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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

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.

This position is located at the Partnerships and Local Governments Unit of the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation (ERSKI) Division of UN-Habitat at Nairobi duty station. 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, advocacy to facilitate policy impact and developmental change, and increase delivery of programmes.

The Associate Coordination Officer will work under the overall supervision of Chief, Partnership and Local Government Unit.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Associate Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

SOCIAL ANALYSIS: - Carries out basic research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern related to sustainable urbanization and human settlements development, social development programmes, etc., to include collecting, analyzing, and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources, participating in the analysis of national experiences in housing and urban planning and policy development. - Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, for example, draft background papers, reports and sections of studies, inputs to publications and other products. - Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics, policy-related issues, recent developments, and trends in the field; liaises with NGOs, researchers, and other partners to obtain and provide data and information; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally. - Provides administrative and substantive support to expert group meetings, panel discussions, conferences, workshops etc., to include proposing agenda topics, researching and proposing experts, handling logistics, budget preparation, etc. - Analyzes progress and developments in the implementation of specific programmes; contributes to the development of mechanisms for monitoring programme implementation. - Undertakes outreach activity in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs including articles, publications, and attending professional and NGO meetings. - Maintains awareness of current sustainable urbanization and human settlements and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender issues/considerations or other developments in specific sectors, country or region concerned.

INTERGOVERMENTAL SUPPORT: - Provides support to intergovernmental processes dealing with housing and sustainable development issues by preparing inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing summary reports and similar material; assisting in the organization of panels, roundtables, side events and special session in the relevant field at intergovernmental forums. - Facilitate stakeholder engagement in intergovernmental meetings and other events.

TECHNICAL COOPERATION: - Compiles and analyses data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals on housing and sustainable urban development. - Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects. - Monitors, backstops, and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects. - Participates in fact-finding and advisory missions to government and other activities in support of work programme.

GENERAL: - Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the services. - Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies PROFESSIONALISM: Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources. 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: 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; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, economics, urban planning and architecture, mass media and communication, sociology, project management or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area is required.

Experience in establishing partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including at the strategic level is required.

Experience in drafting policy documents, project summaries, and background papers is required.

Working experience with an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, such as Umoja, is desirable

Work experience with non-governmental organizations, the UN system or a similar organization is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of equals a rating of' confident" in two of the four areas.

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

Special Notice Appointment against this post is on a local basis. This is a project funded post. The initial appointment is for a period of one year, extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Kenyan nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Kenyan in the event of an employment offer.

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.

Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a General Service staff member who is currently holding a fixed-term appointment be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the National Officer level. Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

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.

"Internal Applicants: When completing the form, 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.'

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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. Online 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, 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.

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 employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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