Project Manager, Clean and Green Cities Programme (CGC), I-ICA 2 (P- 3 Equivalent), Deadline: 15 November 2017

01 November 2017




Kabul, AFGHANISTAN;  travel to other provinces may be required for programme familiarisation


Project Manager, Clean and Green Cities Programme (CGC)


I-ICA 2 (P- 3 Equivalent)




12 months upon initial appointment (to be extended based on performance evaluation).  Contract will be issued every year and the 1st one will be up to 31 Dec 2017.

As soon as possible


15 November 2017

Background and Purpose of the Post

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, will support the Government of Afghanistan to implement Clean and Green Cities Programme over the duration of two years (October 2016 to September 2018).

Afghanistan is at a critical juncture. The ‘triple transition’ of political, security and economic transitions from late 2014 and 2015 is being felt even more strongly in 2016. Citizens are frustrated and losing hope. Unemployment has reached unprecedented levels. Every day hundreds of Afghans are migrating outside the country.  Urban food insecurity is rising. Urban households are struggling to make ends meet, which is mostly affecting women and girls.

The challenges of urban poverty, unemployment, and socio-economic marginalization are getting worse due to the international drawdown and economic slowdown. Urban poor households, IDPs, and female-headed households are, and will continue to be most affected from these macro-economic changes. Yet global experience has shown that urbanization is a source of development, not simply a ‘problem to be solved’. The inevitable and positive urban transition presents both opportunities and challenges given the current form and structure of the major cities.

In response, in late 2015 the National Unity Government (NUG) unveiled a ‘Jobs for Peace’ initiative. This ambitious initiative identified several opportunities to improve the economic stability, harness excess unemployed labour, and strengthen government capacity and legitimacy. The initiative identified major Afghan cities as key hubs in need of stabilization and job creation, which could ensure the poorest and most vulnerable could benefit from economic stimulus to maintain social gains made over the past decade.

‘Clean and Green Cities’ (CGC) will invest in labour intensive urban clean-up, repair, beautification, and basic solid-waste management activities. The expected impacts are: (i) improve well-being of citizens and urban environmental quality, (ii) increased trust between citizens and municipalities and strengthened government legitimacy, and (iii) augmented economic and labour stimulus to the poorest households which will have multiplier effects on the urban economy, and (iv) Increased private sector confidence and investment for job creation.

Locations: The program will be implemented in twelve strategic Afghan cities. Kabul, the capital is the largest and most strategic in terms of stabilizing the NUG and creating urgent jobs.


The four ‘Regional Hub’ cities (Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar) play an equally important role in urban Afghanistan as essential hubs of stability in their respective regions (West, South, East and North). Seven other fast growing and strategic cities are included: Charikar, Farah, Bamyan, Mehterlam, Gardez, Kundooz, and LashkarGah. 

Program Objective: The Overall Objective of the program is: “Stabilization of target cities and the Afghan government to bridge the critical juncture in 2016/17” giving sufficient stabilization until the large-scale Urban Solidarity Program (Citizens Charter in Cities) starts.

The Specific Objective (SO) is “Improved state-society relations, urban stabilization and job creation”, where urban citizens see municipalities delivering basic neighbourhood services, thus leading to increased hope and government legitimacy.

The program has three components with associated activities, differentiated by their implementation location and approach:

Component 1: Urban upgrading and environmental improvement of high-profile public spaces in five major cities.
Component 2: Labour-intensive neighbourhood renewal in seven secondary cities
Component 3: Labour-intensive clean up, repair and maintenance in five major cities

CGC Programmes requires the technical and advisory support of an Urban Planner on Components one and two, listed above. The key activities under these components are:

  • Participatory mapping, rapid diagnosis and selection of priority public spaces to upgrade;
  • Sub-project design, development, contracting with a focus on local materials, high-visibility and labour-intensive projects;
  • Sub-project implementation, control, monitoring and evaluation and handover.

Under the overall supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), and Country Programme Manager and direct supervision of CGC Programme Managers in Kabul Office, Project Manager will be responsible for:

  • Guide procurement process and ensure implementation of operational strategies.
  • Supervise and monitor project proposals including technical design, cost estimation, bill of quantities and other details for sub-projects.
  • Remain responsible for maintaining appropriate level of accountability and transparency in disbursement and utilization of block grants and development funds.
  • Establish a comprehensive system of keeping all necessary technical, procurement and financial records related to sub-projects being implemented in target cities.
  • Develop appropriate supervision, monitoring and evaluation systems for community based infrastructure and services related projects.
  • Encourage participatory approach and conduct regular supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of all neighborhood level projects in selected Gozars and CDCs.


  • Urban planning advisory, and technical assistance to CGC programme.
  • Review and analyze issues and trends from existing reports and database, community actions plans and visioning documents from UN Habitat programmes, and coordinate inputs to visioning and area-based urban development in CGC target cities;
  • Lead the technical team in incorporating urban planning best practices, urban design, development guidelines to ensure human-scale and standard practices suitable to the local urban context in the area-based upgrading sub-projects;
  • Provide urban design and engineering inputs in response to the specific needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups-women, children, aged-population, internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees;
  • Participate in knowledge management and input of in-house experience and lessons learnt into developing public space audit, design guidelines for urban spaces and streetscapes;
  • Contribute to policy dialogue with clients, partners, national constituencies and development partners on matters of urban planning and the environment, through substantive support to the promotion of policy dialogue.
  • Programme implementation support
  • Assist the National Programme Manager in the effective and efficient execution of programme activities by working in close collaboration with the relevant institutions and project teams, at the national and local levels;
  • Ensure coordination of different programme components during the implementation of the sub-projects and related activities;
  • Support the National Programme Manager in the development of annual implementation programme work plans and coordinate the timely completion of contracted targets;
  • Ensure timely and relevant informal and formal donor reporting, breifings, meetings and field visits.


  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, which are within the expertise and experience as may be required by Country Programme Manager in support of the activities of the Agency and programme.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gains. Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in case of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in civil/urban engineering and construction management, urban and regional planning, urban policy, architecture, urban design, urban studies, human settlements or related discipline.

Work Experience:
At least five years of progressively responsible experience with
(i)         involvement in complex urban development programming, including in fragile states
(ii)        providing policy and technical assistance to governments
(iii)       urban infrastructure programming
(iv)       community-based development
(v)        familiarity with the UN in Afghanistan or related contexts

Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations. Prior experience with UN funds and programmes on various operational modalities is an added asset.

Knowledge and Skills
Proficient in database management, Word, Excel, email, internet and preferably project management applications.
Personal Qualities

  • A strong commitment to gender sensitive, social inclusive and pro-poor development work
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team
  • Consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from others
  • Willingness to travel as required

Language and Communication Skills:
English and French are the working languages of the UN secretariat.  Fluency in written and spoken English is required.  Knowledge of another UN language and/or Dari/ Pashto would be an advantage.

International Travel (Home – Kabul):
The cost of a return economy class air-ticket from the place of recruitment on least-cost, and visa fee will be reimbursed upon submission of travel claim together with the supporting documents including copy of e-ticket, receipts and used boarding passes. Three quotations from reputable travel agents shall be submitted for UN-Habitat’s clearance prior to purchase of tickets.

Local Transportation: 
Local transportation around Kabul and to provinces will be covered by UN-Habitat. 

Travel Advice/Requirements: 
The Project Manager must abide by all UN security instructions. Upon arrival he/she must attend a security briefing provided by UN-Habitat Security section. He/she should undertake Basic and Advanced Security Training as prescribed by UNDSS. Regular missions will be undertaken for which UNDSS authorisation must be sought

Reporting Arrangements: 
The Project Manager will work under the overall supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), and Country Programme Manager, and direct supervision of CGC Programme Managers in Kabul Office. z


 Applications should include:
Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
•           CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website ( Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile. 
The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file. 
•           Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
1.         Educational Background (incl. dates)
2.         Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
3.         Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
4.         Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
5.         Expectations regarding remuneration
•           Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

* PHP can be also download from UN-Habitat/ROAP-vacancy website:

All applications should be submitted to:
UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
ACROS Fukuoka, 8th Floor
1-1-1 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0001 Japan

Please indicate the Post Title: “#32. AFG-Project Manager (CGC)” in your e-mail subject.
Please note that applications received after the closing date stated below, will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for an interview. The fee will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates will be particularly welcome.

Deadline for applications:  15 November 2017

People who have already submitted applications do NOT need re-submission.

Source: UN-Habitat

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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017