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 position is located in the Urban Basic Service Section of the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) with 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 aims to develop and implement 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, with a focus on Water and Sanitation; Mobility and Transport; Energy; Waste Management; and the application of people-focused frontier technologies for service delivery.
The focus of the position is on programme and project implementation and management, provision of programme and project management services, correct interpretation of policies, procedures and practices, financial, administrative rules and regulations, quality assurance in monitoring project budgets and priority-setting on financial and budgetary matters in accordance with UN-Habitat’s mandate, objectives, focus areas and expected results. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Urban Basic Services Section, the incumbent reports to the Programme Management Officer, assigned to the Urban Basic Services Section.
Works with key clients to facilitate the development, and implementation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and recommends corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
Assists the Project Leader(s) in providing timely support and inputs on administrative and procedural issues related to programme/ project and budget formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting; participate in periodic reviews of thematic and geographical priorities of the organization
Supports the development of project monitoring system to manage and track project activities in the urban basic services programmes in Kenya ensuring delivery of outputs in compliance with signed agreements;
Provides administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposed participants, preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
Supports the field officers with carrying out checks on selected operational aspects of the work of the programme in Kenya such as verifying supporting documents submitted by implementing partners in relations to disbursement requests, accurate monitoring and reporting of financial transactions, for completed activities as well as undertaking site visits, collecting, analyzing and presenting data to the Project Leaders.
Provide administrative and substantive support in the achievement of programme and project results by facilitating operational aspects of project inputs under national execution by assisting with drafting of terms of reference for field personnel, developing specifications for procurement of good and services as may be required.
Assists with the review, appraisal and revision, as necessary, of submissions for substantive programmes/projects, ensuring compliance with mandates, guidelines and programme/project objectives and Result Based Management principles.
Ensures the strategic and efficient management of financial resources through planning and tracking of available resources exercising appropriate financial controls in the field operations. Supporting the implementation of the country level operations by ensuring adherence to policies and established procedures by reviewing and making recommendations on the internal control systems and procedures.
Acts as liaison officer by supporting the organization of meetings, training of stakeholders’ workshops and events related to the programme.
Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection.
Assists with the effective monitoring and application of lessons learnt to strengthen the administrative support to field operations.
Develops of context-relevant tools enabling field staff to effectively and professionally monitor and report on projects and programmes.
Performs other duties as required in support of the field operations.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sector, functional area as well as good technical skills in programme management including financial management; ability to respond to changing requirements and exercise good judgment in the context of assignments given. Ability to identify issues, analyze 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 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.
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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, economics, project management, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area is required.
Work experience in the management of technical cooperation/development projects at national level is desirable.
Work experience with non-governmental organizations and or the UN system or similar organization is desirable.
Experience in developing monitoring tools for project implementation in an international organization is desirable
Working experience with an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, such as Umoja, is desirable.
Experience in interacting with a range of local, national and international partners is desirable.
Experience in international development dealing with trust fund and/or programme management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Fluency in Kiswahili /Swahili is desirable.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This is a project funded post. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF KENYA 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.
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.
Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a General Service staff member who is currently holding a fixed-term appointment be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the National Officer level. Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.
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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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.
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