Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

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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 position is located in the Planning, Finance and Economy Section (PFES) of the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) within the Global Solutions Division. The Global Solutions Division (GSD) is responsible for providing programmatic direction for UN-Habitat and is responsible and accountable for the programmatic delivery of the Strategic Plan. The Division leads the tools and methodology production and the integration of the various substantive competencies towards effective delivery of the Strategic Plan and the mandate of UN-Habitat. It provides substantive training to staff members and supports capacity development of Member States and partners.

The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production and skills centre of the UN-Habitat, that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies to MCOs/CO, government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programme portfolio. It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency. The Planning, Finance & Economy Section is responsible for coordinating the Agency’s substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of planning, finance and economy. The Planning, Finance & Economy Section aims to develop, document, pilot/test and disseminate planning policies, norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures and practices at global, regional, national and sub-national levels in support of (a) urban and territorial planning at all scales including urban design and public space design; (b) urban finance (municipal finance and urban development/projects finance); and (c) local economic development. The Human Settlements Officer will directly report to the Chief of Urban Practices Branch. The focus of this job is the management of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section and the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of its activities, projects and operations in the field of Urban Planning, Finance and Economy.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Human Settlements Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Develops, implements and evaluates the Section activities and projects;; establishes systematic and comprehensive monitoring and analysis of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports from Section different activities and projects;; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions. •Performs consulting assignments related to the Section, in collaboration with the client, by planning and facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the urban planning, design and in general development plans the for the client. •Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on strategic urban and regional planning. •Coordinates the PFE Community of Practice and assesses capacity needs in urban planning across the agency, developing adequate capacity development strategies in collaboration with relevant colleagues. •Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends related to urban planning and design, city extensions and densification, and their interrelation with local finance and economic development. •Generates survey initiatives; city profiling activities, designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues around planning and design and prepares conclusions. •Prepares and supervises written and graphic outputs, e.g. develop local level plans at city, neighborhood and site level, draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. •Oversees for quality and coherence the work of the Urban Lab, Public Space Programme and Humanitarian-Development team and their projects with a view of ensuring consistent standards and the translation of UN-Habitat vision and objectives into practice and concrete recommendations and policy support to cities and other partners; •Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. •Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on urban planning and design and oversees the production of advocacy materials; •Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions with UN-Habitat colleagues and external partners, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission recommendations, etc. •Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). •Performs other duties as required.

Competencies •Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to strategic and statutory planning, urban design, public space and regional planning;. Good understanding of urban spatial dynamics and their relation with sustainable development and of the linkages between urban planning and institutional and capacities development. Ability to identify , analyze and participate in the resolution of complex urban development problems . Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, utilize difference source of data and inputs for decision making, 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 perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•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.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in urban planning and design, human geography, architecture or a related field that is relevant to sustainable urban development. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of seven years of substantive professional experience, including 2 years at the international level, in urban and regional planning, design, public space and/or academic teaching and research on the subject, preferably gained in various continents is required. Experience in working in large multi cultural environments is desirable. Familiarity with UN policies, procedures and practices would be an advantage.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official 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.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

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  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    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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