UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The current portfolio of UN-Habitat activities in Africa is expanding and there is urgent need for strengthening the capacity at country level as part of Regional Office for Africa (ROAf). In Mozambique, UN-Habitat is one of the leading partners in the fields of building back better, urban resilience and urban development.This position is located at the Regional Office for Africa (ROAf) in Maputo. Mozambique is a highly susceptible country to risks and disasters. According to Global Climate Risk Index (2014), Mozambique falls in third place amongst the African countries that are most vulnerable to disasters such as floods, cyclones, droughts, earthquakes of small magnitude, among the most frequent and recurrent disasters. In the early months of 2019, the cyclones Idai and Kenneth hit Mozambique causing a negative impact on the communities’ livelihoods. The disaster interrupted the delivery of basic services such as water and electricity, displaced people, it damaged roads and bridges that are essential for commercial activity, and destroyed more than 300.000 houses, approximately 4000 classrooms were partially or/totally damaged and other social and public buildings. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, with gusty winds ranging from 180 to 220 km/h accompanied by heavy rainfall, also had a huge social impact, causing the death of more than 650 people and directly affecting about 2 million people in 7 of 11 provinces. Furthermore, Mozambique is in a crucial phase of its development, since under the impulse of the big investments, considerable changes are happening in the economic and social geography of the Country. Urbanization rates have risen sharply in major cities and towns as a consequence of increased investment and employment opportunities, leading to challenges such as the growth of informal settlements and increased environmental risk, to which the Government is trying to respond. The share of urban population in the country is growing from one third now to 50% over the coming 30 years, resulting in an absolute growth from 9 million urban dwellers now to 30 million by 2050. In this sense, UN-Habitat in Mozambique is carrying out since 2002 activities in different districts in the form of building models adapted to floods, cyclones, drought and earthquake conditions, in order to positively influence national strategy formulation and policy making. It advocates for a prevention approach, through Adaptive Architecture and Planning; in the response, it advocates for sustainable relief and reconstruction as opposite to emergency funds exclusively channeled for short-term solutions. Also, UN-Habitat in Mozambique provides technical assistance and guidance for supporting sustainable urbanization practices with focus on urban development, risk reduction and resilience building to national, provincial and local governments, NGOs, Private Sector, Local authorities and Communities. Under the supervision of Senior Human Settlements Officer (SHSO) in coordination with Director of Regional Office for Africa, the Habitat Programme Manager / Head of Programme (HPM /HoP) for Mozambique will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks in coordination with the teams at country level:
a) Contributing to implementation and policy development by: •Acting as the in-country liaison officer for UN-Habitat, with reference to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, SDGs and UN-Habitat Strategy (housing for all and sustainable human settlements), advocacy and coordination of the norms and principles of the global campaigns and implementation of global programmes; •Applying a common administrative and financial framework for all projects operating under UN-Habitat; •Participating in the formulation and implementation of multilateral programming instruments to ensure that Government key sectorial concerns and priorities are adequately reflected, bringing to bear UN-Habitat substantive knowledge and potential contribution, and striving to place UN-Habitat within the framework of the programming instruments: •Supporting the smooth implementation of on-going projects and activities at country level, including by carrying out field and international missions when necessary. b) Coordinating programme development, management and resource mobilization by: •Providing leadership for the identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects and activities included in the Habitat Country Programme Development; •Identifying and promoting programme opportunities, resource mobilization and extension of operational/organizational support to all UN-Habitat activities on sustainable settlements and urbanization; •Providing leadership for development and management of partnerships, and mobilization of resources for implementation of the Habitat Country Programme Development; •Ensuring the preparation of Terms of Reference, Memorandum of Understanding, Agreements of Cooperation and other substantive administrative issues including liaising with Regional Office for Africa and thematic UN-Habitat Branches. c)Running the national office and sub-office by: •Providing management leadership and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the UN Habitat office and sub-office in Mozambique; •Providing supervision to staff, consultants and technical assistance teams recruited and deployed under the various projects within the Habitat Country Programme Development; •Planning, managing and monitoring work of staff/consultants to be recruited. d)Undertaking Coordination activities through: •Representing UN-Habitat vis-à-vis the authorities and other partners; •Active participation in the UN Country Team activities, and other UN common strategic planning through active involvement in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework: •Liaising with Government and United Nations system at country level to promote their efforts to implement the system-wide strategy on sustainable urban and rural development, including the collaborative implementation framework and strengthen inter-agency processes of the United Nations Country Team; •Acting as Liaison Officer for the Government and the broader sectorial constituency in policy related work and multilateral programming instruments; •Supporting the national authorities and other stakeholders in participating and/or holding national and international events related to UN-Habitat’s; •Promoting partnerships to contribute to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in Mozambique; •Mainstreaming global programmes, at the country level, including pro-poor housing, disaster risk reduction, building back better, integrated post-disaster recovery, urban resilience and climate change initiatives, gender equity, tenure, urban development and poverty reduction; •Strengthening linkages and information flows between UN-Habitat, donors, UN System, local partners and the government through representation, liaison, networking and attendance at meetings. e)Supporting Capacity building and knowledge management by: •Sharing information on the availability of training and capacity building tools with external partners and assessing the degree of interest in applying them; •Designing and implementing a results-based monitoring and evaluation system for normative activities such as policy support; •Promoting knowledge management through good practices and reporting; •Undertaking special assignments identified by ROAf, as required; •Supporting elaboration of reports to be sent to donors, UN System and Government, ensuring quality control.