Assistant Programme Management Officer

UN-HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

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Application deadline in 3 days: Tuesday 26 Jan 2021


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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.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the coordinating agency within the United Nations System for human settlements activities and in collaboration with governments responsible for promoting and consolidating collaboration with all partners including the private sector, local and sub-regional governments, non-governmental organisations, in the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially SDG 11 -Make Cities and Communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and focal point for monitoring implementation and reporting on the New Urban Agenda (NUA). UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities.

The position is located in the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation (ERSKI) Division, of UN-Habitat in the Partnerships and Local Governments Unit. ERSKI promotes strategic alliances to support achievement of the goals of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. ERSKI also assists to advance UN-Habitat’s image and relationships with its partners and the public at large, and to build and strengthen partnerships, facilitate policy impact and developmental change, and increase delivery of programmes.

Responsibilities Under the guidance of the Director of External Relations, Knowledge and Innovation Division, and the supervision of the Head, Partnerships and Local Government Section the Associate Programme Officer will support Partner Mobilization and be responsible for the following duties:

•Supports stakeholder engagement in UN-Habitat intergovernmental processes including participation in the Executive Board; and contributes to preparation of various background papers, publications, presentations, and inputs for reports to and on meetings of intergovernmental bodies. •Develops and maintains reference/resource information on stakeholder engagement matters to keep abreast on issues/events and to provide up-to-date information; and assists in the analysis of information and maintains awareness of current partnership issues and their potential impact on programmes. •Coordinates the development of the stakeholder engagements handbooks, guides and tools in consultation with other stakeholders and relevant UN agencies taking into account the stakeholder engagement policy, partnership strategy and collaborative framework. •Provides administrative and substantive support to expert group meetings, panel discussions, conferences, participates in ERSKI Division, Section and Unit meetings and consultations; prepares summaries of results, and contributes to the monthly external relations newsletter highlighting partner engagement including coordination with Kenya-based organizations •Provides administrative and substantive support to the coordination of COVID-19 response plan, especially support of the Kenya focused COVID-19 response. This may include, but not limited to facilitating peer to peer learning on partnerships for combatting COVID 19. •Supports empowerment of stakeholders in Kenya on monitoring SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. •Supports internal capacity building on stakeholder engagement, especially in Kenya, carries out research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern including collecting, analysing, and presenting statistical data and information gathered from diverse sources. •Performs other duties as required.

Competencies Professionalism: Shows pride in their work and in achievements; demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyse complex information and offer creative, practical solutions, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges, remains calm in stressful situations and promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN-Habitat. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. •Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyse complex information and offer creative, practical solutions; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations:and promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN-Habitat; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; and is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; excellent drafting ability and communications skills, both oral and written; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; keeping people informed; excellent drafting ability and communications skills, both oral and written; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.

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.

Education A first-level university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, mass communication, sociology, urban planning and architecture or other related area.

Work Experience A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, partner relations, research, administration or related area. Knowledge of procedures related to technical cooperation, programme/project identification/formulation/appraisal/implementation and evaluation and programme management is desirable. Knowledge of UN-Habitat processes and policies on stakeholder engagement is an added advantage.

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

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

Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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