Human Settlements Officer, Khartoum, Sudan

Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Sudan

City: Khartoum

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 2 December 2016

Posting Title: Human Settlements Officer, P4

Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: KHARTOUM

Posting Period: 3 November 2016-2 December 2016

Job Opening number: 16-HUM-UNHABITAT-66707-R-KHARTOUM (E)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is 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 this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 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.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 '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. UN-Habitat in Sudan has developed in recent years a complex but consistent programme that addresses sustainable urbanisation, public/basic services delivery, housing development and livelihoods, among other aspects, with activities ranging from policy and strategy making, to studies and assessments, training and capacity development, and implementation of physical interventions at the local level, using participatory approach and alternative construction technologies. Up to now the programme is been implemented in Khartoum State, Darfur, Blue Nile state and has the ambition to expand to Eastern Sudan and White Nile state, as well as starting national initiatives. The Agency is currently engaging with the Federal Government in the preparation of a National Urbanization Policy within the concept of New Urban Agenda. The post is located at Khartoum, Republic of Sudan.


Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor/Head of Country Programme, and in coordination with national professionals in Khartoum and Field Offices, the HSO shall perform the following duties and responsibilities

  • Assist the Chief Technical Advisor in the development of new programmes and initiatives for fund raising purpose, and participate effectively in the negotiation with multilateral/bilateral donors for resource mobilisation; including joint programmes with UN agencies and relevant federal and state government stakeholders.
  • Support the smooth implementation of on-going projects and activities in Sudan, and provide technical and professional guidance to the National Urban Planners, national Land Expert and Field Engineers. Carry out field visits to the three states of Darfur and other states of Sudan to ensure smooth implementation of project activities, quality assurance and timely delivery.
  • Prepare regular and progress reports for donors and UN-Habitat HQ and the Regional Office for the Arab States and circulated internally for ensuring greater coordination and information sharing within the agency.
  • Ensure coordination and close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator Office RCO, and programme staff from other UNCT members and present UN-Habitat in different cluster, sectors and UNDAF Thematic working group meetings in Khartoum and Darfur.
  • Support in the preparation of Concept Notes, Project Proposals, Terms of Reference, Agreements of Cooperation, Project Briefs and other substantive administrative issues.
  • Undertake an assessment of capacity gaps of UN-Habitat Counterparts at the national and state levels and prepare TORs for capacity development related to urban planning and design, urban legislation and urban finance, and oversee the engagement of international/national qualified training institute to carry out the training.
  • Liaise with the Programme Management Officer (PMO) in monitoring financial and technical performances of activities and projects.
  • If requested, serve as the Officer-in-Charge of the Sudan Programme in the Chief's absence.
  • Undertake other assignments within the incumbent's area of competence, as may be reasonably required.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in one or more of the seven UN Habitat focus areas (Urban Land Legislation and Governance, Urban Planning and Design, Urban Economy, Urban Basic Services, Housing and Slum Upgrading, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation, Research and Capacity Development); 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban and regional planning, architecture, engineering or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in human settlements projects and programmes at national level and at least two years of similar experience at international level.
  • Proven experience in human settlements development fields, projects/programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable.
  • Past experience with the United Nations in management positions is desirable.
  • Recent working experience in the Arab Region is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a 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.

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Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016