Org. Setting and Reporting
The objective of the post is to provide leadership and the overall management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all programmes and projects implemented by UN-Habitat within Ethiopia. This position is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under the overall supervision of the Director, Regional Office for Africa, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer Task Manager for Ethiopia, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Contribution in Implementation and Policy Development
- Act as the in-country liaison officer for UN-Habitat, with reference to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda (housing for all and sustainable human settlements), advocacy and coordination of the norms and principles of the global campaigns and implementation of global programmes;
- Apply a common administrative and financial framework for all projects operating under UN-Habitat;
- Participate in the formulation and implementation of multilateral programming instruments to ensure that Government key sectorial concerns and priorities are adequately reflected, to bring to bear UN-Habitat substantive knowledge and potential contribution, and to strive to place UN-Habitat within the framework of the programming instruments;
- In-country liaison officer for UN-Habitat, particularly with reference to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, advocacy of the norms and principles of the Global Campaigns for Sustainable Urbanization and implementation of global programmes.
Programme Development, Management and Resource Mobilization
- Provide leadership for the identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects and activities included in the Country Programme;
- Identify and promote programme opportunities, resource mobilization and extension of operational/organizational support to all UN-Habitat activities on sustainable settlements and urbanization;
- Provide leadership for development and management of partnerships, and mobilization of resources for implementation of the Country Programme.
Running the National Office
- Provide management leadership and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UN Habitat office in Ethiopia;
- Provide supervision to staff, consultants and technical assistance teams recruited and deployed under the various projects within the Country Programme;
- Plan, manage and monitor work of staff/consultants to be recruited.
- Represent UN-Habitat vis-à-vis the authorities and other partners;
- Active participation in the UN Country Team activities, and other UN common strategic planning through his/her active involvement in the UNDAF, CCA/CCF, PRSP, CAP;
- Act as Liaison Officer for the Government and the broader sectorial constituency in policy related work and multilateral programming instruments;
- Support the national authorities and other stakeholders in participating and/or holding national and international events related to UN-Habitat’s;
- Promote partnerships to contribute to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in Ethiopia;
- Mainstream global programmes, at the country level, including pro-poor housing, disaster risk reduction and climate change initiatives, gender equity, tenure, urban development and poverty reduction;
- Strengthen linkages and information flows between UN-Habitat, local partners and the government through representation, liaison, networking and attendance at meetings.
Capacity Building and Knowledge Management
- Share information on the availability of training and capacity building tools with external partners and assessing the degree of interest in applying them;
- Design and implements a results-based monitoring and evaluation system for normative activities such as policy support;
- Promote knowledge management through good practices and reporting;
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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;
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
- 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 or equivalent) in Urban Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering (including Urban/Municipal engineering), Architecture or related studies 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience on human settlements issues with recent direct experience in the formulation and implementation of human settlements programmes and projects is required. Knowledge of procedures related to technical cooperation, programme/project identification/formulation/appraisal/implementation and evaluation and of programme management is desirable. Capacity to understand policy approaches and strategic plans for the implementation of human settlements programmes, and flexibility in their implementation under changing circumstances as well as in-depth knowledge of the Ethiopia’s urban development context and familiarity with the relevant policies, strategies and plans for urban development in Ethiopia is an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station (Amharic) is also required. Knowledge of French is an asset.
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