The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities and to help the urban poor with better opportunities and where everyone can live in dignity. Historically, UN-Habitat’s programmes and projects have been designed to provide adequate shelter and living condition for all, particularly to those who are in poor or in emergency condition. UN-Habitat Sudan has been engaging in humanitarian, peace building and development assistance under the coordination of Sudan United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Humanitarian Coordination Team (HCT) to assist bridging humanitarian response and development support in line with the principle of Humanitarian, Peace Building and Development Nexus.
Sudan has a diversified economy in which a number of economic activities take on a prominent role. The exploitation of oil since 1999 has shifted the structure of the Sudanese economy from one predominantly reliant on agriculture for growth and exports to one reliant on the oil sector. Moreover, Sudan has experienced long-lasting conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and West Kordofan resulting in large numbers of internal displaced people, refugees and returnees around major cities, towns, and villages, leading to unplanned, rapid urbanization in urban peripheries without adequate basic infrastructure and services. Sudan also experienced the costs of climate change in the form of natural disasters, including floods and droughts. Despite these negative situations, many positive changes have come to Sudan.
In compliance with the Sudan UN-Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD), The Senior Team Leader North Darfur in El Fasher will work on:
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Head of UN-Habitat Sudan Country Programme and National Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will be assigned to El Fasher Office and be responsible for the following duties:
- Lead UN-Habitat North Darfur Office and coordinate with and substantive preparation and support provided to the State Ministries and coordinate with relevant state ministries’ senior officials and community leaders and stakeholders pertaining institutional and human development and capacity building initiatives;
- Assess government plans, policies, economic and legal issues affecting durable solution for IDPs, land issues, spatial profiling, public facilities and utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation and other infrastructure;
- Collaborate with Ministries of Infrastructure and Urban Development (MIUDs) senior staff; Urban Planners, Land Conflict Management consultant and other concerned ministries in Darfur, social scientists/academia, lawyers, developers, the public, and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans in participatory manner;
- Establish effective regional coordination mechanism to ease collaboration and sharing of information among UN-habitat team in Darfur with UN-Habitat partners in Darfur;
- Coordinate with the Ministries senior official and stakeholders to align the design/formulation of UN-Habitat projects with the development priorities in the field of, land management, urban planning, basic services and infrastructure and pro-poor housing strategies;
- Coordinate substantive preparations and support provided to the different ministries at the regional and state levels and Darfur Land Commission (DLC), Voluntary Return and Resettlement Commission VRRC) and other Darfur Commissions pertaining institutional and human development and capacity building initiatives;
- Coordinate the proper information sharing and reporting to the different key stakeholders related to the progress of ongoing projects and ensure effective participation of counterparts in the review and evaluation of completed initiatives/projects;
- Advise on the preparatory activities to undertake an advocacy/media campaign to include public input to inform the decision-making process;
- Provide performance monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure with objectively verifiable indicators the high performance in implementing good governance approach while preparing regional and urban development plans;
- Provide technical and managerial guidance to the field team on implementation of land management, self-help housing reconstruction, community-based infrastructure and livelihood initiates;
- Prepare regular and ad-hoc reports on the progress of works of different activities implemented at the regional level, based on inputs from team leaders at different states;
- Ensure safety and security of the field team in close coordination with the UN security focal persons;
- Check and verify payments made by the different counterparts, contractors and suppliers and office operations related payments and provide recommendations to Khartoum office to process payments;
- Attend regular meetings with the UN coordination forums and provide information on the progress of works at the state and regional levels;
- Support substantive work for workshops, conferences and forums to showcase UN-Habitat’s engagements and deliveries in Sudan; and
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of UN-HABITAT Country Programme and National Programme Coordinator.
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to promote and enhance the portfolio of UN-Habitat Sudan Office under the context of humanitarian and development assistance. Demonstrate expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership. Capacity to develop graphic materials (concepts, plans, diagram) as well as substantive reports.
- 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Planning and Organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; 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 organisational goals; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
- Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately
- Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.
Education and Work Experience
- Master’s degree in civil engineering, architect, urban planning or other relevant fields, or Bachelor’s Degree in the above requirement
- 5 years work experience with Masters Degree, or 7 years with Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, urban planning, design, and implementation of basic infrastructure, housing and engineering projects.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc);
- Work experience with UN-Habitat will be an asset.
- Knowledge of different environmental-friendly and low-cost construction technology is an asset.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is a requirement.
Contract Duration: 1 year