Associate Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Project Post), P2 UN HABITAT – United Nations Human Settlements Programme Nairobi, Kenya 552 views

Associate Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Project Post), P2

UN HABITAT – United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Nairobi, Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in Global Reports and Trends Unit of the Knowledge and Innovation Branch within the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation Division (ERSKI) of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Global Reports and Trends Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Assists in the preparation of the Quadrennial Report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the Regional and National Reports of the State of Cities and Human Settlements.
  • Assist in preparing written reports, documents, writes reports or sections of reports, case studies, background papers relating to internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements.
  • Assists in the analysis of urban development issues at the global, regional and national levels; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends, developments, and related policy issues relevant to the unit /departmental mandate, including urbanization, urban economics, spatial development, local economic development and regional planning.
  • Researches, analyzes and presents urban and human settlements information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Reviews, revises, summarizes and edits country reports on internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization.
  • Works with key partners, governments, local authorities, including global research networks on topics relating to sustainable urbanization.
  • Assists planning, organizing and servicing of expert group and technical meetings, policy dialogues, development seminars.
  • Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
  • Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrable understanding theories and concepts related to urbanization including social and economic development, urban economics, spatial development, local economic development and planning, urban, and regional and territorial planning. Strong research and writing skills. Ability to carry out research on the social, economic, political, spatial and planning dimensions of cities and human settlements at local, national and international levels. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques and draw conclusions and assess impacts at different levels. Experience in preparing large/flagship reports. Ability to review, edit and summarize the work of others. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. 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.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Geography, Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Urban Governance, Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or any other 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years of progressive experience in urban development, research and policy analysis at the local, national and international levels is required.
  • Experience in analytical drafting, reporting and presentation is required.
  • Experience of networking is desirable.
  • Experience in conducting policy reviews and preparation of policy recommendations for decision makers is desirable.
  • Experience in analyzing, summarizing and presenting large quantities of statistics on urban issues using relevant computer software is desirable.
  • Experience in the coordination of multiple contributions to major reports is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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