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Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements [Temporary]

Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • Location: Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-30

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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.
UN-HABITAT helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development. Currently, UN-Habitat is supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve land governance for sustainable peace and security and to tackle urban related challenges in the country.
With the rapid trend of urbanization in DR Congo, there is a dire need from the country to establish national urban policies, frameworks and urban program to harness the value of the sustainable urbanization for peace and development in the country.
This position is located in the Regional Office for African of UNHABITAT at the Kinshasa duty station.


Within delegated authority, the Team Leader will contribute to a results-oriented programmatic response in DRC in the application of UNHABITAT expertise on land and urban governance to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGS), the New Urban Agenda and the peace and stability frameworks in the country (International Stabilization Support Strategy (I4S). The Team Leader is both a substantive expert - responsible for the operation of planning and execution of the program - and a coordinator/supervisor of the activities of assigned staff and consultants, ensuring that their technical tasks are implemented in the most efficient and effective manner in line with quality management standards and the results-based approach. The team leader will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Planning: support the Pool Head in preparing and implementing annual work and resource plans; assess their applicability within the overall annual and quarterly plan and monitoring framework; recognize and actively seek ways to exploit conflict sensitivity approach and techniques of communication for development to address risks, organizational and technical issues.
2.Team Leadership: provide own team with a clear direction and substantive support; delegate work and motivate staff.
3.Urban planning and governance: provide technical assistant to Ministers concerned with urban development in the country (National and provincial); and support program developments to address urban related challenged in articulation with national development priorities.
4.Land use planning and policy: provide expert land regulations and use knowledge; participate in proposing and developing land use planning solutions; support the development and implementation of appropriate procedural and technical consultation mechanisms in liaison with team members; participate and oversee women and youth involvement in land use planning, and provide support for the drafting of conceptual framework for provincial spatial planning in collaboration with provincial authorities and institutions.
5.Budget Planning and Management: take overall responsibility for ensuring the availability, performance and efficient management and reporting of financial resources within agreed budgetary levels; lead the documentation of land use process in all provinces and reporting to national authorities in liaison with the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa and the Regional representative for Africa.
6.Project Management: plan, monitor and control projects using the PRINCE2 methodology.
7.Problem Solving: investigate and resolve problems for services within his/her own area of responsibility; delegate to team members as appropriate; in liaison with the Chief Technical Advisor, manage the relation with United Nations, implementing and governmental partners
and bring them to a satisfactory closure.
8. Fundraising: support the resources mobilization activities in the countries including participation to relevant forum and stakeholders’ meetings.
9. Representation: attending the UNCT activities in the absence of the Chief Technical Advisor and bring UN-Habitat’s contribution in various settings in the UNCT, including the country common analysis framework.
10.May perform other relevant duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment 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.

•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.

•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. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, land management and legislation, economics, social sciences or a related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning, urban governance, land administration or policy, urban environmental management and community programme management, on or related area is required.
At least three years’ work experience in developing countries preferably in a post conflict country in Africa is an asset.
Demonstrated ability to lead a team, providing clear direction, motivating staff, managing their performance appropriately and fairly, and dealing with possible conflicts is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat, for the advertised post, Fluency in both English and French, (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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