UN-HABITAT Project Manager - Jerusalem
Application Type :External Vacancy
Job ID/Title :969 - UN-HABITAT Project Manager
Category : Other
Post Level :SB4/3
Application Deadline :01-Jan-18
Duty Station :Jerusalem
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Number : (for 100 Series Contracts)
Languages Required :Arabic, English,
Starting Date :(date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year part-time at 50% and can be extended based on fund availabilty and performance
Expected Duration of Assignment : Three years
Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People
Governments at the 19th Session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council, adopted by consensus resolution 19/18 calling on UN-Habitat to establish a Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People (SHSPPP) and a Technical Cooperation Trust Fund (TCTF). The long-term development objective of the SHSPPP is to improve the human settlements conditions of the Palestinian People and in so doing contribute in a modest way to reaching peace, security and stability in the region. During the recent 23rd Governing Council, a new resolution was adopted, requesting UN-Habitat "to further focus its operations on planning, land and housing issues in view of improving the housing and human settlement conditions of Palestinians, addressing the urbanization challenges, supporting the building of a Palestinian State, humanitarian action and peace-building, in the areas where there are acute humanitarian and development needs, identified through technical assessments by UN-Habitat in coordination with all concerned parties".
UN-Habitat is leading the implementation of a 3-year EU funded Project: “Rehabilitation of Dar Al Consul into a Residential Complex and Civic Centre-Phases II and III” in partnership with the Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terra Santa) and Al-Quds University. The Project aims at improving the living conditions of Palestinian families in the Old City of Jerusalem and enhancing the Palestinian cultural and civic identity. The activities of the project focus on the rehabilitation and maintenance of a historical complex comprising old houses in the Old City of Jerusalem, landscaping of residential courtyards and open spaces, and rehabilitating its vacant space at the ground floor for social, cultural and commercial use. The project also includes a wide range of capacity building and youth development programs.
Description of Responsibilities:
The Project Manager will fulfil the following functions:
1. Project Implementation: a) Provides technical assistance and implementation support to the project team, partners and key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of Dar Al Consul project; b) Maintains an overview of financial performance of project and advise on corrective measures to be taken; and c) Ensures quality and coherence of the respective project based on results achieved.
2. Project Management: a) Prepares project financial, procurement and narrative reports and ensures their timely planning and implementation by project management team; b) Promotes UN-Habitat’s norms and tools and strengthening information flows with partners and stakeholders; c) Exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementation, management, monitoring and coordination aspects of the project operations and personnel;; d). Eensures that implementing partners and consultants and implementing activities as per contractual agreements; (e) Ensures effective and timely execution of project; Ensures timely production and submission of all partial and/or progress reports by all members of the project team, consultants, and project partners; (f) Monitors and controls regularly project expenditures and ensure that all transactions are correctly recorded; and g) Manages and develops technical staff assigned to projects.
3. Project/Programme Development: a) Identifies key areas for interventions in human settlements within the framework of the Habitat Agenda, Habitat Country Programme Documents, UNDAF and sector reviews; b) Participates in the development and review of project documentation; and c) Negotiates with multi-lateral/bilateral partners for resource mobilisation and promoting/ coordinating joint activities.
4. Perform any other relevant duties as assigned.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery in one or more of the seven UN-Habitat focus areas (Urban Land Legislation and Governance, Urban Planning and Design, Urban Economy, Urban Basic Services, Housing and Slum Upgrading, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation, Research and Capacity Development); shows persistence when faced with difficult challenges; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; commitment to continuous Learning; actively seek to develop oneself professionally and personally.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; contribute to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; show willingness to learn from others; seek feedback to learn and improve.
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.
A Bachelor's degree preferably in International Development, Community Development, Business Administration, Management, Urban Development, Architecture or related field.
Minimum of 7 (seven) years working experience in one or more of the following related areas:- human settlements, project/programme management and coordination, urban development, or socio-economic development. Work experience in historic rehabilitation projects is an asset.
Proven understanding of critical urban and development issues in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem.
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Power Point; and AutoCad.
Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic.
Familiarity with UN procedures; and UN-Habitat in particular will be an asset.
Sound judgment, excellent analytical skills, strong networking and interpersonal skills, ability to plan, organize and coordinate work and to cope with a demanding workload is expected.
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