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Housing Projects Officer - LICA8

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Field of Work
Architecture/Interior design - Engineering

Job Type

Minimum Education Level
Bachelor/ License Degree

Under the responsibility of the Deputy Head of Programme, and day-to-day supervision of the Senior Urban Planner, the Housing Projects Engineer will be responsible of the following tasks:
• Housing Sector Recovery Planning: Support the development of a Housing Sector Recovery Plan that is aligned with relevant national priorities and relevant UN and humanitarian priorities; work with the UN Habitat team in Damascus and the hubs to design and deliver technical assistance and capacity building projects for governmental departments, municipalities, Syndicate of Engineers, and relevant partners on key elements of the Housing Sector Recovery Plan including damage assessment, urban area based planning, housing standards and codes, and to support the delivery and monitoring of shelter and housing projects.

• Project Design, Delivery, and Closure: Develop and pilot housing projects within UN Habitat’s urban area based approach; design and support UN Habitat hubs to implement multi-sector shelter and housing interventions using UN Habitat, UN, and government guidelines and project procedures; support the technical design of sub-projects in diverse locations; support the preparation of the scope of work for each subproject, and preparation of the requested BOQs and specifications accordingly; ensure that all housing and related infrastructure projects (including capacity building and technical assistance projects) comply with UN Habitat and national guidelines; support field staff and/or lead all aspects of the design, delivery, and closing out of housing and infrastructure projects; responsible for the overall delivery of AOC and procurement contracts; support UN Habitat staff and partners to improve the effectiveness and accountability of housing and infrastructure projects.

• Programme Accountability, Learning, and Reporting: Working closely with colleagues to support the design of programme accountability, learning, and reporting system for housing and infrastructure projects including identify indicators, baselines, and targets; responsible for ensuring that all reporting requirements are fulfilled for housing and infrastructure projects; meeting relevant hub, national, internal, and UN housing and infrastructure project reporting requirements; support UN Habitat staff and partners to improve the effectiveness and accountability of housing and infrastructure projects.

• Coordination and Representation: Support the development of housing and infrastructure aspects of recovery and humanitarian sector strategies, guidelines, and tools relevant for UN Habitat Syria and provide technical support to relevant Sectors; represent UN Habitat Syria as required in various coordination groups and forums; develop partnerships with key housing actors to implement the Housing Sector Recovery Plan.

• Other duties as required.

• Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or Architecture or Urban planning;

• 4 years’ experience in urban planning, planning of housing schemes and rehabilitation of houses, and understanding of urban infrastructure and service requirements;
• Conversant with efficient use of MS Office Software and Windows environment;
• Experience of working under difficult conditions and under pressure;
• Work experience and proven capability to identify, plan, direct and carry‐out housing and infrastructure projects in conflict situations similar to Syria

• Arabic (Fluent)
• English (Fluent)

Specific Vacancy Requirements
Corporate Competencies:
• Respect for diversity;
• Professionalism;
• Integrity.

Functional Competencies:
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
• Uses time efficiently.

• Consider all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from the clients’ point of view;
• Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
• Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
• Meets timeline for delivery of product or services to clients.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
• Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
• Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.

Special Conditions:
Priority consideration will be given to internal qualified candidates;
Qualified candidates who are not selected may be rostered for similar future posts;
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply;
UN-Habitat reserves the right to re-classify the post, based on operational requirements.

Salary and Benefits
Contract Duration: 3 months.
Salary: As per UNOPS salary scale.

About us
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for cities and human settlements. UN-Habitat’s humanitarian work is guided by its Strategic Policy on Human Settlements in Crisis and the agency is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).
UN-HABITATs Syria Programme focuses on the following areas: emergency shelter and housing, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), solid waste management, employment, and community infrastructure. UN-Habitat works closely with UN agencies, Governorates and local NGO partners to implement its programmes at national, Governorate and municipal levels.

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Posted On
Feb 27, 2018

Expiry Date
Mar 14, 2018

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