Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, 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 main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, the Habitat Agenda, the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and UN General Assembly Resolution A/56/206.
The Urban Planning and Design Lab (Urban Lab) of UN-Habitat is set up to promptly respond to the requests of national and local governments to support sustainable urban development. The Urban Lab is the integrative facility of the Agency where innovative processes and partnerships are translated into tangible and transformative solutions to complex urban challenges. The Urban Lab acts as a neutral broker, managing knowledge in complex stakeholder settings to resolve multi-sectoral, multi-scalar and multi-stakeholder challenges, by offering a multi-disciplinary team capturing the necessary thematic areas. Since 2020, decentralised Urban Lab have started to operate within Multi Country Offices. These Labs are managed as a network and maintain ties with the HQ Urban Lab.
The focus of the job is the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activies related to urban planning and design and urban planning innovation and new technologies in Mexico and Cuba, and worldwide.
Under the direct supervision of the leader of UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties related to the Urban Planning and Design Lab and to the Planning and Innovation portfolios:
[Note: Additional FRO will be Chief, Planning, Finance and Economy Section, Urban Practices Branch]
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
•Support the development of the planning, ICT and innovation portfolio, with specific focus on the impacts of innovations in urban planning and design
•Coordinate the Urban Lab MX and develop the UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office portfolio areas related to urban and territorial planning and innovation, as well as urban projects finance, including supporting the coordination with UNCT and the development and implementation of the CCA and UNSDCF.
•Support national offices of UN-Habitat in the design and implementation of programmes and projects with specific focus on urban planning and design and the integration of different urban sectors such as climate change, innovation and finance.
•Contribute to the development of the Network of Urban Labs, its methodology and working modalities, and its expansion across regions in collaboration Multi Country Offices and Headquarters.
•Supports the setting up of complex Urban Lab projects and collaborations globally, in coordination with the HQ Urban Lab.
•Contributes to normative development related to Urban Planning, Innovation and Project Finance.
•Liaise with all relevant practices in HQ to ensure synergy and collaboration for better results and outcomes;
•Perform assignments in planning and facilitating participatory design workshops and assisting in developing the action plan for the project to achieve impacts.
•Participate in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the regional and city programmes/projects in different countries.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; draft and reviews relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
•Plans and facilitates participatory workshops assists in developing the action plan for the project to achieve impacts.
•Research, analyze and presents information gathered from diverse sources. Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends in relation to urban planning and design, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to meetings, conferences, etc., which includes proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Undertake resource mobilization activities, analyzes risk and opportunities for increasing the efficiency of delivery.
•Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urban and territorial planning, urban innovation and project finance. Knowledge of approaches for integrated planning at city and neighbourhood scale, and experience of working with legal and financial experts and issues. 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, 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.
•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.
•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 urban planning, urban design, economics/finance, communications, management, social sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in human settlements planning in developing countries and in contexts of development is desirable.
Preferred experience includes working with national and local planning institutions in a variety of contexts.
Experience with UN programme/project management policies and practices.
Experience in programmed/project formulation in urban and territorial planning and innovation, as well as urban projects finance.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available for six months with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
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