Chief Technical Advisor/International Programme Manager
UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Uder the overall supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) and the Country Programme Manager the Programme Manager will undertake the following tasks and activities.
1) Strategic programme management of the SHURA programme
- Lead in the technical and strategic management of project design, work planning, budgeting, procurement, and impact monitoring of project activities in the field;
- Oversee effective and efficient execution of project activities by working in close collaboration with the relevant institutions and project teams, at the national and local levels;
- Support the recruitment and capacity development of national staff, targeting 50% female programme staff;
- Lead in identifying and securing international technical expertise (consultants) as and when required to support specific tasks and outputs;
- Coordinate results-based monitoring, evaluations and outcome-based reporting, including ensuring proper baselines, mid-term monitoring, and final evaluations;
- Develop and implement on-the-job capacity development and knowledge transfer mechanisms for relevant government partners and national programme staff;
- Provide advisory services to national and local institutions, including support to policy processes, technical advice and support to seminars, training and on-the-job capacity development in urban land, planning, housing and basic services;
- Take a leading role in evidence based advocacy for local integration of protracted IDPs and returnees;
- Production of reports and knowledge products for both a national and international readership;
- Undertake in-country missions to field sites to monitor programme implementation and strengthen partnerships with local authorities and partners;
- Coordinate and monitor project progress by defining performance criteria, ensuring periodic reporting from the field through assessment of results achieved and external reviews; ensure proper documentation of positive and negative programme experiences and provide them as an input to policy dialogues;
- Ensure the systematic mainstreaming of cross cutting issues of gender, youth, climate change and human rights in programme activities;
- Act as a focal point with program donors and other stakeholders regarding issues of displacement and local integration in Afghanistan;
- Contribute to the design of future programmatic interventions; develop concept notes, program documents and other materials.
2) Ensure coordination and cooperation between programme activities/outputs/outcomes and related local, regional and international development efforts
- Lead in building and maintaining strong relationships and coordination with partners (UN, government, I/NGO) at city, national, regional and global levels;
- Support improved coordination of UN activities in Afghanistan, including contributing to the UNDAF and joint integrated work plans with programme-related inputs and monitoring;
- Support the dissemination of programme outcomes and impacts to improve future programming and policies;
- Support the promotion of sustainable urbanisation and adequate housing for all in Afghanistan;
- Intervention where required in emerging issues of forced displacement and urban poverty alleviation in Afghanistan;
- Technical assistance to various national committees, working groups and other urban development task forces about programme activities/outputs/outcomes;
- Ensure timely and relevant informal and formal donor reporting, breifing notes, meetings and field visits.
3) Contribute to UN-Habitat’s support to the GoIRA
- Promote cross-fertilisation across all UN-Habitat programming, including supporting thematic linkages, enhancing delivery cost-efficencies, and streamlining tehnical assistance and capacity development to government partners to maximise its effectiveness/impact and reduce duplication;
- Support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD) 2015-2019, in particular through (i) strengthening UN-Habitat as a knowledge partner for the GoIRA; (ii) fostering a shift away from direct implementation to technical assistance and capacity development of government;
- Support the GoIRA with resource mobilization by identifying new programmatic opportunities, developing concept notes and project documents, and building partnerships with donors and partners;
- Supporting the strategic planning and management of UN-Habitat Afghanistan through the Senior Staff Team to promote alignment and maximize support for the GoIRA;
- Facilitate institutional learning and integration of lessons learned through supporting the development of operational policies and procedures of UN-Habitat Afghanistan;
- Capacity development of national staff.
- Represent the programme/UN-Habitat in national humanitarian forums (i.e. KIS Taskforce, IDP Taskforce, DIREC Technical Working Group, Policy Working Group), policy forums (i.e. IDP Policy Working Group, Reintegration Working Group) and build support for humanitarian-development programming in Afghanistan;
- Take proactive measures to reduce the gap between humanitarian and development interventions regarding displacement in Afghanistan, working closely with the Humanitarian Country Team to mainstream durable solutions;
- Lead capacity development of national colleagues working in relevant provinces to engage and represent UN-Habitat in programme-relevant provincial forums (e.g. Provincial IDP Taskforces, Regional HLP TF, etc).
4) Perform other duties and responsibilities which are within the expertise and experience as may be required by ROAP or the Country Programme Manager in support of the activities of the Agency and programme.
- Professionalism: Ability to perform a broad range of administrative functions, e.g., budget/work programme, human resources, database management, etc. Ability to apply knowledge of various United Nations administrative, financial and human resources rules and regulations in work situations. 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;
- Planning& 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;
- Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- At least a Masters degree in international development, urban planning/design, urban studies, architecture, engineering or related field.
At least 10 years of relevant experience with:
- Programme and Project Management, including programme and project formulation and implementation in conflict and post-conflict environments;
- Good knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation;
- The capacity to provide quick and practical feedback and guidance to field staff is essential, as is the ability to adapt existing methodologies to the Afghan context;
- Maintaining appropriate balance between operational needs of the project and contributing to developing a longer-term vision of the programme;
- Good knowledge of UN operational rules and procedures;
- Good coordination skills, with ability to handle multiple activities concurrently, work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
- Positive approach to work with consistent energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Ability to participate effectively in teams of various expertise as well as organizations;
- Good diplomatic qualities and negotiating skills.
English and French are the working languages of the UN secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage. Fluency in Dari or Pashto is an added advantage.
Proficient in database management, Word, Excel, email, internet and preferably project management applications.
- A strong commitment to gender sensitive, social inclusive and pro-poor development work;
- Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team;
- Consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from others;
- Willingness to travel as required.