• Added Date: Monday, 24 January 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. 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 and the private sector.

The position is located in the Urban Basic Services Section (Kigoma Duty Station) of the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) within the Global Solutions Division in Nairobi.

The Global Solutions Division (GSD) is responsible for providing programmatic direction for UN-Habitat and is responsible and accountable for the programmatic delivery of the Strategic Plan. The Division leads the tools and methodology production and the integration of the various substantive competencies towards effective delivery of the Strategic Plan and the mandate of UN-Habitat. It provides substantive training to staff members and supports capacity development of Member States and partners.

The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production and skills centre of the UN-Habitat, that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies to MCOs/CO, government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programme portfolio. It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency.

The Urban Basic Services Section (UBSS) develops and implements, in support of the Agencyโ€™s Strategic Plan and Work Programme, pro-poor policies, norms, guidelines, standards, regulatory frameworks and operating procedures, for expanding access to urban basic services and improve the standard of living of the urban poor. The focus of work is on Water and Sanitation; Mobility and Transport; Energy; Waste Management; and the application of people-focused frontier technologies for service delivery with an aim to contribute towards achieving SDG 6, 7 and 11, including the urban basic services aspects of NUA and international climate action goals.

The focus of the position is on overall coordination and management of water and sanitation projects in Tanzania. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Urban Basic Services Section, the position reports to the Programme Management Officer: Human Settlements, Urban Basic Services, Water and Sanitation in the Urban Basic Services Section.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Coordination Officer (Human Settlements), Tanzania, will be responsible of the following duties:

1. Provides support for strategic planning for and coordination of UNCT partnerships
โ€ข Provides support, as assigned, for the development and implementation of the UN-Habitat water and sanitation strategy in Tanzania in alignment with and support of the UNDAF in the country;
โ€ข Monitors and assesses the strategy at regular intervals to harness new emerging opportunities, to identify probable changes to the internal direction and external environment, and to propose mid-term adjustments;
โ€ข Provides support to the Chief of Section in identifying risks and opportunities related to specific partnerships, and suggests mitigation measures as relevant;
โ€ข Prepares inputs on due diligence processes of potential investment and partnership opportunities, under close guidance and in accordance with UN regulations and procedures;
โ€ข Provides support to Chief of Section to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
โ€ข Contributes to dialogues with partners to improve development assistance policies and practice;
โ€ข Assists in liaison and coordination with UN entities at the country level to help package and define UN-Habitat water and sanitation strategies, including differentiated value propositions to attract partners, both traditional and non-traditional.

2. Participates in joint resource mobilization for the UNDAF
โ€ข Provides support to the Chief of Section to develop and implement locally-tailored resource mobilization strategies and initiatives, and identify appropriate data and benchmarks to measure progress and success;
โ€ข Monitors and analyzes existing resource mobilization partnerships and relationships, including those with high net worth;
โ€ข Contributes to the design, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of joint programmes and programming processes for use in joint resource mobilization;

3. Provides support on financing for accelerating the achievement of SDG 6 and 11, as directed
โ€ข Provides support on financing for development options, instruments, modalities to the Chief of Section, in alignment with the Common Country Assessment (CCA), UNDAF, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) and similar processes;
โ€ข Analyzes trends and provides support on new and innovative financing mechanisms for development and SDG 6 and 11 acceleration;
โ€ข Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion points on issues related to financing for development for consideration by the Section;
โ€ข Assists in engaging with external stakeholder - including the national government, international financial institutions and others - on financing for SDG 6 and 11 acceleration;
โ€ข Contributes to the design and execution of innovative proposals to strengthen UN-Habitatโ€™s engagement and reputation, and to generate greater financial resources in support of the SDG 6 and 11.

4. Manages and implements the UN-Habitat component of the UN Joint Programme for Kigoma
โ€ข Responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the UN-Habitat tasks and ensure overall coordination with other participating UN agencies in the UN Joint Programme for Kigoma.
โ€ข Works in close collaboration with UNICEF and WHO, representatives of regional, district and local government authorities in Kigoma region and other project partners, in coordinating the planning and implementation of the Programme.
โ€ข Specifically, the Associate Coordination Officer will be responsible for:
i. Facilitation and coordination of the stakeholder engagement process. He/She will set up multistakeholder forums and develop a stakeholder engagement plan for mobilizing and organizing local stakeholders, including local beneficiary communities to enhance their voice and participation in the Programme. He/She will develop a grievance redress mechanism to deal with community complaints/claims encountered during project implementation. He/She will facilitate consultations with representatives of regional, district and local government authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that project interventions are guided by relevant government policies and strategies and that all interested parties are well informed about the project activities and goals and are actively engaged in its implementation.
ii. Selection and supervision of implementing partners: He/She will plan, organize and participate in transparent and competitive call for proposal processes for the selection of implementing partners and supervise them to ensure quality control and timely delivery of programme outputs.
iii. Technical support to training and capacity building activities: He/She will, in collaboration with implementing partners, coordinate the appraisal of capacity and awareness gaps and organize training workshops on management and operations of water schemes and Community Based Water Supply Organizations. He/She will also organize and facilitate sanitation campaigns.
iv. Reporting: He/She will ensure timely preparation and submission of monthly/quarterly and annual progress reports. He/She will also prepare monthly reports for the Head of the Water and Sanitation Unit on key project activities, issues and required action points.
v. Knowledge management and media publicity: Provides thorough, well-reasoned written contributions on the project activities and lessons arising from implementation for a wider audience and ensure media publicity. He/She will ensure effective information sharing on best practices with relevant stakeholders.
vi. Representation of UN-Habitat in project coordination meetings: He/She will represent UN-Habitat in project coordination meetings as required, vis-a-vis other participating UN organizations, as well as regional, district and local government authorities. He/She will endeavor to build professional relationships with local, district and regional authorities, community leaders, local NGOs and other community-based organizations in order to ensure the full participation of a broad spectrum of national leadership in the Project activities.
vii. Monitoring and Evaluation: He/She will, jointly with the other UN organizations, participate in the periodic monitoring and evaluation of project activities. He/She will develop and implement a programme monitoring and evaluation framework.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing othersโ€™ 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 AND 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.


An advanced degree in Civil/Water/Sanitary/Public Health Engineering, Urban Infrastructure Planning, Environmental studies, or in a related field in the Water and Sanitation sector with an understanding of the specific needs and conditions for the delivery of sanitation services to low-income areas and slums is required. A first level degree in combination with relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the water and sanitation sector, with evidence in implementing activities related to water and sanitation at country level is required.

Working experience in project/programme development and management is required.

Experience in providing strategic support to partnerships, resource mobilization or development finance in the context of development cooperation in the water and sanitation sector is desirable.

Working experience on the delivery of water and sanitation services to low-income areas and slums or in a related area, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Fluency in Swahili or Kiswahili (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other local languages of Tanzania is desirable, especially for liaising with Government officials or the local community.


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

Special Notice

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

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF TANZANIA ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local
candidate is identified, Kenyan nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Kenyan in the event of an employment offer.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of
the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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

"Internal Applicants : When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact
you. " The expression "Internal candidates", shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect.
The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further "stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013โ€ฆ" Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or
current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on
a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or
violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can
be viewed at: 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. 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetratorโ€™s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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.

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