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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Ouagadougou
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations Agency dealing with 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. The current portfolio of UN-Habitat activities in Burkina Faso keeps expanding and there is urgent need to fulfil the position of Technical Advisor (P4) as part of the Regional Representation for Africa (RRA), which remained vacant since 1st of October 2022.

Burkina Faso has been confronted with armed conflict for several years, with an increased number of Jihadist terrorist attacks in its Northern Territories since 2015. This surge in violence by Islamic groups, local militias, and militants has created in Burkina Faso one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa. As of today, nearly 2 million people were internally displaced due to the conflict. This increased violence has thrown the country into a humanitarian crisis, with no adequate shelter, facing food insecurity and in need of protection. This crisis, which is threatening the sovereignty of the Government of Burkina Faso over its territory (NB: as of today, it is estimated that only 60% of Burkina Faso’s territory is effectively under control of the Government), has generated two successive coup d’état, one end of January 2022 and another one end of September 2022. The displacement of people has resulted in loss of livelihood opportunities, social marginalization and increase of vulnerability.

National and local authorities, specifically in Burkina's small and intermediate cities, lack resources and capacity to manage the displacement crisis and have not been able to plan for the current rapid urban growth of their communities. Experience shows that persons displaced by conflict may not be able to return quickly to their places of origin, therefore there is a strong need for developing durable solutions to accommodate the displaced populations while also improving the living conditions of vulnerable host communities.

UN-Habitat is currently finalizing the implementation of a project funded by the European Union through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) in four (4) secondary cities located in the north-east of Burkina Faso, to sustainably integrate displaced populations into these urban areas. An additional project, to be imminently funded by the Government of Japan, is meant to replicate the same approach in two (2) secondary cities.

The UN-Habitat’s Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat's activities in the field and the Agency’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025, the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda. The Regional Representation for Africa (RRA) manages UN-Habitat's portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa according to four (4) sub-regions: Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. The RRA’s responsibility is to timely respond to demands and requests from Member States, and to coordinate UN-Habitat activities at the country level.

This position is meant to provide Technical Advice to the UN-Habitat Country Programme in Burkina Faso based on international experiences/lessons learned mainly in relation to the definition and implementation of durable solutions to the crisis the country is going through, to support UN-Habitat’s growing portfolio in Central Sahel (i.e. Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger), to represent UN-Habitat in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Burkina Faso and to liaise with bilateral/multilateral partners to mobilise additional resources for the Agency.

The incumbent of this position will report to the Senior Programme Management Officer responsible for coordinating UN-Habitat activities in West Africa, as part of the Regional Representation for Africa under the Regional Programmes Division. The position is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation in Burkina Faso and the Central Sahel; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with central and local government officials, by planning and/or facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan central and local government officials will use to manage the change.
• Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates urban policy development in Burkina Faso, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of
reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urbanization, housing, land management, displacement, humanitarian settings, sustainable reconstruction and recovery, climate change adaptation, among other topics. Ability to identify issues, analyse 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban planning, programme management or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, in the context of urbanization, housing, land management, displacement, humanitarian settings, sustainable reconstruction and recovery, climate change adaptation, among other topics is required.

Experience in building partnerships and alliances for the implementation of joint strategies and programs is desirable.

Experience in urban development particularly in African countries is desirable

Experience in working with national partners and liaising with government officials is desirable.


For the post advertised, fluency in English and Portuguese (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of any other United Nations languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

As this is a Temporary Position, appointment against this post is for a period of 10 months. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse
and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

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.

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