Job Description

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) , is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The position is located with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat's activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context. UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages U-Habitat’s project portfolio in the Asia and Pacific region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from Member States. UN-Habitat has had a presence in Myanmar since the early 1990s and re-established a country office in 2008 and is supporting the Government of Myanmar in Humanitarian, Development and Peace Building through its programme of support in the areas of Urban Planning and Management, Community Driven Development and Recovery, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change and Pro-poor Housing Land. It works in collaboration with the Government Entities, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector and Civil Society Organizations. UN-Habitat has long standing partnership in Myanmar with UN Environment Programme primarily in the areas of environment and climate change in Myanmar. UN-Habitat and UNEP have helped the government of Myanmar in jointly implementing the first phase of Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) which lifted the issue of climate change into the Myanmar’s development and reform agenda. Accordingly, the first phase successfully prepared Myanmar Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Master Plan in six sectoral priority areas which are formally adopted by the Government of Myanmar as its key policy instrument. Myanmar is currently preparing to implement its policy, strategy and master plans while the European Union is supporting Myanmar in its endeavor through UN-Habitat and UNEP into second phase of MCCA. The Focus of the position is to lead on the implementation of the Myanmar Climate Change Alliance II (MCCA II). This position will represent UN-Habitat and UNEP in the Joint Programme Management Unit for the day-to-day implementation of MCCA-II. S/he will ensure that the visibility requirements of the UN and the EU are optimally addressed. All formal reporting, however, is within the duty of the UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager. The Team Lead (TL) is a substantive expert, providing the team with substantive direction and support specifically, the TL will be the person in-charge of the project recruited team in the Joint Programme Management Unit, along with a Government counterpart based in the Environment Conservation Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation (MoNREC). The incumbent of the position reports to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager in Myanmar. In accordance with the Project Document (Description of the Action, Budget), the TL will liaise with UNEP on UNEP-lead activities. Within delegated authority, the Team Leader will be responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

•Developing, implementing and evaluating assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitoring and analysing programme/project development and implementation; reviewing relevant documents and reports; identifying problems and issues to be addressed and initiating corrective actions; liaising with relevant parties; ensuring follow-up actions. •Performing consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change. •Researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources. •Coordinating policy development, including the review and Analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies, •Generating survey initiatives; designing data collection tools; reviewing, analyzing and interpreting responses, identifying problems/issues and preparing conclusions. •Organizing and preparing written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. •Providing substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc. •Initiating and coordinating outreach activities; conducting training workshops, seminars, etc.; making presentations on assigned topics/activities. •Leading and/or participating in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc. •Coordinating activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and preparing related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.). •Performing other related duties as required, for smooth implantation of the programme as per the programme description, workplan and budgetary frameworks.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 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. 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. 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in a relevant field of environment, social sciences, public Administration and management, environmental engineering, business management, sustainable development, development planning or a related field is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management in environment-focused programmes is required. At least three (3) years of relevant experience in complex climate change programmes in developing countries in desirable. At least one (1) year of relevant experience on integrating climate change into development planning in developing countries is desirable. Experience implementing country-level or organizational environmental policies, guidelines and standards is desirable. Experience in developing and/or implementing international environmental programmes involving various partners, clients and social actors is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French or another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

This is a project post and is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you. Individual contractors and consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their applications will not be considered. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

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