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UNDP Country Manager UNHABITAT (Nationals Only) | Paid Internship || Apply Now

UNDP Country Manager UNHABITAT (Nationals Only) | Paid Internship || Apply Now

Country: Ghana
City: Accra
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An agile UNHabitat in Ghana that is working and co-creating with partners and communities to accelerate sustainable housing and urban development seeks to engage the services of the Country Manager.

Under the strategic guidance and direct supervision of the Head of the West Africa Hub who reports to the Regional Director for Africa, the Country Manager ensures the proper operationalization of the UN-Habitat Country Programme in Ghana, which is derived from the UN Cooperation Framework and is in line with the UN-Habitat West Africa Strategy. He/she provides substantive support to the delivery of high-quality and measurable programme results. The Country Manager promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UN/UNDP rules and regulations.

UN-Habitat adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UN-Habitat personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams and with personnel in the West Africa Hub, the Regional Office for Africa, the headquarters, and in other UN-Agencies at the country level to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Key Duties and Responsibilities of Country Manager UNHABITAT

1.)          Provide overall support for the operationalization of the country programme as validated by the Head of the UN-Habitat West Africa Hub in Ghana: 

  • Supports the overall operationalization of the UN-Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD) for Ghana in collaboration with key national and local institutions, implementing partners, and civil society organizations, which is coherent with the UN Cooperation Framework and is in line with the UN-Habitat West Africa Strategy.
  • Identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions at the highest levels.
  • Identifies entry points for program development across the national urban agenda, including key issues such as access to housing, land, basic and social services and livelihood in urban or urbanizing areas, urban resilience, local economic development, urban planning, and management, among other aspects.
  • Promotes innovative approaches adapted to the local context to maximize the impact of UN-Habitat’s interventions in Ghana.

2.)          Facilitate research, knowledge building, and management. 

  • Identifies and develops research and analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at the national level and linked to international networks focusing on executing relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns with key partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

3.)  Maintain and expand strategic partnerships and support resource mobilization for the Country Programme.

  • Facilitates strategic linkages with various partners and identifies key areas of potential collaboration.
  • Maintains close interaction and dialogue with key partners to identify clear resource mobilization opportunities.
  • Supports the coordination of relevant Joint Results Group(s) under the UN One Strategic Plan and joint UN initiatives in Ghana

4.) Representation, Coordination, Programme Management, and Administration in cooperation with the West Africa Portfolio Manager

  • Active representation of UN-Habitat in the UN Country Team and related UN Working groups
  • Effectively manages and coordinates the UN-Habitat team in Ghana.
  • Contributes to ensuring alignment of organizational program objectives with national priorities/capacities.
  • Supports in establishing the efficient utilization of resources, and adherence to delivery rates in alignment with the country office goals and visions.

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Qualifications for Country Manager UNHABITAT


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in development planning, sustainable development, environment sciences, social sciences, management or a related field is required,


  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying    experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • Minimum 7 years (with a master’s degree) or – 9 years (with a Bachelor’s degree) of relevant years of professional experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in the formulation and implementation of sustainable development and climate change initiatives/projects.
  • At least five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible experience in-country programme management change and sustainable development is required.
  • Professional experience in building and maintaining partnerships with partners, including working with high-level government officials up to the Ministerial level, High level UN/Development partners and donors
  • Solid experience/understanding of housing and sustainable urban development or related issues at both the global (e.g. New Urban Agenda).
  • Professional knowledge and experience in New Urban Agenda, and or UN-Habitat mandate.
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), database packages, and web-based management systems such as ERP is strongly desired

Language requirements

  • Fluency in oral and written English language is required
  • Fluency in any national language of the duty station is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is desirable

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Type of Opportunity Internships
Deadline10 July,2024
Open toNationals only



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