Issued on: 29 June 2020




Mexico City


Programme Officer




2 years with possibility of extension


06 July 2020




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 UN-HABITAT/ROLAC at Mexico City duty station for the and the incumbent will report to the Director of Mexico and Cuba Office.




Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the programmes and projects of UN-Habitat Mexico Office; monitors and analyzes programme and project development and implementation of UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office; reviews relevant documents and reports on urban topics; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
  • Provides substantive support for strategic planning for and coordination of UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office.
  • Supervision of the un-Habitat Mexico and Cuba projects portfolio, including team’s operational support, in collaboration with UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Director
  • Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with partners, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting the strategic partners in developing the action plans.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources on human settlements in the Region.
  • Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
  • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
  • Provides substantive support to the UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Director to develop and implement locally-tailored partnerships and resource mobilization strategies and initiatives;
  • Undertakes activities to strengthen the capacity of UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office to mainstream and promote SDGs and New Urban Agenda.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Coordinates activities related to programme and project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc. and prepares related documents/reports as pledging, work programme, programme budget, on active projects assigned by the Director of Mexico and Cuba Office.
  • Build strategic partnership with relevant government and non-government partners, including NGOs, private sector, and bilateral partners.
  • Focal point in the definition and implementation of interagency actions and projects in the framework of the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Guidance (UNSDCF) for UN-Habitat Office for Mexico and Cuba. Performs other duties as required.




  • 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 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.






Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in urban planning, public policy, political science, international relations or a related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with 7 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.




Professional Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, implementation of human settlements and urban development programs.

Demonstrated experience in strategic planning processes, development, management and monitoring of projects. Experience in resource mobilization for technical assistance collaborations with either public or private sector in an asset.

Work experience within the United Nations or other international organization is highly desirable. Knowledge of UN-Habitat activities especially with regards to the Habitat Agenda, including the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals is an advantage.



Excellent command in oral and written English and Spanish is essential. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.



Results Expected:

Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates assigned programme/projects in the Country.  Provides thorough, well-reasoned written contributions, e.g., background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.  Develops and maintains effective working relationships.  Promulgate coherent policies, and consistent adherence to these by clients.  Efficiently uses of resources.




Applications should include:

  • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
  • P11, indicating the following information:
    • Educational Background (incl. dates)
    • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
    • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
    • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments


All applications should be submitted to:


Deadline for applications: 06 July 2020

UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact:

Duty Station
Mexico City