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Project Support Officer

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About UN-Habitat

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.

Job Summary

The overarching intention of the Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA) programme is to provide a platform for returnees and protracted IDPs to reintegrate and become productive citizens of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. Integrating the lessons of the past decade of responses to displacement in Afghanistan, the program is based on the rapid identification and allocation of appropriate land to returnees and IDPs in proximity to livelihood opportunities as the foundation for self-reliance. Following the identification of sites, the settlement will be directed based on a comprehensive assessment of sites’ carrying capacity, economically, environmentally and socially. A rapid land allocation process based on collective, ‘permission to stay’ tenure arrangements will allow beneficiaries to occupy land with minimal delays and will form the basis for the subsequent allocation of land titles. Humanitarian assistance will be distributed in locations where returnees and IDPs have access to adequate opportunities to become self-reliant and long term tenure security. Permanent development interventions to improve access to basic services and shelter will be delivered in parallel with humanitarian assistance, augmenting self-reliance, avoiding the creation of dependent ‘camps’ and bridging the humanitarian/development ‘gap’. The SHURA programme thus seeks to provide a platform from which returnees and IDPs can be the driving force behind their own integration and development by becoming productive members of hosting areas.
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:

The Afghanistan Urban Peace building Program (AUPP):
The Afghanistan Urban Peace building Program (AUPP) is a three-year program that concentrates on peace building by strengthening the delivery of urban safety services, improving local government responsiveness and accountability, and enhancing partnerships between government, communities and civil society. It is predicated on the vital linkage between state-society relations, local government capacity and basic service provision in strengthening safety and security.
AUPP targets eight of Afghanistan’s most strategic cities: Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kunduz, Farah, Nili and Bamyan. It is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Ministry of Interior and Kabul Municipality, with technical support from UN-Habitat. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands fund the program.
The Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Program (CCAP): is a Government Program that aims to provide basic services to all citizens of Afghanistan over the next 10 years. The Government will provide the resources and support to construct or rehabilitate infrastructure and provide the most important services – drinking water, health, education, electricity, water systems and roads. CCAP is a national program, implemented by Deputy Ministry for Municipalities (DMM), Kabul Municipality, and other municipalities financed through on-budget mechanisms. UN-Habitat Afghanistan will support and oversee the design and implementation of the urban component of the program; ‘Citizens’ Charter in Cities’.

The expected overall impact is: “strengthened local governance and economic development in Afghanistan’s major cities”.

Clean & Green Cities (CGC):

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.

Project for City Resilience (PCR):
UN-Habitat will start the Project for City Resilience from April 2017 in cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan.
The programme will address disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience of Afghan cities at three interlinked levels - community, city and national. It will demonstrate how the post-2015 frameworks and agendas can be localized in a coherent and integrated manner, leading to safe, resilient and sustainable urban development in the country.
This two year programme is planned to will be implemented in the cities of Kabul and Mazar-i-sharif, funded by the Government of Japan.

Housing, Land and Property Task Force (HLP-TF):
UN-Habitat chairs the National Housing, Land and Property Task Force (HLP-TF) together with UNHCR and NRC within the humanitarian coordination system in Afghanistan. The HLP-TF as a part of the Afghanistan Protection Cluster brings together humanitarian, development, human rights NGOs, UN agencies and government counterparts at national and regional levels working on HLP issues to facilitate a systematic approach to housing, land and property rights protection of displaced population, and other persons at risk of HLP rights violations- this includes landlessness and homeless persons.

The HLP-TF aims to achieve its objective by a) improving access to land, b) strengthening security of tenure and adequate housing c) addressing HLP disputes and strengthening access to civil documentation and d) ultimately the durable solutions of the displaced population.

City for All (CFA):
UN-Habitat is supporting the Government to implement the City for All (CFA) programme in nine municipal authorities (Herat, Farah, Mazar, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Bamyan, Nili, Kunduz and Kabul), between 2016-2020 through two projects: Municipal Governance Support Programme (MGSP) funded by European Union, and Strengthening Municipal Nahias Programme (K-SMNP) funded by USAID. The two projects have the same overall objectives and follow a similar approach. They will henceforth be implemented concurrently under the umbrella CFA programme. The expected outcomes of the programme are:
(1) Strengthened municipal capacities and systems for urban planning, land management and municipal finance; (2) Improved municipal service delivery and strengthened social contract between citizens and municipal authorities; (3) Improved enabling environment for municipal governance, local economic development and service delivery.

Knowledge Management Unit (KMU):
The overall objective of KMU is to strengthen UN-Habitat in terms of the quality based delivery of programmes, research, publications, and reports and to improve the current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impacts through UN-Habitat Result Based Management policy.
Operations:
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 Details

Date Posted: 20 Feb 2018 Reference: 2018-02-152
Closing Date: 15 Mar 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Management Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
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

• Assist Program Manager in various overall project/programme management cycles ie. baseline studies, planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as providing assistance in the preparation of the Progress Reports and the project Work plans.
• Participate in coordination and senior field management meetings in absence of national Program Manager and update the organization/government partners accordingly.
• Maintain close liaison and effective reporting to the project management team on project/programme activities and maintain close linkages with UN-Habitat field offices in all provinces of high return.
• Conduct missions to provinces to oversee projects implementation, assess progress, make reports for Kabul head office.
• Coordination with Programme Support Unit and field offices regarding knowledge management including production of success stories, newsletters and project brochures development.
• Conduct orientation/training workshops for new project staff and provide constructive feedback to field office staff on managing the project with specific focus on project documentation at the CDC & GA level.
• Assisting in enhancing the capacity of staff to regularly provide project progress reports to the municipalities and other key government partner agencies.
• Develop and maintain a database of sub project proposals/community agreements recorded and monitor with relevant departments i.e. finance and grant management team members accordingly. Keeping records of Project documents, signed pro.doc, log frame work, work plan and sub contracts (hard & soft copies).
• Provide input into discussions on conceptual and implementation issues which may arise during the course of project implementation.
• Contributing to the overall programme development and implementation and where necessary undertaking any other assignment that UN-HABITAT may allocate and that falls within the competence of the staff member.
• Follow up of project reports (Quarterly report, midterm report and final report), develop the briefing notes including of the lessons learnt etc.
• Actively participate in project baseline, midline and end line surveys, and analysis of the data and develop the report accordingly.
• Undertaking frequent backstopping missions to the field to support the Programme Manager, Senior Engineers, District Engineers, social organizers and communities to implement the projects/programme.
• Assist the field team (especially social organizers) in conducting and facilitating technical training workshops, with a focus on the people process, documentation and provide feedback to field level staff and sharing of “good practices” among the team.
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as may be required by the Programme Manager in support of the activities of the SHURA programme and of UN-Habitat Afghanistan

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Good working knowledge of the Afghanistan National Policy on Internally Displaced People
• Good working knowledge of financial and other documentation requirements associated with community driven development projects
• Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, ability to produce and maintain spreadsheets and data bases
• Good command of English, written and spoken as the working language of the project
• Very well developed communication skills

Qualifications

• Experience in implementation of development projects, UN experience an advantage
• Experience working with displaced people/returnees
• Good working knowledge of the Afghanistan National Policy on Internally Displaced People
• Good working knowledge of financial and other documentation requirements associated with community driven development projects
• Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, ability to produce and maintain spreadsheets and data bases
• Good command of English, written and spoken as the working language of the project
• Very well developed communication skills
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
Work Experience:

• At least six years’ experience in:
o Implementation of development projects
o Conducting training workshops
o Production of documentation and financial reports
o Familiarity with the UN in Afghanistan

• High school graduation and five years of related experience involving progressive responsible duties requiring discretion and independent judgment or Associate's Degree and three years of related experience or a combination of higher education and related experience equal to five years.
• Ability to perform computer work and keyboarding duties as specified by hiring department/unit.
• Willingness to take campus sponsored work related short courses.
• Understanding of programming terminology and familiarity with computer based procedures.
• Experience in public relations, marketing, telecommunications or electronics as specified by department.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the general public.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Government

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 (2018-02-152) 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.

Submission Email

vacancies@unhabitat-afg.org

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