Urban Planner at UN-Habitat – June 2024

Urban Planner

Work Location

  • Home-based

Expected Duration

  • 6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION 

  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for Human Settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities to provide adequate shelter for all.
  • The position is in the Planning, Finance & Economy Section of the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) with the Global Solutions Division in Nairobi.
  • The Global Solutions Division (GSD) is responsible for providing programmatic direction for UN-Habitat and is responsible and accountable for the programmatic delivery of the Strategic Plan.
  • The Division leads the tools and methodology production and the integration of the various substantive competencies towards the effective delivery of the Strategic Plan and the mandate of UN-Habitat. It provides substantive training to staff members and supports the capacity development of Member States and partners.
  • The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production and skills centre of UN-Habitat that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies to MCOs/CO, government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programme portfolio.
  • It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency.
  • Planning, finance and Economy Section (PFES) The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production and skills centre of the UN-Habitat that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies to MCOs/CO, government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programme portfolio.
  • It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency.
  • The Planning, Finance & Economy Section coordinates the Agency’s substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of planning, finance and economy.
  • The Planning, Finance & Economy Section aims to develop, document, pilot/test and disseminate planning policies, norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures and practices at global, regional, national and sub-national levels.
  • The consultant will support the Planning, Finance and Economy in implementing the Young Gamechangers Initiative activities.
  • Supervision The consultant will be based in Dakar, Senegal, coordinate with the West Africa Hub, and work with the Planning, Finance and Economy Section located in the Urban Practices Branch of UN-Habitat, reporting to the Programme Management Officer – Young Gamechangers Initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities;

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Provide planning and design inputs to the ongoing YGI work;
  • To work with UN-Habitat team work to ensure a smooth implementation of the YGI in cities;
  • Ensure quality review of documents, proposals and designs prepared by local implementing partners;
  • Provide inputs and develop new innovative participatory planning processes for west-Africa;
  • Develop proposals for mobilising more funds in support to the YGI process in Senegal;
  • Ensure liaison with government officials for scaling up the YGI approach in West-Africa, with a specific focus on public spaces.

Qualifications/Special Skills

Education:

  • A University degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Studies or related subjects is required.

Exeperience:

  • At least two (2) years of experience working in urban planning with knowledge in geospatial analysis and mapping is required.
  • Experience in facilitating workshops including the use of digital technology is desirable.
  • Experience and knowledge of data gathering, cleaning, visualisation and management is added asset

Languages

  • Fluency in English and French is required.

No Fee

  • THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.Work Location

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