The post is located in Bangkok sub-office of Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Under the general supervision of the Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Fukuoka, working closely with ROAP’s HSOs, the country offices of UN-Habitat in the region, Programme and External Relations Divisions and other units at headquarters, Nairobi, the Incumbent will perform the following tasks:
Professionalism: Demonstrated experience in policy analysis, programme design and management and understanding of Institutional dynamics pervading development. Specific knowledge in human settlements issues related to poverty reduction, disaster preparedness, post-conflict analysis, urban management and space-economy. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban and/or regional planning, civil engineering, developmental economics or related science degree relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements or sustainable development. A first level university degree with a combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years' of relevant professional experience in multi-disciplinary human settlements and urban development projects and programmes at the national level of which at least five (5) years at the international level is required.
Work experience in the regional either in public, private or external sector is required. Excellent computer and presentation skills is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.