Junior Professional Officer (JPO)

Junior Professional Officer (JPO)

Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, Global Solutions Division

UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Nairobi, Kenya


The incumbent will support Policy, Legislation and Governance Section (PLGS), which coordinates UN-Habitat’s substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of policy, legislations and governance, fostering high impact initiatives, programmes and projects to deliver timely, fit-for-purpose and targeted solutions in these areas.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Supports the development of NUPs or sub national urban policies in selected countries through a process including feasibility analysis, diagnosis, formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Develops tools, guides, normative products, related to urban policies in coordination with other UN-Habitat thematic sections and offices;
  • Collects, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse source to enhance knowledge base on NUPs and to prepare capacity development programme on NUPs;
  • Supports the implementation of National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP) by organizing EGM, workshops, seminars, etc. and by preparing demonstration projects in selected areas;
  • Undertakes any other duties within the incumbent’s area of competence, which may reasonably be required.


The JPO will undertake official missions related to her/his work programme in different partner cities for, e.g. research, guides and tools application, and technical support missions It is expected that project funds will be made available to support these missions. The PLGS will also endeavor to identify opportunities to attend relevant international conferences where possible.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in one or more of the relevant fields, including urban or regional planning, urban/public policy, policy analysis, economy, political science with a focus on urban affairs. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.

Working experience:

  • At least two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in urban or urban development policy, policy analysis and assessment related work, and urban/regional planning;
  • Experience in operational activities and research and/or policy development work related to urban management issues in developing countries will be a strong advantage;
  • Experience in international work and knowledge of UN-Habitat activities and its partner programmes would be an asset;
  • The JPO must have excellent communication and technical writing skills and be capable of working in a multicultural environment.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. English fluency is required to this post. Knowledge of one or more additional United Nations languages is desirable.


  • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remains calm in stressful situations;
  • 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • 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 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.

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