National Project Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 2770
Date Posted:Jan 25, 2022
Closing Date:Feb 7, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Project Management
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:8 Years
Contract Duration:2 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UN-Habitat:


Organizational Setting:

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable town and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the UN Habitat Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) at Kabul duty station.

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, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several other bilateral donors and multilateral donors. During this period, its programme has expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from humanitarian emergency support to small-scale neighborhood level improvement schemes to municipal scale governance reforms.

Emergency infrastructure and communal land tenure project

The August 2021 fall of Afghanistan’s government has caused a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan’s cities. Over half a million people have been displaced by conflict in 2021; many have sought refuge in the relative safety of cities. In this context, critical government functions have ceased, resulting in lifesaving municipal services being suspended. In addition, as development aid has been withdrawn, the incomes of urban dwellers have declined, while the cost of food and other essential items have increased dramatically. The unfolding crisis in Afghan cities is occurring in a context of underlying vulnerabilities, including infrastructure deficits, insecure livelihoods, and pervasive tenure insecurity. Most at risk are displaced people in informal settlements, with women, disabled and ethnic minorities being particularly vulnerable.  

UN-Habitat’s community-centered People’s Process is a proven and effective to reduce vulnerability at scale in the Afghan context. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has partnered with communities in informal settlements to reintegrate displaced urban Afghans into sustainable settlements. The People’s Process delivers support for the urban displaced through Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Gozar Assemblies (GAs). UN-Habitat-community partnerships center participatory spatial planning to enable communities to identify and implement priority service and infrastructure investments to support their socioeconomic development. Through the People’s Process, the incumbent will support a community-centered approach to secure tenure, upgrade basic services and infrastructure for highly vulnerable displaced people living in urban informal settlements in the cities of Kabul and Herat.  In doing so, the incumbent will support the implementation of activities that meet the immediate needs of vulnerable urban residents and contribute to sustainable development and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

Reporting Relationships

Under the overall supervision of the Country Programme Manager and HLP Advisor, the National Project Officer will undertake the following tasks and activities:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:

1)          Programme management:

  • Lead in the day-to-day technical and financial management of programme work planning, budgeting, procurement, and monitoring of project activities in the field;
  • Lead in the co-ordination with de facto authorties for accessing field locations for project implementation, including liasing with the Humanitarian Access Group (HAG);
  • Lead the effective and efficient execution of programme activities by working in close collaboration with the relevant institutions and project teams in Kabul and Herat, including supervising urban planning and construction activities;
  • Support the recruitment, retention and capacity development of national staff, ensuring at least 30% programme staff are female;
  • Ensure coordination of different programme components among different teams during the implementation of the sub-projects and activities;
  • Assist field staff in sub-project design, costing, implementation, and project monitoring;
  • Lead in results-based reporting on activities and outputs in line with donor requirements;
  • Support to ensure results-based monitoring and evaluation efforts in all project locations and for the programme duration.

2)        GIS and urban planning lead

·       Manage the development of participatory land use mapping and site planning in Kabul and Herat, including collection of data, developing geo-databases, and other GIS activities, undertaking missions where necessary.

·       Report on GIS and database quality.

·       Develop map layout (cartography), including standardized color schemes and standard templates for high quality hard copy output.

·       Support the selection and acquisition of satellite images.

·       Process satellite images and produce hardcopies of the images.

·       Actively search and obtain relevant existing GIS files developed by other intentional, national, local and private entities.

3)          Contribute to UN-Habitat's support to partners:

  • Identify and foster opportunities for improved programmatic collaboration with community-based organisa tions, UN, NGO and other civil society partners;
  • Coordinate capacity development activities on programme components and technical guidelines;
  • As a member of Senior Strategic Management Team of UN Habitat, contribute in development and consolidation of the UN-Habitat portfolio.

Perform other duties and responsibilities which are within the expertise and experience as may be required by ROAP, Country Programme Manager and HLP advisor in support of the activities of the agency and programm

Job Requirement:

Competencies (Select 3 Maximum)

Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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.

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


a)      Education:

At least a bachelor’s degree with 8 years of work experience or master’s degree with 2 years of work experience in urban planning, geospatial science, geography, or related field, including significant training in GIS programmes.

b)     Experience: 

- Managing complex urban development programming in Afghanistan.

- Managing the collection, analysis, and presentation of geospatial data.

- providing policy and technical assistance to partners on urban planning and GIS; and

- Familiarity with the UN system in Afghanistan.

c)      Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Local/National Language of the duty station is required.

d)     Other: 

Build support with national counterparts, during the programme period; Ensure high-quality and timely achievement of relevant activties and targets; Support capacity development efforts with programme partners for the required components; Support UN-Habitat's contribution to multi-stakeholder national coordination and advocacy forums; Support 'learning by doing' capacity development efforts throughout the programme period with programme partners for improving local safety and security, especially for women, youth and marginalised urban groups; Support coordination with other partners’ programmes in target cities

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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