Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, NOC
Job Code Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: ABIDJAN
Posting Period: 04 April 2023 – 03 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-205655-R-Abidjan (E)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector. This position is located in UN-Habitat office at Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The National Programme Officer reports to the Senior Programme Management Officer responsible for coordinating UN-Habitat activities in West Africa, in the Regional Representation for Africa. The focus of this job is the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UN-Habitat Country Programme, operations and activities in Côte d’Ivoire. Within delegated authority, the National Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the UN-Habitat Country Programme in Côte d’Ivoire; monitors and analyzes the Country Programme development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports related to the Country Programme; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties in Côte d’Ivoire; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
- Performs assignments, in collaboration with the Government and Local Authorities of Côte d’Ivoire, by planning and facilitating workshops, other interactive sessions, and assists in developing action plans the Government and Local Authorities of Côte d’Ivoire will use to manage the change in the field of human settlements, in alignment with the UN-Habitat Country Programme, the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.
- Assists in policy development, especially in relation to urbanization, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
- Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies related to Côte d’Ivoire, inputs to publications, etc.
- Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc. in Côte d’Ivoire, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
- Undertakes outreach activities in Côte d’Ivoire; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc. in Côte d’Ivoire; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities as requested by the UN-Habitat Regional Representation for Africa.
- Participates in or lead field missions in Côte d’Ivoire, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
- Coordinates the UN-Habitat team and activities in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular work related to funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, etc.).
- Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
- Ensures that requirements, background information used for data analysis are documented.
- Performs other duties as required.
CompetenciesPROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable urbanization. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems related to urbanization in Côte d’Ivoire. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis in the field of sustainable urbanization. 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. 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. 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. CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in urban/regional development, management, socioeconomics 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. Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an desirable.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in Knowledge management in relation to designing of data collection tools, carrying out research, data analysis, and interpreting responses to identify problems and prepare conclusions is desirable. Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects and monitoring their implementation is desirable.. Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. NOTE: “fluency equals a rating of “fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ” Knowledge of” equals a rating of ” confident” in two of the four areas.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis is a project post.The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF CÔTE D’IVOIRE ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Cote d’ivoire nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Cote d’ivoire in the event of an employment offer. This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. 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. Internal Applicants : When completing the form, 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. ” The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15. 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. 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 e-mail 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.
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