UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.
In Jordan, UN-Habitat has been working with national and local stakeholders on multiple integrated focus areas, including policy development, disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and mitigation, public spaces, COVID-19 socio-economic response, WASH, food security, as well as infrastructure and basic services. The UN-Habitat Country Office of Jordan has been working on several projects which work on enhancing the inclusion, participation, and enhanced socioeconomic conditions of all stakeholders, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations in urban areas.
Habitat is implementing several initiatives to improve access to reliable services and socio-economic opportunities for migrants and refugees in urban settlements. The initiatives focus on activities that develop a common understanding of the issues affecting cities, towns and neighborhoods, mapping provisions and gaps in public infrastructure services in coordination with humanitarian interventions. UN-Habitat’s work endeavours to support connecting short-term humanitarian responses with long-term development interventions to enable more comprehensive and inclusive development.
Additionally, UN-Habitat, is supporting the municipalities’ in developing their Voluntary Local Review (VLRs) with a strong recognition of the importance of data collection and management for the planning decision-making process and the sustainability of cities. The VLRs aim at contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, by focusing on local action. VLRs are an essential tool to assess a city’s progress in achieving sustainable development goals and identifying areas for improvement.
Furthermore, one of the keys focuses of the program is on public space development to enhance socioeconomic conditions. UN-Habitat recognizes that well-designed and accessible public spaces are crucial in fostering social cohesion and economic opportunities. By engaging communities in the planning and transformation of public spaces, the program creates vibrant and inclusive environments that encourage interaction among diverse populations.
The scope of work will also ensure significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting the selected cities and neighborhoods to become increasingly inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
The UN-Habitat Jordan team now seeks to strengthen its capability in the delivery of these programmes by engaging an urban planner with experience in the regional context.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Country programme or the Human Settlements Officer, the Urban Programme Officer is assigned to fulfill the following responsibilities:
Key Duties and Accountabilities:
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
The National Programme Officer ensures proper and effective coordination with the government counterparts focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, Urban Development and Planning, or a related field is required.
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this job fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language will be an advantage.
Expected Demonstration of Competencies:
|Achieve Results:||LEVEL 4: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact|
|Think Innovatively:||LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight|
|Learn Continuously||LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all|
|Adapt with Agility||LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes|
|Act with Determination||LEVEL 4: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence|
|Engage and Partner||LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation|
|Enable Diversity and Inclusion||LEVEL 4: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion|
People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)
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Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:
|Civic Engagement||Cultural Translation||Ability to translate information into the context of the culture.|
|Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction||Climate Change Adaptation||Knowledge of climate change adaptation concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.|
|Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction||Resilient Recovery||Knowledge of resilient recovery and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.|
|Development Effectiveness||Knowledge Management||Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge|
|Development Effectiveness||Partnerships||Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships|
|Development Effectiveness||Project Management||Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals|
|Development Effectiveness||Research (General)||Knowledge of analytical tools, market research and methods for undertaking substantive research on various policy related issues|
|Development Effectiveness||Resource Mobilization||Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)|
|Development Effectiveness||Innovation outreach and partnerships||Ability to communicate within and at large, participate in peer communities and engage substantively.|
|Development Planning||Urban Governance, Planning, and Development||Knowledge of Urban Governance, Planning, and Development and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.|
|Governance and Peacebuilding||Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry||Knowledge of ecosystem-based climate change risk management and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.|
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