Chief Technical Adviser (Project) [Temporary]
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
Org. Setting and Reporting
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. This post is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kinshasa.
Under the overall coordination of the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) based in Nairobi, and the supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer for DRC, the incumbent will lead and supervise a team of national and international staff and collaborate with relevant stakeholders and will be responsible for the following:
1. Programme Management and Supervision of the overall Programme Implementation: Prepare regular financial reports and result oriented progress reports to UN-Habitat; Regular liaison with donor community and conduct fund raising activities in close collaboration with UN-Habitat Resources Mobilization Unit; Liaise and represent the Programme vis-à-vis ministries and local authorities on programme implementation.
2. Programme Implementation: Monitor changes in the action environment and identify emerging programme needs to be incorporated in the regular reporting; Monitor/evaluate programme performance in relation to approved work plans and objectives and take corrective measures as required.
3. Programme Coordination: Coordinate specific Programme activities with UN Partners, MONUSCO, local authorities and NGOs; Collaborate with relevant regions and branches of UN-Habitat for linking activities to UN-Habitat mandate, policies and campaigns. Liaise with donor and undertake fund raising activities.
4. Advisory and Consultative Services: Provide technical assistance and implementation support to the government, project partners and key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of projects and programmes; Identify opportunity for UN-habitat to engage in key sectors in compliance with its core mandate: urban planning, housing, risk reduction and disaster, basic services. promote UN-Habitat norms and tools and strengthening information flows with partners and stakeholders through representation, liaison, networking and organization of meetings and national workshops.
5. Representation: act as the representation of UN-Habitat in the DRC and provide technical advisory to the relevant ministries (Ministries of Urban development, land affairs); and to represent UN-Habitat in the United Nations Country team and related mechanisms, development partners mechanisms.
6. Perform any other relevant duties.
PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Experience in mentoring staff and in coordinating their work. Demonstrated ability to manage urban development programs, land program and related issues in a very volatile environment and able to reorient the program in a very innovative direction. Demonstrate ability to prepare projects documents and funding proposal and their implementation meets all partners' expectations, including both donors and national partners in the land sector in DRC. Ability to guide urban related policies, reforms and institutional frameworks while balancing need for peace building, economic investments, and rights for vulnerable and environmental concern. Ability to identify strategic areas for UN-Habitat's support to the government of the DRC, consistent with its mandate (physical planning, basic services, disaster management, infrastructures development, housing, municipal governance). Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Pursues 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 work plan completion; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and 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.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in housing, urban planning, engineering, urban governance and management, environmental management, land tenure and policy development or other fields relevant to the respective programme. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy, programme Development and management, administration or related area is required.
An excellent writing skills, i.e. to write clearly and concisely is desirable.
At least five years working in developing countries in Africa is required, and experience in post conflict will be an added value.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written French is required and working level for English is desirable. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.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 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
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