• Habitat Programme Manager at UN-HABITAT

  • Posted on: 24 April, 2012 Deadline: 8 May, 2012
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  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanising world.

    Habitat Programme Manager
    Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative and the UN-HABITAT Regional Office, the UN-Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) is responsible for the following tasks:
    UN-HABITAT Representation: participation in UN country activities and other coordinated initiatives
    Active participation in the UNDP country activities, and UN common strategic planning through his/her active involvement in the UNDAF, CCA/CCF, PRSP, CAP
    Provide management leadership and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UN HAPSO in Nigeria
    Global Campaigns/Global Programmes
    In-country liaison officer for UN-HABITAT, particularly with reference to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, advocacy of the norms and principles of the Global Campaigns for Sustainable Urbanization and implementation of global programmes.
    Project and Programme identification and monitoring
    Supporting the Regional Office with identification of Programmes or Projects related to the urban sector, urban governance and urban management, shelter, slum upgrading, rural-urban linkages and local economic development. Preparing briefing and concept notes. Contributing to project development, negotiation and implementation.
    Supervision and Evaluation
    The HPM is accountable to the Director of the Regional Office for Africa of UN-Habitat. Direct supervision is provided by: frequent telephone and e-mail contacts and regular missions to the country by the Senior Human Settlements Officer SHSO of the Regional Office for Africa, to review the work performed by the HPM by direct meetings and through;
    frequent coordination/planning meetings at Regional Office or Headquarters as needed review of the HPM’s work through his/her quarterly reports; consultation of  the national counterparts about the HPM’s work, tracking progress through work-plan and tripartite evaluations (when available); and, the UN Performance Appraisal System (PAS)
    An annual evaluation is undertaken for all HPM’s to assess their performance and consider their possible contract extension. This evaluation is under the responsibility of the Regional Office.
    Note: The HPM should not undertake action related to finance and administrative task for backstopping in country project. This responsibility is under Senior HSO in close collaboration with the PMO of the Regional Office.

    Advanced University Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering (including Urban/Municipal engineering), and Architecture or a related Social Sciences field including geography, environmental science, and public and/or business administration; or a first university degree with a relevant combination of professional and academic qualifications.
    Minimum of 5 years of recent and relevant experience in his/her country on human settlements issues with direct, recent experience in the formulation and implementation of human settlements programmes and projects. Knowledge of procedures related to technical cooperation, programme/project identification/formulation/appraisal/implementation and evaluation and of programme management. Knowledge of administrative work will be an additional asset. Capacity to understand policy approaches and strategic plans for the implementation of human settlements programmes, and flexibility in their implementation under changing circumstances.
    Ability to work with high degree of responsibility – in a flexible and independent manner – and often under pressure. Knowledge of administrative work will be an additional asset. Familiarity with the UNSystem is an advantage.
    English and French are the working languages for the UN Secretariat.  For this position, proficiency in written and spoken English is a requirement. Knowledge of French is an asset.
    Other skills
    The individual should be conversant with UN-Habitat activities; able to understand policy approaches and strategic plans for the implementation of human settlements programmes. Good analytical and working knowledge of computer skills in data management, word-processing, spread sheets, and preferably programme management are required.

    For Details and method of application visit: http://www.unhabitat.org
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