Posting Title: Senior Programme Management Officer (Strategic Coordination), P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 8 May 2018-21 June 2018
Job Opening number: 18-PGM-UNHABITAT-96814-R-NAIROBI (X)
Staffing Exercise ID: N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational 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 within UN-Habitat, Office of the Executive Director (OED). Under the supervision of the Chief, Office of the Executive Director and within delegated authority, the Senior Programme Management Officer (Strategic Coordination) will be responsible for the following duties.
- Lead review of relevant documents and reports; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiate follow-up actions.
- Lead research on the identification of new and emerging sustainable urban development issues and present analysis of information gathered and reviewed from diverse sources with plausible recommendations.
- Coordinate policy development; review the assessments of sustainable urban development issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
- Undertake survey initiatives; guide design of data collection instruments; review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.
- Supervise preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on sustainable development issues.
- Make presentations on sustainable development issues at various forums of intergovernmental, governmental, inter-agency, expert or multi-stakeholder nature, as required.
- Oversee web content and structure for the OED.
- Lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, including drafting mission summaries on sustainable development issues.
- Develop and maintain relations with senior officials of member governments and ensure receipt of responses to requests for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable development issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
- Coordinate activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensure preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) on sustainable development issues for the OED.
- Ensure effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
- Take the lead in task forces, working groups, inter-agency groups, as needed on sustainable development issues.
- Ensure gender mainstreaming, including in legislation, policies or programmes.
- Represent UN-Habitat at international, regional or national meetings on sustainable development issues, as required.
- Manage unit/section both substantively and administratively, as appropriate.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Demonstrate ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrate ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrate 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.
- 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 AND 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.
- LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
- BUILDING TRUST: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, law, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in project or programme management , policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues. Experience leading cross-functional teams in an international organization is highly desirable. Experience with the preparation of analytical reports, background papers and talking points for senior management is required .
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Initial appointment against this post is for a period of one year and may be subject to extension. 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. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira ' 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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