Human Settlements Officer, Kabul

Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Posting Title: Human Settlements Officer, P3

Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: KABUL

Posting Period: 31 October 2016-29 November 2016

Job Opening number: 16-HUM-UNHABITAT-64892-R-KABUL (E)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This position is funded for an initial 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 his 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 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.

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. The post is located at Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) Unit at Kabul, Afghanistan duty station. The incumbent will report directly to the Head of Agency/Country Representative of UN-Habitat Afghanistan.


Under the overall supervision of the Director ROAP, the incumbent will perform the following functions:-

1) Programme management;- Provide technical and management support through project design, work planning, budgeting, procurement, and monitoring of project activities in the field; Provide technical and management advice to the programmes through group meetings and training; in-depth review and evaluation of the work plan, technical working papers and reports; Execution of project activities by working in close collaboration with the relevant institutions and project teams at the national and local levels through resource mobilization strategies; Recruitment, training, supervision and performance monitoring of national staff and consultants; Develop on-the-job capacity building and knowledge transfer mechanisms for relevant government partners and national programme staff; Undertake in-country missions to field sites to monitor programme implementation and strengthen partnerships with local authorities and partners; Coordinate and monitor of project progress by defining performance criteria.

2) Promote sustainable urbanization in Afghanistan and increase support for urban development programming; Co-chair the Housing, Land and Property Taskforce; Provide advisory services to national and local institutions; Technical support to the National Habitat Committee for preparations for HABITATIII and the promotion of sustainable urban development in Afghanistan.

3) Contribute to UN-Habitat efforts for coordination of UN activities in Afghanistan, including contributing to the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and joint integrated work plans, and representing UN-Habitat on the UN Programme Management Team (PMT) and working groups.

4) Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
  • Teamwork: Demonstrated interpersonal skills; ability to work 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 & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in urban planning, architecture, development studies, business administration and project management, or in related field. A first level university degree with a combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A Minimum of five (5) years of progressively experience in urban planning, housing and slum upgrading, public policy, project or programme development and management is required. Experience working in developing countries and/or post conflict/disaster areas is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.

Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Source: UN Jobs

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Fecha límite / Fecha de cierre: 
Martes, November 29, 2016