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About UN-Habitat:

Founded:

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:

The position is located with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat’s activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context.

UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages UN-Habitat’s project portfolio in the Asia and Pacific region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from the Member States.

Since 1992, UN-Habitat has worked closely with Afghan communities, contributing to the physical and social reconstruction of the country. Our work has focused on the development of urban policies and regulations; strategic urban planning; increasing municipal revenue; establishing community-based organizations; addressing the land and housing needs of IDPs and returnees and contributing to the provision of basic urban services.

The August 2021 fall of Afghanistan’s government has caused a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan’s cities. Over half a million people have been displaced by conflict in 2021; many have sought refuge in the relative safety of cities. In this context, critical government functions have ceased, resulting in lifesaving municipal services being suspended. In addition, as development aid has been withdrawn, incomes of urban dwellers have declined, while the cost of food and other essential items have increased dramatically. The unfolding crisis in Afghan cities is occurring in a context of underlying vulnerabilities, including infrastructure deficits, insecure livelihoods and pervasive tenure insecurity. Most at risk are displaced people in informal settlements, with women, disabled and ethnic minorities being particularly vulnerable.

UN-Habitat’s community-centered People’s Process is a proven and effective to reduce vulnerability at scale in the Afghan context. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has partnered with communities in informal settlements to reintegrate displaced urban Afghans into sustainable settlements. The People’s Process delivers support for the urban displaced through Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Gozar Assemblies (GAs). UN-Habitat-community partnerships center participatory spatial planning to enable communities to identify and implement priority service and infrastructure investments to support their socioeconomic development. Through the People’s Process, the incumbent will support a community-centered approach to secure tenure, upgrade basic services and infrastructure for highly vulnerable displaced people living in urban informal settlements in Afghan cities.  In doing so, the incumbent will support the implementation of activities that meet the immediate needs of vulnerable urban residents and contribute to sustainable development and peacebuilding.

A key implementation UN-Habitat implementation modality supports coordinated actions among UN agencies and other partners for durable solutions. A key partnership the incumbent will support is UN-Habitat and UNHCR project that pursues common community-based protection goals for the benefit of displaced, returnee populations as well as affected host communities in target Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARR) in Afghanistan. The Project activities are part of strategy for creating conducive conditions for the sustainable reintegration through strengthened essential services and facilities in Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs) while fostering social cohesion.

Project Background:

There is an important need to address the hostile, people unfriendly environment created by urban road/streets in Afghan cities. Poor safety, low levels of amenity and social perceptions deter active transport and reinforce vehicle dependence. Despite relatively low rates of car ownership and weak reporting of road crashes in Afghan cities, there is a recognized need to address road safety in Afghanistan especially in terms of injuries sustained due to road and traffic incidents. The Afghanistan Mortality Report (2010) found that road injuries were responsible for 24 percent of injuries among all ages of Afghan male population – causing more injuries than war or violence. Importantly – almost 50 percent of road traffic injuries were sustained by pedestrians and many (30-40 percent) of these injuries are sustained by people walking on the roads and/or in areas where there was inadequate protection for pedestrians or inadequate crossing. This indicates an important area where road safety and urban practitioners can take action to improve urban street safety conditions for pedestrians.

Furthermore, urban streets in Afghanistan suffer from chronic congestion and poor conditions that make them very hostile to walking and cycling. Factors include inadequate irregular and unformed or absent sidewalks with interruptions and open drainage, a lack of pedestrian crossings, poor road markings and signage, where relatively uncontrolled vehicle usage dominates the public realm. In addition, almost no streets have separate sections for pedestrians or cyclists. The complex nature of Afghanistan’s street network, the absence of signed street addressing, and poor wayfinding contribute greatly to inefficient street usage, congestion and crashes.

Furthermore, people have flocked to the cities looking for relative peace, security and opportunity. This can only be expected to get worse as a result of conflict, the emerging food crisis and the economic upheaval that will echo the political upheaval of August 2021. This added weight of humanity will put further pressure on overloaded urban infrastructure.

‘People friendliness’ requires looking beyond a narrow definition of safety. To just focus on safety from road crashes in isolation from all the other dimensions of human security would miss an important opportunity to meet complementary objectives and may not, in themselves, promote behavior change. This requires not just mitigating risk but also consciously enhancing the habitability of streets as the settings for social interaction and physical activity and mitigating the urban heat island effect amongst other things.

These outcomes are not just nice to have; they are qualities that have real and significant public health outcomes. Their absence brings a significant health burden that will only grow with climate change and increasing urbanization. Given the propensity to walk is influenced by software factors (desire to walk, sense of safety and understanding of the opportunities to walk) and hardware factors (the restrictions and encouragements offered by the physical environment). This program will seek to recognize and address the interaction between the two so that the physical environment is designed to simultaneously make crashes less likely whilst also embody the physical qualities that make streets rich in the qualities that make them appealing places for people to walk and cycle.

Job Summary:

The Project Officer will report directly to the International Technical Advisor under the overall supervision of the Country Program Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

•   Lead the effective and efficient execution of project activities by working in close collaboration with implementing partners and stakeholders.

•   Support in reviewing the existing UN-Habitat knowledge products, and policy and regulatory environment of the country’s road safety framework and developing road safety recommendations and action plan.

•   Coordinate capacity development activities on street designs and technical guidelines/manuals and lead the development of app/game to gamify the insights learned in the design guidelines.

•   Support the design of pilot ‘safe urban streets and implement the exemplar safer urban streets designs.

•   Ensure coordination and consultation with project partners and stakeholders as well as with other UN-Habitat programs at all levels.

•   Coordinate the flow of project information between project partners and the project management team.

•   Support the preparation and dissemination of road safety messages and knowledge products in collaboration with project partners.

•   Facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between project partners and stakeholders through open consultation to ensure linkages and coherence between the technical, operational, and social aspects of the project.

•   Monitor the progress of project activities closely and evaluate the progress towards the achievement the of target regularly.

•   Represent UN-Habitat in coordination forums at all levels where required.

Carry out other tasks assigned by the International Technical Advisor

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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. Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; 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.

Job Requirement:

•   A bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant work experience or master’s degree with 3 years of relevant work experience in transportation and urban planning (street design) is required;

•   Previous work experience in project implementation, coordination, and/or management is required.

Good knowledge and skills in project operations and/or coordination, as well as proficiency in the use of computer packages and internet for project work and communication is required

c)   Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Local/National Language of the duty station is required.

d)   Other:

Build support with national counterparts, during the programme period; Ensure high-quality and timely achievement of relevant activities and targets; Support capacity development efforts with programme partners for the required components; Support UN-Habitat’s contribution to multi-stakeholder national coordination and advocacy forums; Support ‘learning by doing’ capacity development efforts throughout the programme period with programme partners for improving local safety and security, especially for women, youth and marginalised urban groups; Support coordination with other partners’ programmes in target cities

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghan National Candidates should submit the following required documents.

1.      A cover letter that shows how your qualifications and experience meet the VA requirement.

2.      An update CV+P11 form for individual contractor (IC) that contains all your information to the unhvacancies@unhabitat-afg.org indicating on the SUBJECT line the vacancy number of the position, please note that applications received after the closing date (30 September 2022) will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for an interview.

Note: Subject line must be: (2022-09-213) or your application may not be considered.

Submission Email: unhvacancies@unhabitat-afg.org

For more details about UN-HABITAT and UN-HABITAT Afghanistan Country Programme refer Website: www.unhabitat.org and www.unhabitat.af

Submission Email:

   unhvacancies@unhabitat-afg.org

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