CHIEF, URBAN MOBILITY UNIT, P4
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
22 June 2012-21 August 2012
Job Opening number:
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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 Urban Mobility Unit, Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat.
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Branch, the incumbent’s responsibilities will be as follows:
1. Programme Development:
• Setting key subject areas and priorities in the formulation of the work programme, the Medium Term Strategic and Institutional Plan (MTSIP) and related activities;
• Designing implementation strategies for related elements of the work programme;
• Negotiating with multilateral/bilateral donors for resource mobilization and coordinating joint activities of strategic importance.
2. Programme Implementation:
• Ensuring cooperation with governments, the organizations/agencies of the UN system, the private sector, civil society organizations, academic society and research institutes;
• Coordinating monitoring of project activities and progress ensuring periodic reporting from the field and providing assessment of the results achieved.
3. Programme Management:
• Providing timely and appropriate technical and management advice on the projects through group meetings and training, and in-depth review and evaluation of the work plan, technical working papers and reports originating from the project;
• Evaluating and making recommendations for recruitment of staff, ensuring implementation of proper budgeting and accounting procedures.
4. Advisory Services:
• Assisting governments in conveying exchanges of policy makers and technical experts for conducive policy frameworks for financing and provision of sustainable urban transport and energy services;
• Contributing to the implementation of MTSIP and the work programme by providing expertise and inputs in relation to urban transport and energy policy.
8. Performing other related functions as may be assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze 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. Ability to apply judgement in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from other and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Uses time efficiently.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; 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.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member, accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in urban/regional planning, urban geography, engineering, public administration or related disciplines. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at national and international level, preferably in developing countries, in the areas of urban development, sustainable urban energy policy and urban transport provision or infrastructure design, management and policy.
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 another UN official language will be an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Staff members are subject to the authority of 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.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. Online 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.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
How to Apply:
Deadline: 24th July 2012