Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (Conflict Sensitive Advisor)

UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo


The Conflict Sensitivity Advisor will report to the Chief Technical Advisor based in Goma, DRC, and works closely with Senior Human Settlement Officer in charge of the portfolio at the Regional Office for Africa. The focus of this positions is coordinate conflict sensitivity related to the programme implementation as well as providing high quality advisory services conflict sensitivity, Do no harm measures, and peacebuilding to a variety of partners and clients:

  • Provide analytical, strategic and technical support to ensure conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm are integrated into the design and implementation of the programme:
    • Oversee joint conflict and political analysis and planning to inform programme design that incorporates do no harm approaches and reflects the political complexities of CLUP;
    • Guide the monitoring and reporting process to ensure that the risk matrix is permanently updated and duly implemented.
  • With a focus on the engagement of women and youth, identify opportunities to build confidence and mutual trust between national stakeholders, including government, community and civil society:
    • Design and facilitate Conflict Sensitivity/Do No Harm (CSD) analysis and assessments and participatory conflict analysis, including the use of systems thinking tools;
    • In collaboration with colleagues, identify emerging trends in relation to conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding that will inform new partnerships for advisory services, new applications of CSD lessons, and/or collaborative learning.
  • Plan, Prepare and Conduct an After-Action Review of the Community Participatory Land Use Planning (CPLUP):
    • Conduct a briefing meeting with the Chief Technical Adviser, Team Leader and/or Country Focal Person at the ROAF;
    • Collect and analyse existing promising and best practices as well as what went wrong and why in similar situation related to participatory land use planning;
    • Finalize the After-Action Review (AAR) Reports and have consensus among the team members including development partners in the areas, UN-Habitat, and MONUSCO.
  • Communications, Outreach and Advocacy:
    • Support the Programme’s advocacy plans and outreach;
    • Support the development of Communications materials for a wide audience of stakeholders (Donors, local governments, practitioners, etc);
    • Perform other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Ability to conduct data collection using various methods; Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
  • 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;
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in either political science, sociology, international relations, international economics, land planning, law, public administration, or other related social sciences. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • At least 7 years of senior level international experience in conflict analysis, policy, and strategy development, development and/or conflict including those related to land in a governmental, multilateral or civil society organization is required. Experience in peace building efforts, as well as joint analysis and planning, in conflict and fragile states is desirable;
  • Experience in DRC/Great Lakes Region would be a major asset.


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

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