955 - UN-Habitat National Urban Programme Officer - Ramallah

Application Type : External Vacancy
Job ID/Title : 955 - UN-Habitat National Urban Programme Officer
Category : Other
Post Level : NOB
Application Deadline : 25-Aug-17
Duty Station : Ramallah
Type of Contract :
Post Number :
(for 100 Series Contracts)
Languages Required :
Arabic, English,
Starting Date :
(date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year, renewable based on fund availability and performance
Expected Duration of Assignment :
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 post is located in the Regional Office for Arab States, The Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People. The focus of this job is on the coordination and facilitation of development projects and programmes and provision of technical advice and support to project partners, aligned with UN Habitat’s mandate, objectives, focus areas and expected results in the State of Palestine. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the incumbent will perform the following tasks.
Description of Responsibilities:

Summary of key functions:

  • Project/Programme Implementation;
  • Project/Programme Management;
  • Project/Programme Development.

1. Ensures implementation of Project/Programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provide technical assistance and implementation support to the government, project partners and key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of projects and programmes;
  • Facilitate the participation of Habitat agenda partners in developing strategic policy interventions to address issues of concern related to land and housing for all;
  • Build government capacity for improved management through training, provision of tools and mechanisms;
  • Maintain an overview of financial performance of projects/programmes and advise on corrective measures to be taken;
  • Ensure quality and coherence of the respective programme based on results achieved.

2. Ensures management of Project/Programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Prepare project procurement plans and ensure timely procurement of materials;
  • Promote UN-Habitat’s norms and tools and strengthening information flows with partners and stakeholders;
  • Manage the project and programme portfolio;
  • Ensure effective and timely execution of projects/programmes;
  • Manage and develops technical staff assigned to projects.

3. Ensures development of Project/Programme focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identify key areas for interventions in human settlements within the framework of the Habitat Agenda, Habitat Country Programme Documents, UNDAF and sector reviews;
  • Participate in the development and review of project documentation; 
  • Negotiate with multi-lateral/bilateral partners for resource mobilisation and promoting/ coordinating joint activities
Competencies :

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. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter related to urban and spatial planning, housing, and architecture.  Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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

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.

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

Qualifications :

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in spatial planning, architecture, urban management, or other social sciences field (development studies, international relations, urban studies) from an accredited university.

At least 2 years of relevant field experience in the implementation of urban development projects.

Fluency in English and Arabic is required.