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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.


Assistant Programme Management Officer

Posting Title: Assistant Programme Management Officer, NOA (Temporary Job Opening
Job Code Title: Assistant Programme Management Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 04 August 2021 – 17 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-160962-J-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting


Organization 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. The position is located in the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of the job is the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities in legislation, governance, and policy related tasks, particularly in Kenya. Under the direct supervision of Anne Amin, the Legal Specialist, Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, Urban Practices Branch and overall supervision of Remy Sietchiping, Chief, Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, Urban Practices Branch, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:



Based in Kenya and supporting other countries and partners as appropriate, the Urban Law and Governance Assistant Officer will:
1.Assist in providing technical and advisory services to National and Sub-National Governments on Policy, Legislation and Governance frameworks, particularly in Kenya. More specifically, he/she will:
a)Assist in developing tools and methodologies to support Sub-National and National Governments to implement, monitor and evaluatelegislation and governance frameworks including their linkages with national urban policies (for example in Kenya, Niger State, Guinea).
b)Support in legal, governance and policy research, review and analyses on UN-Habitat thematic issues related to land, urban planning and design, housing, environment, and climate action, etc. The legal, policy and institutional frameworks will be reviewed to assess their effectiveness in supporting urban processes (such as in Guinea).
c)Provide Substantive and analytical support in the Policy, Legislation and Governance section in positioning the UN and legislative work to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda.
d)Keep abreast of emerging urban legal and governance development issues to optimize the Policy, Legislation and GovernanceSection’s analytical capacity to respond to Government’s priorities.

2. Support knowledge management and capacity development activities related to National and Sub-National legal and governance frameworks. More specifically, he/she will:
a)Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Policy, Legislation and Governance projects especially in Kenya;
b)Assist in training and capacity building activities for National and Sub-National Governments on legal, governance and policy related issues.
c)Assist in county-to-county learning and the sharing of best practices at different levels (County, National, regional, and global).
d)Contribute to knowledge sharing platforms (including training and peer to peer exchange) through internal and external platforms and tools, on County and National level on Policy, Legislation and Governance issues related to the New Urban Agenda, SDG 11.a and other UN Policy, Legislation and Governance frameworks, methodologies and tools;

3. Assist in supporting National and Sub-National Governments in strengthening their legal and governance frameworks in their Policy, Legislation and Governance processes. More specifically, he/she will:

a)Assist in supporting the development and implementation of existing National and Sub-National Government Policy, Legislation and Governance frameworks and tools.
b)Assist in background research for diagnosis and recommendations for priority thematic areas of work to enhance legal and governance frameworks in Counties and country at large such as urban planning, land, housing, and environment among others and avail relevant materials, tools, methodologies to address existing gaps.
c)Support the liaison with relevant academic institutions in capacity development of the National and Sub-National Governments on strengthening legal and governance in their Policy, Legislation and Governance frameworks.
d)Support the reviews of projects and documents to strengthen legislation, governance, and policy dimensions.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of sustainable urban development and local governance theories, concepts and approaches especially for the context of Kenya. Ability to identify and develop tools and methodologies for data collection, analysis and presentation. Ability to undertake research, analyze data, make recommendations and write draft reports on legislation, governance, urban-rural linkages,policies (National Urban Policies) including other sustainable urban development issues. 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 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.

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 degree) in law, governance, urban policy or related area is required.

Work Experience

Experience in providing advisory and technical services in legislation and governance, especially on National and Sub-National urban law (planning, land, housing, climate action etc), capacity development, partnerships building, knowledge management or project/programme management in the context of sustainable urbanization or related area is desirable.
Work experience in projects with local/National Government and the UN is desirable. Experience in policy and governance processes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Fluency in Swahili/Kiswahili is also required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • 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.

United Nations Considerations

According 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 United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when 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 employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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