Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, Nairobi

Closing date: Friday, 16 March 2018

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, P3

Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 31 January 2018-16 March 2018

Job Opening number: 18-HUM-UNHABITAT-88339-R-NAIROBI (R)

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 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. This post is located in Urban Economy and Finance Branch of UN-Habitat. Under direct supervision of Coordinator, Urban Economy and Finance Branch.


A. Develop, implement and evaluate normative and operational young men and women's programmes and initiatives which strengthen actions with partners with particular emphasis on youth-led organizations, NGOs, and local government: 1. Coordinate the implementation and evaluation of UN-Habitat's programmes which include support of urban youth-led agencies, improved livelihoods, advocacy and development of public space, inclusive governance and youth rights, and participatory planning.

2. Coordinate the research, documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt, case studies and promising practices.

3. Link UN-Habitat's programmes with other UN agencies including UN-DESA, UNDP, UNFPA, ILO, UNICEF, and align the programmes with the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

B. Liaise with partner groups to understand their development needs and to support their involvement in the implementation and monitoring of UN-Habitat's programmes, the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda: 1. Research and keep abreast of trends in UN/youth and youth-led civil society relations with the goal of assuring their engagement in SDG and New Urban Agenda implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

2. Drafting documetns which may be used by youth and youth-led civil society to deliberate issues relevant to the Governing Council and other policy bodies and foras.

3. Inclusion of partners needs in all strategies, programmes and work plan of UN-Habitat.

C. Develop, implement and evaluate normative and operational programmes and activities for young men and women in conflict and post-conflict situtations: 1. Coordinate programmes in post-conflict and conflict cities with partners, assuring both effective and efficient implementation and documentation .

D. Support partners' networks and instructions for information exchange and capacity building related to monitoring and assessment of progress in implementing the New Urban Agenda.

E. Identify innovative approaches and frameworks that facilitate active particiption of youth partners in decision making, policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

F. Help capture, document, synthesize and disseminate partners' experience; provide partners' perspectives in the development of policies, programmes and projects of UN-Habitat and other United Nations agencies.


  • Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban and/or municipal finance and/or youth-led development or related area. A first university degree with a combination of two additional years professional and academic qualifications may be accepted in lieu of the advance degree. Cutting edge knowledge of current local government and urban financing issues and solutions is added advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in developing and implementing municipal and urban finance programmes and/or youth-led development. Any hands-on experience at municipal level is an added advantage. Demonstrated ability in resource mobilization is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations secretariat. For this position fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proven ability to draft and edit in English is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of 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.

The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online 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. 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

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018