Org. Setting and Reporting
The 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 with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. 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.
The Global Solutions Division (GSD) is responsible for providing programmatic direction for UN-Habitat and is responsible and accountable for the programmatic delivery of the Strategic Plan. The Division leads the tools and methodology production and the integration of the various substantive competencies towards effective delivery of the Strategic Plan and the mandate of UN-Habitat. It provides substantive training to staff members and supports capacity development of Member States and partners.
The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production centre of the UN-Habitat that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practices.
The Urban Basic Service Section is responsible for increasing equitable access to urban basic services and improve the standard of living of the urban poor focusing on Water and Sanitation; Mobility and Transport; Energy; and Waste Management and the application of people focused frontier technologies.
This post is located at the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) in the Urban Basic Services Section of the Urban Practices Branch with the Global Solutions Division at the GWOPA Secretariat in Bonn.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects, UN-Habitat by providing expertise, especially in the focus areas related to water and sanitation.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; 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 the client, by planning facilitating workshops, providing technical and management support in water utility analysis, needs assessment and other activities.
• Develops and implements Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) benefiting from Development Agencies.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates financial strategy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies related to the financing of utilities and WOPS.
• Generates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
• Ensures effective and efficient execution of WOPs programmes by providing appropriate technical support to projects through project design, field visits, monitoring and evaluation and coordination activities.
• 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, and partner organisations.
• Liaises with the Development Agencies to facilitate North-South South-South and Triangular WOPs. Assisting in identifying potential partners when necessary, in developing WOPs agreements and in monitoring and evaluating the resulting WOPs.
• Liaises with regional development banks and other international financial institutions to maximize their support for WOPs through GWOPA Secretariat.
• 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 water and sanitation sector. Ability to develop, monitor and evaluate learning tools and documentation, including their dissemination through internet. 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.
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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in water engineering/environment/ economics/resource management/geography/urban planning or a relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of work experience in the fields of water and sanitation management, environmental management, capacity development, or a related field is required.
Experience in poverty issues and international development is desirable.
Work experience in aligning a strategic plan, undertaking change management and building a vibrant programme responding to the needs for improved water supply and sanitation in urban areas is desirble.
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 official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This project post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. 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.
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