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Human Settlements Officer, P/3: United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) Jobs in kenya

Closing date: 06 Apr 2010

 Kenya - Nairobi


Within delegated authority, the Human Settlements Officer (HSO) will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Coordinate the implementation of the UN-HABITAT Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-led Development, including the preparation of budgets and work plans for the fund, promotion of the fund, processing of applications, training of beneficiaries, disbursement of grants, monitoring of projects, documentation of best practises, mobilization of resources to the fund and reporting on progress to

    the Steering Committee, Advisory Committee, donors and the UN-HABITAT Governing Council;
  • Formulation and implementation of the Youth Unit’s programmes and policies aimed at engaging with and improving the livelihoods of marginalized urban youth, including assisting in the compilation of information material, assist in the drawing of Agreements of Cooperation and associated documents, assist in the development of effective indicators for youth programmes and assist in the development of effective tools for monitoring and documenting programme impact at different levels;
  • Preparation, implementation and follow-up of UN-HABITAT local, regional and global meetings, workshops and conferences on youth issues, including the UN-HABITAT Governing Council Youth Program and the World Urban Youth Assembly, and participate in regular consultative meetings with partners;
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of publications, policy papers and briefing notes on critical issues related to urban youth-led development and empowerment.
  • Participate in the development of work plans and budgets for the Branch and the preparation of regular reports to donors and the UN-HABITAT Governing Council;
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
  • Counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations and consultants.
Results expected:

A complete evaluation of the progress, implementation, budgeting, and lessons learned from the UN-HABATAT Opportunities Fund, reinforced with factual evidence. Provides thorough, well reasoned written contributions e.g. background papers, analysis, reports and inputs to publications. Develops and maintains effective working relationships. Adherence to policies and efficient use of resources.


 Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to human settlements issues and youth-led development. Ability to conduct independent analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make recommendations. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

 Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and with staff at all levels; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with respect for diversity; ability to work with internal and external partners.

 Excellent drafting ability and communications skills, both written and oral; ability to present information and articulate ideas in a clear, concise style. Planning and Organizing: Able to work with a high degree of responsibility and with minimum supervision; able to identify priority activities/assignments and adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Qualifications:

 Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Development Studies, Social Studies, International Relations or related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:
 A minimum of 5 years relevant professional working experience, of which some at the international level, involving programme coordination and/or management of grant-schemes. Experience in the area of youth empowerment and urban youth-led development from developing countries will be considered an advantage.

 English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages, particularly French and Spanish, is desirable.

Other skills:
 Full proficiency in the use of personal computers including word processing, spread sheets, presentation software and internet applications.

How to apply

All applications electronic format, including covering letter should be submitted to:
Ms. Esther Naibei
P.O. Box 30030
Nairobi 00100,

Email: esther.naibei @
Fax: +254 20 7624588

Deadline for applications: 6 April 2010.

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