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Programme Officer/ Spatial Urban Planner

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issued on 9th October 2017

Functional Title:

Programme Officer/ Spatial Urban Planner

Duty station of assignment:

Prishtina, Kosovo with travel to Skopje, FYROM

Type of Contract:

Service Contract

Duration of Assignment:

6 working months  (with possibility for extension)

Closing date for applications:

20th October 2017



UN-Habitat has been actively assisting Kosovo institutions in the field of governance, spatial planning and municipal administration since 1999. Building on the results and tools generated by the Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme (implemented from 2005 to 2016), UN-Habitat is now implementing the Inclusive Development Programme (2016-2020) which aims to provide a strategic, comprehensive package of support to build municipal planning and management capacities, strengthen the social contract and social cohesion, and enhance coordination within a framework of inter-municipal cooperation and multi-level governance with a view to foster inclusive development and good governance in northern Kosovo.


The Programme is financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation and is jointly implemented with PAX and Community Building Mitrovica and concerned local authorities in Leposavic/Leposaviq, Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan/Zvecan as well as Skenderaj/Srbica and Vushtrri/Vucitrn. Since 2012, UN-Habitat has been additionally implementing the global public space programme, with the aim of influencing the participatory development and delivery of around 300 public spaces with pioneering activities in Kosovo in Prishtina and Mitrovica North.The project "Towards Enhanced Right to the City for All in Kosovo and FYROM - Improving Safety in Urban Public Spaces with a Focus on Women and Girls", a joint UN-Habitat and UN-Women initiative, is a follow-up project with a special emphasis on localising public space indicators that are being defined in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.


For general information on UN-Habitat in Kosovo refer to the website:


To support the implementation of activities relating to both projects, UN-Habitat is seeking a programme officer, who will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of UN-Habitat Chief Technical Advisor.



The general purpose of the post is to lead the smooth execution of the public space project in Prishtina/ Skopje and provide some substantial contributions to the implementation of the programme portfolio of UN-Habitat Kosovo Office.


Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), and with guidance of the Liaison/ Civil Society and Gender Officer notably on the gender dimension, the incumbent's responsibilities will be as follows:


Public Space component

Partner mobilization, coordination and orientation:

  • Ensuring the coordination between the project's different stakeholders in Prishtina and in Skopje for areas under the direct responsibility of UN-Habitat, as well as UN-Habitat team in charge of implementation;
  • Mobilizing and liaising with local and national authorities, technical governmental services, police authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations and communities;
  • Providing technical support and ensuring that the project's main orientations are followed, in particular in terms of participation, equity, mainstreaming of vulnerability (including disability) and gender;


Substantial contribution, advice and reporting:

  • Leading the conception, sequencing and implementation of activities and products contributing to the expected outcomes of the project;
  • Providing support and feedback to the team as well as advice on issues related to urban planning, urban design and public space;
  • Supporting preparation of work plans, presentations and reporting materials and ensure quality assurance of other written materials produced;


Institutionalization, sustainability and durability:

  • Strengthening governmental institutions' capacities, in particular local authorities, to develop and implement relevant public policies in response to the project's findings and recommendations;
  • Supporting local partnering organizations in areas relevant to the project;
  • Promoting outreach as well as the sustainability of know-how, knowledge and mechanisms established by the project;


Inclusive Development component, and others as required

  • Substantively support the confection of selected documents, materials, activities delivery, such as training, meetings, etc. and support team mates as required;
  • Provide specific guidance to the spatial planner posted in Mitrovica South in close coordination with other team members and local counterparts and partners;
  • Provide logistical and administrative support and perform any other functions and tasks which may be required by the nature of the projects' activities and as assigned by the CTA.



The work shall be performed from UN-Habitat premises located in Prishtina. Travel to other Kosovo municipalities and Skopje will be covered by UN-Habitat.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Experience in project cycle management and M&E. Ability to conduct data collection and technical assessment using various methods, including field missions and interviews. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct research and analysis. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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. Communication: Excellent and effective written and oral skills; ability to persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a concise and accurate manner, ability to clearly communicate links between the organizations. Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and uses time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required. Teamwork: Ability to coordinate activities and teams. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others. Conflict management and consensus facilitation skills. Creativity: Strong conceptual thinking. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box", and offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Can easily develop clear plans in contexts with limited information and datasets. Finds ways to extract and combine data and information to create base maps.


NOTE: The quality and extent of the person's qualifications, skills and experience in the requirements below will determine the grade/level to which a successful applicant will be appointed

Education and experience

  • Advanced University degree (masters Level) in regional/ urban planning, or urban environment. A university degree in any relevant fields to sustainable urban development in combination with four additional years of qualifying work-experience in regional/ urban planning, or urban environment, may be acceptable in lieu of the required advanced university degree;
  • Professional practical experience in related field;


  • English is the working language of UN-Habitat Kosovo Office; very good command of English and Albanian is required;
  • Working knowledge of Serbian and Macedonian is an asset;

Other skills

  • Have good understanding of spatial planning, sustainable development, public space creation/ development and maintenance as well as the associated responsibilities at municipal and national level in Kosovo and the region;
  • Have knowledge and experience with innovative participatory planning approaches and modern planning techniques as well as institutional capacity building;
  • Have good knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Global Agenda as well as European trends and best practices within the field of urban and spatial planning and public space. International experience would be an advantage;
  • Be capable of coordinating activities, working in a team and undertaking initiative to ensure smooth relations and open communication within the team and with partners, incl. local level, youth groups, business community, etc.; experience in conducting focus groups and discussion with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Have good analytical, solution defining and creative skills;
  • Computer skill is a requirement, incl. Microsoft Office, computer-aided design (CAD) i.e. AutoCAD or ArchiCAD, Geographic Information System (GIS Software)
  • Valid driving license and the ability to obtain a UN driver's license.


Special considerations:

The candidate should be:

  • Willing to take responsibility, act professionally at all times, and make sure tasks are fully completed
  • Able to work under pressure in diverse environments with minimum supervision
  • Sensitive to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups
  • Able to meet deadlines for reporting and all project work
  • Express enthusiasm and willingness to continue learning new skills and share experiences with other members of the team




Interested candidates must submit an email quoting the post title and the duty station to the following email address:

with the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

The CV shall include information on the past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.

Deadline for applications: 20th Octobe 2017

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact:


UN-HABITAT Pristina Office:

Ministries Building "Rilindja", 10th Floor
10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
Phone: +381 38 200 32611
Fax: +381 38 224 122

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