Senior Coordination Officer

UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Nairobi, Kenya


Leadership functions:

  • Provide overall leadership in the planning, management and supervision of all activities in the Urban Economy and Municipal Finance, including the supervision of the implementation of Sub Programme 3 of UN-Habitat's Strategic Plan;
  • Supervise preparation of the bi-annual workplans budgeting and multi-year programme development of the 3 units, namely the economic development unit, municipal finance unit, and youth and livelihood unit;
  • Represent the Branch and Sub Programme in global meetings, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), Word Urban Forum (WUF), Governing Council (GC), donor meetings, among others, as needed and ensure collaboration with Regional Offices and other Focus Areas (FA) in the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

Policy and Programme Development functions:

  • Provide policy advice to the Executive Director on urban economy and municipal finance issues as required- both normative and field projects;
  • Contribute to the follow up of the New Urban Agenda and different agency wide policy documents to articulate and advance the agency's priorities and thinking on urban economy and municipal finance issues at local government and central government levels;
  • Provide overall guidance and supervision to the Units to ensure relevance and coherence in the normative and operational work of the branch and achieve effective implementation of the sub programme;
  • Provide leadership in the conceptualization and elaboration of strategic programmes and projects necessary to operationalize the urban economy and municipal finance strategic direction and priorities;
  • Provide leadership in the development and expansion of project portfolio of the sub programme.

Management functions:

  • Oversee the implementation of Focus Area 3 (FA-3) by providing intellectual inputs and contributing to planning its activities;
  • Ensure provision of adequate financial resources to facilitate timely and competent completion of Branch activities including the development of new proposals emanating from the FA-3 to obtain funding, as well as implement the Strategic Plan;
  • Engage and identify UN and other partners and manage relations with partners in respect of the work plan of Focus Areas 3 to implement jointly the various activities.

Coordination functions:

  • Participate in UN-Habitat Board meetings and provide inputs on Strategic Plan implementation in a timely fashion;
  • Engage Regional Offices in selecting countries/cities where FA-3 activities are strategic in delivering the sub programme and generating significant results and have strategic impact;
  • Coordinate inputs of the branch and the sub programme to policy papers, work programmes and country, regional and global reports;
  • Contribute to UN-Habitat's engagement on financing sustainable development including follow up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of Financing for Development (FfD), as well as on the follow-up/outcome of Habitat III, including Policy Units and Regional Meetings;
  • Provide inputs to the UN-Habitat Country Programme Documents and UNDAFs;
  • Create partnerships with relevant key international actors to implement the focus area activities.

Perform other relevant tasks as required.


  • Professionalism: Proven analytical skills and production of policy reports, substantive international experience in developed and developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America; demonstrated capability to plan and manage multiple projects and activities; ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives. Ability to improve processes and approaches; demonstrated ability to negotiate. 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;
  • 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;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing;
  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in policy applied disciplines related with urban economics and municipal finance, public finance, economic development and financing of cities and human settlements, or related area, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in urban economy and finance, with special reference to developing and transitional countries, or related area, is required. Working experience on city income management, local taxation and other local income is an advantage. Proven experience in the field of international co-operation, mobilisation and expenditure of financial resources and familiarity with the work and activities of the United Nations System in the area of human settlements, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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