The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations 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. The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches in regard to rural and urban land, innovative residential tenures, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools. The Unit hence focuses on research and tool development also to supply technical advice to Member States and backstop the Regional offices and other sections of UN-Habitat. Land tools provide a resource for enabling action. While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently, what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict societies. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, will take place through the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat (see www.gltn.net).
Land and GLTN Unit will be embarking on its GLTN Programme – Phase 3, for the next six years. Phase 2 has focused on increased implementation at country level in conjunction with governments and other in-country partners; regional and country offices in UN-Habitat; and international partner organisations with their national networks. Phase III will prioritize on-going work to sustain the global commitments secured in Phases 1 and 2, in particular building on the momentum gained through the adoption of Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure on Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGTs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda; continue with capacity development by using the tool development process; approach in-country work very strategically; and focus on catalytic in-country application of tools and empowering partners to apply the tools and draw lessons to feed the global process and normative work.
In this context Land and GLTN Unit is seeking to hire an “Associate Programme Management Officer’ to work specifically on our projects and activities in Kenya, with a team of core staff members and in collaboration with implementing partners to contribute in the implementation of GLTN Programme Phase 3.
Under the guidance of the Programme Management Officer and the Unit Leader and within delegated authority, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
A first-level university degree in Business Administration, Finance, Project Management, or related field, is required. An advanced university degree (Masters) in one of these areas would be an asset.
A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in Programme Management, Technical Cooperation and Administration of Projects at the local level or related area is required. Experience of work in Kenya and in collaborating with government officials, as well as with other partners is required. Working experience in an international organisation/NGO – within multi-cultural international institutions is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Kiswahili/Swahili (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other local languages of Kenya would be an asset, especially for liaising with Government officials.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF KENYA ONLY. Appointment against this position is 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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