970 - UN-HABITAT Senior Architect - Jerusalem
Application Type : External Vacancy
Job ID/Title : 970 - UN-HABITAT Senior Architect
Category : Other
Brand : UN-HABITAT
Post Level : SB3/3
Application Deadline : 01-Jan-18
Duty Station : Jerusalem
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year part time at 80% and can be extended based on fund availability 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 Senior Architect will fulfil the following functions:
A. Support the implementation of Dar al Consul Rehabilitation Project through:
1. Assist UN-Habitat’s team in effective and timely execution of the project activities led by UN-Habitat with the following specific tasks in close cooperation with the project’s team and consultants:
- Support the preparation of the design and rehabilitation works of the complex.
- Support the preparation of an institutional framework, a functional programme, a management structure, an operational plan, and a branding and marking strategy for the civic centre.
- Support the creation of tourism facilities and programs at the complex.
- Support the design and implementation of youth development, capacity programs and work placement and job support programs in the centre.
- Support the establishment of an IT knowledge hub and creative and cultural functions in the centre.
2. Coordination among all project partners and stakeholders to ensure streamlined and efficient implementation of all project activities and help achieve the project’s goals and expected results.
3. Facilitating all project community and stakeholders’ consultations and documentation of consulting processes and outcomes.
B. Ensure local ownership of the process and streamlined and efficient implementation of all project activities.
C. Maintain accurate Narrative and financial reports.
D. Ensure proper coordination for sites visits.
E. Efficient support for implementing partners
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.
University degree in Architecture /Urban Planning or related field.
Minimum of 4 (four) years working experience on urban planning and development related issues. 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.
Proven track record in community and public events management is a must.
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Power Point; AutoCad, Sketchup, V-ray and Adobe In-Design.
Fluency in spoken and written English,Arabic and Hebrew.
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.
Valid Jerusalem Driver License.
Intersted and Qualified candidates should Apply Online by clicking Apply Now Button below