Director, Brussels Liaison Office, Brussels

Closing date: Friday, 26 January 2018

Posting Title: DIRECTOR, Brussels Liaison Office, D1


Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: BRUSSELS

Posting Period: 13 December 2017-26 January 2018

Job Opening number: 17-PGM-UNHABITAT-85012-R-BRUSSELS (X)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

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Organizational Setting and Reporting

The UN 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. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society, private sector and the Habitat Agenda Partners. The position is located in the External Relations Division (ERD), which is structurally part of the Executive Direction and Management of UN-Habitat. The External Relations Division promotes strategic alliances to support achievement of the goals of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. ERD assists to advance UN-Habitat's image and relationships with its partners and the public at large, and to build and strengthen partnerships, facilitate policy impact and developmental change, and increase delivery of programmes.

The Director of Brussels Office is expected to promote UN-Habitat's message of sustainable urbanization and to see this reflected in European Union (EU) policies, strategies and programmes. In addition, it is anticipated that the Director will increase the portfolio of the UN-Habitat in terms of funding partnerships with the EU; the ACP Group of states and other Brussels based players.

Under the direct supervision of the Director, ERD, the incumbent will perform the following specific responsibilities: Responsibilities

1.Representation, liaison and reporting: i.Liaise and strengthen relationships principally between UN-Habitat and European Union (EU) institutions especially the European Commission (EC), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP); and bilateral donors (including the Government of Belgium), Civil Society Organizations and the European Parliament.

ii.Represent UN-Habitat in maintaining relationship with key partners based in Europe in close coordination with UN-Habitat Headquarters.

iii.Represent UN-Habitat in meetings and official functions as directed in relation with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UN humanitarian entities and the permanent donor missions in Geneva and to provide periodic reports on inter-agency meetings, policies, programme implementation and matters of strategic nature.

2.Policy dialogue and advocacy: i.Advocate for sustainable urbanization policies and practices in the EU, its institutions, and particularly in the European Commission's development strategy and activities.

ii.Play a lead role in the promotion of UN-Habitat humanitarian policies and strategies in collaboration with Programme Division, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch;

iii.Undertake policy dialogue with all stakeholders to promote the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat's campaigns, policies, programmes and projects;

iv.Assist in mobilizing both financial support for and participation in major UN-Habitat conferences and events, and those organized by the European Union and by third parties

v.Maintain, strengthen and support key relations within the European Union system network of organizations including DEVCO, ECHO and other relevant networks of the European Union / European Commission

vi.Advocate for Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) in the European Union and in their programmes of support to developing countries

3.Inter-Agency collaboration and partnerships: i.Participate in and lead as required the agency's participation in relevant EU and IASC working groups, bodies and task forces; participate in UN organizations' governing bodies; provide inputs to mainstreaming the sustainable urbanization and urban poverty agenda in the policies and programmes of other UN agencies.

4.Programme management: i.Under the supervision of the ERD Director, support the coherent engagement of UN-Habitat within the frameworks of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other important global frameworks with EU strategic priorities and initiatives.

ii.Support the coordination, formulation and implementation of the work programme of UN-Habitat among European partners including technical cooperation projects and facilitate the flow of information to and from headquarters and the EU counterparts

iii.Provide programmatic and strategic advisory services to Governments in Europe, and to other partners, in Habitat's areas of competence.

iv.Support UN-Habitat's engagement in IASC coordinated disaster response and recovery through rapid deployment schemes, programmes and projects; provide updated analysis of disaster risks, trends and related strategies, particularly in urban areas for action and disaster risk reduction activities.

v.Provide professional strategic and technical support to EU and its beneficiary / priority countries in implementing the NUA.

vi.Provide advisory services to UN-Habitat offices developing EU institution projects and programmes.

5.Resource mobilization: i.Liaise with key donor agencies to secure funding for both core and sustainable urbanization projects and operations; gain support from financial institutions, foundations, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility divisions and departments of large companies; collaborate with non-governmental organizations, especially those in active humanitarian relief.

ii.In coordination with the Management and Operations Division, establish and maintain relations with donors in European countries.

6.Human resource, finance and administrative management: i.Manage and supervise the work of the office, including administrative, personnel, procurement, and financial.

ii.Ensure compliance with administrative/financial rules and regulations in his/her capacity as recipient of the Delegation of Authority from the Chief of Administration of UNON, maintaining standards of application and ensuring full accountability to auditing procedures.

iii.Carry responsibility of Approving Officer for financial authorizations for accounts under the Brussels office.

iv.Ensure supervision and monitoring of the technical cooperation project portfolio by verifying compliance with established rules and guidelines for all actions taken as well as congruence with the UN policies.

v.Take responsibility for the Brussels office reporting including periodic reports and such other internal reporting on its activities as may be required within UN-Habitat or by auditors and others for monitoring purposes.

vi.Monitor and evaluate the performance of staff in the Brussels office;

vii.Perform other related duties as requested by senior management of the organization.


  • Professionalism: Good understanding of UN-Habitat's focus areas, and a clear vision of UN-Habitat's niche at national, regional and global levels. Demonstrated ability on negotiations skills and an ability to take part in inter-governmental and inter-agency meetings and negotiations as well as in advocacy. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with international actors; Good understanding of the work of the UN, its functioning, policies and programmes. A high motivation for and appreciation of accomplishments. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, urban and regional development, social sciences or related fields is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of at least fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in economics, development, social fields relevant to urban and human settlements development or related fields is required. Working experience at a senior level with international organisations or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is desirable. Experience working with the UN system, and its inter-governmental bodies in charge of economic and social development, including programming and planning, monitoring and programme performance assessment process is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English and French is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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. 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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Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, January 26, 2018