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About UN-Habitat

United Nations Core Values: Professionalism, Integrity, Respect for Diversity

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206.

By working at all levels and with relevant stakeholders and partners, the agency contributes to linking policy development and capacity-building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic, environmental and countries’ policies and programmes in human settlements in conformity with international practices and covenants.

UN-Habitat Afghanistan

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with funding support of USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank. During this period, its Programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale neighbourhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment.

UN-Habitat has been assisting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through a number of projects, both urban and rural, supported by different donors:

UN-Habitat is supporting the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) to implement the National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Currently UN-Habitat is directly engaged in facilitating this programme in more than 20 districts of nine provinces. UN-Habitat is partner with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to take up the role of Facilitating Partner in implementing the On-Farm Water Management project in the establishment of irrigation associations in two provinces (Bamyan and Nangarhar), out of five provinces covered by the OFWM Project, and contributes in improving agricultural productivity.

The Local Integration of Vulnerable and Excluded Uprooted People (LIVE-UP) programme is funded by the European Union and operates for three years (January 2015 to December 2017). The overarching intention of the programme is to support the implementation of part of the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons in three Afghan cities: Herat, Jalalabad and Kabul. The programme will support communities, local authorities and the central government to achieve durable solutions for local reintegration of returnees and IDPs through community empowerment, improved living conditions and security of land tenure. The project also aims to strengthen the role and capacity of local authorities, particularly municipalities, to assist returnees, IDPs and other vulnerable urban dwellers with local integration.

The Afghanistan Urban Peace-building Programme (AUPP) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, operates for three years (April 2015 to March 2018) and is predicated on the vital linkage between state-society relations, local government capacity, and basic service provision in strengthening safety and security. It will provide direct assistance to the development of state capacity at the sub-national level, focusing on municipal administrations in eight of the country’s most strategic cities. By concentrating on the urban terrain of peace-building and state building, the programme will strengthen the production of public goods, especially security, improve local government responsiveness and accountability, and strengthen partnerships with communities, civil society, and security providers, contributing to collective efficacy– all of which are central peace-building and state building goals in the New Deal. The programme complements the international community’s efforts to support a highly centralized state building approach, with a bottom-up strategy that builds the state out from community and sub-national levels.

UN-Habitat rolls out a Municipal Governance Support Programme (MGSP), funded by EU in nine cities: Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, and Mazar-e-Sharif (Grade A cities); Kunduz and Farah (Grade B); and Bamyan and Nili (smaller but fast-growing and strategic cities). The Programme will support these nine municipal authorities to survey and register all properties within municipal boundaries. This will improve land management (e.g. increase tenure security and reduce land grabbing) as well as significantly expand the potential tax base for municipalities. To facilitate the strategic and sustainable use of local revenues, the Programme will support municipalities to undertake strategic urban planning at municipal level to promote Local Economic Development (LED), stimulate investment and expand inclusive service delivery. As Afghanistan is rapidly urbanizing, such strategic planning is an essential tool for managing urban growth and expanding access to services in already crowded and largely-informal cities. The Programme will also improve the enabling environment for municipal governance by providing technical support to central government-level authorities, including the General Directorate of Municipal Affairs (GDMA), the Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI), and Ministry of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA), to improve national policies, legislation and guidelines.

The Kabul Strengthening Municipal Nahias Programme (K-SMNP), is funded by USAID and operates for four years (May 2016 to April 2020). The programme is underpinned by the fact that harnessing Afghanistan’s cities for state building and peace-building requires three fundamental components: (i) effective land management and clear land rights and responsibilities; (ii) strategic urban planning to guide investments and establish a common vision for an inclusive and prosperous urban future; and (iii) improved municipal governance and citizen engagement and representation. Together these create the fundamental conditions for improved state-society relations, stimulating the urban economy, promoting investment, increasing the legitimacy of the state in the eyes of the citizens and strengthening municipal institutions. The action will support Kabul municipality to survey and register all properties within its municipal boundaries i.e. residential, commercial and institutional properties plus vacant land. This will improve land management by increasing tenure security and reducing land grabbing as well as significantly expanding the potential tax base. Aligned with the land survey will be street addressing, house numbering/street lighting which are essential for improved urban management and increasing citizen’s socio-economic inclusion. The K-SMNP dovetails with the EU funded MGSP, which follows a similar approach and will be implemented concurrently.

The Clean and Green Cities (CGC), is funded by USAID and operates for two years (July 2016 to May 2018). The purpose of this Grant is to provide a basic labor stimulus and stabilization package for nine strategic Afghan cities. The overall objectives of the grant are to (1) improve state –society relations where urban citizens see municipalities delivering basic neighborhood services; (2) establish a cleaner, safer, and healthier urban environment and public spaces; (3) improve urban and household economies, especially for the most vulnerable households, including at risk youth; and (4) increase private sector confidence and investment. CGC will invest in labor intensive urban clean-up, repair, beautification, and basic solid-waste management activities. The expected impacts are: (i) improve well-being of citizens and urban environmental quality, (ii) increased trust between citizens and municipalities and strengthened government legitimacy, and (iii) augmented economic and labor stimulus to the poorest households which will have multiplier effects on the urban economy, (iv) Increased private sector confidence and investment for job creation

The Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (henceforth ‘Citizens’ Charter) is an inter-ministerial development program through which line ministries – MoE, MoPH, MAIL and MRRD – provide basic services to rural communities.
The Citizens’ Charter is a promise of partnership between the state and communities. It is a foundation stone for realizing the government’s development vision
Under Citizens’ charter each urban CDC and Guzar Assembly will receive a grant over the course of four years. Based upon the needs and priorities of the communities reflected in the Community Development Plan, the community can choose one or more services from the list below:

Operations Section, UN-Habitat Afghanistan Programme is responsible for providing professional, timely, accurate, effective and efficient support to the country office programme by ensuring that financial resources are unitized in the best interest of the organization and in line with UN rules and regulations. The Operations Section comprise of Finance Management, Human Resources, Procurement, Office Management, Grants/Contracts Management, Information Communication Technology and Security and Safety Units

Job Summary

Under the overall supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), and Country Programme Manager, and direct supervision of CGC Programme Managers, will be responsible for:

Job Details

Date Posted: 29 Nov 2016 Reference: 2016-11-095
Closing Date: 15 Dec 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: General Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), and Country Programme Manager, and direct supervision of CGC Programme Managers, will be responsible for:

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN language and/or Dari/ Pashto would be an advantage


1. Ensures repository of data through effective database management focusing on the achievement of the following results:

•Lead the planning, design, and implementation of database adapted to the specific needs to the CGC Programme in close coordination with the MIS officer, Jobs Component Manager, and Knowledge Management Unit;
•Ensures availability of updated information for informed decision making by consistently updating and maintaining the existing databases;
•Supports creation of new databases and reporting format to meet the information requirements of CGC Programme and the stakeholders;
•Ensure the overall accuracy of data collected from field, geo-references, and alignment with the master database;
•Improves the effectiveness of the databases by making them more user friendly and error free by continues improvement and being open to comments and criticisms.

2.Creates effective development of mapping products focusing on the achievement of the following results:

•Creates attractive maps using ArcGIS and other mapping tools using UN-Habitat templates and styles, ensuring that they are appealing and adequately detailed, and effectively communicating key information to users;
•Promptly attends to the requirements of stakeholders by disseminating mapping and other products through suitable media, i.e, print, email, CDs etc;
•Effective contribution of maintaining a repository of important raw data such as geo-datasets and other similar databases.

3.Ensures effective digital designing support focusing on the achievement of the following results:
•Creates and designs graphic elements and reports using Un Habitat standard styles and guides.
•Effectively represents information through graphical media, i.e, graphs, charts, presentations etc., using advanced designing programmes, ensuring their attractiveness and effectiveness in communicating key messages.
•Maintains and improves the layouts of reporting and presentation templates using graphic design programs ensuring consistency in look and ease of navigation.

4.Perform other duties and responsibilities, which are within the expertise and experience as may be required by Country Programme Manager in support of the activities of the Agency and programme.


Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
Leadership: Ability to lead dynamic work teams. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
Communication: Strong communication skills. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from various background
Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviour and does not abuse power or authority
Partnership building: Promotes partnerships and is proactive in pursuing new partnerships. Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors; Promotes team work and in-depth understanding of donor relations in post-conflict situation.

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in information technology, information systems, information management, web development, database, GIS or other relevant field or related discipline.

Work Experience:
At least five years of progressively responsible experience with:
•Experience with ArcGIS, MapInfo and other GIS software is an advantage.
•Database design and programming using MS Access, SQL (MS, MySQL etc)
•Familiarity with existing secondary sources of information on demographic, social and economic data.
•Experience in graphic design, multimedia and products branding.
•Experience in the design and development of surveys including user requirements, form design, implementation, data entry, cleaning and analysis is an advantage.
•Web maintenance, design and development, with proven experience in HTML, JavaScript, PHP, ASP and/or PHP programming and format encoding.
•Certification in these products/disciplines is an advantage.
•Familiarity with the UN in Afghanistan or related contexts.

Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations. Prior experience with UN funds and programmes on various operational modalities is an added asset.

Language and Communication Skills:
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another UN language and/or Dari/ Pashto would be an advantage.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)


Bachelors Degree, General

Submission Guideline

Afghan Nationals meeting the essential qualifications of the position are invited to apply by submitting the following documents to:
•Letter of interest with clearly indicates the VA number (2016-11-095) as subject of Email Request.
•Updated and signed UN Personal History Form P.11 for Individual Contractor (IC) attached to the VA

Failure to comply with the above requirements not signed P11 forms and no indication of VA number as subject of request/email, will result in not considering the application.

Additional Considerations
•\UN-Habitat is committed to gender balance in all functions and at all levels. Female candidates are therefore especially encouraged to submit applications.
•Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
•Only short-listed candidates will be notified or contacted.

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