Programme Manager

UNDP, Bissau, Guinea

Skill Required:, Project Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th August, 2020

Job Description


Organizational Context

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote, monitor and report on progress in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, with the twin objectives of housing for all and sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat works and cooperates with governments, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other agencies in promoting sustainable urbanization and reduction of urban poverty. Its work involves norm setting, operational activities, capacity-building, monitoring, advocacy and partnership building at global, regional, national and local levels.

UN-Habitat has been working actively in Guiné-Bissau since 2015 implementing many initiatives, focusing on urban resilience and on urban and regional planning. UN-Habitat in Guiné-Bissau has been also actively playing a key role on partnerships and UN to UN agreements with other sister agencies and in the capacity development of the Ministry of Public Works, Construction and Urban Planning (MOPCU), the City Administration of Bissau and the National Institute of Statistics.

The Habitat Country Programme in Guiné-Bissau is fully aligned with UNDAF and respond to Terra Ranka development priorities. Besides that, UN-Habitat is also playing an important role on the development of the new CCA and UNSDCF. In Guiné-Bissau, UN-Habitat also intends to mainstream in its new strategy a key dimension related to the humanitarian-development-peace nexus by fostering partnerships with other sister agencies for the Peace Building Fund.

Finally, UN-Habitat is currently being funded by the European Union in Guiné-Bissau and also positioning housing and urban issues in the UN and the National COVID-19 responses. There is also an on-going effort to establishing local partnerships to apply to global funds such as the SDG Fund, the MPFT and other potential funding sources.

To coherently implement these projects and respond to the increase of the country portfolio, UN-Habitat is upgrading its national focal point who from a National Technical Advisor (SB-4) to a National Programme Coordinator (SB-5) and better equip its Country Office in Bissau, which provides support and guidance for projects in Guiné-Bissau. The National Programme Coordinator will need to effectively coordinate with Project Managers and the Regional Officers in order to guarantee coherence among United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) priorities, New Urban Agenda (NUA) principles and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) achievement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Human Settlements Officer based in the Sub-regional Office for Africa (ROAf) in Dakar, UN-Habitat, and Task Manager for Guiné-Bissau, and the direct supervision of the Human Settlement Officer for Lusophone Africa, the National Programme Coordinator will be based in Bissau, Guiné-Bissau, and shall:

  • Represent UN-Habitat in the UN Country Team, priority Working Groups and UNSDCF preparation, monitoring and revision process, as well as the UN COVID-19 Response in Guiné-Bissau;
  • Effectively work as UN-Habitat focal point for Guiné-Bissau to the Regional Office for Africa, Government of Guiné-Bissau, UN agencies and development partners;
  • Coordinate the elaboration of quinquennial Habitat Country Programme documents;
  • Actively support fundraising activities for UN-Habitat in Guiné-Bissau, including by drafting concept notes and project documents, documentation for Project Review Committee (PRC) approval, carrying out exploratory missions, etc;
  • Promote advocacy, outreach and communication activities with national, provincial, sectoral and municipal level and civil society institutions on the NUA and the SDG 11, organizing impactful events on the World Habitat Day, the World Cities Day and during the Urban October;
  • Actively support the implementation of all UN-Habitat projects in the country;
  • Support implementation, contractual and administrative procedures such as: preparation of progress/mission reports, drafting of Agreements of Cooperation, project documents, concept notes, memorandum of understanding, terms of reference, assessment reports, budget planning and control, procurement operations, project monitoring, etc.
  • Provide technical supervision to the Urban Resilience pillar of the Country Programme;
  • Organize training sessions and workshops, as required;
  • Carry out field missions to the different project implementation sites for backstopping purposes, as required.

Impact of Results

Through the hiring of the National Programme Coordinator, UN-Habitat will be enabled to:

  • Effectively support the Government of Guiné-Bissau on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban response to COVID-19 and on the achievement of the SDG 11;
  • Strengthen the relationship, collaboration and dialogue with key government institutions and development partners in Guiné-Bissau;
  • Increase UN-Habitat representativeness, project portfolio and funds in Guiné-Bissau;
  • Improve the fund-raising capabilities of the Agency in Guiné-Bissau, especially related to partnerships, joint projects and joint programmes;
  • Improve CCA/UNSDCF, the COVID-19 responses and National Development priorities alignment with the New Urban Agenda and the SDG 11;
  • Improve implementation, contractual and administrative procedures, as well as operational back-up to projects in Guiné-Bissau;
  • Guarantee the agreed implementation of on-going projects funded by the European Union.


  • Corporate competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Demonstrates an excellent sense of judgment.
  • Denotes creativity and innovation for coordination and communication activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks effectively.
  • Dependability, reliability and initiative.

 Technical competencies

  •  Technical knowledge
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs, especially the SDG 11.
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of Urban Governance, Territorial and Urban Planning, Socio-Economic Planning, Urban Development, Urban Resilience and Risk Reduction and Slum Prevention and Upgrading
  • Has good knowledge on the country’s current development challenges in Guiné-Bissau.

 Relationship and management

  • Builds strong relationships with working partners
  • Focuses on impact and results, and responds positively to feedback.
  • Possesses positive and constructive attitudes to work.
  • Integrate working teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills.
  • Remains calm, in control and good humor even under pressure.

 Communication skills

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies.
  • Demonstrates excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills in Portuguese;
  • Demonstrates working knowledge in written, oral communication and presentation in French and English.

 Operational effectiveness

  • Demonstrates a good understanding of project management.
  • Demonstrates creativity in order to solve challenges on administrative and Human resources level
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in architecture, environmental science, engineering, urban planning, or any other field related to human settlements, urban resilience, urban planning or urban development. Relevant experience may applies in lieu of Advanced Degree


  • Minimum 7 years in project management in areas related to Urban Development, Slum Upgrading, Urban Governance, Urban and Territorial Planning, Urban Resilience and in particularly in capacity development institutions and/or local authorities.
  • Strong experience in liaising with National, Regional and Local, Authorities. Knowledge and experience of both Islands is an asset;
  • Experience in implementing Urban Resilience projects in Guiné-Bissau;
  • Experience in dealing with community, local, regional and national stakeholders from different constituencies, including ministerial level;
  • Experience to work in an inter-cultural environment
  • Proof capacity to guide teams and provide guidance on project  administration issues;
  • Experience in dealing with International Donors and International Technical Bodies;
  • Experience with UN-Habitat is a major asset

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent command of Portuguese and working knowledge of English and French.


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