978 - UN-Habitat Community Mobilizer and Gender Officer - Ramallah, West Bank

Application Type : External Vacancy
Job ID/Title : 978 - UN-Habitat Community Mobilizer and Gender Officer
Category : Other
Brand : UN-HABITAT
Post Level : SB3/1
Application Deadline : 19-Apr-18
Duty Station : Ramallah, West Bank
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Number :
(for 100 Series Contracts)
Languages Required :
Arabic, English,
Starting Date :
(date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
01-May-18
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months (Renewable, based on performance and availability of funds)
Expected Duration of Assignment :
Background:
Under this project, UN-Habitat is recruiting a Community Mobilizer and Gender Officer who will work under the direct supervision of the Senior National Urban Programme Officer at UN-Habitat, and under the overall supervision of the Head of Office at UN-Habitat.
S/he will be part of UN-Habitat's support team to spatial planning, land management, and housing related projects. S/he will take the lead on specific expected results assigned to her/him.
Description of Responsibilities:
Scope of Work and Responsibilities
The Community Mobilizer and Gender Officer will contribute to building up and maintaining a network of local organizations and professionals working on planning related matters, liaise with relevant counterparts with the Palestinian Authority, sister UN Agencies and project partners on project activities, as requested by the Senior National Urban Programme Officer. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:
- Preparation of placemaking projects – designing (including Bill of Quantities), planning, and implementation in a participatory approach with main stakeholders and in alignment with the community-driven outline plans;
- Support gender mainstreaming in all related spatial planning interventions, and during the design and implementation phases of public spaces projects (Placemaking).
- Encourage new patterns of designing, and protect existing natural and cultural heritage and historical sites and promote those sites as potential for tourism development, and balance user needs and desires with consideration of design, engineering, costs, regulations;
- Promote proper investment in the local communities, and encourage local and eco-tourism; 
- Networking with all relevant stakeholder (through regular meetings, workshops and conferences);
- Organizing and conducting field visits on regular basis;
- Working closely with local implementing partners during the plan-making and follow-up activities related to the public space interventions and other planning interventions, including cluster plans and city-regions plans in Area C and beyond;
- Effective involvement of women and youth in all participatory activities related to this project through the implementation of a specific gender strategy;
- Leading on specific technical initiatives at the request of the Senior National Urban Programme Officer at UN-Habitat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Scope of Work and Responsibilities
The Community Mobilizer and Gender Officer will contribute to building up and maintaining a network of local organizations and professionals working on planning related matters, liaise with relevant counterparts with the Palestinian Authority, sister UN Agencies and project partners on project activities, as requested by the Senior National Urban Programme Officer. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:
- Preparation of placemaking projects – designing (including Bill of Quantities), planning, and implementation in a participatory approach with main stakeholders and in alignment with the community-driven outline plans;
- Support gender mainstreaming in all related spatial planning interventions, and during the design and implementation phases of public spaces projects (Placemaking).
- Encourage new patterns of designing, and protect existing natural and cultural heritage and historical sites and promote those sites as potential for tourism development, and balance user needs and desires with consideration of design, engineering, costs, regulations;
- Promote proper investment in the local communities, and encourage local and eco-tourism; 
- Networking with all relevant stakeholder (through regular meetings, workshops and conferences);
- Organizing and conducting field visits on regular basis;
- Working closely with local implementing partners during the plan-making and follow-up activities related to the public space interventions and other planning interventions, including cluster plans and city-regions plans in Area C and beyond;
- Effective involvement of women and youth in all participatory activities related to this project through the implementation of a specific gender strategy;
- Leading on specific technical initiatives at the request of the Senior National Urban Programme Officer at UN-Habitat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Competencies :
Professionalism:
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery in the fields of participatory spatial planning, community-led initiatives; shows persistence when faced with difficult challenges; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;  commitment to continuous learning; actively seek to develop oneself professionally and personally; good analytical skills, which means the ability quickly identify the key subject(s) in complex and dynamic situations.
- Communication:
Strong conceptual skills combined with a proven ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; listens to others; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; Good oral and written communication skills; proficiency in spoken and written Arabic and English, while oral communication skills in Hebrew would be considered a great asset.
- Teamwork:
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; contribute to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; show willingness to learn from others;
- Accountability:
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 her/his own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Qualifications :
Education:
- At minimum a Bachelor Degree (BSc) in Architecture or Urban Planning and Design, or landscape designing or combined expertise of spatial planning and architecture/engineering.
Experience: 
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience in areas related to spatial and urban planning, preferably within the planning context of Area C of the West Bank.
- Previous experience working with UN is an asset.
Other Requirements: 
- Proven ability to coordinate complex assignments including designing of work plans, facilitate the cooperation of partners, build consensus.
- Knowledge of the spatial and urban planning legal framework and processes of the State of Palestine, with specific demonstrated knowledge of the Area C context.
- Demonstrated expertise in conducting and facilitating urban and spatial planning processes.
- Good knowledge of MS-Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); knowledge of ADOBE design suite (ID, Illustrator, Photoshop) and/or standard GIS software (ArcView, ArcGIS, QGIS), and AutoCAD programmes.
- Proficient in website and internet applications, database management.
- Valid driving license.