Junior Professional Officer (Associate Programme Officer) Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division

Full Time

UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi

Job Title: Junior Professional Officer (Associate Programme Officer) Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division

Location: UN-Habitat Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

About UN-Habitat

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the dedicated United Nations body committed to fostering socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements, promoting development, and ensuring adequate shelter for all. Visit us at www.unhabitat.org.

Join Our Urban Practices Branch

The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) within the Global Solutions Division is where innovation, expertise, and transformative solutions thrive. We’re the driving force behind the development of normative guidance and cutting-edge tools in the field of sustainable urbanization. As a vital part of UN-Habitat, UPB provides technical and policy advice to MCOs/CO, governments, and partners, enriching our program portfolio. Our mission extends beyond urban practices; we prioritize safety and social inclusion, weaving human rights, gender, youth, and disability considerations into our work. Additionally, we house UN-Habitat’s treasure trove of knowledge tools, methodologies, and products that support the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Join the Team

Position: Junior Professional Officer (Associate Programme Officer)

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Research and Documentation
In this role, you’ll be at the forefront of crafting impactful documents. You’ll research and draft position papers, think pieces, and communications on various thematic areas under UPB’s purview.

2. Support to Branch Chief
Work closely with the Chief of Branch by preparing substantive inputs for meetings and sessions. This includes briefing notes, background papers, talking points, and presentations.

3. Meeting Coordination
Prepare for internal and external meetings at the Branch level, including Expert Group Meetings and webinars. You’ll coordinate, review inputs, and draft comprehensive reports.

4. Communication Expert
Efficiently respond to internal and external inquiries and information requests. Your communication skills are vital in this role.

5. Data Analysis and Editing
Analyze information from diverse sources and edit documents in English, ensuring formatting, design, and layout meet professional standards.

6. Knowledge Management
Develop a robust knowledge management system for UPB, integrating the systems of various sections/units within the Branch.

7. Technology Integration
Propose innovative information technologies and systems for tracking and reporting programmes and projects, collaborating with colleagues across the Branch and ICT experts.

8. Other Duties
As required by the Chief of Branch, you’ll contribute to various initiatives and projects.

Travel Opportunities

You may be called upon to undertake official missions related to your work programme.

Training and Learning

As a JPO, you’ll have the chance to enhance your skills through a variety of courses provided by the United Nations Office of Nairobi. These include language courses in all United Nations languages, computer training, management courses, and more. You’ll also receive on-the-job training in the management and administration of United Nations programmes. Attendance at one international conference/workshop/seminar annually is encouraged, exposing you to global best practices in urban policies and planning.

Qualifications, Experience, and Competencies Required


  • Advanced university degree in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related fields. Alternatively, a first-level university degree combined with qualifying experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

  • For candidates with an advanced degree: A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in relevant areas such as political science, international relations, urban development, international economics, law, or public administration.
  • For candidates with a first-level degree: A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in the aforementioned areas.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.



  • Deep understanding of the United Nations’ work and major international development frameworks.
  • Ability to research and utilize data for policy development.
  • Commitment to gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of all.


  • Collaborative spirit, valuing diverse ideas and expertise.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt.
  • Strong commitment to team goals.

Technological Awareness

  • Comfort with technology and its application to office tasks.
  • Willingness to embrace new technology.


This role is based in the Urban Practices Branch within the Global Solutions Division at UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi. You will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Urban Practices Branch.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

  1. Show Your UN Knowledge: Highlight your understanding of the United Nations’ work and its development frameworks, such as Agenda 2030, SDGs, and the New Urban Agenda.
  2. Research Skills: Discuss how your research and data analysis capabilities can contribute to think pieces and policy development.
  3. Gender Inclusion: Demonstrate your commitment to gender perspectives and equal participation in your previous work experiences.
  4. Team Collaboration: Share examples of your teamwork, emphasizing how you’ve worked effectively with colleagues to achieve common goals.
  5. Tech Savvy: Mention your familiarity with technology and your willingness to learn and apply it to your tasks.

Join our team at UPB and be part of the force shaping sustainable urbanization worldwide

To apply for this job please visit unhabitat.org.

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