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.
Under the overall leadership of the Executive and Deputy Executive
Director, the Special Assistant/Principal Adviser will provide strategic
policy advice on emerging human settlements policy issues and programme
related matters and act as team leader and coordinator to selected
reform processes in the context of UN-HABITAT restructuring.
The incumbent will work in close coordination and cooperation with senior managers in UN-HABITAT and where required with other offices of the UN-Secretariat, Funds and Programmes and specialized agencies. The Special Assistant is ex-officio member of UN-Habitat's Executive Committee. Under the overall leadership of the Executive and Deputy Executive Director the incumbent will perform the following duties;
In cooperation with relevant offices, lead the identification of
emerging human settlement policy issues, undertake preliminary research,
identify and promote the need for further research and provide
briefings to the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director and
the Executive Committee.
2. Draft, finalize and present policy briefs and papers on emerging human settlements issues for consideration by the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director and the Executive Committee.
3. Draft policy statements and speeches for the Executive Director.
4. Provide in close cooperation with the Office of Resource Mobilization and Strategic Partnerships support and assistance to UN-Habitat funding raising activities.
5. Lead and coordinate selected reform processes an directed by the Executive Director, in particular in areas related to programme coordination, results based management and resource planning, as well as information communication.
6. Provide strategic policy guidance and participate in the development of coherent and impact based programmes of work responding to the mandate of the UN-Habitat Assembly.
7. Lead other strategic teams established by the Executive Director to address policy and other issues.
8. Provide direction and support on the integration and emerging human settlements issues in UN-Habitat's programme of work and in the work of the substantive offices.
9. On behalf of the Executive Director support the building of high -level alliances in key UN-Habitat partners (UN agencies, IGOs, Governments, municipalities, NGOs, Regional and National institutions academia and private sector) to enlist their support and involvements in human settlements policy development.
Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific
areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on
technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to
apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines 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.
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 the audience. 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; 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.
LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing. 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.
JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.
An advanced university degree in Economics, Law, Social Sciences, Communication, Management or related fields is required. A first-level in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.
minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible professional
experience, including experience in human settlements policy analysis
and development and related operational issues is required.
Experience and practical understanding of the links between policy development and implementation, with experience across several sectors combined with the ability to think strategically and to clearly articulate strategic directions is required.
Experience in leading teams as well as excellent written communication skills is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in 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.
position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and
may be subject to extension. 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.
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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
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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
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