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Associate Programme Officer

Baghdad | Erbil (Iraq)

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.  Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for cities and human settlements. UN-Habitat’s humanitarian work is guided by its Strategic Policy on Human Settlements in Crisis and the agency is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).  At the core of UN- Habitat’s work is UN-Habitat People’s Process and New Urban Agenda which places participatory urban analysis, and planning as a central pillar of humanitarian response, recovery, and the rehabilitation of fragile cities.

UN-Habitat has been active in Iraq since 1996 under the Oil for Food Programme. After 2003, UN-Habitat was largely engaged in early recovery efforts, particularly supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) through the provision of shelter and reconstruction solutions. Since then, the portfolio of UN-Habitat Iraq has expanded beyond emergency responses to include both humanitarian programmes, such as providing IDPs with shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure, and promoting urban recovery of areas affected by conflict, and developmental programmes that provide technical support to address durable solutions for IDPs and informal settlers and essential capacity building for relevant government institutions. UN-Habitat Iraq follows a multi-dimensional and coherent approach in tackling diverse urban issues. These range from emergency response such as providing safe and basic shelter for IDPs, to projects that aim to build and develop the capacities of local and national governments in planning and managing urbanization, to more theoretical endeavors including research and analysis on the dynamics of urbanization and the impacts of armed conflict.

The objective of this assignment is to provide overall support in project urban recovery programme management and coordinate and support ongoing activities within the programme.

       The incumbent reports to to the Head of Programme and Deputy / UN-Habitat-Iraq.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

Functional Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Deputy Head of UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, and/or his/her designate, the incumbent will be assigned to UN-Habitat Baghdad Office and be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assist with the preparation of proposals, guidelines and implementation strategies on Housing Recovery in the liberated human settlements (Post Crises) including the cross cuttings issues of climate change, human rights and gender.
  • Coordinate activities related to budget funding and preparation   of related documents/reports; Carry out and manage administrative procedures related to programme implementation.
  • Assist in performing operations-related assignments in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops and project formulation and implementation missions. 
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, field missions, project implementation etc.; Undertake outreach activities; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, field missions etc.; participating in and making presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Carry out basic research on selected aspects of the Housing Recovery programmes, operations and other activities, etc., to include collecting, analysing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources. Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs.
  • Work with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects. Monitor and analyse specific aspects if the programme/project development  and implementation; review  relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions. Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluations functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues on Housing, Lands and Properties  and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Functional competencies


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 assist with 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.


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.


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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development, international relations, programme management, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • An experience in programme/project management, development, or related area is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in programme/project management, development, or related area is required.
  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract level: FT P2
Contract duration: 12 months

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Baghdad | Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-31

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