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 guidance and supervision of the Country Programme Manager and of the Community Driven Development Programme Coordinator, and under the day to day direct supervision of the Associate. Programme Manager of RASSP, the Associate Programme Officer based in the Sittwe, reports directly to the Field Project Manager and shall be responsible for guiding he national field staff, reporting project status, carrying out project analysis, liaising with government and other counterparts in the state and carrying out project implementation while being sensitive to the context and the communities. The Associate Programme Officer contributes to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme and its operations at the field level and will be responsible for the following functions:
1. Project Analysis
•Carrying out basic research and analysis of overall situation in the project areas, including locations and situation of settlements before and after displacement.
•Analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
•Preparing terms of references for expert missions for studies and analysis such as HLP base line.
•Settlement planning, urban and territorial planning.
•Monitoring and analyzing specific aspects of programme/project development and
implementation; reviewing relevant documents and reports; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and recommending corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; identifying and tracking follow-up actions.
•Taking initiatives for surveys, assessments; assisting with design of data collection tools; disseminating collection tools to the project team; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing preliminary conclusions.
2. Project Implementation
•Orienting, guiding and coaching national staff on the project principles and approaches.
•Establishing networks and linkages with the government stakeholders and development actors in the state.
•Orienting the government counterparts on the project objectives and key principle approaches.
•Representing the office in formal and informal coordination groups in the project area.
•Building rapport with authorities and understand operational requirement in the field.
•Understanding principles and policies of the international communities and United Nations system agencies.
•Working with key stakeholders to facilitate implementation of the programme in selected project areas.
•Assisting in performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the Yangon office, by planning facilitating workshops, meetings, interactive sessions.
•Preparing standard operating procedure (SOP) for the project implementation in accordance with the project document, Community Driven Development and Peoples process.
•Contributing to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, inputs to the PR materials, etc.
•Providing substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies.
•Guiding the project team in Organization, mobilization, representation of the communities and participate in the community meetings.
•Guiding the project team in Community action planning, preparation of agreements and community- based monitoring.
•Guiding the project teams in providing social mobilization and technical support to the communities at the time of implementation.
•Advocating UN-Habitat approach to the project.
3. General Administration
•Providing administrative and substantive support to consultative meetings and community meetings, proposing agenda topics, identifying and proposing participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc.
•Undertaking public relations and outreach activities; participating in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participating in and making presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participating in field missions, for supporting, guiding, back stopping the national teams.
•Coordinating activities related to budgeting for training and workshop activities; working with operational teams.
•Assisting in preparation of regular progress reports, financial statements, etc.
•Performing other related duties as assigned by Country Programme Manager, Programme Coordinator, Field Project Coordinator.
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 assist with 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.
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.
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
Advanced University degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in development studies, social sciences, business administration, management, economics, engineering or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in project/ programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in post conflict and post disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes and community driven development programmes is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of a second 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 position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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