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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations 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 position is located in the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa (ROAf).

This position will be under the supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer.


The incumbent will report to and work closely with the Human Settlement Officer (HSO) in the Regional Office for Africa (ROAf). Within delegated authority the Programme Manager WILL perform the following functions:
1.Project implementation and technical assistance
•Prepare a detailed project workplans including procurement and recruitment plans
•Develop detailed training programmes, associated training materials as well as construction programmes
•Provide technical advice/assistance during the implementation of projects
•Document lessons learned and best practices from the implementation of projects for upscaling purposes.

2.Programme & Project development
•Undertake regular needs assessments on housing, urban basic services, youths and vulnerable groups as the case maybe, and as required, identify priority areas and update the Habitat
country programme for South Sudan of (2016-2020) as necessary.
•Prepare project concept notes and comprehensive projects documents as the case may be for implementing priority interventions in the housing and urban development arena identified in
the Habitat country programme for South Sudan (2016-2020) promoting peace and development.
•Assist in the negotiations with multilateral/bilateral donors to mobilize resources to upscale implementation of UN Habitat projects and the Habitat country programme. Secure the necessary approvals from appropriate authorities.
•Ensure priorities in the Habitat country programme as well as associated projects are captured in the UN Interim Framework for Cooperation (ICF) in South Sudan.

3.Programme and project management & coordination
•Liaise closely as required & necessary with relevant Community Associations, Local Authorities the respective national and state Government Ministries, technical partner organizations.
•Engage with the UN Country Team and other UN agencies and promote close coordination of the implementation during the Habitat country programme and respective projects. Report
outcomes of project activities for inclusion in the progress report of the IFC.
•Provide timely and regular management advice required during the implementation of the projects and especially after site visits, training's and in-depth review and evaluation of workplans.
•Ensure timely preparation and submission of status reports including terminal reports required by the donors and other partners and UN Habitat Management. Organize terminal evaluation of projects and the Habitat country programme as required.
•Manage personnel and other experts in South Sudan contributing to the implementation of the Habitat country programme and related projects.


Professionalism: Knowledge and good understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the housing and urban development functional area. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given. Plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and 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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignment. 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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits inputs 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.


Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in one or more of the following areas: urban planning, architecture, engineering and project management or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Five years of relevant professional experience in multi-disciplinary human settlements projects and programmes, of which, three should be at the international level. A minimum of two years of the experience should be in post-conflict settings and good understanding of human security is desirable. Proven field experience (through the United Nations, International Agencies or Donors) in building and construction of houses as well as capacity building in related trades in developing countries is a requirement for this post. Strong experience in programme coordination and project management as well as in multi-stakeholder consultation is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2020 . If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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 “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. The term “sexual harassment” 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 perpetrator’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.

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


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