt and other relevant travel documents. Three quotations from the reputable travel agents shall be submitted for UN-Habitat’s clearance prior to purchase of tickets.

Local Transportation:

For local travels that are expected of the Urban Researcher, such as vehicle and flight arrangements to provinces will be covered by UN-Habitat.

Travel Advice/ Requirements:**

The Programme Specialist (Urban Research and Knowledge Management) must abide by all UN security instructions. Upon arrival he/she must attend a security briefing provided by UNDSS. He/she should undertake Basic and Advanced Security Training as prescribed by UNDSS. Regular missions will be undertaken for which UNDSS authorisation must be sought.

Reporting Arrangements:

The Programme Specialist (Urban Research and Knowledge Management) shall report to the Country Programme Manager and Knowledge Management Officer in Afghanistan under overall supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer based in ROAP.



The application should comprise:

· Completed UN Personal History Form (P11). Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN-Habitat/ROAP-vacancy website:

· Cover memo or motivation letter for the position (maximum 1 page).

· Full resume, indicating the following information:

  1. Educational Background (incl. dates)

  2. Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

All applications should be submitted to:

UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific**

ACROS Fukuoka, 8th Floor

1-1-1 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0001 Japan

Please indicate the Post Title: “8. AFG - Urban Research and Knowledge Management” in your e-mail subject.

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated below, will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for an interview. The fee will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates will be particularly welcome.

Deadline for applications: 13 January 2017

Source: Relief Web

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, January 13, 2017