Associate Programme Management Officer, Kabul

Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: UN-Habitat Nairobi

Grade: NOB

Closing date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, NOB

Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: KABUL

Posting Period: 5 June 2018-4 July 2018

Job Opening number: 18-PGM-UNHABITAT-97769-R-KABUL (E)

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 UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable town and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the UN Habitat Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) at the Kabul duty station. Under the direct supervision of Chief Technical Advisor and Country Programme Manager, the incumbent of the post will perform the following duties: Responsibilities

Assisting in the day to day technical and financial management of project (Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA) work planning, budgeting, procurement and monitoring of activities in the field; Assist in the effective and efficient execution of project activities by working in close collaboration with the relevant institutions and project teams at the national and local levels; Supporting the recruitment, retention and capacity development of national staff and ensuring that at least 20% of the project staff are female; Assist in ensuring coordination of different project components among different provinces/regions during the implementation of project activities; Assisting field staff in activity design, costing, implementation and monitoring; Assisting Provincial/Regional Managers to develop annual implementation work plans and ensuring the timely achievement of targets; Support to field staff in order to ensure results-based monitoring and evaluation efforts in all project locations during the life of the project; Participates in contributing to UN-Habitat's support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and partners by: Assisting in identifying and fostering opportunities for improved programmatic collaboration with government, the UN, NGOs and civil society partners; Assist in consultation and coordination with concerned ministries, departments and local authorities to ensure programme alignment with government needs and priorities; Assist with capacity development activities and providing technical guidelines in project components; supporting the implementation and dissemination of the Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD) 2015-2019, including contribution of quality technical assistance to the GoIRA for policy development; Participates in contributing to the consolidation and development of new ideas, concepts and innovations leading to new projects and approaches; Assist in contributing in the development and consolidation of the UN-Habitat project portfolio and capacity to support the GoIRA. Performs other duties within his/her expertise and experience (as may be required by ROAP or the Country Programme Manager/Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements) in support of UN-Habitat's activities in Afghanistan by: Works in building support with national counterparts for 'safer city' activities and upscaling to other cities during the project period; Assisting Municipal Advisory Boards by the development and functioning of sub-committees on urban safety and security; Assist with promoting the GDMA Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines in target municipalities; undertakes 'learning by doing' capacity development efforts with partners for improving local safety and security, especially for women, youth and marginalised urban groups; supporting coordination with other municipal governance projects in target cities



  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to a particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues/problems and then analyze and participate in their resolution. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Show pride in work and in achievements; demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; be motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remain calm in stressful situations. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensure the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: The ability to think creatively, work in a team, and perform under challenging circumstances is crucial. Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicit input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; be willing to learn from others; place team agenda before personal agenda; support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary; use time efficiently.


A first-level university degree in law, business studies, urban studies, international relations, development studies, political science or related field is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, specifically projects in Afghanistan in providing technical assistance to the government, local governance programming focused on empowering women, youth and the urban vulnerable. Knowledge of technical cooperation and development issues are required. Fully proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, email and internet. Experience with other relevant software and UN applications e.g. internal databases is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station (Dari/Pashto) is also required.


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

Special Notice

This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. It is open to nationals of Afghanistan only.

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.

1. 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. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. 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 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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018