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Human Settlements Research Officer, P3 (Nairobi), Deadline: 18 June 2018


 Issued on: 11 June 2018

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Research and Capacity Development Branch

FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Human Settlements Research Officer, P3
DURATION: 6 Months
CLOSING DATE: 18 June 2018



The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in 2016 following the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development was a major milestone in global urban policy. The NUA charts the course and provides an action-oriented roadmap to guide sustainable urban development globally over the next 20 years.  The NUA together and the Sustainable Development Goals, which include an urban goal— (SDG 11) to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable firmly place urbanization at the forefront of international development policy. UN-Habitat in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the United Nations system will every four years, submit a report on the progress on the implementation of the NUA to the General Assembly.

The position is located in the Research and Capacity Development Branch (RCDB), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Under the general supervision of the Coordinator of RCDB, the incumbent reports directly to the Unit Leader, Research and Flagships Unit.



Within delegated authority, the Human Settlements Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contributes to the preparation of the Quadrennial Report on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and other internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Addis Ababa Plan of Action.
  • Prepares/contributes to various written reports, documents, writes reports or sections of reports, case studies, background papers relating to the New Urban Agenda and other internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements.
  • Contributes to the preparation and revision of the guidelines for reporting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  • Provides technical assistance to Member States on the preparation of national reports on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  • Reviews, revises, summarizes and edits country reports on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  • Collate the inputs of subnational and local governments, other relevant entities of the United Nations system, relevant stakeholders in support of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  • Work with key partners, governments, local authorities, including global research networks on the analysis of urban conditions and trends and progress in implementing the New Urban Agenda.
  • Develops collaborative working relations with UN-Habitat’s regional offices, other relevant branches and units within the organization and other UN agencies
  • Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of ad hoc expert group and technical meeting, policy dialogues, development seminars, drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings.
  • Represents RCDB at international and other meetings; organize and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on social and economic development related matters.

Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the research services.


Professionalism: Demonstrable understanding of the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and other internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements. Strong research and writing skills. Ability to carry out research on the social, economic, political, spatial and planning dimensions of cities and human settlements at local, national and international levels. Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques and draw conclusions and assess impacts at different levels. Experience in preparing large/flagship reports. Ability to review, edit and summarize the work of others. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Geography, Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Urban Governance, Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Architecture, or any other related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


At least five years of progressive experience as researcher/analyst working on a broad range urban and human settlements issues at the local, national and international levels.  Experience of working effectively in a multi-cultural environment; substantial experience in networking; experience of conducting policy reviews and preparation of policy recommendations for decision makers; demonstrable analytical, drafting, reporting and presentation experience; experience of analyzing, summarizing and presenting large quantities of statistics on human settlements using relevant computer software; and experience in the coordination of multiple contributors to major reports


Fluency in English is required for this position. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview


Applications should include:

·      Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

·      Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1.      Educational Background (incl. dates)

2.      Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3.      Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)

4.      Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments

5.      Expectations regarding remuneration

All applications should be submitted to: Mary.Dibo@un.org, Ben.Arimah@un.org, Beatrice.Bazanye@un.org, Anne.Idukitta@un.org


Deadline for applications: June 18, 2018

UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: recruitment@unon.org

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