Org. 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 current portfolio of UN-Habitat activities in Africa is expanding and there is urgent need for strengthening the capacity at country level as part of Regional Office for Africa (ROAf).
Mozambique is a highly susceptible country to risks and disasters. According to Global Climate Risk Index (2014), Mozambique falls in third place among the African countries that are most vulnerable to disasters such as floods, cyclones, droughts, earthquakes of small magnitude, among the most frequent and recurrent disasters. In the early months of 2019 (March and April), the cyclones Idai and Kenneth hit Mozambique causing a negative impact on the communities’ livelihoods. The disaster interrupted the delivery of basic services such as water and electricity, it damaged roads and bridges that are essential for commercial activity, and destroyed more than 300.000 houses, approximately 4000 classrooms were partially or/totally damaged and other social and public buildings. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, with gusty winds ranging from 180 to 220 km/h accompanied by heavy rainfall, also had a huge social impact, causing the death of more than 650 people and directly affecting about 2 million people in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambézia, Inhambane, Cabo Delgado and Nampula.
In this sense, UN-Habitat in Mozambique is carrying out since 2002 activities in different districts in the form of building models adapted to floods, cyclones, drought and earthquake conditions, in order to positively influence national strategy formulation and policy making. It advocates for a prevention approach, through Adaptive Architecture and Planning; in the response, it advocates for sustainable relief and reconstruction as opposite to emergency funds exclusively channeled for short-term solutions.
This position is located in Maputo duty station. Under the supervision of Head of Programme in Mozambique in coordination with the Senior Human Settlements Officer (SHSO) based in ROAf, the Human Settlement Officer (HSO) will act as coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Recovery portfolio in Mozambique and will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks in coordination with the teams at country level:
• Support the Head of Programme in Mozambique to further develop the country programme and strengthen the Building Back Better and Urban Resilience approaches to increasing climate adaptation capacity and promoting the culture of resilience at all levels.
• Support the smooth implementation of on-going projects and activities at country level, including by carrying out field missions.
• Support country programme development including fund raising activities.
• Prepare progress reports to be sent to donors and circulated internally for ensuring greater coordination and information sharing within the agency.
• Support coordination and close collaboration between ROAf, Branches in the different thematic areas of the agency with country programme.
• Support in the preparation of Terms of Reference, Agreements of Cooperation and other substantive administrative issues.
• Represent UN-Habitat in Mozambique in joint programming activities (Delivering as One system).
• Manage, develop and maintain close working relationships with relevant national and international partners, stakeholders and other UN agencies in Mozambique under the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Recovery.
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. Ability to communicate with partners such as donors and other stakeholders as well as with senior management; Sound judgment, analytical skills, networking and interpersonal skills, ability to plan and organise work; and report/project writing skills. 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.
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.
TEAMWORK: Works 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; 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 Disaster Risk Management is required, Planning, Architecture or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with ttwo (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in country project management and in areas related to shelter, post-disaster recovery, resilient and sustainable construction of housing and infrastructure, multidisciplinary human settlements projects and programmes and environment is required.
Experience in the area of resource mobilisation, especially in a UN environment, is required.
Proven project management experience in UN inter-agency coordination in Africa and/or Mozambique is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Portuguese (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of any other United Nations languages is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This project post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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.
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.
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